Kinetic in the News
On May 21, Chris Chalecki, Kinetic’s Victoria Branch Manager provided his insights into the Vancouver Island construction market in an interview with the Times Colonist.
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Kinetic Construction’s Victoria office expects to hire 10 to 20 more tradespeople in the next year, reflecting a desire among more than half of B.C. construction companies to expand their workforces.
“We are looking to continue to hire on and be a major player on southern Vancouver Island,” Chris Chalecki, Kinetic vice-president and Victoria branch manager, said Monday.
“The industry has enjoyed recently a considerable amount of work out there.”
In a recent survey of the industry, the B.C. Construction Association and Construction Business magazine found that about half of the 473 respondents in all regions said they plan to hire in the next year and another 35 per cent are contemplating hiring.
Construction is a major economic player in the province, responsible for $83.6 billion of projects underway, with another $195 billion proposed, the association states.
Currently employing 190,000 workers in B.C., the construction industry anticipates that 30,500 jobs will be unfilled by 2021 because of labour shortages, the association said.
Despite a “slight slowdown … in the last five or six months,” Chalecki expects a resurgence in projects, including infrastructure, particularly in the public sector.
The planned sewage treatment project in the capital region is one example of construction opportunities on the horizon. Two new Island hospitals valued at about $600 million in total and the $1-billion John Hart generating station replacement up-Island are also in the works.
Already, finding “qualified experienced people is relatively difficult,” Chalecki said.
Kinetic, with branches in Courtenay and Vancouver, is particularly interested in carpenters and labourers, he said.