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CRACKING THE CODE: Consultation for building industry signals changes to the Ontario Building Code
August 23rd, 2017 5:27 pm

Paul De Berardis / RESCON

The Ontario government wants your opinion on the steps to introducing net-zero homes by 2030 and large buildings after that.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is seeking input on new proposed requirements in the Ontario Building Code (OBC) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the building sector in support of the government’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP). ...  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: Finland well ahead of Ontario on building approvals through electronic permitting
August 21st, 2017 3:32 pm

Michael de Lint / RESCON

Recently in this space, I wrote about Singapore’s world class e-permitting system called CORENET and how a similar system could transform Ontario’s plodding building approvals process.

Just last week, I received an email from Jarkko Turtiainen, chief operating officer with Evolta Ltd., a Finland-based IT firm specialized in e-permitting. He read the blog and wanted me to know about how his company was involved with e-permitting....  Read more...

LABOUR RELATIONS: Bill 148 affects a lot more than minimum wage
August 16th, 2017 4:41 pm
Andrew Pariser / RESCON

As the summer draws to a close, consultations wrap up on the very contentious Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. Despite what the name suggests, good jobs already exist in Ontario residential construction sector and the Wynne government should work to ensure those jobs are not inadvertently affected as they make legislative changes targeting other sectors. ...  Read more...

LYALL'S FILES: RESCON’s technical expert weighs in on Grenfell Tower tragedy
August 16th, 2017 2:35 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

RESCON’s technical expertise is being recognized by our membership, industry and mainstream media.

I’m specifically referring to the association’s civil engineer, Paul De Berardis. One year into his role with RESCON, the phone has been ringing more and emails keep rolling in for the director of building science and innovation as more of our members, key stakeholders and media seek his input. ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: OCOT’s July 30 deadline looms for reviews of updated trades classification process
July 24th, 2017 6:01 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

No one can say the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) isn’t busy. The young government body tasked with promoting skilled trades has been under constant review since now Sen. Tony Dean was asked to complete a review and help steer the ship back on course. New organizations require time to find their niche, and OCOT fits this mould.

Since then, we have had another expert review by former MPP Chris Bentley as well as bills, schedules, policies, consultations, and new reviews related to trades classifications and enforcements. ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: The 2017 RESCON / George Brown students are eager and ready to work
July 24th, 2017 4:59 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

The eight students in the 2017 RESCON construction management certificate program are a tight knit group and that spirit of teamwork might produce the best crop we have had in five years at George Brown College (GBC).

It’s a smaller group than previous years and yet the students, all graduates of GBC’s three-year Construction Engineering Technology diploma, may represent the best candidates for construction management that we have seen in the program’s five years. ...  Read more...

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...