Lumber shortages derail home improvement plans during COVID-19

Lumber shortages are derailing some home improvement plans
Lumber shortages are derailing some home improvement plans

The lumber industry has been caught off guard by Canadians’ financial resilience during COVID-19, resulting in shortages that are derailing home improvement plans.

According to data from Statistics Canada, 5.5 million Canadian workers have been affected by shutdowns, either through a drop in employment or COVID-19 related absences. The unemployment rate has gone from 5.6 per cent before the pandemic to 12.3 per cent.

Despite the devastation to the job market, spending on home repairs and renovations fell only 5 per cent in May, compared to January.

“The lumber industry was not

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Home Depot Plans to Hire 5,500 Workers for Spring in Canada

The Home Depot, Inc. HD seems to be on its toes to make the most of the spring season, its busiest selling period, with plans to employ more than 5,500 workers at its stores in Canada. The hiring will take place for available seasonal, part-time and full-time positions for overnight workers, sales associates, lot associates, cashiers, specialty workers and department supervisors.

The company offers more than one million hours of innovative training programs each year to help associates work quickly and efficiently.

Spring season hiring is customary for this home improvement biggie as the onset of warmer weather brings people

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