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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...

HEALTH & SAFETY: An update on 2018 WSIB rates, chronic mental stress, rate framework review
December 12th, 2017 4:11 pm
  
Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe / RESCON

 

As 2018 approaches, so do three major initiatives within the WSIB.

RESCON has had a busy year consulting with the WSIB on behalf of builders in 2017 and is expecting more of the same in 2018. First, we preview 2018 rates. Second, we provide an update on chronic mental stress. Third, we discuss the next steps in WSIB’s rate framework review including a newly planned WSIB seminar which will be held in Maple in early next year. ...  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: Queen’s Park 14-point development approvals action plan is a good start
December 12th, 2017 12:54 pm

Michael de Lint / RESCON

In November, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs released the “Development Approval Roundtable Action Plan” intended to “bring more housing to the market sooner.”

Establishment of the roundtable was initially announced in April’s “Ontario Fair Housing Plan.”

The roundtable’s Action Plan was based on input from deputy ministers representing key approval ministries, senior GTHA planning officials, and senior representatives from BILD, OHBA, OREA and TREB. ...  Read more...

INNOVATION NATION: Tall wood demonstration initiative encourages Ontario builders to create buildings over 10 storeys
November 29th, 2017 3:55 pm

 

Paul De Berardis and Michael de Lint / RESCON

 
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), which wants to encourage more green construction, recently launched the Green Construction through Wood program.  

The GCWood program will cover up to 100 per cent of the eligible incremental cost for the  tall wood building, up to a maximum of $5 million per project. ...  Read more...