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REGULATORY RANT: We’re No. 57! Modernized approach can speed up building approvals, Ryerson report says
June 29th, 2017 3:24 pm

Michael de Lint / RESCON

Regulatory delays are getting worse for Ontario’s construction industry.

That’s what we already knew then rediscovered in a soon-to­-be-released study on the building approval process by Ryerson University and RESCON. This study reports that routine building approvals (not involving rezoning) that should take one month, according to the Planning Act, often take two years. ...  Read more...

CODE CRACKING: Look for these amendments to 2012 Ontario Building Code
June 28th, 2017 5:22 pm

Paul De Berardis / RESCON

Interim amendments to the Ontario Building Code (OBC) support certain government policy objectives within the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy Update and the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP). As part of implementing the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy, changes to the OBC establish specific construction standards for retirement homes, as well as new two-unit houses. Under the CCAP, changes to the OBC promote the increased use of electric vehicles.  

Here are three items to watch.... 

LABOUR RELATIONS: Changing Workplaces Review headlines debut column
June 6th, 2017 5:15 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

Before the busy summer season kicks off, there are three updates on ongoing files affecting all RESCON members that you should know about.

They are: a new review impacting the Employment Standards Act (ESA) and Ontario Labour Relations Act (OLRA); new legislation from the review; and a new Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) Compliance and Enforcement Policy. If you feel overwhelmed, you are in good company. However, I have provided some Coles Notes to keep you up to date. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: Top-3 issues on WSIB – UFL, chronic mental stress and multi-rated employer designations
June 6th, 2017 2:51 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

The top WSIB questions from RESCON members these days are: where is the UFL at, and when will the fee be removed?

This is the first of three hot topics that I’ll take on in this blog post. ...  Read more...

INNOVATION NATION: Is Canadian dust dirtier? An update on furnace manufacturer installation protocol
June 6th, 2017 2:02 pm

Paul De Berardis / RESCON

It’s been well over a month since the deadline passed for the ban on construction heat.

So, RESCON is now providing an update of our last post (check out this link for background).

Gas utilities are still sorting out the new process for finishing heat, and the gas safety regulator, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), has yet to issue a bulletin. ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: RESCON’s George Brown program a source of inspiration for building officials
May 15th, 2017 5:41 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

RESCON and the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA) continued to strengthen their partnership at OBOA’s leadership conference where skills shortages and the RESCON-GBC certificate program were a central part of ongoing discussions.

We were asked to present on the certificate program we created in 2013 after the RESCON Board identified the training of young workers as a strategic priority. With a $250,000 match, an endowment fund was created and an initial deal was struck. That agreement spawned the birth of the RESCON Residential Construction Management Certificate Program. Now, we have a direct role in creating the future of construction – tomorrow’s residential project managers, site clerks, estimators, site supervisors and superintendents. ...  Read more...

LYALL'S FILES: Wynne government’s Fair Housing Plan not helping housing supply
May 9th, 2017 3:57 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

While intentions may be good, "Ontario's Fair Housing Plan" does not do enough to increase the supply of housing in Ontario during the biggest housing crisis in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) for almost 30 years.

We all want to see an improved situation for homeowners, new-home buyers and renters. But the plan's 16 initiatives will tighten the market for all forms of shelter, which will make finding a new home or rental even harder for buyers and renters. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: Daniels uses big data to reduce risks and keep workers safe
May 9th, 2017 2:48 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

HP’s former CEO Carly Fiorina once wrote,“The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight.” Regardless of your area of expertise, I feel this is the goal of big data.

While data is relevant in all fields, it can be life saving when applied to health and safety in the workforce. Executive Jon Kitancevski of The Daniels Corp. is a prime example in residential construction health and safety. ...  Read more...

INNOVATION NATION: Canadian furnace manufacturers change installation protocol
April 6th, 2017 4:44 pm

Paul De Berardis / RESCON

What difference does a day make?

On May 1st, 2017 all furnace manufacturers who are members of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) are changing their installation instructions which will bring big changes to the current practice of heating low-rise homes during construction. ...  Read more...

Last day to register for Tall Wood Symposium
March 24th, 2017 12:38 pm

Michael de Lint / RESCON

Anyone who wants to learn about building with wood over six storeys in Ontario – and wants to learn about the tallest pre-engineered timber building in the world – should not miss the 2017 Tall Wood Symposium.

Why? Because Ontario is limited to six-storey construction for now, but the future will see wood structures higher than six. If British Columbia and Quebec can go higher, it’s inevitable for Canada’s economic heartland. ...  Read more...