Here's a snapshot of some of the most important issues
for the residential construction industry.

When residential construction partners with Toronto city councillors and City Hall staff, we can reach compromises that work for everyone. That's the key takeaway from last week's introduction of an exemption permit process for the noise bylaw related to concrete work that will come into effect Oct. 1.

A proposed three-month term limit was thrown out, and the authority to decide noise exemption permits will go to Municipal Licensing and Standards staff, not councillors.

You'll learn this and more in this Regulatory Rant blog written by RESCON's Paul De Berardis and Nadia Todorova.

(If you subscribe, see the Toronto Star's article quoting RESCON here. Or see On-Site magazine's story here.)

We're grateful for the support from LiUNA Local 183, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and the Ontario Formwork Association, three groups that joined us at City Hall and helped bring about the compromise. Together, we make a great team. We will continue to work with other organizations that share our residential construction objectives.

Other items in the newsletter include: Globe and Mail reporter Guy Dixon writes about our report launches on retaining employees in the skilled trades and applying behavioural economics to recruiting young people into the trades; RESCON's press release on the Ontario budget; Durham College has a new tower crane operator program we've endorsed; our residential construction management program at George Brown College gets great press in the Toronto Star and Toronto Sun; and RCCAO produces a press release in reaction to the Ontario budget and the new subway relief line dubbed the Ontario Line.

I hope you've enjoyed a happy holiday weekend.

Questions? Comments? Email media@rescon.com.

Richard Lyall, President
RESCON

SKILLED TRADES  
Government supports launch of reports, videos


Education Minister Lisa Thompson, left, and MPP David Piccini, right, join RESCON president Richard Lyall at the launch of two reports and a video series on recruitment and retention in Ontario's skilled trades.

ONTARIO BUDGET

Giving kudos to cutting red tape, trades push


RESCON praises the Ontario government's strong focus on removing barriers to housing supply and prioritization of the skilled trades within the education and post-secondary systems.

Read the budget press release here.

TOWER CRANE OPERATORS

Durham College makes a big splash


RESCON is proud to endorse Durham College for its grassroots efforts to add to the pool of talent for skilled tower crane operators. Lyall comments in the press release.

Read Durham College's press release here.
Read Durham Radio's story here.

GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE
Program has 'virtually unbeatable' job rate


The Toronto Star and Toronto Sun provide excellent coverage of the RESCON-sponsored residential construction management program. Check these out.

Read the Star's story here.
Read the Sun's story here.

RCCAO PRAISES BUDGET, ONTARIO LINE

$144-billion pledge for infrastructure   

RCCAO's Andy Manahan says the government's infrastructure plan helps Ontario "remain competitive in a global economy and foster a prosperous society."

Read the full press release here.

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