Yearly Archives: 2023

Premier Doug Ford announces reversal of Greenbelt land removals

2023-09-22T14:36:37+00:00

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, [...]

Premier Doug Ford announces reversal of Greenbelt land removals2023-09-22T14:36:37+00:00

Construction reports slight year-over-year labour force, employment increases

2023-09-19T19:29:49+00:00

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 [...]

Construction reports slight year-over-year labour force, employment increases2023-09-19T19:29:49+00:00

Canada announces GST Rebate to incentivize construction of rental homes

2023-09-15T14:26:41+00:00

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 [...]

Canada announces GST Rebate to incentivize construction of rental homes2023-09-15T14:26:41+00:00

ICIC construction sector remains resilient

2023-09-06T15:19:46+00:00

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 [...]

ICIC construction sector remains resilient2023-09-06T15:19:46+00:00

September Newsletter

2023-09-06T15:08:40+00:00

September 2023 Newsletter Don't miss the most recent HHCA Newsletter! We have been working on an informative Stat Dec Webinar, an information session on the WSIB Excellence Program, WIC's 9 & Dine & so much more! Take a look at everything coming up and get the latest news on the construction industry! Read the newsletter here!

September Newsletter2023-09-06T15:08:40+00:00

Continuing to Grow the Construction Labour Force

2023-08-08T18:56:39+00:00

Attracting Young People & Women to the Construction Industry The Ontario government is investing $3.6 million to support three innovative projects to help over 2,200 women and young people across Ontario prepare for meaningful and well-paying careers in the construction trades. Led by the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario (PBCTCO), these free programs will focus on increasing female participation in the industry, providing online training tools and exclusive employment opportunities to jobseekers, and giving grade 12 students a first-hand look at life-changing careers in construction. Women make up less than five per cent of Ontario’s construction [...]

Continuing to Grow the Construction Labour Force2023-08-08T18:56:39+00:00

Building more homes in Hamilton

2023-08-02T14:11:51+00:00

Feds give Hamilton $45M to build and fix 214 rental units The Government of Canada is taking real and urgent action to make housing more affordable for Canadians. For students who rent, families who own, and young couples looking to buy their first home, finding an affordable place to live has become increasingly difficult. Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and Mayor of Hamilton, Andrea Horwath, announced a joint investment of nearly $64 million from the Government of Canada and the City of Hamilton to build and repair 214 homes for families in Hamilton, Ontario. This announcement builds on the 7,255 [...]

Building more homes in Hamilton2023-08-02T14:11:51+00:00

August Newsletter

2023-08-02T14:01:05+00:00

August 2023 Newsletter Don't miss the most recent HHCA Newsletter! We have been working on an informative Stat Dec Webinar, information on the WSIB Excellence Program, YLG Summer Social event, WIC's Golf day & Much More! Read the newsletter here!

August Newsletter2023-08-02T14:01:05+00:00

Ontario Launching Mobile Skilled Trades Classrooms to help combat Labour Shortage

2023-07-25T18:35:12+00:00

Ontario Launching Mobile Skilled Trades Classrooms The Ontario government is investing $5.4 million to design and build three mobile tech classrooms that will travel across the province and teach students and young people about the skilled trades. The classrooms, built and operated by Skills Ontario, will feature hands-on learning stations and simulators for electrical systems, welding, crane operation, auto-painting, tire and brake work, heavy machinery and more. Over three years, they will let nearly half a million people explore the skilled trades and will help tackle the labour shortage the province faces in a critical industry. To help deliver the Province’s [...]

Ontario Launching Mobile Skilled Trades Classrooms to help combat Labour Shortage2023-07-25T18:35:12+00:00

Hamilton Maple Leaf plant earns LEED Silver for retrofits

2023-07-25T14:25:34+00:00

Maple Leaf's Hamilton Plant Receives Prestigious Environmental Certification On July 20, 2023 the Maple Leaf Foods plant in Hamilton received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the Canada Green Building Council. LEED is an international certification recognizing sustainability excellence and green building leadership. The City’s Economic Development Office identified sustainability and climate resiliency in its most recent action plan. Randy Huffman, the company’s Chief Food Safety and Sustainability Officer, thanked the City for its support. Maple Leaf received $2.6 million as part of the City’s LEED Grant Program – providing an economic catalyst for sustainable [...]

Hamilton Maple Leaf plant earns LEED Silver for retrofits2023-07-25T14:25:34+00:00
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