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If discussions over beers at industry gatherings are any indication, there are some who are on the brink of abandoning Canada as a market. The complaints are familiar, but exacerbated at the moment because of the surge in demand in the recovered U.S. construction industry compared to the relative stagnation here.
July 27, 2015 - Lawyers charged with conducting a review of the Ontario Construction Liens Act have released a comprehensive document designed to educate industry stakeholders about the issues the review will be considering this fall. The document contains valuable background on the present law and common practices surrounding payment for construction contracting, and lists dozens of proposals for remedies and improvements that the review will consider. Upon completion of the review later this year, Bruce Reynolds, lead counsel for the review, will report his findings to the Ontario government including input gathered from across the Ontario construction industry. This information is expected to inform Ontario government policy going forward, including possible new legislation and/or regulations governing payment practices. The Ontario Glass and Metal Association is circulating the report and encouraging Ontario glaziers to submit their comments.
July 9, 2015 - FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear has announced a contribution of $3,227,750 to the Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Association (WOCDFCA) to support the growth of small- and medium-sized enterprises in southwestern Ontario.
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has released the WDMA 2015 Architectural Door U.S. Market Study. This report provides data and insights needed to understand the industry's performance, key trends, and future direction. The report is based on extensive industry input for product shipments in 2014 and was prepared, researched and analyzed by Metrostudy, a Hanley Wood company, and the Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research (CHR).
Consulting Engineers of Ontario this afternoon welcomed the passage of the Ontario government’s infrastructure implementation budget, Bill 91, the Building Ontario Up Act.
A full year has now passed since Bill 69 was set aside by the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills of the Ontario Legislative Assembly. You may recall that Bill 69, named the Prompt Payment Act 2014, was a private member’s bill presented by Steven Del Duca, Member of Provincial Parliament for Vaughan. Its main provisions would have seen that the financial risk on construction projects would be more equitably shared and would have provided subcontractors with greater recourse to collect money owed to them.
Last fall I had the opportunity to visit the Corning Museum of Glass, which is close to the Canadian border in upper New York State south of Syracuse. I would estimate it’s about a 90-minute drive from the border and well worth your time and effort.
April 30, 2015 - STGM’s new head office is located in the Beauport borough of Quebec City, adjacent to the Estimauville eco-neighbourhood.
April 22, 2015 - Canadian municipalities issued building permits worth $6.1 billion in February, edging down 0.9% from the previous month. This was the second consecutive monthly decline. Lower construction intentions in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta were responsible for the decrease at the national level.
March 24, 2015 - The Small Business Challenge is back, shining a spotlight on Canada’s brightest entrepreneurs and the challenges they face. The annual contest is an opportunity for Canadian small business owners to showcase their unique business ideas to a nationwide audience and get help overcoming the barriers standing in their way.
If you are an architectural glass and aluminum glazing contractor, a fabricator of glass products or a manufacturer of aluminum architectural metal products, it’s looking like you are in for one wild ride in 2015.
As urban noise levels have steadily increasing over the past two decades, window, door and sealed glazing unit manufacturers have done a remarkably good job in their efforts to improve the acoustic performance of their products.
Certification programs should focus on worker education.
March 10, 2015 - The total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities fell 12.9% to $6.1 billion in January, following a 6.1% increase the previous month. Lower construction intentions for non-residential buildings in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario were responsible for much of the national decline.
In November, the Ontario Glass & Metal Association hosted a multi-topic seminar where the 65 people who attended took away a ton of informative, valuable and eye opening information. 

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