Canadian Coalition for Construction Steel Urges Caution on Tariffs, Quotas on Non-US Steel

Now that the Government of Canada has retaliated against unfair U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, the Canadian Coalition for Construction Steel is urging the Government to act cautiously before taking further action, including safeguards, which could severely disrupt the construction industry in Canada.


Canadian protective measures against cheap foreign steel could raise home prices, say industry reps

Measures to protect the Canadian and American steel markets from cheap foreign steel may hurt the Canadian construction industry and raise the cost of home building, say two representatives from the Canadian steel construction industry.


Trades council says it can meet demand from $2-billion project

As Nova Chemicals gears up for $2-billion in construction in St. Clair Township, the president of the Sarnia-Lambton Building and Construction Trades Council says its members are ready to supply the skilled workforce the project needs.

Nova has begun preparing the site of a new polyethylene plant to be built over the next three years on Rokeby Line, next to its Corunna plant where work is also planned to double its production.


Major Halifax construction projects lead to calls for small business compensation

The upcoming summer season has many people daydreaming of wandering around downtown Halifax shops, perhaps even sitting on patios with a frosty beverage or two.

It’s safe to say the majority of people aren’t including the sounds of relentless jackhammering or drilling in that picture, but for some downtown Halifax businesses, that scenario is a challenging reality.


Canada: Ontario Passes Fair Wage Legislation To Protect Certain Workers On Government Contracts

On May 8, 2018, the Government Contract Wages Act, 2018 (the “Act”) received Royal Assent. The newly passed legislation allows Ontario to establish minimum rates of pay for people working in construction, building cleaning, and security services jobs under contracts with the government. Private sector contractors and subcontractors will be required to pay according to those rates.

The Act – passed on the final sitting day of the Ontario legislature before the June election – updates the Ontario government’s Fair Wage Policy for the first time since 1995. It builds on the historic actions that Ontario has already taken to create more opportunity and security for workers through the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017.


Council considering inventory system for duplexes in Oshawa

A system that would inventory the city’s duplex homes and require inspections for property and fire code standards could be in the cards for Oshawa’s future.

At the meeting of council’s Corporate Services committee on March 26, councillors unanimously passed a motion to have staff look into the possibility of adding duplexes into the city’s current Two-Unit Housing Registration System, or creating a “mirrored” registration system for these types of homes.

Read more at UrbanToronto

U of T to build academic wood tower on downtown Toronto campus

The University of Toronto is set to build a 14-storey academic tower made of timber on its downtown Toronto campus – expected to be the tallest mass timber and concrete hybrid building in North America.

It follows a growing international trend towards tall timber structures, which have been lauded for their low carbon footprint, fire safety and faster construction time.

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Building Trades Welcome Fair Wage Legislation

TORONTO, April 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — “Today’s announcement of the Government Contract Wages Act, to be introduced by the Honourable Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour, is a huge step towards leveling the playing field in Ontario’s construction industry,” announced Patrick Dillon, Business Manager of the Ontario Building Trades Council. “I commend the Minister, and Premier Kathleen Wynne who have shown bold leadership in bringing this forward with a view to tackling precariousness in the industry.”

“This legislation paves the way for protecting workers’ wages by establishing an enforceable requirement that contractors who bid on government-procured construction work must pay their workers fair wages that reflect trade-specific, prevailing rates in each region of the province,” explained Dillon.

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A Cause for Celebration: J. J. McGuire Employee Awards

January 27, 2018, was an evening of celebration for the J.J. McGuire family at the beautiful Grand Prix Track Event Centre at the Canadian Tire Motosport Park where we honoured all of our employees, in particular, those reaching milestones, in service years, with J.J. McGuire.

It’s one of the joys of management to recognize those whose ongoing dedication makes such a difference.

10-year awards went to Lisa Courtney, Paul DeSousa, Elizabeth Huckson, Ansu Konateh, Mike Moreira, Brent Roder and Shelley Welsh.

15-year awards were presented to Paul Henderson and Luigi Marsilio.

The 20-year award was presented to Wayne Surette.

The 25-year award honouree was Christina Moreira.

The stars of the evening were our 30-year award recipients, Jack Huckson and Andy Wojtis.

Everyone’s efforts and hard work are greatly appreciated.

It was an evening of good fun, good food and relaxation.  Best of all, it was in the company of the wonderful people who make up our team.


J.J. McGuire President Jeff Robinson appointed Vice President of The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

Congratulations to Jeff Robinson who was recently appointed as Vice President of The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.

Jeff was welcomed to his new position by Oshawa Mayor John Henry and by the Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development for the Region of Durham, Brian Bridgeman at the annual Regional Chair’s Luncheon.

In keeping with J.J. McGuire’s long tradition of giving back to their community, Jeff has served as a member of The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce for a number of years and looks forward to providing even greater support to local businesses in his new capacity.

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce was established in 1928.  Over the last 90 years, they have provided networking and mutual support opportunities to local businesses.  In 2005, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce awarded them the National Accreditation, the highest quality standard awarded to Chambers of Commerce.

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