FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern B.C. construction companies have been noticing a delay in materials for projects, according to a recent survey by the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association.
More than three-quarters of ICBA’s membership report that they’ve been experiencing supply chain issues, including 68 per cent of members in Northern B.C.
“Supply chain disruption is a significant industry issue that is impacting construction and other markets across B.C., Canada and indeed globally,” says ICBA President, Chris Gardner.
“Manufacturers worldwide are struggling with labour shortages and logistics breakdowns – in the short term, there is no relief in sight. The result in B.C. is rising costs for construction and project delays,” Gardner continued.
Members say the impact of these issues will be felt in two ways: increased prices and project delays.
In the north, 53 per cent of construction companies say the supply issues have caused an increase in prices and 74 per cent saw an increase in project delays.
Gardner says contractors are seeing shortages of everything from fixtures to finishings, and plastics to paint and that some manufacturers have stopped taking orders because they have no visibility on delivery dates.
This issue was seen earlier this year in Fort St. John, causing delays in the second phase of the 100th Street corridor construction.
According to the ICBA, even dump trucks are in short supply in B.C. which are critical in the construction of houses, roads, bridges, and all other major infrastructure projects.