Building and Construction

Canadian housing starts update

Housing starts in BC slowed to begin the year from a torrid pace is 2016. Starts were down 33 per cent on a monthly basis and 13 per cent year-over-year,  though unseasonably high snowfall in December and January likely played a role in limiting construction activity. Single detached starts were down 36 per cent while multiple unit starts were down 5 per cent year-over-year.

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Enhanced builder licensing helps protect homebuyers

An enhanced licensing system for residential builders in B.C. will lead to higher professional standards in the residential construction sector and help protect new homebuyers.

Under the Homeowner Protection Act regulations, the B.C. government is establishing new qualifications and continuing education requirements for home builders constructing single-family homes and small residential buildings.

To obtain a new licence, applicants must demonstrate proficiency in seven areas related to residential construction including the British Columbia Building Code, construction management and customer relations. The qualifications can be met through a combination of education and experience or equivalencies.

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