Residential builds lead April construction spike
Statistics Canada reports today that total investment in building construction increased 6.3 per cent in April compared to March, jumping to $19.9 billion. Residential construction investment rose for a 12th consecutive month, with a monthly gain of 8.1 per cent. Non-residential construction has not fully returned to pre-COVID-19 levels but it saw a small increase in April, up 0.9 per cent. Investment in institutional construction was up 1.4 per cent to $1.2 billion, with the largest increase reported in Ontario, up 2.7 per cent. Industrial construction investment was up 1.8 per cent to $847 million, with the help of major ongoing construction projects in Toronto and Montreal.
BC Housing’s Armin Amrolia wins YWCA award
BC Housing associate vice-president of development strategies Armin Amrolia has received the YWCA’s 2021 Women of Distinction Award in the non-profit category. Amrolia was at the forefront of using modular construction, incorporating day cares into affordable housing projects, programing space for women’s shelters, healing space in Indigenous projects and safe injection space in supportive housing projects.
Federal government invests in Manitoba asset management
The Government of Canada is investing $288,240 in seven projects in Manitoba communities through the Municipal Asset Management Program. The funding will be delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on behalf of the federal government. Details for all seven project are included here.