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All building construction components post gains in January

Investment in building construction increased 1.5% to $20.4 billion in January 2023, with all components posting gains, reports Statistics Canada. The non-residential sector was up 0.5% to $5.6 billion, while the residential sector rose 1.9% to $14.9 billion. Industrial construction investment rose 1.1% to $1.1 billion and was up 25.0% year over year. This was the 14th consecutive monthly increase in this component.

Current welcomes EELighting as an OEM partner

EELighting reports it has joined Current as an official OEM Partner. (Current is an amalgamation of GE Current [a Daintree company] and Hubbell Inc.’s commercial and industrial lighting business.) With a special focus on providing accessibility to Current’s NX Distributed Intelligence lighting control platform, EELighting’s R&D division is working with Current’s Component division to determine compatibility across the breadth of both manufacturers’ product families.

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Journeymen who newly certified in 2020 hit hard by pandemic

The onset of Covid in 2020 had a negative impact on the economy as a whole, but particularly on newly certified journeymen, as evidenced by the take-up rates of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit among skilled tradespeople. Among the restrictions that provinces and territories implemented to contain the spread of Covid was the closure of many worksites. Actual construction cannot be done virtually, which is why newly certified journeys were more negatively affected than others in the labour force. » Read more

Lights out for Universal Douglas Lighting... permanently

Universal Douglas Lighting Americas announced it is ceasing operations. “All manufacturing operations will cease immediately and our facilities across North America are estimated to close by July 2023,” writes Steve Wybo, chief restructuring officer. He goes on to say the company is committed to filling as many outstanding customer orders as possible and maximizing recovery value on asset sales. » Read more

Apprenticeship hiring incentives explained – Education Session

You’ve likely seen and heard a lot about the federal government’s apprenticeship incentives, but how can they best fit your business? Join our HPAC Magazine colleagues TOMORROW at 2 pm ET to learn more about the Canadian Apprenticeship Service program. This free education session will include a program administrator and contractors who have gone through the process. » Bring your questions!



April 19-20, Montreal, Que. » More info

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