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New year, new achievements -- RESCON recently spearheaded the successful launch of the Job Talks Construction video series. In these profiles, dozens of skilled trades workers, including bulldozer operator Larissa (shown below), discuss their passion for their work in 1.5- to four-minute clips. (See them at

Not only was RESCON mentioned in a Maclean's article about skilled trades jobs the week of the launch, but the event's media coverage included stories from ReNew Canada (their website's top story for several days) and Daily Commercial News. In addition, Radio-Canada, the French-language CBC, ran stories on the event for several broadcasts throughout the day, while the Toronto Sun and Ottawa Sun also gave mention to the video series this week. We'll share more news coverage in upcoming newsletters as it rolls out.

Please feel free to share the video series with your friends and family -- we need young people to know that these jobs are not only well paid, but personally fulfilling. And we have to help our educators and guidance counsellors understand the importance of this career path choice for people at an earlier age.

Lastly, thank you to our partners in the video series launch: the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario; the Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance; the Heavy Construction Association of Toronto; the Toronto Area Road Builders Association; the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association; the Ontario Residential Council of Construction Associations; and the Ontario Construction Careers Alliance.

Below, check out the following: I write about the GTA's broken rental market in the Toronto Sun; RCCAO's Andy Manahan joins TVO's Steve Paikin for a lively discussion on infrastructure; and we present five recent letters and submissions to the Ontario government.

Thanks for reading!

Richard Lyall, President


How do we fix the GTA's broken rental market?

You do it with supply, writes Lyall in the Toronto Sun, and a slew of other Post Media publications. Also, read his three reflections for 2019.

Read Lyall's rentals column here.
Read his New Year's column here.


RCCAO, Infrastructure Ontario talk infra  

RCCAO's Andy Manahan joins a stellar panel of infrastructure experts on the news panel discussion program The Agenda, hosted by Steve Paikin.

Tune into the discussion here.

RESCON prez explains his one wish for 2020

Lyall says three words will help the GTA and its homebuyers in 2020: housing market equilibrium.

Check out the story here.

In praise of Bill 108 (More Homes, More Choice)

The Ford government's Bill 108 provided "the most comprehensive changes to housing policy in a generation," Lyall tells DCN.

RESCON, RCCAO and other construction groups comment here.


Here is a list of RESCON's most recent submissions and letters to the Ontario government.

Submission on the Draft Wood Strategy, ERO 019-0880

Pre-budget 2020 submission

Letter to Minister Jill Dunlop -- RESCON Job Talks Video Series Launch

MPP Jane McKenna - RESCON Job Talks Video Series Launch

Congratulatory letter to Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough

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