You do NOT need to be licensed to do Sewage/Septic/ Lagoon Inspections in BC

I recently came across once again during a deal on a home that the buyers REALTOR® saying the inspection of a septic system has to be done by a licensed person. THIS IS FALSE! I have had extensive conversations over the past few years with the BC Govt/MLAs and our local Northern Health dept. The misunderstanding is you have to be licensed to fix, repair, alter, install a septic/sewage system but you do not for assessment or inspections. They recommend you have someone licensed to inspect but your brother or neighbor or whoever you trust can do it without issue.

There are alot of very knowledgable contractors and persons out there without a license that a very capable of inspecting. Again it is whomever you know and trust.

Here is image of letter I asked for back in April 2021 for your reference


My two cents worth:

Recent reports have confirmed what many have feared: the housing market is still in a state of depletion/low inventory, and bidding wars are making a comeback. This development is crucial for sellers, as it requires a shift in strategy regarding how to price and sell their homes. For buyers, it signals a need for a mindset change, given the high interest rates, limited inventory, and fierce competition.

It's important to acknowledge that this housing shortage will persist for years to come. Delaying the decision to buy a home will not solve any issues, and may actually worsen the situation. Therefore, it's advisable to contact myself or Jorden Birks (we are not a team but can work together at times), who can provide guidance on how to navigate the current market conditions, whether you're a buyer or a seller.

PRINCE GEORGE- Prince George has been on full display this week between the BC Natural Resource Forum and the 2023 Nordiq Canada Selection Trials & Nordiq Cup.

“It’s so good to see people, so many people back in town making face-to-face connections,” said Mayor Simon Yu.

Between the two major events, the rough estimate of people visiting Prince George this week is around 2000 out-of-town visitors.

It’s not just folks from BC coming up north, Prince George has become a global landmark with teams from Australia, Poland and Czech Republic at the Ski Trails.

The CEO of Tourism Prince George Colin Carson, says it’s impressive that our community can host both of these events simultaneously.

“We’re not just talking sport or just talking conferences, but we’re able to showcase both in these amazing facilities,” said Carson.

Since the Pandemic, Prince George has hosted the Woman’s World Curling Championships and the BC Summer Games. Now, with the BC Natural Resource Forum and the 2023 Nordiq Canada Selection Trials & Nordiq Cup, more events like these are sure to come to the northern capital in the year to come. 

By Jack Clark


BC Hydro president and CEO Chris O'Riley announces plan to twin a transmission line that runs between Prince George and Terrace in order to meet the growing energy needs of the region. The project, which is currently in the planning and design phase, will involve building a second transmission line alongside the existing one, which was built in the 1970s.

This will increase the capacity of the transmission line and ensure a more reliable supply of electricity to the area. The twinning of the transmission line is expected to cost around $200 million and will take several years to complete. The project will also include upgrading and rebuilding substations along the route, as well as installing new transmission towers. The increased capacity will allow for more renewable energy to be transported to the area, helping to reduce the region's dependence on fossil fuels. BC Hydro is working closely with local communities and stakeholders to ensure that the project has minimal impact on the environment and local residents.

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The Canadian housing market has been in a state of flux in recent years, with prices fluctuating in response to a variety of factors, including economic conditions, interest rates, and government policies. As we look ahead to the first quarter of 2023, it's difficult to predict exactly what the future holds for home prices in Canada. However, by examining current trends and factors that are likely to affect the market, we can make some educated guesses about what to expect.

One of the biggest factors that will likely affect home prices in the first quarter of 2023 is the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has caused widespread economic disruption, leading to job losses and reduced income for many Canadians. This has made it more difficult for many people to afford to buy a home, which could lead to a slowdown in demand for housing and a corresponding drop in home prices.

Another factor to consider is interest rates. The Bank of Canada has kept interest rates at historic lows in recent years to help stimulate the economy, and this has made it more affordable for Canadians to take out mortgages and buy homes. However, if interest rates start to rise in the first quarter of 2023, it could make it more expensive for people to borrow money and could therefore lead to a slowdown in demand for housing.

Government policies also play a role in determining home prices. For example, in recent years, the government of Canada has introduced a number of measures designed to cool the housing market, such as the stress test for borrowers, mortgage rates and the mortgage fraud prevention measures. These measures have made it more difficult for some people to qualify for mortgages, which could lead to a slowdown in demand for housing and a corresponding drop in home prices.

Despite these challenges, it's important to note that there are also a number of factors that could help to support home prices in the first quarter of 2023. For example, the Canadian economy has been slowly recovering from the pandemic, which could lead to an increase in demand for housing as more people are able to afford to buy homes. Additionally, some experts believe that the ongoing shortage of housing supply in many Canadian cities could help to support home prices, as there are more buyers than there are homes available for sale.

In conclusion, it is hard to predict exactly what will happen to home prices in Canada in the first quarter of 2023. Factors such as the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, interest rates, and government policies will all play a role in determining the direction of the market. However, it is important to keep in mind that the Canadian housing market is complex and multifaceted, and that there are many factors that can influence home prices. The best way to prepare for the future is to stay informed about current trends and to work with a professional real estate agent to help you navigate the market.

If you're looking for an experienced and knowledgeable real estate agent to guide you through the buying or selling process, consider Dean Birks. Dean Birks is a top-rated realtor in Canada with 30+ years of experience in the industry and a deep understanding of the Prince George and area housing market. With his expert advice and guidance, you can be confident that you're making the best decisions for your unique situation.


BC Housing Market Showing Signs of Stabilizing Despite Decreased Activity

September 13, 2022. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 5,645 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in August 2022, a decrease of 40.8 per cent from August 2021. The average MLS® residential price in BC was $918,378, a 2.1 per cent increase from $899,428 recorded in August 2021. Total sales dollar volume was $5.2 billion, a 39.6 per cent decline from the same time last year.

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here.

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