Soaring price of lumber puts squeeze on Yukon builders


A year ago, you could buy a standard two-by-four for about $3 in Whitehorse. Today that same piece of wood is around $10.

The cost of lumber is soaring, and it’s hitting those in the business of building.

“The challenges really are widespread, you know, like everything from being able to find projects and clientele that are willing to proceed in spite of the lumber prices being what they are,” said Jeff Erasmus, a contractor in Whitehorse.

“Logistically, there are some substantial challenges in even acquiring the materials. We have to look at suppliers down south just to obtain the materials that we need to move forward on some of our projects.”


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