Here's a snapshot of some of the most important issues
for the residential construction industry.
These are the dog days of summer, a good time to reflect on the aftermath of the collective bargaining round of 2016.

The strikes were well documented in the media (RESCON also put out five press releases during collective bargaining season), but what happens on job sites now also is important. Facing many regulatory barriers from municipal and provincial governments, builders have a profound ability to overcome incredible obstacles, including those related to labour relations. We're here to fill a few cracks.
 
In the aftermath of the labour stoppage window, RESCON has:
- been in an ongoing discussion with our colleagues at Tarion. Click here to see RESCON's recent letter.
- begun the process of launching a digital program to assist builders in fully understanding changes to the framing collective agreement. While still in beta testing, our members will be able to use this new tool soon.
- been preparing an information session to answer questions from our members' payroll staff, as well as a labour-relations focused session to help members understand the results of the June arbitration decisions. Stay tuned to our emailed updates for those dates.  

We're also looking at artificial skilled labour shortages in certain sectors to meet builders needs, as well as the expansion of offsite construction and panelization. 

We're all working together to overcome the difficulties that the strikes caused. In the coming months, RESCON will bring you updates on innovation, building offsite and the regulations our industry faces.

Enjoy the newsletter (and the heat)!



President,
RESCON

RESCON CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
George Brown grad leads with soft skills


In his Toronto Sun column, Richard Lyall writes about the leadership skills used by Daniels Corp. junior estimator Mandeep Sarna, hired after graduating from the residential construction management program at George Brown College.

Read Mandeep's story here.

DAILY COMMERCIAL NEWS
3 ways to boost new housing industry

 
Lyall weighs in with an opinion piece about how the province can kickstart the economy with three moves to boost new housing.

Read Lyall's op-ed here.

TRADES EXPLORATION
High school students thrive on construction site


Read the story of Renzo Soriano, centre, a student who struggled in the classroom setting but thrived on a RESCON member's construction site in the first of a two-part series at rescon.com/blog about this amazing program.

Read Renzo's story here.

CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION PLAN
Why new initiative will make minimal impact 


RESCON's tech guru Michael Steele turns to new colleague Michael De Lint, a former provincial senior policy adviser, and gets some surprising stats about greenhouse gas emissions and construction in relation to the government's plans for our industry.

Read the first of the two-part Tech Corner series.

INFRASTRUCTURE
RCCAO report: Megatrends to shape future


Former Ontario deputy minister Michael Fenn writes the labour-management coalition's latest report, suggesting the Wynne and Trudeau governments pay heed to megatrends before making big decisions on infrastructure that will impact generations.

Click here for press release and report.
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