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Ontario invests $90 million in skilled trades program

Ontario says it is investing $90 million in new funding for a program that aims to help find work for those who are unemployed or underemployed.

$40,000 available for construction employers in B.C.

Effective Sept. 27, BC’s construction employers can begin to access up to $40,000 through the BC Construction Association (BCCA) to offset the costs of onboarding and training first-year apprentices in 39 Red Seal trades.

Home Hardware Celebrates Successful “Homecoming” in Toronto

After more than two years of hosting virtual events, Home Hardware Stores Limited brought its largest Dealer event to Toronto from September 23 to 25.
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The Hammer Episode #31: Your Money Back – Bonny Koabel, AKR Consulting

There are more government rebate programs out there than you can shake a stick at. Luckily, Bonny Koabel of AKR Consulting has a whole basket of sticks and spends most of her time shaking them at the various government agencies so you don’t have to. Bonny joins The Hammer to explain three national rebate programs that can give substantial money back to homeowners building custom homes and renovating existing homes. Passing along this information to your customers could help overcome sticker shock and smooth the rails to a higher-value sale. » Listen now...

The Hammer Episode #30:The Future of Apprenticeship – Robert Bronk, Ontario Construction Secretariat

The Ontario government has announced a string of programs and restructurings aimed at improving and promoting skilled trades training. Robert Bronk is CEO of the Ontario Construction Secretariat, an agency that acts as a forum for construction contractors and construction unions to work together. As such, he has some great perspectives on the state of skilled trades learning and the apprenticeship system. In this episode, he talks about the new Ontario initiatives; how our apprenticeship system is viewed around the world; what is working and not working; how the education system has let skilled trades languish; and the intersection between apprenticeship and unionization. » Listen now...

The Hammer Episode #29: Energy Efficient Renovations In the Codes – Frank Lohmann, CHBA

We’ve watched the codes and standards tighten for years now, requiring windows and doors installed into new builds to meet ever-higher performance metrics for air/water ingress and insulating value. And they will continue to tighten as Canada’s code authorities follow the federal Roadmap to make all new buildings built in Canada meet net-zero energy performance standards by 2030. But what about the inefficient existing buildings out there that represent a far larger proportion of the homes in the country and therefore a much bigger impact to carbon emissions? Never fear, regulators have not forgotten about them. Frank Lohmann, director of building science for the Canadian Home Builders Association, joins The Hammer to talk about plans to create an existing buildings section of the National Building Code by 2025, which will focus on energy-efficiency requirement for renovations. » Listen now...
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