Nelson council pushes local hire on housing project

Shop local — that’s the message Nelson’s Committee on Homelessness and city council are sending to the developers of the Anderson Street project.

Shop local — that’s the message Nelson’s Committee on Homelessness and city council are sending to the developers of the Anderson Street project.

Council agreed to send a letter to the Culos Group of Companies, which is overseeing the project, encouraging it to use local labour and resources when possible in the construction of the $7 million affordable housing complex.

The committee has already sent a letter of its own, and is planning to meet with the Culos group at the request of primary funder BC Housing.

The city already has its own local hire policy — which encourages staff to make local purchases when it won’t violate provincial or federal trade agreements — and will use it as a basis for drafting the recommendation.