HEALTH & SAFETY: The Day of Mourning -- what does it mean during the COVID-19 pandemic?
April 28th, 2020 12:37 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON
COVID-19 has turned the world upside down and changed every aspect of our lives. Those involved in health and safety have put in endless hours gathering information, refining policies, and enhancing on-site practices to ensure every worker who arrives at work can return home when their shift is done. This year, we need the Day of Mourning even more to remind us of what is important, what has not changed and the opportunities this pandemic may create....  Read more...
HEALTH & SAFETY: RESCON applauds government’s mental health support in reaction to COVID-19
April 9th, 2020 7:26 pm

Amina Dibe / RESCON

A lot has happened in the residential construction’s health and safety world since our Mental Health in Construction event last November.

That event was our first on the topic, which saw 115 industry representatives hear from construction experts, mental health experts and government on the importance of understanding and addressing mental health in the construction industry....  Read more...
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS: COVID-19 changes municipal practices for permits, building inspections and e-permitting
April 1st, 2020 5:11 pm
Nadia Todorova, Paul De Berardis and Michael de Lint / RESCON
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing recently held a phone-in roundtable to discuss several issues affecting construction services as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These included the issuance of building permits, building inspections and e-permitting. ...  Read more...
Minister McNaughton addresses builders at RESCON AGM
April 1st, 2020 4:51 pm

Nadia Todorova / RESCON

On February 27th, RESCON hosted its Annual General Meeting. We were privileged to have the Honourable Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development attend the AGM. ...  Read more...
COVID-19: RESCON’s latest construction industry update
March 20th, 2020 11:13 pm
Richard Lyall and Andrew Pariser / RESCON
As always, RESCON will continue to update all members and key stakeholders as information related to COVID-19 becomes available. Our position is our industry will keep working as best it can under challenging circumstances. ...  Read more...
RESCON: Construction industry update on COVID-19
March 18th, 2020 4:33 pm
Richard Lyall and Andrew Pariser / RESCON
Premier Doug Ford took important measures to declare a state of emergency on Tuesday. The focus is on the continuity of the province’s supply chain, as well as continuing the operation of essential services such as grocery stores, pharmacies and certain industries including construction. This means our industry will continue to work. ...  Read more...
TRAINING & EDUCATION: RESCON, Job Talks launch videos on jobs and satisfaction in construction skilled trades
March 10th, 2020 3:30 pm

Amina Dibe / RESCON

RESCON recently launched the Job Talks Construction website and YouTube channel, a two-year initiative by the residential and infrastructure construction sectors leading to the creation of a 50-part video series which highlights many exciting careers in the construction skilled trades....  Read more...
TRAINING & EDUCATION: Minister McNaughton praises BOLT’s Day of Discovery
December 3rd, 2019 5:27 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

There are many organizations that RESCON is proud to be affiliated with, and BOLT is no exception.

The BOLT program (Building Opportunities for Life Today) was launched by builder/developer Tridel Corp. in 2009 to assist under-resourced youth to connect to education and careers in construction. The BOLT charitable foundation was established in 2013....  Read more...
Noise by-law update
December 3rd, 2019 3:13 pm
Nadia Todorova and Paul De Berardis / RESCON

On Oct. 1, the City of Toronto introduced amendments to the noise by-law that included changes to the regulations for construction noise. The amendments were enacted by city council in June as part of a broader noise by-law review to make the by-law easier to understand and enforce.
Continuous concrete pouring and large crane work are no longer exempt as-of-right from the noise by-law. Organizations that wish to undertake this work, or any other construction activity beyond the permitted hours of construction, will need to apply for a noise exemption permit....  Read more...
REGULATORY RANT: Holland: floating trees, air rights and train stations
November 26th, 2019 7:38 am
 Blog and Holland photos by Michael de Lint / RESCON

In a February blog, I stated the obvious: Toronto has big transit, zoning and housing supply deficits. What is not so well known is that there are some win-win solutions to these transit and housing supply problems. ...  Read more...
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