Building Supply Update
ABSDA Updates


The Situation:

• Right now, there is a spruce budworm infestation in Québec of about 7 million hectares in size and growing, the same size as the total landmass of New Brunswick. 

•The outbreak will spread to New Brunswick and throughout Atlantic Canada if we don’t act now.

• Many of us remember how devastating the last budworm outbreak was in the 70s and 80s. Millions of hectares of forest were lost. We need to do everything we can to prevent this from happening again.

The Consequences:

• More than 20,000 Atlantic Canadians work in the forestry industry today.

• If we do nothing, the economic costs of a spruce budworm outbreak will be more than $15 billion over the next 40 years.

• This will mean the loss of thousands of jobs, the closure of mills, and dead forests very susceptible to fire throughout much of the region. 

The Solution:

• Scientists with the Canadian Forest Service and several universities in the region have developed an innovative early intervention strategy to detect and treat populations of spruce budworm before they reach outbreak levels. 

• The strategy has been implemented and tested since 2014, thanks to a partnership of industry, researchers, and government. It's working so far, but we can’t stop now.

We need the Government of Canada to commit to being a funding partner to continue the early intervention strategy.

The Ask:

• We need your help.

• Please visit (English Website) or (French Website) to send your MP and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr a letter expressing your support for the early intervention strategy. And invite others to do the same. The on-line tool will assist you to compose and send the letter with a just a few clicks of your mouse.

• We need to show the federal government how important healthy forests are to our region and our industry, and strongly state that we need their help to protect them.

 Contact ABSDA for additional support information regarding this urgent issue.



ABSDA is requesting your participation in the 2017 Human Resource Salaries & Benefits Survey.

Objective of the Survey:
The primary objective of this survey is to provide a benchmark of the compensation and benefits currently being provided in the building supply industry sector in Atlantic Canada.

The summary information in this report provides a basis for comparison. Participating firms will receive a copy of this report following final tabilation. All survey responses will be kept strictly confidential and will be destroyed after tabulation.

Please respond to this survey by October 20, 2017. You can download and print a copy of the survey by clicking on the link below.






Employees of ABSDA Member Firms are eligible for personal Home & Auto Insurance Savings with Johnson Insurance. Some Member employees are already taking advantage of significant savings.

To inquire simply contact Johnson Inc. toll free at 1-877-742-7490 and provide Group ID Code 1E 


Home Hardware Stores Ltd
Castle Building Centres

ABSDA has a limited supply of Drivers Saily Vehicle Inspection Report Log Books available.

Cost per book - $ 7.50 phus HST and mail charge

Contact ABSDA to order: Phone (506) 858-0700 or Email: 


Un-level the playing field
IKO Industries Inc
You know what it takes to be successful. It starts with elevating your game and we’ve raised ours to give building material dealers, like you, an even greater advantage. We’ve engineered insightful, no-nonsense products like our architectural shingles, which are heavier and larger than most competitors’ comparable products. Because, like you, we believe in going above and beyond. Go ahead. Take it to the next level.
Sexton Group Ltd.

The World’s Largest Truck Convoy is in support of the Special Olympics. It is a unique one-day event where police escort a convoy of trucks through designated areas. Home Hardware truck drivers participated in two convoys. The first convoy met in Paris, ON and was escorted on a pre-determined route before returning to the Paris fairgrounds. The second convoy began in Shearwater, NS and travelled through Dartmouth, Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage before returning back to Shearwater. In total, the World’s Largest Truck Convoy event raised $130,000.

“I could not be more proud of our professional drivers,” says Dennis Shantz, Director of Fleet Services, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “As a leader in the trucking industry, I am thrilled to acknowledge our drivers in their efforts of supporting the Special Olympics.”

Home Hardware Stores Limited takes its commitment to safety very seriously. All of Home’s drivers receive Defensive Driver training and Transportation of Dangerous Goods training every three years. The company also offers a Safe Driving Awards program as well as a bonus program to reward good driving.

Home Hardware’s fleet of 140 power units and over 500 trailers travel across Canada delivering products to close to 1,100 stores, covering approximately 18 million kilometres a year. The fleet is based at the company’s four distribution centres in St. Jacobs and Elmira, Ontario, Debert, Nova Scotia and Wetaskiwin, Alberta.


Do you comply with CSA Standard A440.4-07?
Resisto Division of Soprema
From now on, under the National Building Code of Canada, the installation of windows, doors, and skylights shall conform to CSA Standard A440.4-07. RESISTO has the right product to conform to this standard: the REDZONE membrane. This self-adhesive membrane seals the edges of the anchors that pass through windows or doors, ensuring compliance with CSA Standard A440.4-07.

Prince George Hotel                    1- 800-565-1567


Cambridge Suites Hotel              1-800-565-1263


Residence Inn By Marriott          1- 902-422-0493

Book your group rate for ABSDA Building Supply Expo


Training & Upcoming Events


ABSDA Two Day Boom Truck Program

November 20 & 21, 2017

Holiday Inn Hotel - Truro, NS

Click on the link below for the Registration Form



ABSDA offers a series of on-line Training Videos for Members and Staff. This on-line training program is specifically designed to promote sales skills & customer service and is available on the ABSDA Website as a Member Benefit.

The series incorporates five programs listed below, each with a compliment of videos which last between 6 minutes and 15 minutes in length.

• A.C.E.S. – Around Customers Everyone Sells - 14 Videos

• Contractor S.A.L.E.S. – Skills and Attitudes Leading to Exceptional Selling - 13 Videos

• Building A Championship Team - 18 Videos

• On The Bottom Line - 17 Videos

• The Big 8 Most Important Selling Skills - 8 Videos

You and your staff can access these programs on the ABSDA website ( or by clicking on the following link.


Sexton Group Ltd.
Downeast Plastics Ltd.