Saturday, June 17, 2023

Canada’s worst-ever spring wildfire season could further delay housing construction

Global News has the story.

Canada’s worst-ever spring wildfire season is forcing the forestry industry to shutter sawmills, driving up lumber prices and setting production back for months just as housing construction has slowed due to higher costs and a tight labour market. 

The fires are blazing through Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec, all provinces with active forestry industries. 

Meanwhile, the situation has prompted Canada’s Home Builders’ Association to speak up about the need to revamp building codes to reflect more frequent and intense weather events. 

Anne Gaviola has more on how the wildfires are impacting an industry already struggling to meet demand.

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