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March 31, 2014

LIUNA ramps up safety awareness

With mandatory Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training for Workers and Supervisors coming into effect July 1, 2014, LIUNA Local 183 Training Centre is ramping up its health and safety awareness to its employer partners.

March 27, 2014

Pan Am Games build an opportunity to enter the trades

A few months ago Tyrone Solomon, 24, was scrambling to pay his bills by taking on menial labor jobs through temporary hiring agencies. It was a world of poor-paying jobs with no future.

March 20, 2014

Apprentices are at risk, says MPP Dunlop

As of April 1 all Ontario apprentices will have to pay the membership fee at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) or their registered trade agreement will expire, a move that one MPP says will penalize thousands of apprentices.

March 14, 2014

Canada Job Grant deal applauded by industry

The agreement in principle by the provinces on the Canada Job Grant is welcome news to the nation’s construction industry as the new agreement provides flexibility for the provinces to make it work with their funding arrangements.

February 19, 2014

Industry applauds budget’s skilled labour efforts

Though the federal government’s 2014 budget was a “stay the course” document for most Canadians, there were big moves made in terms of the country’s skilled labour force, say industry leaders.

February 14, 2014

Canada Apprentice Loan unveiled in 2014 federal budget

The creation of the Canada Apprentice Loan reinforces the importance of the apprenticeship training system to industries like construction for future labour market needs, says the head of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA).

February 14, 2014

Budget 2014 gets thumbs up from OCS for job creation tools

The job creation and new employment opportunities for youth tools introduced in the 2014 federal budget have received the support of the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS).

February 10, 2014

Carpenters’ build massive bridge model for training

A recently constructed model of a concrete and steel girder highway bridge is nothing like the one you might expect to see perched on an engineer’s office desk. This model is big. Really big.

January 31, 2014

New Brunswick emergency facility build provides trades prospects

Provincial supports will create job and training opportunities for up to 12 journeypersons and 24 apprentices while supporting the development of an emergency housing facility for homeless and at-risk youth in Saint John, N.B.

January 23, 2014

Renewed optimism for Canada Job Grant

There is a new tone in the way the federal government and the provinces are discussing the Canada Job Grant, says one construction industry leader.

June 26, 2009

Toronto students sticking with CHOICE pre-apprenticeship program

Not many pre-apprenticeship courses can claim as high a retention rate as the CHOICE Pre-apprenticeship Program for Youths at Risk can. In its fifth year, the unique Toronto-based program offers its students a chance to learn carpentry skills on the job at social housing properties operated by Toronto Community Housing Corporation.

June 26, 2009

Conestoga College to get roofing, heating training facilities

Conestoga’s College is busy adding to its Construction Centre of Excellence campus in Waterloo with a roofing training centre set to open its doors this September and an HVAC training facility to follow a year later.


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