Ontario spending $75 million to improve training and cover apprentices’ living expenses

Ontario Construction News staff writer The Ontario government says $75 million will make the skilled trades more accessible by helping apprentices pay living expenses during their in-class training. The government is also appointing a five-member Skilled Trades Panel to provide advice and recommendations to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development on developing a […]

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OCS survey: ICI construction shows signs of stability but anxiety over second wave looms

Ontario Construction News staff writer There are signs of stability in Ontario’s Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) sector – but also anxiety about the potential impact of a second COVID-19 wave, the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) reports in its fourth pandemic-related independent survey. The Coronavirus Contractors Survey 4: Stability & Anxiety, released on Oct. 5, […]

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GOHBA’s pre-budget submission: Renovation tax credit, surety bonds and support for major infrastructure projects

Ontario Construction News staff writer As part of the Ontario Minister of Finance’s pre-budget consultations, Jason Burggraaf, executive director of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) spoke via video-link on Sept. 25 with Finance Minister Rod Phillips, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and local MPPs Jeremy Roberts and Goldie […]

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New infographic-style growth report presents highlights, but committee members want more information

By John Devine Special to Ontario Construction News The City of Barrie’s planning committee got its first look at the planning department’s new approach to reporting growth recently, and the method garnered praise along with questions about data not included. “For the growth report this year we really wanted an easy-to-understand report showing meaningful metrics […]

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