Construction employers must not become complacent
February 1st, 2021 6:43 pm

By Grant Cameron

Ontario’s construction industry has coped relatively well with the COVID-19 pandemic, but workers and employers must remain vigilant in the coming months and not become overly complacent....  Read more...
New Home Construction Regulatory Authority to hold builders to high ethical standards
January 31st, 2021 9:06 pm

By Grant Cameron

There will soon be a new system and sheriff in place to regulate the people and companies who build and sell new homes in Ontario.
The newly established Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA) will take over those licensing functions from Tarion Warranty Corporation as of Feb. 1. Warranty related claims will still be managed by Tarion....  Read more...
Immigration and the Construction Industry
January 21st, 2021 3:39 pm

By Ahd AlAshry

A considerable labour shortage has been looming over the construction industry for the past few years. The industry's current growth projections, along with the baby boomers set to retire very soon from jobsites, place the sector at risk of a sharp labour deficit. ...  Read more...
Pre-approved mid-rise buildings: industrialized construction’s next big step
January 18th, 2021 12:47 am

By Michael de Lint / RESCON

Toronto’s arterials and transit stations: mid-rise redevelopment opportunities
Toronto’s underdeveloped arterial roads (too many 2-storey buildings) and its underdeveloped subway and GO commuter rail stations (too often adjacent to detached houses), provide a big opportunity to fix the GTA’s housing supply deficit while enhancing liveability and walkability....  Read more...
Associate Minister Jill Dunlop tours Tribute Communities condo site
November 30th, 2020 3:35 am

By Grant Cameron/RESCON

Jill Dunlop, associate minister of children and women’s issues, toured a Tribute Communities high-rise condo construction site at 77 Mutual St. in Toronto on Oct. 28.
She was at the site to highlight opportunities for women in the skilled trades and film a video for Skills Ontario/National Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Week....  Read more...
Women share insights on how they got into construction
October 30th, 2020 6:59 pm

By Grant Cameron/RESCON

There are many career paths available to women and young people entering the construction industry.

That was one of the takeaways from an online panel session entitled Empower Youth in Trades sponsored by RESCON at the First Work Aspire Youth Summit held Oct. 28 during a Futures Conference 2020 event....  Read more...
Supply can’t be completely left out of the equation when it comes to housing affordability
September 22nd, 2020 8:05 pm

Richard Lyall
Richard Lyall / RESCON

Note: Below is an op-ed piece that was written in response to an article by Josh Gordon, a prof at Simon Fraser University, that was in The Globe & Mail.

In his recent piece in The Globe and Mail, Simon Fraser University assistant professor Josh Gordon argues that the housing affordability crisis is not being driven by supply-side factors and regulatory hurdles. While attention is drawn to the factors driving the demand-side of the equation, the notion that we should understand the issue purely in terms of demand-side factors is a gross over-simplification of a complex issue that impacts millions of Canadians....  Read more...
Upcoming RESCON webinar to focus on racism and launch of CARE initiative
August 31st, 2020 3:04 pm
Amina Debe
By Amina Dibe / RESCON

On Thursday, September 10, RESCON will hold a webinar focused on anti-racism, diversity and inclusion in construction and launch the Construction Against Racism Everywhere (CARE) initiative.

"In light of recent deplorable acts of racism on downtown Toronto construction sites, RESCON is taking a leadership role and creating a space for the industry to discuss racism in construction,” said Richard Lyall, president of RESCON. “As an industry, we condemn these acts and will continue to work with government and labour partners to address any and all incidents that may arise."...  Read more...
3-Point Plan: Reduce Red Tape and Speed up new Housing Supply
August 17th, 2020 5:44 pm
Michael DeLint
Michael de Lint / RESCON

Recovery and red tape
Many jurisdictions, including Ontario, are looking at construction to kick start their economies as they recover from Covid19-related lockdowns. Ontario’s building sector is mired in red tape (in particular, a very slow planning ...  Read more...
COVID-19 contact tracing app released
August 4th, 2020 4:08 pm
Grant Cameron
By Grant Cameron / RESCON

A COVID Alert exposure notification app for Ontario residents has been released by the provincial government.
Click here to download the app for Android and click here for the iPhone version....  Read more...
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