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WSIB rate review
April 15th, 2015 4:55 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

 
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The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has launched a rate review process with the goal of moving towards an NAICS (North American Industrial Classification System).

This issue is a big deal for builders. Here’s why: this will potentially influence how you pay your rates over the next 10-20 years. ...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Tony Dean and the quest for reforming OCOT
March 31st, 2015 2:58 pm
Richard Lyall / RESCON



The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) is under the microscope.

This spring, the province’s former top civil servant Tony Dean will travel across Ontario to get input about the College’s role, how it is performing on issues related to the practice of the trades and whether it should be reformed.

That’s why we felt strongly about launching the Dawson Report this week, which highlights the need for a modernized skilled trades and apprenticeship system. ...  Read more...
HEALTH & SAFETY: Working at heights
March 17th, 2015 2:51 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON
 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Welcome to my debut column on our blog.

In this space, I will write about health and safety issues that come up with the more than 100 builders that we represent from around the GTA.

Today’s issue is of vital importance to all of our members: the province’s new Working at Heights standard.

Any workers on construction sites must complete a Working at Heights training program approved by Ontario’s chief prevention officer (CPO). ...  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Tarion proves to be friend of the industry
March 11th, 2015 3:09 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

 

RESCON recently held a very successful and engaging seminar with a lively panel of four experts called “Tarion: Partner or Adversary.”

The people who attended this sold-out event learned that the new-home warranty program is indeed a partner of the residential construction industry. However, as was discussed frequently by the panelists and members of the audience, this relationship has room for improvement.

The members of the panel included: Scott Rowand, manager of stakeholder relations with Tarion; real estate lawyer Leor Margulies of Robins Appleby; developer David Speigel of Tribute Communities, and senior property manager Naseer Abbasi of Del Property Management. ...  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Don't miss crucial Tarion talk!
February 17th, 2015 2:37 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON



Tarion has a tremendous impact on your business and that’s why you should attend RESCON’s crucial, interactive panel discussion on Feb. 26.

 While RESCON sees Ontario’s new-home warranty program as an important strategic partner, Tarion is also in the unique position of being an industry regulator. At times, this complex role leads to tension.

 That’s why our Builders Association will host a constructive, positive conversation with a diverse industry panel sharing their Tarion experiences with our members, and answering their questions directly on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. ...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: One-day conference key for arrival of six-wood
February 5th, 2015 5:26 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON



Six-storey wood-frame construction is here to stay, but the residential construction industry is still a long way from fully implementing it into streetscapes across Ontario.

New Year’s Day saw a change to the Ontario Building Code went into effect allowing the construction of wood-frame buildings up to six storeys, rising from four, across the province. Wood will open up new business for our industry. There are certain corners of towns and cities that can use some additional density, in accordance with the directive by the provincial growth plan, and six-storey wood-frame construction will allow builders and municipalities to fulfill this goal. Not too tall, not too short. It’s an exciting time for our industry.

Now, construction leaders are trying to figure out what steps they have to take to start building five- and six-storey projects. That’s where RESCON comes in.

We are the lead sponsors for the upcoming Toronto Mid-Rise Symposium, a one-day conference hosted by Ontario Wood WORKS! that focuses on how to create mid-rise wood-frame homes. ...  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Translating housing's technical issues
February 3rd, 2015 3:07 pm
Michael Steele / RESCON

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Are you looking for info and answers to questions on technical issues that affect multi-residential construction in Ontario? Then this is the space where you will find the answers you seek.

We’ll be tackling issues that impact residential construction such as: inconsistent interpretations of the OBC, proposed code changes, new regulations and standards, affordability and Tarion.

And we want your input and questions so we can be as current and interactive as possible, using plain language to cut through the jargon. ...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Why Housing Un-Affordability is Here to Stay
January 28th, 2015 11:50 am

Richard Lyall / RESCON


Welcome to RESCON's new blog! Here you'll read about a range of issues related to residential construction, including six-storey wood-frame construction (more on the Feb. 11 Toronto Mid-rise Symposium at this link and coming to this space), quality of construction, accessibility, net zero housing, new voluntary certification programs, build green programs, WSIB rates, the Ontario College of Trades and more.

As the voice of the residential construction industry, RESCON – the Residential Construction Council of Ontario – has a responsibility to talk about the issues of the day faced by the residential construction industry and try to shed some light on how these issues affect builders and ultimately you, our homebuyers.

Our association is best known as a hands-on, technical, builders-only group, but have started a communications program as we feel that greater outreach is required to bridge the gap between builders and the public so that you have a better understanding of our industry. ...  Read more...