'A perfect storm': Vancouver Island construction industry warns of significant delays and cost overruns
The success of Vancouver Island's construction industry might also be its post-pandemic downfall.
"I think we have what could be considered a perfect storm," said CEO of the Vancouver Island Construction Association, Rory Kulmala.
As the demand for large-scale developments boom, especially on southern Vancouver Island, the industry says major supply concerns and labour shortages will have an impact.
"That is going to reflect in itself much longer schedules and higher costs," Kulmala told CTV Vancouver Island on Tuesday.
The construction association says building permits for commercial, multi-residential and single-family homes have climbed year-over-year for the past half decade.
This year the association expects a 30 per cent increase in permits from 2020, which would represent a record year.
Multi-residential, or condo and apartment building permits, are the hottest sector.
Victoria city staff tell CTV News that the pace of major development applications in 2021 is the highest they have ever seen.
As demand booms, an already stressed sector will no doubt bend under the immense pressure.
This week, the Greater Victoria School District announced its Victoria High School redevelopment is far behind schedule.
"The school will open in September of 2023 instead of September of 2022," said Jim Soles, manager of Major Capital Projects for SD61.
Market forces have hit the large-scale seismic upgrade hard, pushing it a year behind its projected completion date.
"Trades cannot guarantee tight schedules because of a shortage of workers and the supply chain is causing problems," said Soles.
What does this all mean for the average Vancouver Islander?
Vancouver Island's Construction Association says work will not stop, but getting things done will likely take longer and hit your wallet harder.