construction industry

Amid nickel boom, Vale moves forward with underground mine at Voisey’s Bay

Brazilian mining giant Vale is capitalizing on a nickel boom and moving forward with its underground mine at Voisey’s Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball announced Monday morning.

Read more at theobserver.ca

OCOT ramps up compliance, enforcement for construction

The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) is ramping up compliance and enforcement efforts in the construction sector to coincide with increased projects during the spring and summer months, but one industry stakeholder is wondering what took so long.

Inspections will be consistent with the College’s new Compliance and Enforcement Policy, explained George Gritziotis, OCOT’s registrar and CEO, adding the College has equipped its officers with enhanced training and tools to ensure they are able to deliver more targeted, consistent and transparent inspections.

Read more at Daily Commercial News

Construction union dispute comes to a head at Queen’s Park rally

TORONTO — A long-standing dispute between two powerful construction unions is coming to a head at a Queen’s Park rally Monday.

Members of LiUNA, the union representing construction labourers in Ontario, plan to protest what they call “draconian” measures tucked into the provincial government’s budget legislation, labour law changes known as Schedule 14 that they say give the Carpenter’s Union an advantage at their expense.

Read more at Toronto Sun

GO East’s opening curtain

On April 12, MPP Grandville Anderson, Oshawa Mayor John Henry, and a number of Oshawa regional councillors were huddled in the wind at the site of the former Knob Hill Farms grocery store to unveil the ideation of the first step toward expanding the Lakeshore East line through Oshawa into Bowmanville.

There were no updates on the station itself, but for now, the province has announced it will be using a portion of the site as a Park and Ride location to allow commuters an alternative place to park in order to get to the extremely packed Bloor Street station.

Read more at The Oshawa Express

Plan looks to draw investment to south end

A new plan to help attract development and revitalize the Wentworth Street West corridor is one step closer to reality following a public meeting that saw no residents speak out with concerns.

“I think south Oshawa will be very happy,” said Councillor Amy McQuaid-England. “I think this is a good step forward for the area. It’s an area we’ve been talking about for a very long time.”

Read more at The Oshawa Express

World Class Resort in Durham Region Set to Proceed

DURHAM REGION, ON, April 3, 2018 /CNW/ – The transformative Durham Live entertainment and tourism destination is a step closer to development as the proponents of a premier casino resort at the site announced they will proceed towards municipal permitting.

Read more at Newswire

Groundbreaking for 6-storey building neighbouring Newcastle’s historic Massey factory

NEWCASTLE — The official groundbreaking ceremony for a six-storey mixed-use building in downtown Newcastle was held on Tuesday, March 20. The new building, just south of the historic Massey factory, will house a mix of retail, medical office space and condominium apartments.

Read more at durhamregion.com

Premier’s Statement on U.S. Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

Premier Kathleen Wynne released the following statement today on Canada’s exemption from the U.S.’s new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports:

“We learned today that Canada has been exempted from the U.S. government’s new steel and aluminum import tariffs — for now. While it is important to recognize that we are still facing challenges, I am pleased that we got the decision we fought for — the one that protects workers and businesses in Ontario’s steel and aluminum industry.

Read more at Ontario Newsroom

Real estate industries made up fifth of Canada’s GDP in 2017

Real estate, construction and related financial and insurance industries are together responsible for more than 20 per cent of Canada’s GDP in 2017, according to a quarterly report released by Statistics Canada March 2.

Here in B.C., a separate report funded by real estate and development industry groups, published March 5, found that real estate-related industries accounted for around 15 per cent of the provincial GDP in 2016.

Read more at Vancouver Courier

Expo uses virtual reality to encourage more students to consider a trade

A three-day interactive event, called Future Building, running Tuesday to Thursday at Mississauga’s International Centre is aiming to introduce more than 9,000 central Ontario students in Grades 7 to 12 to the trades.

Virtual reality simulators at the event will allow students to use a crane from three floors up, and try out painting and welding as well as several other construction careers.

Read more at CBC News

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