Here's a snapshot of some of the most important issues
for the residential construction industry.
After a Canadian record of 29 medals at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, you might think it's easy for Team Canada to rest on its laurels.

But that isn't the case as it seeks continuous improvement over time. And that's how we feel about RESCON's role for our members with innovation, streamlining red tape within the development approvals process, and informing you about changes to WSIB, among other issues. And with Toronto (representing Canada) now ranked 54th out of 190 economies in process efficiency - according to World Bank metrics based on a basic warehouse project - there is a lot of work ahead of us.

Here's what is in this newsletter: our red tape guru Michael de Lint writes about building transit, adding supply and implementing land value capture to get it all done; the reporters at HiBusiness.com write a couple of articles on our report on the development approvals process; RCCAO advocates for the Relief Line in the Toronto Star; RESCON VP Andrew Pariser and program and policy analyst Amina Dibe write about changes coming to the WSIB rate framework; and more coverage on the St. Clare's initiative to build 22 permanent apartment units for the homeless in Toronto.

Thanks for reading. Geonbae!


Richard Lyall, President
RESCON

LAND VALUE CAPTURE  
A different take on building our cities  


RESCON's red tape guru Michael de Lint writes about how using land value capture could transform how we build transit and housing in Toronto and the GTA.

Click here for his blog.

CONDO APPROVALS PROCESS

Inefficiencies highlighted in U of T report

The City of Toronto's nine-month approval process took up to 3.5 years on average, according to data in a RESCON / Building Tall Research Group collaboration. 

Click here for more at HiBusiness.com.
More HiBusiness.com coverage on our research here.

BUILDING THE RELIEF LINE    
RCCAO calls on TTC to take action


Build the Relief Line to avoid tragedy through injury or death, the infrastructure advocate warns Toronto city council and the city's transit agency.  

Click here for the Daily Commercial News' coverage.
Click here to see the RCCAO's advocacy in the Toronto Star.

WSIB
Prepare for rate framework change now: lawyer


Ontario's construction industry must get ready for changes to Schedule 1 employer's premiums, says employment lawyer Daryl Seupersad.

Click here to read RESCON's blog on this association seminar.

GIVING BACK 
St. Clare's a 'model' to solve homelessness


This initiative is successfully placing the hard to house in homes, RESCON's Richard Lyall writes for real estate website torontostoreys.com.

Read the article here.
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