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April 23, 2014

MCAC and CIPH take Parliament Hill

Prompt payment provisions in federal contracts as well as bi-national regulatory co-operation and streamlined standards were top of mind when two national trade associations held a recent Parliamentary Day of Awareness in Ottawa.

April 22, 2014

New OCOT ratios now in effect

New journeyperson to apprentice ratios are now in effect for 15 skilled trades in Ontario following the review of 33 ratios through the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).

April 22, 2014

Ground breaks on St. Jerome’s expansion

A new chapter in the 150-year life of St. Jerome’s University at University of Waterloo is now underway.

April 22, 2014

Infrastructure Ontario focuses on roads and transit

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) is shifting its focus from health care infrastructure to fixing the province’s transit and transportation infrastructure deficit.

April 21, 2014

U.S. construction labour concerns

The United States construction industry says it’s in danger of not having enough people to keep up with demand for building projects, as workers age and more teens are pushed to go to college.

April 21, 2014

CaGBC to provide free LEED registration and certification for commercial projects in disaster-hit cities

Following the Lac-Mégantic, Que. train derailment and the 2013 Calgary floods, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) will provide free LEED registration and certification for commercial projects in Lac-Mégantic and for homes in the Calgary region.

April 21, 2014

Debate swirls over OCOT’s merit on its anniversary

As the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) marked its first anniversary of accepting members on April 8, its proponents lauded it for creating oversight and safety to the trades community while its opponents called it a massive failure.

April 17, 2014

Upset waters over new Ontario diving regulations

Recent changes to the Ontario Diving Regulations have landed the Ministry of Labour (MOL) in somewhat turbulent waters with some members of the province’s professional diving community.

April 16, 2014

Siemens Canada awarded first wind turbine order in Saskatchewan

Expanding its wind power footprint into Saskatchewan, Siemens Canada has announced a partnership with Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. to supply, deliver and commission 10 direct drive SWT-2.3-113 wind turbines for the Morse Project.

April 16, 2014

Manufacturing labour shortage to get a boost from government

Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, has announced a number of government initiatives that support Canada’s manufacturing industry during a recent roundtable with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).

April 16, 2014

Youth get hands-on at Future Building expo

With registration for this year’s Future Building reaching its highest number yet, it’s a sign that the Ontario government is turning a corner when it comes to exposing young people to the skilled trades, according to the event’s coordinator.

April 14, 2014

Green bonds could be tax-free solution to transit funding

With the prospect of an election growing more likely every day, the minority Liberals’ spring budget may turn out to be more campaign platform than peace treaty.

April 14, 2014

Branksome Hall Project

Construction progresses at the independent girls school Branksome Hall on the new athletics and wellness centre in Toronto, Ont.

April 11, 2014

Construction begins at two Halifax bases

The federal government has announced the start of construction on two military projects in Halifax.

April 11, 2014

Brazilian airport infrastructure not ready for World Cup, say experts

Infrastructure experts say that Brazil has run out of time to meet its promise to fully expand and renovate airports that will serve hundreds of thousands of fans pouring into the country for the World Cup that starts in just two months.

April 11, 2014

CRA shares tax filing tools and tips for construction

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has some handy tips for construction employers and apprentices to keep in mind as the April 30 tax filing deadline approaches.

April 10, 2014

New Ontario deficit pegged at $11.3 billion, reports government

Ontario’s new deficit for 2013-14 is estimated to be $11.3 billion, a $400 million improvement compared with the 2013 budget, reports the provincial government.

April 10, 2014

$5.2 million in federal funds for mining skills

The federal government is contributing over $5.2 million to the Seven Generations Education Institute to provide training and work experience to aboriginal participants in various in-demand occupations related to the mining sector in Northern Ontario.

April 9, 2014

Canada’s North: Infrastructure on mining wishlist

Speaking at the annual convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada in Toronto in March, business representatives from the Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories (N.W.T.) had a different take as they discussed infrastructure and other challenges they face — and some of their recent achievements.

April 9, 2014

The CO2 conundrum — one Halifax firm thinks it found the cure

Sometimes, it’s necessary to step back from a problem, then take a different route to its solution.

April 8, 2014

Gray Construction named safest in U.S.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has named Gray Construction of Lexington, KY. as the safest construction company in the United States in 2013.

April 8, 2014

Partnership targets affordable and sustainable housing

When Lafarge, the international cement and concrete giant, decided to build a duplex dwelling in Edmonton for Habitat for Humanity, there was quite a bit of comment among those who watch things like advances in “green” technologies.

April 7, 2014

Northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire far from fading

It’s been a burning question in mining circles the last few years – when will northwestern Ontario’s Ring of Fire see production?

April 4, 2014

Drive for Bill 69 results in Ontario lien act review

Many in Ontario’s construction industry are applauding the provincial government’s decision to undertake an independent review of the Construction Lien Act.

April 4, 2014

Steady investment leads to better productivity, say Ontario Liberals

The Ontario government says its investments in infrastructure, health care and education will increase productivity and support economic growth in Ontario as employers and workers adapt and seize opportunities in the new global economy, according to its recent Long-Term Report on the Economy.

April 3, 2014

Planning and reporting key to jobsite safety

For safer jobsites, companies should encourage workers to plan for the worst and report near misses, heard the audience at a recent Canadian Construction Association (CCA) panel discussion.

April 2, 2014

Worker not wearing safety cable in fatal World Cup site incident, say officials

Brazilian authorities say the initial investigation into the accident that killed a worker at the stadium that will host the World Cup opener in a few months showed he likely wasn’t wearing a required safety cable.

April 2, 2014

United Kingdom and Canadian colleges sign deal for study about trades qualification requirements

A new international study that will help British and Irish trained tradespeople assess their skills against Canadian criteria is being supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

April 2, 2014

How to close the gender gap e-book released by U.S. electronic engineers

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)-USA has released the first in a series of e-books on women engineers.

March 31, 2014

LIUNA ramps up safety awareness

With mandatory Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training for Workers and Supervisors coming into effect July 1, 2014, LIUNA Local 183 Training Centre is ramping up its health and safety awareness to its employer partners.

March 31, 2014

Canadian college education increasingly attractive reveals research

A college education is becoming an increasingly attractive option for many prospective students who are seeking the right skills to fit an evolving job market.

March 31, 2014

Workplace safety due diligence vital to everyone, says expert

Maintaining a safe workplace requires a team effort. Under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “Act”) everyone has an important role to play — employees, supervisors, constructors, management and site owners.

March 28, 2014

International rail companies charged by Brazilian authorities

Prosecutors in Brazil have charged executives from a dozen international companies, including Montreal-based Bombardier, with forming a cartel to raise prices for the construction and upkeep of subway and train systems in Sao Paulo.

March 27, 2014

Pan Am Games build an opportunity to enter the trades

A few months ago Tyrone Solomon, 24, was scrambling to pay his bills by taking on menial labor jobs through temporary hiring agencies. It was a world of poor-paying jobs with no future.

March 26, 2014

Carpenters’ Campbell honoured by BBPA

Chris Campbell may be surprised that he is one of this year’s winners of the Black Business and Professional Association’s (BBPA) Distinguished Men of Honour award handed out at the Toronto Region Board of Trade recently but anyone who knows Campbell well sees the business representative of the Carpenters’ Local 27 as deserving of the award.

March 25, 2014

National human resources toolkit now available: CCA

An updated national human resources (HR) toolkit is now available and the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is taking a “wait and see” approach to see if seminars on it will be needed.

March 25, 2014

Ontario is debt-ridden, says Fraser Institute study

By every measure, Ontario is much deeper in debt than California, the poster child for fiscal irresponsibility, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

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