LYALL’S FILES: Inclusionary zoning a band-aid solution
May 17th, 2016 10:52 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

As an industry, residential construction has a lot working against it that makes affordability challenging for middle class families.

There’s a few factors that we should consider when thinking about affordability...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: 'Bumper crop’ turns up as RESCON program gains momentum at George Brown
April 26th, 2016 9:12 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON


What a year it’s been for RESCON’s Residential Construction Management Certificate Program at George Brown College (GBC).

We’ve seen a 93-per-cent job placement for our grads of the 2015 program, and then we had 35 students knocking on the door to get in for this year’s 28-week session, starting in May. With only 17 spots available, competition for admittance has never been this fierce. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: 3 keys to success for Tucker HiRise at 1 Bloor East
April 26th, 2016 8:48 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

For the team at 1 Bloor East, there’s one thing more important than building the city’s highest peak on Toronto’s most iconic intersection (Yonge and Bloor), and that’s building it as safely as possible.

Shari Haltrecht, health and safety manager for Tucker HiRise, is proud of the safety practices that she and health and safety worker rep Joe Medeiros have implemented in more than four years that Tucker HiRise Construction has been building the massive condo....  Read more...

Tech Corner: Bill 172 and some other potential headaches
April 14th, 2016 1:16 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

Ever feel that you’re swimming upstream against the tide? That’s just about sums up my feelings after a continual barrage of developments impacting the building and development industry. ...  Read more...

TECH CORNER: 8 questions for Ontario government on construction's red tape dilemma
February 11th, 2016 4:27 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

It was only six months ago that I wrote about the red tape dilemma that residential construction faces.

To sum it up, I did a count of the number of government bodies and institutions our industry answers to in order to function in a highly dysfunctional day-to-day field of work, and it added up to 45. Try to name another industry that has to deal with that kind of red tape and contributes as much to the Canadian economy as residential construction.

Below, this recently received invitation, along with the government’s January announcement of the “Ontario Moving Forward with Red Tape Challenge, made me wonder if I had got it wrong when I wrote that blog....  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Why does Wynne government’s red tape challenge exclude construction industry?
January 29th, 2016 3:06 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

I love innovative concepts, especially when they originate in Ontario.

The Wynne government’s Red Tape Challenge program is their effort to reduce regulatory burden: “an online consultation tool designed to identify and eliminate duplication, less compliance burdens, shorten response times and make it easier for businesses to interact with government,” reads their press release

What a fantastic concept.

But then there’s the second paragraph. ... 

LYALL’S FILES: Millennials are consumers who hold key to construction’s future
January 29th, 2016 2:55 pm

Richard Lyall /RESCON

Millennials are the key to the future of the residential construction industry. Anyone who tells you otherwise isn’t looking past the greying heads of their baby boomer customers.

Sure many boomers are helping their millennial children and grandchildren either pay or save up for a down payment, but it won’t always be this way. Before you know it, we will need all of the millennials to pay the bills directly. ...  Read more...
HEALTH & SAFETY: Ministry of Labour update
January 29th, 2016 2:20 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

As we start the new calendar year, it is always good to check in on MOL health and safety initiatives. ...  Read more...
LYALL’S FILES: RESCON’s relationship with Wood WORKS! stronger than oak
December 22nd, 2015 3:53 pm


RESCON is proud of a relationship that we like to say is stronger than solid oak.

And that’s the one we’ve formed in recent years with Wood WORKS! We sponsored our third Wood WORKS! event of the year in November called the 2015 Toronto Wood Solutions Fair. Before that, we sponsored the Wood-Frame Construction for Mid-Rise Buildings Symposium in October, and the Toronto Mid-rise Symposium in February, all held around the GTA. We also travelled with our friends at Wood WORKS! to tour British Columbia’s mid-rise wood-frame buildings in October. ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: Ex-daycare worker thrives as trades program graduate
December 22nd, 2015 3:42 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

Over the course of our lives up to retirement, most of us will experience several career changes.

But very few people can say they moved from using building blocks while teaching at daycare to swinging a hammer in construction. Heather Smith is the exception.

About a year ago, the 27-year-old from Burlington realized she wanted a change after five years of work as an early childhood educator. She went to her local YMCA’s employment service and took a personality questionnaire. ...  Read more...

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