Here's a snapshot of some of the most important issues
for the residential construction industry.

"And when you've got a good idea, Richard, we're going to listen."

Those words were music to my ears and those of a lot of builders at RESCON's 2019 annual general meeting, spoken by the affable Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark. That sentence was the conclusion of a terrific speech that we're happy to share with our members and key stakeholders in this Lyall's Files blog.

Minister Clark hit all the right notes in the 40 minutes that he spoke - economy, jobs, streamlining, cutting red tape, harmonizing the building code, Growth Plan, Housing Supply Action Plan, and building housing near transit.

His speech is well worth a read, and we're thrilled that we continue to strengthen ties between us and the Ministry so that together government and industry can make the Ontario economy stronger.

Other items in the newsletter include: three star graduates from the George Brown College residential construction management program explain what they learned and what they are achieving now that they've been hired by the industry (the program boasts a 90% job-placement rate); the Toronto Star interviews our in-house engineer Paul De Berardis (again) about Toronto's noise bylaw; and RCCAO's Andy Manahan continues to push the government to reform the municipal class environmental assessment process, reports the Daily Commercial News.

Thanks for reading!

Richard Lyall, President

RESCON program grads speak out  

Three grateful graduates talk about the merits of the RESCON-sponsored residential construction management program at GBC and how it helped them with their new jobs.

Read the blog by Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe here.


'There's no way to undergo silent construction'

Paul De Berardis tells Toronto Star reporter May Warren that the concrete exemption to the Toronto noise bylaw is "vital to keeping production schedule."

Read the story here.


Brave vision deserves consideration

The combination of innovation, infrastructure and economics offered by Sidewalk Toronto makes for great conversation on the city's future development.

Read Dan Doctoroff's blog here.

103,900 workers needed from 2019-'28: report

Ontario's skilled trades will see a big jobs gap over the next decade because of retirements and additional demand, predicts the national industry-led organization.

Read the report here.


Government ends municipal EA review   

Andy Manahan tells the Daily Commercial News that he is determined to continue to push for reform of the process even if "the feeling is one of starting over."

Read the story here.

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