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Novae Res Urbis - Jan. 4, 2019
"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." Planner Shortage: Employees in Demand
The Daily Commercial News - Dec. 31, 2018 Change in government Ontario's top 2018 newsmaker
TVO.org - 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
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 (myhomepage.ca) - 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 (myhomepage.ca) - 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
Building.ca - 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 (myhomepage.ca) - June 21, 2018 U.S. tariffs on steel will hurt Canadian real estate
CTVnews.ca - 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 (myhomepage.ca) - 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 (repmag.ca) - 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 (myhomepage.ca) - 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 (myhomepage.ca) - 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 (myhomepage.ca) - 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
CBC.ca - 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 (repmag.ca) - 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
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.
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
"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
March 30, 2015
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
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
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.
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.