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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
Ontario Launches Free Job Training for Newcomers The Ontario government is investing $2.6 million in four free training projects to help more than 300 newcomers, including displaced Afghans and Ukrainians, find meaningful jobs with local employers. Ontario welcomes more immigrants than any other province each year, and research has shown that helping internationally-trained newcomers work in the professions they studied for could increase Ontario’s GDP by up to $100 billion over the next five years. Read the news here!
July 2023 Newsletter Check out the July HHCA Newsletter. Inside you'll find resources pertaining to working in the summer heat, new legislation on washroom facilities on construction sites, building permits and so much more. PLUS we have opened registration for our YLG Summer Social and the HHCA Golf Day. Read the newsletter here!
CITY OF HAMILTON SURPASSES $1 BILLION IN BUILDING PERMITS - SETS NEW RECORD On June 14, 2023, the City of Hamilton surpassed $1 billion worth of construction since the beginning of the year. 2023 now marks the earliest the City has reached the billion-dollar mark in construction value, three days earlier than the previous record set in 2022, which was on June 17. This milestone represents approximately 2612 building projects within the residential, institutional, commercial, and industrial sectors. The City has consistently reached the $1 billion milestone for over ten years in a row. The $1 billion mark is [...]