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

June 2015

It's already a few days into summer, and RESCON has some news to share with our members.

No, not the opening of the HOV or the Pan Am Games - the Durham Residential Construction Labour Bureau (DRCLB) has officially been accredited.

On June 16th, an official notice and accreditation certificate was released by the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB). This accreditation will ensure a level playing field for all builders with respect to collective agreements in Durham Region.

This accreditation for DRCLB, first created in 2002, ensures a level playing field for all LIUNA Local 183 bound builders. It is also a fantastic opportunity for RESCON to showcase the value and services it provides which includes expertise in labour relations, technical standards, health and safety, training and education, and innovation.

After the DRCLB was accredited, the board of directors has approved the waiving of all membership fees for all three associations (MTABA, TRCLB and DRCLB) for any builder wishing to join between July 1st and Aug. 31st, 2015.

For more information, please contact RESCON vice-president Andrew Pariser at or 905-760-7777.

Meantime, enjoy this newsletter, all the best during the Pan Am Games (go Canada go!) and most of all, Happy Canada Day!
(For previous editions of RESCON Industry News, please click here.)



Can Uber benefit new-home construction?

RESCON president Richard Lyall thinks so. It may seem like a stretch, but Lyall explains in his column in the Toronto Sun's New Homes & Condos section how Uber can help take some pressure off new-home buyers looking for their dream home in the GTA.

Read Lyall's Toronto Sun column at this link.


'The game-changer' -- mid-rise wood builds

RESCON president Richard Lyall explains to the London Free Press why the change to the Ontario Building Code allowing six-storey wood-frame construction is "a game-changer for our market."

Read the story here.

George Brown College students look for placements

Lyall writes about this year's crop of students looking for placements this fall in the Residential Construction Management Certificate Program, sponsored by RESCON.

Read the full blog entry here.

Health & Safety: Monthly column starts

RESCON's re-established health and safety committee is up and running at full speed, so you can expect to see a monthly column on this crucial subject for our website and newsletter, writes vice-president Andrew Pariser.
Click here to read Pariser's column on our blog.

Tech Corner: Net-zero to be regular standard

Net-zeroenergy (NZE) buildings are the requirement of the future, writes Michael Steele, RESCON's director of technical standards. Steele adds that regulations and codes are currently being revised and changed which will impact all types of residential construction (both single-family and multi-residential) as well as commercial.

Click here to read Steele's column.

'Turning Green into Profits' postponed

This must-see seminar for builders has been postponed until the fall. But make no mistake, writes RESCON director of technical standards Michael Steele: we are in the midst of a green revolution that will negatively impact builders' bottom lines unless their knowledge base is up to date.

Read Steele's column at this link.

Dawson, Sherrard discuss OCOT

More certification, more problems, says researcher Dr. Laura Dawson as she and leading labour lawyer Mike Sherrard spoke with industry leaders recently about the problems that could plague construction if all trades in Ontario were certified. The Daily Commercial News reports.

Read DCN's story here.

RCCAO celebrate 10 years of advocacy

After 10 years, executive director Andy Manahan explains to Canadian Business Journal that the objective of the alliance that brings management and union groups together is not just to create work for the construction industry but for "the long-term public good." Read CBJ's story here.

Also on RCCAO, Manahan weighs in on the new Ontario jobs act. DCN reports here.

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