I know on Vancouver Island many contractors are refusing to bid on Base construction because of all the red tape and BS they have to deal with. they do not need the work if it comes with all paperwork, and waiting around red tape crap that is happening. Some Engineer in Ottawa approving and designing projects to which they do not know local building codes or markets, while limiting access to dig, replace, repair as part of the job. Sorry If I was a contractor I would tell the DND to pound sand also as it is not profitable to be the lowest bidder with your staff standing around for a hour until the MPs send a escort or Base CE sends one to go do a 5 minute fix on the other side of the wall that is in a secure room.
Yes, I think the supply and demand situation is such that developers can go with the easier to manage work. Lots of housing starts here recently, to the point where it's really hard to source building materials, concrete etc.
CPABC: Greater Victoria housing starts surge past previous record
In total, 4,809 units began construction in Greater Victoria throughout 2021, up from the 3,209 units started in 2020. The previous record for the region was 4,273 in 2018.
Both the number of detached and attached units, such as condos, townhomes, and apartments, were up considerably. In 2021, 3,815 attached units began construction, up 58.6 per cent compared to in 2020. Detached starts reached 994 in 2021, an increase of 23.6 per cent compared to 2020.
“In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a decline in housing starts in Greater Victoria, but that was very short-lived. Given the lack of affordable housing in the city and surrounding areas, this increase in housing supply is critical,” noted Brougham. “Ongoing major project activity was also robust in 2021.”
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