To kick off October and collective bargaining season, we're hosting an economic symposium for the Ontario Residential Council of Construction Associations (ORCCA) this week. We’ll have two guest speakers including Sal Guatieri, senior economist with BMO Financial Group. He will guide participants through the BMO macro-economic outlook and then transition to a focus on the residential housing market in the GTA.
There’s no doubting that our industry could use some help when it comes to dealing with construction permits. The number 45 represents how many government bodies our industry has to deal with in order to put up new homes and condos – but 118 is Canada’s ranking out of 187 countries for dealing with construction permits in a poll by the World Bank Group’s “Doing Business” report, which compares countries’ abilities to do business.
That is absolutely unacceptable. More on this story below.
Meanwhile, even Manhattan is looking to build a wooden high-rise; Michael Steele returns with another terrific Tech Corner column on whether building codes improve our lives; Andrew Pariser writes about the WSIB framework review; and I have a guest column featured in the Daily Commercial News highlighting Steele’s brilliant number 45.