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
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.
CFRB 1010 (The Tim Hudak Show) - August 21, 2017
The Drive for Affordable Home Ownership (and Better Approvals Process)
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.)
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
rescon.com - May 23, 2017
Understanding Housing Affordability: A Big Data Approach - Video Links
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
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.
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
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."
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
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'
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
High Rise Training Series
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.