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Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry - Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Ontario's Tall Wood Building Reference
A Technical Resource for Developing Alternative Solutions under Ontario's Building Code October, 2017


Daily Commercial News - December 12, 2017
Constructors join forces for homeless housing


CBC's Matt Galloway interviews Andrea Adams of St. Clare's - December 07, 2017
RESCON and certain RESCON members have supported the building of 22 shelter units in downtown Toronto. This effort is in the process of raising $1 million in support of charitable foundation St. Clare's Multifaith Housing Society.


Canadian Apartment / REMI Network - December 06, 2017
Purpose-built affordable housing planned for Kensington Market


HOMES Magazine online - December 06, 2017
25 Leonard Ave.: Condo and home builders join forces to help house the homeless


CNW - December 06, 2017
22 new apartments for homeless people set to be built in Toronto's Kensington Market


GeorgeBrown.ca - November 28, 2017
GTHA construction gets a boost from George Brown College construction program


CondoBusiness - November 22, 2017
Ontario takes steps to streamline development approvals


Canadian Real Estate Magazine - November 6, 2017
This could cut $70M from cost of Ontario homes


Toronto Sun - November 4, 2017
Ontario readies industry for tall-wood construction


Daily Commercial News - November 03, 2017
Research suggests huge savings from automated e-permitting


Daily Commercial News - October 27, 2017
Sweeping labour code changes mostly bypass construction industry


CondoBusiness magazine - October 27, 2017
Construction industry abuzz about cannabis legalization


Construction Canada - October 18, 2017
Glass claddings for tall buildings


Daily Commercial News - October 18, 2017
Industry Perspectives: The French connection - why does Canada import wood from Europe?


Daily Commercial News - October 13, 2017
Marijuana uncertainty clouds future work sites


Daily Commercial News - October 11, 2017
Cold-formed steel heats up as mid-rise and framing option


Daily Commercial News - October 10, 2017
Doctor talks workplace cannabis impact at symposium


Toronto Sun - October 07, 2017
Oakville woman 'a great leader' among construction program grads


Canadian Real Estate Magazine - September 29, 2017
Government unveils plan to jump development hurdles


Canadian Real Estate Wealth - September 27, 2017
Detached houses still in good shape


TORONTO SUN - September 02, 2017
Forget nostalgia - new homes outperform existing ones


USGlass News Network - August 29, 2017
Academic report compares window walls and curtain walls


CFRB 1010 (The Tim Hudak Show) - August 21, 2017
The Drive for Affordable Home Ownership (and Better Approvals Process)


Globe and Mail - August 18, 2017
Toronto's missing middle


CondoBusiness magazine (REMI Network) - August 15, 2017
Window walls preferable for residential applications


TORONTO SUN - July 21, 2017
'One-month' housing approval process takes two years, says report


Canadian Apartment magazine (REMI Network) - July 18, 2017
Ontario leaves live-in superintendents exposed


Daily Commercial News - July 14, 2017
Report slams slow Ontario building approvals


TORONTO SUN - July 07, 2017
Toronto teen takes road to success in construction


Daily Commercial News - July 7, 2017
London tower inferno a case study in systemic failure


National Post (Financial Post) - July 5, 2017
Planning approval process creating long delays and reducing housing supply: Report


Ryerson University report - July 5, 2017
Modernizing Building Approvals in Ontario: Catching Up with Advanced Jurisdictions


Building Tall Research Centre - June 27, 2017
Press Release

U of T report reveals merits of window wall, curtain wall


Toronto Sun - June 22, 2017
Wrong types of housing being built: report


The REMI Network - June 22, 2017
Building services seen as precarious employment


TORONTO SUN - June 16, 2017
City of Toronto's tower of red tape costs condo buyers


Daily Commercial News - June 15, 2017
Toronto developer concerns over building approvals process grows: U of T report


HiBusiness - June 13, 2017
Study Shows That Building Approval Delays In Toronto Are Leading To Condo Shortages


Daily Commercial News - June 12, 2017
New workplace legislation could generate 'unintended consequences' for construction


Novae Res Urbis - June 09, 2017
Tall Building Applications Lag: Lost Opportunity

(Posted with permission of the publisher of NRU Publishing Inc. Original article first appeared in Novae Res Urbis - Toronto, Vol. 21, No. 23, Friday, June 9, 2017.)


Canadian Real Estate Magazine - June 07, 2017
Condo shortage in Toronto exacerbated by building approval delays - study


Canada NewsWire - June 05, 2017
Press release: Toronto condo buyers face constrained supply as approval delays soar: U of T report

Report: Evaluation of Tall Building Construction Permitting Process in Toronto


CondoBusiness - June 01, 2017
Big data backs medium-density development


Daily Commercial News - May 29, 2017
Stakeholders praise, pan new OCOT enforcement policy


The Guardian - May 27, 2017
Canada's 'us and them cities': data shows most homes are too small - or too big


rescon.com - May 23, 2017
Understanding Housing Affordability: A Big Data Approach - Video Links

Presentation by Paul Smetanin

Expert Panel on Housing Affordability

GTHA Mayors Panel on Housing Affordability


CBC News at 6 - May 23, 2017
Housing Affordability Report (CANCEA)


BNN - May 23, 2017
GTA housing crisis could be solved by boosting 'missing middle': Report


CBC.ca - May 23, 2017
Toronto area housing market has a missing middle, new report says


Toronto Star - May 23, 2017
Obsession with home ownership driving Toronto affordability crisis, report finds


Financial Post - May 23, 2017
70 per cent of people living in Ontario have homes that are too big or too small


Canada NewsWire - May 23, 2017
Press release: Ease GTHA housing crisis by boosting family-sized rentals and
'missing middle' homes, report suggests


Report: Understanding the forces driving the shelter affordability issue


Toronto Sun - May 21, 2017
Fair Housing Plan offers no hope for next generation


Canada NewsWire - April 26, 2017
Wynne government's Fair Housing Plan not helping housing supply: RESCON


Toronto Sun - April 21, 2017
A housing fairy tale with no happy ending


The Canadian Press - April 04, 2017
Ontario government to set up new regulator for home builders, replacing Tarion


Toronto Sun - March 31, 2017
OMB didn't make midtown T.O. school ruling


Ottawa Business Journal - March 29, 2017
Ontario government to set up new regulator for home builders, replacing Tarion


YP Next Home - March 29, 2017
Ontario to change new home builder regulatory processes


City News - March 29, 2017
Ontario to set up new regulator for home builders, replacing Tarion


Canada NewsWire - March 28, 2017
Home builders welcome ideas to improve consumer protection in Ontario


myhomepage.ca - March 24, 2017
A View From Inside - New Home Construction A Work In Progress


Toronto Sun - March 17, 2017
Toronto's towering struggle and the OMB


myhomepage.ca - February 27, 2017
Mikey Network one example of how homebuilders give back


TVO's The Agenda With Steve Paikin - Tuesday, February 07, 2017
"Faulty Towers?": panel discussion featuring Paul De Berardis, RESCON director of building science and innovation


Toronto Sun - February 03, 2017
4 things that make Active House stand out


Toronto Sun - January 27, 2017
Builder aims to raise bar with 'active' super-house


HOMES Magazine - January 2017
Wood is good for Ontario construction


Toronto Sun - December 15, 2016
Would you pay an extra $100,000 for a net-zero home?


Toronto Star - November 03, 2016
Smart Growth an oxymoron


Daily Commercial News - October 26, 2016
Changing Workplaces Review could change construction


HOMES Magazine - October 14, 2016
Innovation nation forcing net zero could harm Ontario economy


Toronto Sun - October 06, 2016
Keeping the home ownership dream alive


Toronto Star - October 03, 2016
Councillor trashes sidewalk signs on sidewalks


TVO's The Agenda With Steve Paikin - September 13, 2016
"A temporary conundrum": panel discussion featuring RESCON president Richard Lyall


Toronto Sun - August 17, 2016
College grad's soft skills pave way to construction career


Toronto Sun - August 12, 2016
Why your new home is delayed


Toronto Sun - July 07, 2016
College grad's soft skills pave way to career


Daily Commercial News - July 06, 2016
Industry Perspectives: Three ways to kickstart housing plans


Daily Commercial News - June 20, 2016
Ontario residential strikes come to an end


Daily Commercial News - June 20, 2016
Industry awaits impacts of the Waste-Free Ontario Act


rescon.com - June 16, 2016
GTA's residential strikes end


Daily Commercial News - June 09, 2016
Fire safety guideline developed for midrise wood construction


Mandarin Time for Rogers TV - May 27, 2016
RESCON's Richard Lyall speaks about residential construction strikes


CityNews - May 24, 2016
Strike over, GTA framers back to work 'as soon as today'


Mississauga News - May 24, 2016
Striking framers set to get back to work after reaching deal


Toronto Sun - May 13, 2016
What you need to know about the housing strikes
Q&A with Richard Lyall, President of Residential Construction Council of Ontario


rescon.com - May 06, 2016
Residential Construction Bargaining Update


Mississauga News - May 06, 2016
Home construction in Peel 'grinding to a halt' due to union strikes by frame, trim, drywall and tile workers


CityNews - May 04, 2016
Looming strikes could stall GTA home construction this summer


NewsTalk 1010 - May 02, 2016
Getting your dream home built? You may have to wait


Globe and Mail - April 30, 2016
Seeing the light on Energy


Toronto Sun - April 28, 2016
Construction's Mr. Chipps helps students find passion


CondoBusiness (reminetwork.com) - April 07, 2016
Deconstructing housing affordability in the GTA


Daily Commercial News - March 31, 2016
Multi-bedroom housing units needed in GTHA: RESCON


Toronto Sun - March 25, 2016
House rich, cash poor (This is the conclusion of a two-part series by Richard Lyall on housing affordability)


Toronto Star - March 20, 2016
Two takes on inclusionary zoning


Toronto Sun - March 18, 2016
Gimme shelter - Panel looks at why it's so hard to afford housing (First of a two-part series by Richard Lyall on housing affordability)


Canada NewsWire - March 14, 2016
Builders group: Inclusionary zoning isn't silver bullet for GTHA's affordability crunch


The Globe And Mail - March 03, 2016
This indicator on housing affordability is a lot less rosy than Ottawa's


Harvey Kalles - February 25, 2016
Is eco-friendly wood construction the future of Toronto condos?


Toronto Sun - February 21, 2016
How technology is transforming new housing


CondoLife - February 18, 2016
Housing intensification is solution for millennials' needs


Marketwired - February 09, 2016
Residential construction agreements set to expire April 30th


CondoBusiness (reminetwork.com) - February 09, 2016
Intensification impacts on millennial consumers


Marketwired - January 14, 2016
Housing intensification is solution for millennials' needs


Radio Canada International - January 06, 2016
Can you afford "shelter" in Canada?



Metro News - December 09, 2015
26% of Ontario homeowners struggle to afford their houses


The Mississauga News - December 09, 2015
26% of Ontario homeowners struggling to afford homes


HOMES Magazine - December 09, 2015

New research takes systemic look at GTHA's housing affordability issue


New 'policy tool' to measure housing affordability creates buzz .....


One in four Ontario homeowners feeling the pinch for housing affordability: report

December 09, 2015
Ground-breaking independent research has revealed that at least 1.2 million Ontario homeowners (26 per cent) experience significant housing affordability pressure. A report by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA) was launched on Dec. 9, 2015 at Ryerson University before an audience of more than 100 industry leaders, members of government and academics.
The report was financed by RESCON.
Among its key findings in the report "Understanding Shelter Affordability Issues," CANCEA created a new index to measure housing affordability. The Shelter Consumption Affordability Ratio (SCAR) Index takes a systemic approach to measuring the many socioeconomic factors that affect homeowners and renters, including health care, lack of funding in infrastructure, transportation and proximity to work opportunities, among others.

Presentation - Understanding Shelter Affordability Issues: Towards a better policy framework in Ontario
Executive Summary - Understanding Shelter Affordability Issues: Towards a better policy framework in Ontario
CANCEA Bulletin #4 - Understanding Shelter Affordability Issues

Media Coverage
Toronto Star - 26% of Ontario homeowners struggling to afford homes
Hamilton Spectator - Homeowners under 45 struggling to afford homes
Daily Commercial News - Give me shelter: panel looks at why it's so hard to afford a home
RENX - Index reveals dramatic fall in shelter affordability

New 'policy tool' to measure housing affordability creates buzz

More than 100 industry leaders, academics and politicians were in attendance at Ryerson University on Dec. 9th, 2015 to witness the launch of a ground-breaking independent research report on housing affordability. The event was called "The Escalating Challenge of Home Ownership: Causes, Costs and Risks."
Among findings by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA), the revelation that at least 1.2 million Ontario homeowners (26 per cent) experience significant housing affordability pressure and the creation of a new index to measure housing affordability.
The study, called "Understanding Shelter Affordability Issues," financed by RESCON, points out that the Shelter Consumption Affordability Ratio (SCAR) Index takes a systemic approach to measuring the many socioeconomic factors that affect homeowners and renters, including health care, lack of funding in infrastructure, transportation and proximity to work opportunities, among others.
Speaking at an event held at Ryerson University to launch the research, Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Ted McMeekin welcomed CANCEA's contribution to the affordability discussion.
"The affordability index is a helpful policy tool and I look forward to the next phase of CANCEA's research. It will help us assuredly because good information helps us to make good decisions," McMeekin said. "Housing is not the problem. It's the solution."

Slide show
Housing Minister Ted McMeekin is shown here at centre, flanked from left by David Amborski of Ryerson's Centre for Urban Research and Land Development; CANCEA's Paul Smetanin; MPP Peter Milczyn; and RESCON president Richard Lyall.

To see the report's executive summary, please go to: http://bit.ly/1M5sxZk

For the bulletin analysis, visit: http://bit.ly/1jQXZDQ


Dean Report Shows Path to Tackling Ontario's Skills Gap

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 23, 2015)
The Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) welcomes the recommendations of the Tony Dean report and appreciates the province's commitment to implementing them, recognizing that this represents a key step in tackling Ontario's skills gap.



Taller wood-frame condos coming to Toronto

November 17, 2015
One of the city's tallest wood-frame residential buildings is on its way to Queen and Dovercourt thanks to new building code regulations.
Provided it receives the necessary planning approvals, 45 Dovercourt Rd., which is being marketed as CABIN, will become one of the first wooden structures in the city to span six storeys.
"Wood can go up very quickly, that's one of the big advantages of it," said project architect Roland Rom Colthoff of RAW Design.



Shedding light on windows and health

October 30, 2015
Your windows might be your principal source of Vitamin D, essential for a healthy life.
Natural light plays a critical role in human physiology and mental well-being, particularly in northern climates where the amount of daylight during the winter months is limited.
As our time with sunshine diminishes at this time of year, it's an important time to think about sunlight, as well as the windows on your new home.
Representatives of RESCON recently learned about the latest research on the importance of natural light relative to building design at the sixth Velux Daylight Symposium in London, attended by leading experts and representatives from more than 30 countries.
It was an auspicious occasion as the United Nations General Assembly had declared 2015 ......



Blazing a trail for women in construction

October 15, 2015
The shadow of her hard hat's brim casts a shadow over Maryam Mohammad Amin's cellphone. She's taking a call about the construction site she's standing on. Inspired by her father's hard work building their home years ago in Afghanistan, Amin is working in the career she dreamed of as a child.
Over the course of six months in the city of Mazar- E-Sharif, circa 1992, "I was on site and would go with him to watch him to do the excavation and the foundation," says the 29-year-old Toronto resident. "He was a mechanical engineer, but he knew construction."
And now, so does his daughter.



New research centre is good news for condo buyers

October 4, 2015
When it comes to building into the sky, Canada is walking tall.
Our wonderful country is a respected leader internationally for constructing tall buildings, especially for residential projects. And Toronto is leading the way for the Great White North.
In a study on tall buildings by Chicago-based research firm the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Canada stands eighth in the world behind only China, the U.S., Japan, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Australia and Singapore for buildings over 150 metres (67, including 39 in Toronto). This is no small feat for a country of only 35 million people.
With more than half of the ..........



INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES: What the number 45 means to residential construction

September 24, 2015
Bureaucratic inefficiency, duplication and delays frustrate everyone in residential construction, from builders and developers to contractors and labourers. Everyone in our industry takes pride in their work and wants to see that the best job is completed on deadline at every site.
But few people are aware of the enormous list of rules and regulations that must be contended with to build new homes and condominiums in Ontario. While this province is the economic engine of Canada, it is also arguably the most complex and difficult jurisdiction within which to build new homes in North America.
As the president of the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON), a builders-only association and proud member of the Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario (CDAO), this is something ..........



Housing costs, red tape and new-home buyers

August 21, 2015
New-home buyers pay for the costs of bureaucratic inefficiency, duplication and delays.
Few people are aware of the enormous list of rules and regulations that must be contended with to build new homes and condominiums in Ontario - arguably the most complex and difficult jurisdiction within which to build in North America.
RESCON's director of technical Standards, Michael Steele, recently reviewed this and identified 45 government entities that have a direct role in the process. Forty-five!
So what does that mean for you as you consider purchasing a new ..........


Mid-rise innovation more than just a Swede dream

July 10, 2015
Toronto builders learned how Swede it is to build homes in Scandinavia during a recent trade mission to Northern Europe. There were some refreshing lessons to be learned from the mission, but to appreciate the differences between what we see in the GTA and what we learned about in Stockholm, you have to understand the concept of NIMBY-ism.
You may have heard of it - Not In My BackYard (NIMBY). It's a philosophy that is quite pervasive in the GTA (and other parts of the world) in which existing homeowners do not want to see new developments built in their neighbourhoods...........



Here's a better way to reduce housing costs

June 19, 2015
Toronto aspires to be a world-class city. But world-class cities embrace change and adopt innovation. That's why I think it is odd how the City of Toronto is aggressively fighting Uber - the online car service challenging taxis around the world - given the obvious benefits related to other arguably more pressing public policy objectives.
Among those objectives - improving housing affordability. Let me explain. Some say Uber provides a superior service plus savings of up to 25 per cent on a taxi ride.
Uber boss Travis Kalanick told MarketWatch his company is getting cars off the roads and freeing up parking spaces. Sounds feasible. Also, with the improved availability of shared car services..........



Something is terrific in the state of Denmark

May 29, 2015
Stockholm and Copenhagen are considered two of the most beautiful, livable and sustainable cities in the world.
The core of their new housing development is focused on five to eight-storey mid-rise residential buildings which boast an enormous range of creative design varieties that are holistically supported by family friendly public space and other amenities.
Contrast that with Toronto where powerful rate payer groups continue to aggressively oppose smart growth and good density out of fear it might negatively impact home values. Consider how inane and selfish the argument is where people oppose $500,000 mid-rise housing units which..........



George Brown grad blazes trail for women in construction

May 15, 2015
As a five-year-old girl in Afghanistan, Maryam Mohammad Amin found her passion for construction while watching her father build their home.
Over six months in the city of Mazar-E-Sharif, "I was on site and would go with him to watch him to do the excavation, and the foundation," says the 28-year-old Toronto resident. "He was a mechanical engineer, but he knew construction."
And I'm proud to tell you that Maryam grew up and pursued her passion, graduating last year from an intense 28-week program sponsored by RESCON, , ..........



Houston, we have an affordability problem

April 10, 2015
Toronto is suffering from an acute housing supply problem for younger low and middle income families.
That is a direct result of dramatic price increases and the growing gap between new low-rise and high-rise housing units.
Yet housing, like any other product in a competitive market, ..........



The Dawson Report

March 30, 2015
Media Release

Modernizing Ontario's Skilled Trades Apprenticeship and Training System Building New Opportunities Through Governance and Regulatory Reform.



Youth denied careers in construction

March 12, 2015
The building industry is Ontario's economic engine, and we at the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) are happy to represent it.
RESCON is the voice of the builders for more than 100 members across the GTA. If you are looking for a new home around Toronto or are a regular reader of this terrific section, you'll know many of our members.
In this monthly column, you will read about the technical nitty-gritty ...



The 2015 Reference Guide: Mid-Rise Wood Construction in the Ontario Building Code

March 09, 2015
Ontario Wood WORKS! is pleased to announce the release of their newest document. The 2015 Reference Guide: Mid-Rise Wood Construction in the Ontario Building Code is a free guide is based on a detailed code analysis and report that we commissioned Morrison Hershfield to complete for us. This new reference tool examines in detail the new OBC provisions related to Mid-Rise and Combustible construction. The intent of the tool is to help explain the provisions and provide the user with a better understanding of what is acceptable in Ontario. CLICK HERE to download a PDF copy of the Guide.



Six-storey wood-frame construction 'a game-changer'

February 06, 2015
Ontario could see up to 600 wood-frame construction projects at five or six storeys in the next five years all thanks to "the game-changer."

So says RESCON president Richard Lyall, whose builders group is the main sponsor of the upcoming Toronto Mid-Rise Symposium on Feb. 11. The one-day event was set up to educate the building industry about the nuances of wood-frame construction up to six storeys, which is the new limit for wood buildings after a change Jan. 1 to the Ontario Building Code.



Six-storey wood buildings 'a game-changer'

Richard Lyall: The Game Changer Six Storey Wood Frame Construction - Video

December 01, 2014
Under recent and pending building codes revisions in several Canadian jurisdictions, wood will be permitted in multiresidential and office buildings up to six storeys (compared with four storeys in most jurisdictions) with extra fire safety safeguards.
"It is a real game-changer," Richard Lyall, president of the Residential Construction Council of Ontario, says of the scope for increased use of a material that usually is less expensive than concrete or steel. "It will increase the supply of apartment rentals and condos, which will be good for the market."



CAC and RESCON resume wood frame debate

September 03, 2014
The residential construction industry is refuting claims by the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) that a proposal to modify the building code and allow taller wood frame structures will create a public safety hazard.
"I don't think there is any doubt in anyone's mind, other than the cement industry, that we expect an announcement at any time," said Richard Lyall, president of the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON).



Evolution of Mid-Rise Wood Construction and its Contribution to the Green Economy

Presentation at RESCON on August 12th, 2014 by Johan Thorsell of the City of Vaxjo. Vaxjo is the leader in Sweden when it comes to construction of multi-storey buildings in wood. The City has also been named the Greenest City in Europe thanks to its initiatives in the green economy. He is with the Economic Development Department of the City of Vaxjo and also Managing Director of Sustainable Smaland, a county-wide membership organization with members in the sustainable economy.

Here is a link to the PowerPoint presentation



High Rise Training Series

Understanding the Effects of Energy Conservation for Multi-Residential Buildings
(Ontario Building Code's SB-10 Requirements for Part 3 Buildings) Thursday February 27, 2014 - 8:30AM - 12:00PM



High Rise Training Series

Six Storey Wood Buildings - Wednesday November 27, 2013 - 8:30AM to 12:00PM

This is a must read if you are involved in constructing/or planning to construct Mid-Rise, Multi-residential Buildings



High Rise Training Series

Six Storey Wood Buildings - Wednesday November 27, 2013 - 8:30AM to 12:00PM

According to a report called Unlocking the Potential For Mid-Rise Buildings, prepared by urban and regional planning professor Paul Bedford, wood frame buildings of up to six storeys are less expensive to build than poured concrete structures, and would boost the mid-rise housing market that is overshadowed by highrise and low-rise buildings.




Ad angers pro-wood construction community
August 1, 2013

A recent ad that took a shot at wood construction, which appeared in the Toronto Star newspaper, has left some members of the pro-wood community looking for answers from the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association (CCMPA).




Ontario wood frame building gets a push
May 30, 2013

Members of the building and development industry are calling for changes in the Ontario Building Code (OBC) which would allow the construction of wood frame buildings of up to six storeys, increasing the limit from the current four storeys.




Concrete forming price-fixing shock if true: RESCON
February 7, 2013

The allegations of price-fixing by some Toronto-area residential low rise concrete forming companies is not the symptom of a larger problem, says the president of RESCON.




Mixed industry reaction to Workplace Safety and Insurance Board rate increase
November 5, 2012

An announced 2.5 per cent increase in 2013 Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) premiums is being met with trepidation from some in the construction industry.




Ontario strengthens building code for new balcony glass
June 26, 2012

After a slew of falling glass on Toronto streets last summer, the Ontario government is strengthening its building code surrounding balcony glass for newly constructed buildings.




Public Consultation on Proposed Membership Fees for Ontario College of Trades
May 31, 2012

On behalf of the Ontario Construction Employers Coalition ("Coalition"), I am writing to share our concerns with the May 2012 consultation on proposed membership fees for the Ontario College of Trades ("College").




McGuinty Government Hammers Ontario Tradespeople with $84 Million Trades Tax
May 31, 2012

Historic new tax offers no benefit to hard working tradespeople




Changes to the Ontario Electrical Code
May 01, 2012

As of May 1, 2012 the 25th edition of the Ontario Electric Safety Code will replace the previous edition and contain several changes specific to low-rise residential electrical installations and inspections.




Apprenticeship ratios stifle competition in construction: Progressive Contractors Association of Canada
February 16, 2012

The restrictions on the employment of apprentices in Ontario and shortages of qualified journeymen in some regions, makes the construction industry less competitive, according to the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada.