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The total value of building permits rose 4.7% in 2018 to $99.7 billion, the fifth consecutive annual increase. Higher construction intentions for multi-family dwellings and commercial buildings were the main factors behind the increase. Four provinces reported gains, led by British Columbia and Quebec. The largest decline was in Ontario, where the value of permits was down 2.2% to $38.2 billion.
This column just so happens to mark the 10th anniversary of yours truly penning You Bet Your Glass for Glass Canada. One of my favourite columns over the years was also one of my first, entitled “Glass For Dummies” in the April 2009 edition of Glass Canada.
Walking around the trade show floor at The Buildings Show in Toronto and the WinDoor show in Quebec City before Christmas gave me the opportunity to discuss trends in our industry with clients, contractors and manufacturers. Surprisingly, what’s old is now new again.
When most people hear that the government is giving money away their reaction is that it must not be true. Why would the government want to give businesses money and receive nothing in exchange? The reality is governments do receive something in exchange for the money they give away: increased revenues in tax dollars.
Jan. 15, 2019 - A London heritage group is giving its blessing to a proposed glass addition to the former Kellogg building that would serve as the entrance to the London Children’s Museum. The London Free Press reports. | READ MORE
Jan. 10, 2019 - Canadian municipalities issued $8.3 billion worth of building permits in November, up 2.6% from October. Higher construction intentions for commercial buildings drove most of the gain.
Dec. 10, 2018 - Canadian municipalities issued $8.1 billion worth of building permits in October, edging down 0.2% from September. The decrease was mainly attributable to lower construction intentions for industrial and institutional buildings.
If you and your company pay taxes in Canada and read the newspapers, you must often feel that every special interest group in the country and those who know how to play the system are gorging at the public trough that you have to keep filling up.
Fenestration B.C. has shut down its Red Seal glazier training program and the Provincial Glaziers Association of Alberta has put its Master Glazier program on hiatus, in both cases due to lack of enrollment.
Nov. 20, 2018 - PayNet reports that the PayNet Canadian Small Business Lending Index (CSBLI) edged up to 123.1 in September 2018 from 122.6 in August 2018. The index is up 6.3% year-over-year, marking its fifth consecutive year-over-year gain after 10 months of decline.
Oct. 24, 2018 - In the face of progressing technology, a phone full of confusing or only partially understood apps can seriously slow down productivity and overall workflow.
Angelo Cairo of Stouffville Glass, president of the Ontario Glass and Metal Association, has issued a statement criticizing the recently announced cancellation of funding for several large institutional projects by the Doug Ford PC government in Ontario.
Oct. 29, 2018 - The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) have collaborated to create a free e-course to help identify and safely control sources and products containing nanomaterials in the workplace, to protect workers from harm.
The PC government of Ontario elected earlier this year has announced it will "wind down" the Ontario College of Trades, set all journeyperson-to-apprentice ratios to one-to-one and put a moratorium on adding new compulsory trade classifications or reclassifying existing classifications. It has also promised an unspecified "replacement model for the regulation of the skilled trades and apprenticeship system" by early 2019. 
While we all enjoyed some time off this summer, others were contemplating the current predicament we find ourselves in because of the short-sighted decisions made south of the border. 
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