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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...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: Ontario construction industry discusses legalization of recreational marijuana and learns no one is ready for July 1 deadline
November 29th, 2017 12:14 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

It is time to get serious about cannabis in construction, industry members heard from a doctor, a lawyer and association presidents at the one-day Cannabis in Construction symposium recently held in Vaughan....  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: RESCON’s new intern wants to help construction transform Ontario housing for millennials
November 6th, 2017 5:35 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

If you saw Amina Dibe speak at RESCON’s recent cannabis awareness event, you know that she is not a typical intern.

Standing up in front of about 100 construction executives, government officials and other key stakeholders, she delivered a speech without a pause or break. From her speech, you wouldn’t know that she is a 23-year-old recent graduate of Seneca College’s government relations program. But her performances – whether in front of a big crowd, addressing government officials on training and education issues, or participating in a Q&A during an in-house presentation – make an impression. ...  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: Winter is coming -- Ontario home builders face construction to finishing heat conundrum
October 26th, 2017 9:52 am

Paul De Berardis / RESCON

Today, I’m providing an update about the ongoing rollout of new regulations for finishing heat. It's an important time to talk about this as winter is coming.

Builders only have just now been given the tools needed to comply with the changes, even though the rules took effect May 1. While builders are now able to comply, this process has led to months of deliberation and frustration. Our members have been relieved that the weather in the GTHA held out for as long as it did; otherwise, the confusion over how to use furnace heat in the final stages of residential construction could have led to unintended consequences....  Read more...