Ontario Labour Minister Monte McNaughton leaving government for private sector Labour Minister Monte McNaughton is leaving government for the private sector, Ford said in a statement Friday. “He made this decision based on what is best for him and his family at this point in his life and career,” Ford said. “He introduced groundbreaking measures to protect workers’ rights and ensure that more workers are in the driver’s seat of their own careers.” McNaughton has served as labour minister since 2019 and was infrastructure minister the year before. Click here for more details [...]
Premier Doug Ford reversing Greenbelt plan Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on September 21 he is reversing his plan to open the protected Greenbelt lands for housing development and won’t make any changes to the Greenbelt in the future. While meeting with his caucus during a retreat this week in Niagara Falls, Ont., Ford said his caucus members shared with him what they have been hearing about the Greenbelt from people in their communities and he is listening. “I made a promise to you that I wouldn’t touch the Greenbelt. I broke that promise and for that, I’m very, [...]
Tight construction labour markets persist in August as labour force growth modestly outpaces employment gains After contracting slightly in July, employment increased by 40,000 (0.2%) in August. Since January, employment has increased by 174,000 (+0.9%) – or by 25,000 on average per month. The LFS data also shows that August’s increase in employment was outpaced by population growth (+103,000; +0.3%). As a result, the national, all-industry employment rate, which is the proportion of the population aged 15 and older who are employed, fell 0.1 percentage points to 61.9%. Canada’s overall unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5%. This follows consecutive [...]
Enhanced GST Rental Rebate to build more apartments for renters On September 14, 2023, the Prime Minister announced that the government will introduce legislation to enhance the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Rental Rebate on new purpose-built rental housing, to incentivize construction of much-needed rental homes for Canadians. To build more rental housing, the removal of GST will apply to new purpose-built rental housing, such as apartment buildings, student housing, and senior residences built specifically for long-term rental accommodation. This enhancement increases the GST Rental Rebate from 36 per cent to 100 per cent and removes the existing GST [...]
Industry still looking to fill jobs despite signs of tight labour market easing While inflation and workforce shortages continue to pose challenges across all sectors, the industrial, commercial, institutional, and civil (ICIC) construction industry emerged as a positive force for Canada’s economy in 2022 and continues to show signs of growth in 2023. These gains could not be achieved without the essential contributions of its labour force, particularly eleven key occupations crucial to its operations. Although labour market tightness began easing in Q2, the current and expected demand for construction and projected future retirements continue to threaten the sustainability [...]
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