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HOMES Publication Group - Nov. 17, 2019
How building information modelling can revolutionize Canadian construction

Daily Commercial News - Nov. 14, 2019
Conference exposes students to opportunities in science, tech and skilled trades

Toronto Sun - Nov. 9, 2019
Paving the way for women in the trades

Builder Bites / HOMES Publishing Group - Oct. 22, 2019
A water crisis is looming for Toronto - and here's why it will affect you

Toronto Sun - Oct. 19, 2019
Rental housing is federal election's sleeper issue

Daily Commercial News - Oct. 18, 2019
BIM can transform the Canadian construction and design industry

Toronto Sun - Oct. 12, 2019
Humber grad tiles up a new career

Daily Commercial News - Oct. 11, 2019
RESCON, RCCAO discuss creating climate change fighting coalition

ReNew Canada - Oct. 2, 2019
Mass Timber 2.0

Daily Commercial News - Sept. 30, 2019
Province appoints advisors to help modernize trades, apprenticeship system

Mortgage Broker News - Sept. 30, 2019
Toronto bureaucracy holding city back

Toronto Sun - Sept. 28, 2019
GTA homes taxes and fees are regionís runaway-train issue

Government of Ontario - Sept. 23, 2019
Making it easier and faster to work in the skilled trades

Novae Res Urbis - Sept. 20, 2019
End-to-End Review: Transformation Model
"Posted with permission of the publisher of NRU Publishing Inc. Original article first appeared in Novae Res Urbis - City of Toronto, Vol. 23, No. 37, Friday, September 20, 2019."

Toronto Sun - Sept. 14, 2019
Future Toronto residents face water crisis

Daily Commercial News - Sept. 13, 2019
Feds' rental housing program proves a deal-maker

Toronto Sun - Aug. 31, 2019
Active House symposium shifts conversation to comfort, health, energy

HOMES Publishing Group (Builder Bites) - Aug. 21, 2019
Halloween deadline for Sidewalk transformation could be scary stuff

Toronto Sun - Aug. 17, 2019
Use behavioural economics to boost the skilled trades

Daily Commercial News - Aug. 16, 2019
Ontario's More Homes, More Choice Act not perfect but a 'sensible change': Lyall

Novae Res Urbis - Aug. 14, 2019
Workforce Retention: Skilled Trades
"Posted with permission of the publisher of NRU Publishing In. Original article first appeared in Novae Res Urbis - GTHA, Vol. 22, No. 32, Wednesday, August 14, 2019."

On-Site Magazine - Aug. 13, 2019
Drilling down: Concrete cutting and coring equipment advances on the job site

Globe and Mail - Aug. 4, 2019
Home-building jobs fall in Ontario as construction for low-rise houses declines

Toronto Sun - July 27, 2019
Costly Toronto green standard isn't delivering

Toronto Star - July 26, 2019
New immigration program opens door to undocumented construction workers in GTA

Novae Res Urbis - July 19, 2019
Conquering the Yellowbelt: Missing Middle Housing
"Posted with permission of the publisher of NRU Publishing Inc. Original article first appeared in Novae Res Urbis - Toronto Edition, Vol. 23, No. 5, Friday, July 19, 2019."

Daily Commercial News - July 08, 2019
City of Windsor sees benefits of shifting to e-permitting and paperless process

Toronto Sun - July 06, 2019
Sidewalk Labs could propel Toronto's reputation as urban leader

Mortgage Broker News - June 27, 2019
Could this solve the housing shortage?

Toronto Star - June 26, 2019
They cook Toronto's food and build its houses but can they afford to live here?

Toronto Sun - June 22, 2019
Changing parking standards can impact housing affordability, report says

HOMES Publications (Building Excellence) - June 14, 2019
Bill 108: the bold solution the GTA needs to increase housing supply

Globe and Mail - June 13, 2019
Ripples of labour discontent hit Toronto condo construction

On-Site magazine - June 12, 2019
Staying on top: Attracting and retaining talent has never been tougher - or more integral to success

Toronto Sun - June 08, 2019
Forget doctors, lawyers and engineers - she's in construction!

Globe and Mail - June 05, 2019
Water, water everywhere a problem for Toronto builders

Toronto Sun - June 02, 2019
Adequate housing supply crucial to maintain workforce

Livabl (BuzzBuzzHome) - May 31, 2019
Construction costs keep rising in Canada, and it's hitting homebuyers in the wallet

Toronto Sun - May 30, 2019
Trades are well paid, studies show

Real Estate Professional - May 30, 2019
Stress test responsible for $8B decline in low-rise construction in 2019

Novae Res Urbis - May 24, 2019
Harmonizing Standards: Ontario Building Code
"Posted with permission of the publisher of NRU Publishing In. Original article first appeared in Novae Res Urbis - City of Toronto, Vol. 23, No. 21, Friday, May 24, 2019."

Ontario Construction News - May 22, 2019
Low-rise electricians return to work with tentative settlement

Novae Res Urbis - May 17, 2019
Streamlining the Process: Community Planning Permit System
"Posted with permission of the publisher of NRU Publishing Inc. Original article first appeared in Novae Res Urbis - City of Toronto, Vol. 23, No. 20, Friday, May 17, 2019."

Toronto Sun - May 16, 2019
RESCON: Give Ontario's housing action plan a chance

Daily Commercial News - May 10, 2019
Action plan sets out measures to reduce barriers to building housing in Ontario

Mortgage Broker News - May 08, 2019
Ontario housing plan will help affordability, rental market

OSTA applauds government support of skilled trades - May 05, 2019

Canadian Real Estate magazine - May 03, 2019
Government commits to increased housing supply

Cision / CNW - May 03, 2019
Ontario government's Housing Supply Action Plan will make home ownership a reality again: RESCON

Canadian Real Estate Wealth - May 02, 2019
Government commits to increased housing supply

Toronto Sun - May 02, 2019
RESCON: Toronto could learn from Tokyo

Tokyo Daily News - May 02, 2019
RESCON: Toronto could learn from Tokyo

Cision / CNW - May 01, 2019
RESCON: Residential construction bargaining update

Mortgage Broker News - May 01, 2019
'Unicorn sites' aplenty in Toronto

Daily Commercial News - Apr. 29, 2019
Toronto's noise bylaw amendments 'a compromise,' says RESCON, LiUNA

Mortgage Broker News - Apr. 28, 2019
Regulatory roadblocks hampering Ontario housing supply - OBOA

HOMES Publishing Group - Apr. 22, 2019
Phew - Toronto concrete noise issue sees a compromise

Real Estate Management Industry News / REMI Network - Apr. 22, 2019
RESCON welcomes noise bylaw compromise

Real Estate Professional - Apr. 22, 2019
Last-minute amendment saves construction industry

Mortgage Broker News - Apr. 22, 2019
Toronto city council votes in more red tape

On-Site magazine - Apr. 18, 2019
Toronto compromises on changes to noise bylaw that threatened construction

Toronto Star - Apr. 17, 2019
Toronto's new noise bylaw targets motorcycles, concerts, clubs and construction

Cision / CNW - Apr. 17, 2019
Noise bylaw compromise positive for Toronto homebuyers and residential construction

Daily Commercial News - Apr. 17, 2019
Building Trades slam Ontario budget's training plan

Mortgage Broker News - Apr. 17, 2019
Critical vote could decide fate of Toronto's construction industry

Education News Canada - Apr. 17, 2019
Durham College receives approval for new Tower Crane Operator (339B) apprenticeship program

ReNew Canada - Apr. 15, 2019
Retaining employees in the skilled trades

Durham Radio News - Apr. 15, 2019
Tower crane operator apprenticeship program coming to Durham College

Daily Commercial News - Apr. 15, 2019
Residential constructors not silent over proposed noise bylaw changes - Apr. 15, 2019
RESCON applauds Ontario budget focus on cutting red tape, supporting skilled trades

CBC News - Apr. 14, 2019
Construction group sounds alarm over delays due to noise bylaw changes

Toronto Sun - Apr. 13, 2019
Proposed noise bylaw puts jobs, supply of homes at risk

Real Estate Professional magazine - Apr. 12, 2019
Rescinding bylaw exemption will cripple Toronto's housing market

Cision / CNW - Apr. 11, 2019
RESCON applauds Ontario budget focus on cutting red tape, supporting skilled trades

Condo Business / REMI Network - Apr. 10, 2019
RESCON: Toronto's proposed restriction of high-rise concrete work to cost jobs, delays

On-Site magazine - Apr. 10, 2019
Toronto noise bylaw amendment puts 7,000 jobs, high-rise development at risk, construction groups warn - Apr. 10, 2019
7,000 jobs under threat as Toronto moves to restrict critical concrete work for high-rise construction: RESCON

Cision / CNW - Apr. 09, 2019
7,000 jobs under threat as Toronto moves to restrict critical concrete work for high-rise construction

Real Estate Professional magazine - Apr. 07, 2019
Tradespeople shortage contributes to affordability woes

On-Site magazine - Apr. 07, 2019
Thousands flock to Toronto area for a glimpse of the latest big iron at NHES

Daily Commercial News - Apr. 05, 2019
Industry Perspectives Op-Ed: The ABCs of selling the skilled trades to generations Y and Z

Real Estate Professional magazine - Apr. 05, 2019
Despite lower prices, Vancouver housing remains out of reach

Daily Commercial News - Apr. 03, 2019
Panel examines how to improve pathways to the skilled trades

Globe and Mail - Apr. 03, 2019
Construction industry battles biases to attract workers - Apr. 02, 2019
Independent report addresses housing affordability in Ontario

Daily Commercial News - Mar. 29, 2019
Report examines skilled trades recruitment through behavioural economics

Toronto Star - Mar. 29, 2019
Noise bylaw report urges removing blanket exemptions, increasing fines for rule breakers

Real Estate Management Industry News / REMI Network - Mar. 26, 2019
Attracting young people to skilled trades

Daily Commercial News - Mar. 22, 2019
Report urges change of tune on recruitment and retention

Mechanical Business - Mar. 22, 2019
Videos part of effort to attract young people to trades

Daily Commercial News - Mar. 21, 2019
Official discusses hurdles, changes to building permit process at CFBA conference

HOMES Publishing Group - Mar. 21, 2019
Budget 2019 comes up short

Skilled Trades Reports - March 19, 2019
Press release: Construction skilled trades have high job satisfaction levels but
recruitment is a challenge

Report: Retaining Employees in the Skilled Trades

Videos from Job Talks Construction: Get to Know the People Behind
Ontario's Construction Industry

Report: A Behavioural Economics Approach to Recruitment in the Skilled Construction Trades

Report Summary: A Behavioural Economics Approach to Recruitment in the Skilled Construction Trades: Overview and Key Findings

Construction Links Network - Mar. 19, 2019
Construction skilled trades have high job satisfaction levels, but recruitment is a challenge

Real Estate Professional Magazine - March 19, 2019
Why we need to enthuse young Canadians about construction - March 18, 2019
5 women, 5 questions on working in the construction industry

Toronto Star - March 13, 2019
Program builds careers in residential construction management

Equipment Journal - March 7, 2019
Here's what's in store for the National Heavy Equipment Show

Real Estate Professional - Mar. 07, 2019
Industry pressures government to amend bylaws

Cision / CNW - March 4, 2019
Residential agreements set to expire on April 30 - March 4, 2019

Toronto Sun - Mar. 02, 2019
George Brown program boasts 90% job placement

HOMES Publishing Group ( - Feb. 19, 2019
George Brown RESCON program boasts 90% job placement

Toronto Star - Feb. 07, 2019
Toronto granting more construction noise exemptions, with 177 approved in 2018

BuildForce Canada - Jan. 31, 2019
Ontario's construction industry will need to recruit 103,900 new workers over the coming decade

Novae Res Urbis - Jan. 30, 2019
Tackling Housing Supply: Provincial Housing Plan
"Posted with permission of the publisher of NRU Publishing Inc. Original article first appeared in Novae Res Urbis - GTHA, Vol. 22, No. 5, Wednesday, January 30, 2019."

Toronto Star - Jan. 28, 2019
How much noise is too noisy? Toronto wants to hear from you

ReNew Canada - Jan. 28, 2019
Navigating the New Normal

Toronto Sun - Jan. 26, 2019
Skilled trades program helps women break barriers

Novae Res Urbis - Jan. 4, 2019
Planner Shortage: Employees in Demand
"Posted with permission of the publisher of NRU Publishing Inc. Original article first appeared in Novae Res Urbis - Toronto Edition, Vol. 23, No. 1, Friday, January 4, 2019."

Daily Commercial News - Dec. 31, 2018
Change in government Ontario's top 2018 newsmaker - Dec. 19, 2018
The Tories say they're thinking big when it comes to housing. But just how big?

Toronto Sun - Dec. 15, 2018
Stuck in the middle: 2019 should be a year of the 'missing middle,' streamlining and labour satisfaction

Toronto Sun - Dec. 8, 2018
Ontario's Growth Plan: Planning by numbers is not enough

ReNew Canada - Nov. 27, 2018
What keeps the skilled trades satisfied?

HOMES Publishing Group - Nov. 26, 2018
THE COUNCIL: Keeping the trades satisfied

HOMES Publishing Group - Nov. 22, 2018
Women are breaking barriers

Real Estate Professional - Nov. 22, 2018
Looming labour shortage could accelerate supply crunch

Toronto Sun - Nov. 17, 2018
What keeps trades workers happy? We want to know

On-Site Magazine - Nov. 8, 2018
Construction groups launch survey to learn what keeps tradespeople satisfied

Daily Commercial News - Nov. 8, 2018
Ontario construction sector faces tough challenges ahead: panel

HOMES Publication Group - Nov. 7, 2018
Builders constantly improve energy efficiency of new homes

Daily Commercial News - Nov. 05, 2018
Survey to focus on retention in the residential and infrastructure trades

Daily Commercial News - Oct. 31, 2018
Stakeholders split on apprenticeship ratio reform

Daily Commercial News - Oct. 29, 2018
Industry stakeholders chronicle OCOT failures after PCs decide to scrap it - Oct. 29, 2018
Local businesses sweet on buck-an-hour minimum wage rollback

Newstalk 1010 - Oct. 26, 2018
RESCON reacts to news on Bill 148, OCOT

Real Estate Professional - Oct. 26, 2018
RESCON welcomes plan to repeal some of Ontario's Bill 148

Daily Commercial News - Oct. 26, 2018
Municipal elections reiterate importance of transit, infrastructure issues

HOMES Publication Group - Oct. 24, 2018
THE SAFETY PROS: Will legal cannabis threaten workplace safety?

HOMES Publication Group - Oct. 24, 2018
THE COUNCIL: Bill 148 and new home buyers

Cision / CNW Newswire - Oct. 24, 2018
RESCON applauds repeal of Bill 148 and changes to the Ontario College of Trades

CBC Radio's Metro Morning - Oct. 19, 2018
Jennifer Keesmaat says she would be mayor for 'every corner of this city'

Huffington Post - Oct. 18, 2018
Jennifer Keesmaat Needs A More Realistic Affordable Housing Plan

Daily Commercial News - October 16, 2018
Tridel pushes ahead amidst Toronto construction challenges

Toronto Sun - Oct. 13, 2018
How Bill 148 will impact new home buyers

CTV News Channel (Power Play) - Oct 12, 2018
'Already have a supply problem' (re: steel tariffs) - October 12, 2018
New steel tariff could jack up condo prices by $10,000: industry analyst

Daily Commercial News - October 12, 2018
CDAO talks jobs, procurement at AGM

Globe & Mail (Reuters) - Oct. 11, 2018
Canada pessimistic about quick end to U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs (The Canadian Press) - Oct. 11, 2018
Canada moves to block foreign steel

Newstalk 1010 - Oct. 5, 2018
Why doesn't Ontario mandate hurricane ties?

Canadian Real Estate magazine - Oct. 3, 2018
Are taxes behind housing's astronomical price growth?

Real Estate Professional magazine - Oct. 3, 2018
Keesmaat plan well intentioned but unrealistic

On-Site magazine - Oct. 2, 2018
Nipping job site impairment in the bud: construction industry grapples with cannabis legalization

September/October 2018 - ReNew Canada magazine
Cannabis in construction

September 2018 - Toronto Region Board of Trade
Better Housing Policy Playbook

Daily Commercial News - September 28, 2018
Trade wars throw steel supply chains into chaos

Northern Ontario Business - September 27, 2018
WSIB cuts average employer premiums

Daily Commercial News - September 27, 2018
Constructors elated with WSIB rate cuts

Cision / Canada NewsWire - September 27, 2018
RESCON applauds the WSIB for eliminating unfunded liability

CBC Metro Morning - September 26, 2018
Priced Out: Jennifer Keesmaat

Toronto Sun - September 22, 2018
Keesmaat's 100,000 housing plan doomed to fail

HOMES Publishing Group ( - September 17, 2018
THE COUNCIL: Keesmaat's 100,000 housing plan doomed to fail

Canadian Real Estate Magazine - September 12, 2018
Single-family detached market crushed under weight of bureaucracy

HOMES Publishing Group ( - September 6, 2018
Saving By Design: Tribute Tips The Scales

Canadian Real Estate Wealth - September 04, 2018
Transit plans front and centre during election campaign

CondoBusiness / REMI Network - August 31, 2018
Site security comes under renewed scrutiny

Newstalk 1010 - August 16, 2018
RESCON reaction to Crane Girl 2.0

Toronto Sun - August 04, 2018
Coordinating professional can help municipalities unlock housing supply

Novae Res Urbis - August 03, 2018
Tackling Toronto Housing: Bold Ideas Needed
"Posted with permission of the publisher of NRU Publishing Inc. Original article first appeared in Novae Res Urbis - Toronto Edition, Vol. 22, No. 31, Friday, August 3, 2018."

Real Estate Professional magazine - August 03, 2018
Transit advocate enters mayoral race

NextHome magazine - August 01, 2018
Billions at risk with outdated approvals process: study

Toronto Sun - July 28, 2018
E-permitting system would open housing supply bottleneck

Toronto Star - July 27, 2018
Why it is difficult to get on the housing ladder

Daily Commercial News - July 27, 2018
How is construction responding to growing employment demand?

Daily Commercial News - July 24, 2018
CIOB develops broad definition of sustainability

Toronto Sun - July 21, 2018
Transparency key to faster approvals, more supply for homebuyers

CondoBusiness / REMI Network - July 13, 2018
Canadian steel sector urges caution on tariffs

Daily Commercial News - July 11, 2018
Development approvals reform termed urgent by RESCON

Novae Res Urbis - July 11, 2018
Streamlining Approvals: RESCON Report

Posted with permission of the publisher of NRU Publishing Inc. Original article first appeared in Novae Res Urbis - GTHA Edition, Vol. 21, No. 28, Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Ontario Construction Report - July 11, 2018
Canadian construction steel coalition urges caution on further tariff action

Global News - July 10, 2018
Tariffs could add over $10,000 to condo prices

Daily Commercial News - July 09, 2018
Stakeholders laud Ford's cabinet as strong, impressive

Real Estate Professional - July 06, 2018
Building industry hopes new provincial government cuts red tape

Canadian Real Estate Magazine - July 05, 2018
GTA must change its slow approvals process, says RESCON

CondoBusiness / REMI Network - July 04, 2018
Streamlined approvals to provide faster housing: report - July 04, 2018
RESCON argues for streamlined approvals process in Ontario

RESCON report - July 04, 2018
Streamlining the Development and Building Approvals Process in Ontario

Press Release: Streamlined approvals to deliver more housing for the people

CBC Power & Politics - June 29, 2018
Canadian protective measures against cheap foreign steel could raise home prices, say industry reps

Daily Commercial News - June 28, 2018
Federal steel countermeasures debilitate Canadian housing: RESCON

BNN Bloomberg - June 26, 2018
Ottawa preparing steel quotas, tariffs on China and others

Toronto Sun - June 23, 2018
Cutting red tape key to boosting housing supply

Daily Commercial News - June 22, 2018
Cannabis uncertainty now shifts from federal to provincial level

HOMES Publishing Group ( - June 21, 2018
U.S. tariffs on steel will hurt Canadian real estate - June 20, 2018
Employers now face a time crunch on pot policy

Canadian Real Estate Wealth - June 13, 2018
New investment opportunity on the horizon in Toronto

Wall Street Journal - June 6, 2018
Steel and aluminum tariffs could leave Canada's housing sector on shakier foundation

HOMES Publications ( - June 4, 2018
The View From Inside: Building a Rewarding Career

Daily Commercial News - June 01, 2018
Infrastructure commitments absent from Ontario candidate platforms

REMI Network (Canadian Property Management) - June 01, 2018
Real estate vulnerable to Canada-U.S. trade war

Real Estate Professional ( - June 01, 2018
U.S. steel tariffs threaten Canadian condo markets

CityNews Toronto - May 28, 2018
Apprentice workers needed to fill demand as condo development booms

Apprentice workers needed to fill demand as condo development booms - Video

ReNew Canada - May / June 2018
Building for the homeless: Lessons learned in building Toronto's newest shelter

HOMES Publications, Builder Bites ( - May 16, 2018
THE COUNCIL: Oshawa Man is a success story for construction

Toronto Sun - May 5, 2018
Attitude propels Oshawa man, 21, down career path in construction

HOMES Publications, Builder Bites ( - April 16, 2018
#GimmeRelief so condo dwellers can keep choosing transit

Toronto Sun - April 14, 2018
Crammed subway leads many to cry out #GimmeRelief

Daily Commercial News - March 23, 2018
RESCON wants to continue to 'get the red out'

HOMES Publications, Builder Bites ( - March 2018
THE COUNCIL: Construction industry targets red tape

Daily Commercial News - March 12, 2018
New bricklaying program trains workers in high-demand trade

Toronto Sun - March 10, 2018
Skilled trades program is a win-win - March 9, 2018
Job numbers don't show it but Toronto's a hot market for new grads

Vaughan Citizen - March 1, 2018
Students show off bricklaying abilities in Vaughan

Toronto Star - February 28, 2018
College helps new Canadians enter skilled trades

CNW Group / Cision - February 28, 2018
Syrians finding career opportunities in GTA after college reacts to bricklayer shortage

Toronto Sun - February 17, 2018
You can make $100,000 with your hands, iron worker tells youth

Toronto Storeys - February 16, 2018
Toronto Has A New Housing Model To Fight Homelessness - And It's Working

HiBusiness - January 24, 2018
Aggravated Building Approval Delays, Condo Shortage In Toronto

Real Estate Professional ( - January 22, 2018
Building for those who need it most

Toronto Sun - January 20, 2018
Five things to watch for this year

Daily Commercial News - January 17, 2018
Lawyer reviews draft changes to WSIB rate framework at symposium

Toronto Star - January 13, 2018
Industry committed to bettering communities through philanthropic contributions

HiBusiness - January 09, 2018
The lack of condos in Toronto worsens by building approbation hold up: study

Daily Commercial News - January 05, 2018
Approval process reforms needed: CDAO chair

Daily Commercial News - January 02, 2018
Top 10 DCN newsmakers for 2017

Daily Commercial News - December 29, 2017
Lien act reform Ontario's to construction story again

Journal of Commerce - December 28, 2017
Top 10 JOC newsmakers for 2017

Daily Commercial News - December 28, 2017
Industry bands together to build affordable housing for homeless

Daily Commercial News - December 27, 2017
Employers should examine Bill 148 carefully: lawyer

Globe and Mail - December 27, 2017
Changing the rules to do the right thing for Toronto's homeless

Toronto Sun - December 16, 2017
Charity builds hope for homeless in downtown Toronto

Inside Toronto / City Centre Mirror - December 13, 2017
New project in Kensington Market to house most vulnerable Torontonians

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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

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GTA's residential strikes end

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Fire safety guideline developed for midrise wood construction

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RESCON's Richard Lyall speaks about residential construction strikes

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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."

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:

For the bulletin analysis, visit:

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.

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