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TRAINING & EDUCATION: Oshawa man hits career path in construction with Tribute Communities
April 26th, 2018 4:41 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

Not all of us are lucky enough to know the career path we’re destined for as a teenager. Thomas McHardy of home builder Tribute Communities is an exception.

The 21-year-old Oshawa man was recently promoted to assistant site supervisor at Oshawa’s Dantonbury UC Towns site. The path to get to that position was a very linear one: finding his passion for construction as a teenager, taking labour jobs, then enrolling at George Brown College’s construction engineering program, and continuing his education in RESCON’s construction management program. ...  Read more...

LABOUR RELATIONS: Bill 148 increases labour instability by breaking new ground in construction industry
April 26th, 2018 4:23 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

Bill 148 The Fair Workplaces, Better Job Act, 2017 has garnered considerable attention in the construction industry. Despite a proclamation that construction would be excluded, this Act has had considerable impacts on the construction industry. ...  Read more...

RESCON EVENTS: Focus on retaining trades employees, Construction Lien Act, cannabis
April 25th, 2018 3:40 pm

Amina Dibe / RESCON

RESCON continues to plan events that help you learn about the latest changes in the industry, and help provide you with the information to decide what options are best for your companies. Three events are coming up in May and June. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: The UFL is almost zero. Now what?
March 29th, 2018 4:43 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

Last spring, RESCON updated members that the WSIB’s Unfunded Liability (UFL) had been reduced to around $4 billion. Now, in the spring of 2018, improvements continue and it is much closer to zero than it has ever been before. This means the once overly optimistic goal of zero UFL is very attainable, something not everyone was convinced would ever happen. ...  Read more...
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...