Here's a snapshot of some of the most important issues
for the residential construction industry.
Parents reading this space are likely counting down the days until the start of school.

Now is the time to have those important conversations with your teenage children about whether testing the trades should be in their near future - just in case they are more suited to working with their hands rather than spinning their wheels in a university classroom.

Think about this: 118,400 construction workers (more than one in five) across Canada are on course to retire between now and 2026, according to BuildForce Canada, an industry-led, government-funded research group. There will be a lot of openings in the next decade.

That's why our partnership with the Construction Trades Exploration Program (CTEP) is so important. Based at Northview Heights Secondary School, the Toronto District School Board program gives students an opportunity to try the trades through co-op placements. In my Toronto Sun column, we focus on co-op graduate Riley Nicole Miljure, a bright 18-year-old who excelled in electrical work through a CTEP placement with RESCON member Mattamy. It has helped pave the way to a career, and we're proud to have played a role in her future and that of many other young people (see below for her story; click here for more on CTEP).

Also in this newsletter, you will find: a story on our collaboration with the University of Toronto comparing the qualities of window wall and curtain wall; RESCON VP Andrew Pariser takes on Bill 148; a snapshot on the past year of media coverage involving in-house engineer Paul De Berardis; and public affairs director Anthony Fernando speaks with the Daily Commercial News about treading carefully with community benefits.

Thanks for adding this to your summer reading. Enjoy!


Making an electrical start to her career in trades

Read about Riley Nicole Miljure who took a co-op placement at Mattamy through the TDSB's Construction Trades Exploration Program, and kickstarted her career.

Click here for Lyall's Toronto Sun column.

Window wall vs. curtain wall -- which is better?

There's no easy answer to this question, but the U of T's team at the Building Tall Research Centre tackle it with results that may surprise industry followers.

Read reporter Angela Gismondi's story in the Daily Commercial News.

More than minimum wage on line with Bill 148 

When it comes to reporting on Bill 148, the media has focused on the minimum wage hike to $15 per hour. Our blog takes a more nuanced look at the bill. 

Read Pariser's article here.


RESCON's engineer weighs in on Grenfell

Lyall offers highlights of the past year for in-house engineer Paul De Berardis, including his interview with DCN on the Grenfell Tower tragedy in the U.K.

Read the article here.

Community benefits policy under scrutiny

Anthony Fernando, RESCON's director of public affairs and CDAO government relations committee chair, speaks with reporter Don Wall.

Click here for the article.
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