Here's a snapshot of some of the most important issues
for the residential construction industry.
RESCON has enjoyed a successful media splash for our report "Streamlining the Development and Building Approvals Process in Ontario" after it was launched this month.

We believe it couldn't have been released at a better time as the Doug Ford government appears to be approachable for new ideas, or even innovative ideas that have been kicked around for ages but never implemented. RESCON believes it's more important than ever to streamline the approvals process in order to unlock the housing supply chain.

There has been a lot of discussion in industry circles about the report, and we're hopeful that Queen's Park will take a long look at it. (Please contact us at media@rescon.com if you want a hard copy.)

Among the coverage that regulations guru Michael de Lint's study has attracted includes coverage by the Toronto Star, as well as a three-part series in the Toronto Sun - click here for part 1; click here for part 2.

(Part 3 will be published this Saturday.)

As you scroll down the newsletter, you will find: a story and interview on CBC's Power and Politics featuring yours truly and an article by the Daily Commercial News - both on the impact of steel tariffs on construction and housing; RESCON's Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe combine for two blogs - cannabis in construction, and our growing relationship with Humber College; Dibe goes solo to write about RESCON's government relations initiatives; lastly, Andy Manahan of infrastructure advocacy group RCCAO pens an op-ed for the Toronto Star on why the Ford government's gas tax cut could be a smart move.

Thanks for reading!

Richard Lyall, President
RESCON

TARIFFS ON STEEL    
Canadian tactics could hit housing: Lyall  


Making his way to Ottawa, RESCON's president meets with leaders in steel manufacturing and is interviewed on CBC's Power & Politics.

Click here for the Power & Politics story and TV interview.
Click here for the Daily Commercial News story.

CANNABIS IN CONSTRUCTION

Safety, regulation, life after legalization

Prof. Bill Bogart, centre, speaks at the recent cannabis in construction event. RESCON's Pariser and Dibe team up for a blog on what's to come.

Read the story here.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
RESCON begins outreach to Ford's ministers


Labour Minister Laurie Scott is among the ministers that the council has been establishing relationships with. Check out our comprehensive list of objectives.

Click here to read Dibe's article.

TRAINING & EDUCATION
RESCON, ORCCA tackle labour shortage


RESCON and Ontario Residential Council of Construction Associations receive two grants to address labour supply issues in the residential sector.

Click here to read the blog.

TORONTO STAR

Is Ford on right track with gas tax cut?

The Ontario government's move to cut the gas tax by 10 cents could be a shrewd move, writes Andy Manahan of RCCAO in an opinion piece for the Toronto Star.

Read his op-ed here.

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