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

It's been quite a year for residential construction in 2018, and we're looking forward to even greater things in 2019.

As you may know, I don't spend a lot of time reflecting as I'd prefer to keep moving and look forward to the next challenge. That's why I'm proud to present a couple of columns published in the Toronto Sun recently that look forward at what's to come for the industry as well as this story published this week by The TVO story is about anticipated changes coming to land-use policy in the coming months - possibly the most transformative alterations that we've seen since the Greenbelt was introduced more than a decade ago.

In the Sun, my more recent column outlines what RESCON sees as five things to watch for in 2019 (missing middle, streamlining, e-permitting, collective bargaining, and training and apprenticeship).

My other column addresses the Growth Plan's lack of foresight. There's a good reason this article is entitled "Planning by numbers is not enough."

Another issue that is closer to home for RESCON is the hiring of a new associate of member and corporate services. We want to increase our members' awareness of what we can provide to them as well as expand our membership, and we feel new hire Cassandra Dobrzynski (above, on right) is the right person to lead us to success in that area (read her story here). She joins a strong team of professionals.

Other articles included below: how most furnaces can now be used for construction heat in new houses (again!), by Paul De Berardis; and RCCAO scores a front-page exclusive story with the Toronto Star on its latest report about the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), among other media coverage.

As this is the final newsletter of the year, from our team at RESCON (and RCCAO), Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year. See you in 2019!

Richard Lyall, President

Merry Christmas! It's (probably) OK to use this 

Most furnace manufacturers who had banned using furnaces to heat homes under construction are now allowing it, writes RESCON's Paul De Berardis. 

Read his blog here.

2019 marks New Year of collective bargaining

As 2019 approaches, it is important for all members to take stock of how labour relations has, is and will impact business, writes RESCON's Andrew Pariser.

Read his blog here.


Our scholarship winners share stories  

RESCON scholarship winners Tiffany Morin (middle, left) and Nico Varkevisser (middle, right) pose during the Women In Skilled Trades graduation at the Centre for Skills Development in Burlington. They are joined by (from left) RESCON's Nadia Todorova, the Centre's Lisa Rizzato and Raluca Lazar, and RESCON's Amina Dibe.

Read the story on our scholarship winners here.

U of T, OBOA, LMCBO build on momentum

Red tape expert Michael de Lint writes about how RESCON's recent partnership may help put Ontario at the leading edge of permitting applications.

Read his blog here.


Media spotlight shines on RCCAO report  

RCCAO attracted a lot of media attention after launching the report The GTHA's Unbalanced Housing Stock - Benchmarking Ontario's New LPAT System.

Read the Toronto Star's front page exclusive here.
Click here for the National Post story.
Read the Hamilton Spectator story here.
Listen to the Global News Radio interview here.

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