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LYALL’S FILES: Industry gears up for collective bargaining season
September 23rd, 2015 11:02 am     A+ | a-

Richard Lyall / RESCON

It’s almost time to get back to the bargaining table.

Every three years, the members of the Joint Residential Construction Association (JRCA) and the Ontario Residential Council of Construction Associations (ORCCA) gather to look at what’s ahead for the eight months of collective bargaining we’re expecting to undertake between November and June.

That’s why JRCA and ORCCA are organizing an economic symposium breakfast meeting on Oct. 1. That event will include two respected speakers who will help put the broader economic climate into perspective through fact-based analysis as we head into talks in the coming months.

After opening remarks from yours truly, our first speaker will be Paul Smetanin, president of the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA), a Toronto-based research organization and think-tank focused on analyzing policy decisions and prosperity outcomes. Smetanin will present CANCEA’s ground-breaking report explaining supply and demand factors driving residential construction. CANCEA uses agent-based modelling to complete a detailed analysis and identify the factors affecting and affected by residential construction.

Next up will be Sal Guatieri, senior economist with BMO Financial Group. Guatieri will guide participants through BMO’s macro-economic outlook for Canada and the world, then narrow his focus on the residential housing market in the GTA.

All members of JRCA and ORCCA are welcome!


Here are the event details:

NAME: ORCCA Economic Symposium

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, Oct. 1st, 8 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Eagles Nest Golf Club, 10,000 Dufferin St., Maple

REGISTRATION: RSVP Rose Cleverdon at or call 905-760-7777 or Andrew Pariser – or 416-970-7665.


Look forward to seeing you there!

Richard Lyall, president of RESCON, represented the building industry in Ontario since 1991. He is also a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to the construction industry. Contact him @RESCONprez or at
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