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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...
LYALL'S FILES: Wood construction innovators Sweden highlight conference in Toronto
October 23rd, 2017 4:53 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

We are champing at the bit for a chance to hear from the Swedish contingent at the Toronto Wood Solutions Fair on Thursday, Nov. 2.

Two years ago, a team from RESCON travelled to Sweden to see what the Swedes were doing with wood construction, including the townhome community of Hammarby, a suburb of Stockholm, and the eight-storey Strandparken in the town of Sundbyberg. The buildings were superb, and the psychological benefits of wood could be felt upon entry: you could feel a sense of well being when surrounded by wood and, for Strandparken, the smell of cedar filled the air. ...  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: Mobilizing to modernize Ontario construction through expanded e-permitting
October 18th, 2017 11:12 am

Michael de Lint / RESCON

RESCON is working with other key stakeholders to modernize Ontario's regulatory system.

This article is an update for a blog posted over the summer on a report produced by RESCON and Ryerson University published called “Modernizing Building Approvals in Ontario.”

A lot has happened since the July 5 release, but let's recap a few things before I reveal the latest developments. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: Recreational cannabis, construction and the Ontario workplace (a panel discussion)
September 19th, 2017 1:15 pm

Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe / RESCON

The Cannabis Act has been getting considerable attention in the media, and with good reason. The federal government is sticking to its legalization date of July 1, 2018 for recreational cannabis; this means that employers and employees need to be aware of the details of the legislation and potential implications to the construction industry....  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: Ontario warming up to Finland’s Evolta e-permitting system
September 19th, 2017 11:55 am

Michael de Lint / RESCON

E-permitting is creating a buzz all over Ontario’s residential design and construction industry.

In a blog published in June, I wrote about expanding e-permitting across the province, which was one of three recommendations in RESCON’s joint report with Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development. This blog, which included a reference to Singapore’s state-of-the-art e-permitting system, CoreNet, drew attention from Finland’s Evolta, one of three companies bidding to enhance Singapore’s system. ...  Read more...