REGULATORY RANT: Toronto City Council's concrete compromise with noise bylaw
April 22nd, 2019 9:47 am

Paul De Berardis and Nadia Todorova / RESCON

Toronto City Council recently voted on proposed amendments to the noise bylaw. The amendments drew the attention of the high-rise construction industry due to the proposed removal of the current as-of-right continuous concrete pouring exemption. ...  Read more...
LYALL’S FILES: ‘We’re going to listen’ – Minister Steve Clark gives new hope for residential construction at AGM
March 6th, 2019 2:55 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

It was an honour and a privilege for RESCON to host the Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs at our February AGM.

Minister Steve Clark provided in-depth commentary on several key government initiatives in the area of housing,  took questions, and led a very congenial conversation with the crowd assembled for RESCON’s annual general meeting in Vaughan. ...  Read more...
TRAINING & EDUCATION: Introducing 3 star graduates from George Brown/RESCON collaboration
March 1st, 2019 12:11 pm

Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe / RESCON
We’re gearing up for the next crop of students to enter George Brown College’s residential construction management certificate program, which we have proudly supported since 2013. Our members can expect to hear from us in the coming weeks and months to see who can take on students later this year.

But before then, we’d like to highlight some of the stars of the program who graduated recently. ...  Read more...
REGULATORY RANT: With a little common sense, we can have faster approvals and more housing supply
January 31st, 2019 11:45 am

Michael de Lint / RESCON

In December, the Province released a consultation document called, “Increasing Housing Supply in Ontario.” This document will form the basis of the Housing Supply Action Plan, which was announced by the government of Ontario in the Fall Economic Statement. The goal of the action plan is to address barriers to new ownership and rental housing.

RESCON's submission included recommendations to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on a wide range of topics that provide common-sense ideas for streamlining approvals and increasing housing supply in Ontario. Some highlights of RESCON’s comments and key recommendations are outlined below. ...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: RESCON puts focus on membership for 2019 with new hire
December 18th, 2018 11:14 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

I can remember a time many years ago, the industry slowed down in the winter and you could count the number of issues facing builders on one hand (OK, maybe two). Fast-forward to the end of 2018 and the issues have multiplied in number and increased in complexity: the idea of a less busy period automatically brings memories of the good ol’ days: today we're focused on fixing the growing challenges facing builders including the overwhelming growth in regulations, red tape and development charges they deal with every day.

Our members' needs have increased and so have the services provided by RESCON.

We are again listening to our board and membership and have hired an associate of member and corporate services. Her name is Cassandra Dobrzynski and her focus will involve enhanced interaction and service for existing members as well as pitching non-members on the benefits of joining RESCON. ...  Read more...

LABOUR RELATIONS: Past, present and what 2019 will bring for the residential construction sector
December 18th, 2018 4:45 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

As 2019 (a bargaining year) approaches, it is important for all members to take stock and not forget how labour relations has, is and will impact their business in the year to come. ...  Read more...

INNOVATION NATION: Merry Christmas! You can (probably) use furnaces for construction heat again
December 18th, 2018 4:38 pm

Paul De Berardis / RESCON

It has come to our attention that the majority of furnace manufacturers who previously banned the use of furnaces for the heating of homes under construction in Canada have now reconsidered their position.  ...  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: E-permitting working group is off and running
December 17th, 2018 5:52 pm

Michael de Lint / RESCON 

As reported in my Oct. 30 blog, there is now strong momentum to expand the use of e-permitting, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and 3D visualization tools from the design stage, all the way through permitting, construction, operation and maintenance of our built infrastructure. The key pieces are beginning to come together with the aim of placing Ontario on the leading edge of technological advancements for permitting applications, and we are proud to be a leader in this initiative....  Read more...

GR TALK: Pro-active Ford government moves on housing supply good for the people
November 30th, 2018 5:02 pm

Nadia Todorova / RESCON

The Ontario government is pro-actively making strides to increase housing supply, cut red tape and improve transit for Ontarians.

This reflects a target on improving what we call the Holy Trinity: housing, transit and jobs. ...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Construction well underway as St. Clare’s builds 22 new residential units for Toronto’s homeless
November 30th, 2018 4:51 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

Two years ago, RESCON chairman emeritus Phil Rubinoff started an important relationship with St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society – a charity, landlord and developer – that led to one of the most important projects in the history of our association....  Read more...

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