REGULATORY RANT: New report encourages Doug Ford government to streamline development approvals process
July 9th, 2018 11:24 am

Michael de Lint / RESCON

RESCON’s latest report focuses on one factor contributing to the supply shortage: the development approvals process is too slow. ...  Read more...

LYALL's FILES: Your vote matters for the future of Ontario housing, a 'supertanker' issue
June 5th, 2018 11:24 am

Richard Lyall / RESCON

One of the most critical issues facing Ontario’s next Premier is housing, specifically the flawed housing supply chain. 

The housing market is systemically distorted, made all the worse with a progressively slower development and building approvals process. ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: 'Measure twice and cut once' – teen’s ambition shows construction can tap Toronto area’s youth
May 24th, 2018 3:08 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

Carolyna Leonardo is living proof that there is no typical residential construction worker.

The East York-born teenager is in her final year at Emery Collegiate Institute in North York and recently completed her co-op placement in wood framing at LiUNA Local 183’s Training Centre in Vaughan. ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: 16 RESCON / George Brown College students ready for fall work placements
May 24th, 2018 2:38 pm

Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe / RESCON

There are moments when we receive gratitude for what we do at RESCON – and the recent annual George Brown College lunch is definitely one of them.

Earlier this month, the 16 students in the RESCON Residential Construction Management certificate program at George Brown (GBC) met with more than 10 RESCON members in a networking event at the college's lakeshore campus designed to kickstart the work-placement process, a component of the RESCON / George Brown College post-graduate certificate program. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: Cannabis – is your company ready for legalization?
May 24th, 2018 2:10 pm

Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe / RESCON

Recreational cannabis will soon become legalized in Canada through the passing of Bill C-45, (the) Cannabis Act. While it will miss the original July 1, 2018 deadline, it is expected to clear all remaining legislative hurdles by the late summer or early fall 2018. ...  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: New report will focus on speeding up development approvals for housing supply
May 24th, 2018 2:01 pm


Michael de Lint / RESCON

I want to give you a brief update on the status of our report on regulatory good practices. We have scheduled the final working group meetings for the end of May and expect to publish the report in mid-June.

We have received great input and comments from our focus group, steering group members and others as steering group chair Bryan Tuckey kept us on track. Let me summarize the focus and recommendations of the report – what it does and does not do. ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: Oshawa man hits career path in construction with Tribute Communities
April 26th, 2018 4:41 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

Not all of us are lucky enough to know the career path we’re destined for as a teenager. Thomas McHardy of home builder Tribute Communities is an exception.

The 21-year-old Oshawa man was recently promoted to assistant site supervisor at Oshawa’s Dantonbury UC Towns site. The path to get to that position was a very linear one: finding his passion for construction as a teenager, taking labour jobs, then enrolling at George Brown College’s construction engineering program, and continuing his education in RESCON’s construction management program. ...  Read more...

LABOUR RELATIONS: Bill 148 increases labour instability by breaking new ground in construction industry
April 26th, 2018 4:23 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

Bill 148 The Fair Workplaces, Better Job Act, 2017 has garnered considerable attention in the construction industry. Despite a proclamation that construction would be excluded, this Act has had considerable impacts on the construction industry. ...  Read more...

RESCON EVENTS: Focus on retaining trades employees, Construction Lien Act, cannabis
April 25th, 2018 3:40 pm

Amina Dibe / RESCON

RESCON continues to plan events that help you learn about the latest changes in the industry, and help provide you with the information to decide what options are best for your companies. Three events are coming up in May and June. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: The UFL is almost zero. Now what?
March 29th, 2018 4:43 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

Last spring, RESCON updated members that the WSIB’s Unfunded Liability (UFL) had been reduced to around $4 billion. Now, in the spring of 2018, improvements continue and it is much closer to zero than it has ever been before. This means the once overly optimistic goal of zero UFL is very attainable, something not everyone was convinced would ever happen. ...  Read more...
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