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REGULATORY RANT: Ontario best practices – we want to hear from you
March 9th, 2018 10:46 am

Michael de Lint / RESCON


In my January 22 blog, I asked for information on Kafkaesque experiences with Ontario regulatory authorities.

We also want to more about what is working well – Ontario best practices. ...  Read more...

These 3 women are true leaders in Ontario construction as International Women’s Day celebrated
March 8th, 2018 8:08 am


Amina Dibe / RESCON

There is no question that Ontario construction is still a male-dominated industry. According to Statistics Canada’s 2017 research, only 12.4% of the construction workforce are women. However, the last 10 years has seen more women signing up, whether it’s the residential or ICI sectors – especially among the ranks of construction management.

As March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD), we thought it was a vital time to shine the spotlight on three women working for RESCON builder members who are blazing a trail for the whole industry. ...  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: Ontario land use planning -- one hand clapping
February 22nd, 2018 3:54 pm

Michael de Lint / RESCON


Toronto recently acquired the distinction as one of the most unaffordable cities in the world.

Is this because Toronto has suddenly become a world-class city? Toronto certainly has many good qualities including its distinct and liveable neighbourhoods, its waterfront, dynamic downtown, and ravine parks system. However, Toronto’s sky-high prices are also the result of factors limiting housing supply relative to demand....  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: Prepare now for WSIB rate framework changes or risk confusion in 2020, health and safety lawyer tells Ontario construction industry
February 16th, 2018 8:09 pm


Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe / RESCON

The WSIB is changing and the target date for the new Rate Framework is 2020. Ontario’s construction industry must prepare for the way it will change Schedule 1 employer’s premiums, says employment lawyer Daryl Seupersad....  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: OYAP seminar promotes construction skilled trades program to GTA guidance counsellors, teachers
January 25th, 2018 6:57 am
 

Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe / RESCON

RESCON recently had the pleasure of speaking at the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) seminar hosted by LiUNA 183 Training Centre.

The event brought together guidance counsellors, teachers and OYAP coordinators from elementary and secondary schools from various GTA schoolboards. The goal was simple: inform the educators about what a career in residential construction entails and ensure they understand the opportunities our sector can offer. With a better knowledge of residential construction, teachers and guidance counsellors can advise the future workforce about the different paths into construction and into the skilled trades....  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: An Ontario construction update on Enbridge’s finishing heat activation form
January 23rd, 2018 5:16 pm

Paul De Berardis / RESCON

As we’re still in the dead of winter, I’d like to give you a quick update on finishing heat: click here to see Enbridge’s recently revised finishing heat activation form to reflect a simplified process which should rectify some earlier challenges faced by builders and their heating contractors....  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: Tell us your red tape horror stories in Ontario construction
January 22nd, 2018 6:21 pm

Michael de Lint / RESCON

RESCON is looking for your red-tape horror stories: Kafkaesque encounters with regulatory authorities that have you scratching your head.

This is for a good cause. RESCON has started work on a best practice report focused on how to streamline and improve Ontario’s development and building approvals process. Information on regulatory problems will help us target recommendations so that they actually will improve Ontario’s approval regime, while maintaining the province’s high standards of building safety, urban design and environmental protection....  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: Ministry’s last-minute charge – Ontario electric vehicle update for new homes
December 21st, 2017 6:38 am

Paul De Berardis / RESCON

Season’s greetings!

Ahead of the winter holiday, I’d like to give you a quick update on electrical vehicle (EV) charging requirements slated to take effect in the Ontario Building Code on Jan. 1, 2018.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs made the announcement of transition provisions on Dec. 19, less than two weeks ahead of the Code change, to support the “smooth implementation” of EV charging requirements....  Read more...

LABOUR RELATIONS: Bill 148 will be a driving force for years to come
December 21st, 2017 6:25 am
 

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

As the year end approaches, it is important for all members to turn their attention to legislative changes that will impact all members. While annual updates to health and safety continue, this year’s wrap-up column focuses solely on Bill 148: The Fair Workplaces, Better Job Act, 2017 which received royal assent on Nov. 27. ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: Toronto labourer credits Tridel youth construction program for kickstarting career
December 21st, 2017 6:01 am

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

Daniel Allen is one of the true success stories of the residential construction industry, specifically through Tridel’s BOLT program.

Allen had been in the care of the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) in Toronto for his entire childhood when he decided that he wanted to learn more about construction. “People want to see people that are just like them, making it past their struggles to success. In order to have success, you’ve gotta have help sometimes,” he told RESCON. “BOLT kickstarted my career.”...  Read more...