April 2, 2020 - Federal & Provincial Support for Employees and Business during COVID - 19
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this week updates to several measures he had previously introduced designed to help small and medium businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. The updates include Increasing the temporary wage subsidy from 10% to 75%
To support businesses facing revenue losses and to help prevent layoffs, the government is proposing to provide eligible small employers and medium employers a wage subsidy to keep employees on the payroll during this pandemic. Today the Prime Minister announced this wage subsidy will be increased to 75% and will be backdated to March 15. The subsidy will be available for up to three months.
Here’s who is eligible and how to apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program continue reading
January, 2019 - 2019 Construction Industry Outlook download article
In a recent report by BuildForce Canada reviews some of the anticipated changes facing the construction industry in Canada, outlining the hottest sectors in each province and territory through 2028.
With the Canadian construction industry on the move, there are some surprises expected across the country over the coming decade. See the highlights below.
Short Term Trends
After two decades of rapid expansion in Canada's construction industry more modest employment growth is expected in the coming five years with a shift to more commercial construction and renovation work. This slower pace will be short lived with a wave of retirements expected to hit the construction sector.
In the short term, BC, Saskatchewan, and PEI are set to lead in construction employment growth.
Since 2016, the number of women employed in direct labour construction has increased by 30% in Canada. Over the coming decade, the greatest opportunity for women in construction is expected within renovation and new construction of industrial/commercial buildings. Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, and PEI currently lead Canada with the most opportunity for women in construction.
Recruiting for the next generation of construction workers will intensify after 2024 with retirement of nearly 260,000 employees, almost 25% of the industry.
British Columbia remains one of the fastest growing construction markets, though construction employment will tilt towards non-residential construction after 2019.
.....continue to 2019 Outlook recap..
November 23, 2018 - Aunt Leah's 'Opportunities for Youth from Care'
Hello Aunt Leah’s Supporters,
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Aunt Leah’s
Third Annual Birthday Party Gala on November 1st.
That event raised over $120,000 in support of moms & babies
in need and youth from foster care.
A wonderful thing happened that evening. A local technology company, Constructive Solutions, offered $10,000 to help match donations – dollar-for-dollar – for a new project ‘Opportunities for Youth from Care’, which helps young people from foster care obtain living costs while they pursue education or rehabilitation.
Previously, the Wolrige Foundation donated $15,000 of matching funds toward this cause, and this amount has already been matched to the original $30,000 goal (thank you!).
Therefore, we have a new fundraising goal of $50,000 thanks to Pat & Sandy at Constructive Solutions. Your gift can be matched dollar-for-dollar at our giving page at CHIMP Foundation.
Here is why Pat & Sandy gave:
"We really believe in the work that Aunt Leah’s has been doing for the past 30 years. They have made a significant difference in the lives of teenagers who mature out of foster care by delivering life skills, support and housing. At the Aunt Leah’s birthday gala held recently, we heard directly from those whose lives have been impacted at this critical time in their journey to adult independence.
We wanted to make a contribution toward helping Aunt Leah’s continue their mission. Having teenagers ourselves and understanding what it takes to feed, educate, clothe and support them, we felt even more impassioned about the needs of those who “age out” of foster care and find themselves with little to no resources. Aunt Leah's is successfully impacting people’s lives and Constructive Solutions is delighted to contribute to the great work done by this organization.
Continued Success in all you do to make a difference." Patrick & Sandy Baker
Thank you to everyone who has already donated to the project, ‘Opportunities for Youth from Care’, and I encourage you all to help us reach our new goal! Donate here
Vancouver, Canada, October 17, 2018 - Constructive Solutions for Business Inc. partners with Acumatica to offer true cloud-based solutions to the Canadian construction and real estate industries.
Constructive Solutions for Business Inc. today announced its new partnership with Acumatica, a leading developer vendor of cloud and browser-based enterprise resource planning software (ERP).
Acumatica’s Construction Edition is an end-to-end cloud system for general contractors, homebuilders, sub-contractors, and developers built to address the needs and demands of modern construction companies. As a fully integrated cloud solution, the software offers true mobility, high value and ready integration with other mission-critical construction programs