OCOT legislation a step forward for homebuyers, builders and the residential construction sector

VAUGHAN, ON, Nov. 17, 2016 /CNW/ - The Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) welcomes yesterday's introduction of legislation focused on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT). It was introduced almost a year after the release of the Tony Dean report which RESCON viewed as a blueprint for the future of Ontario skilled trades.

"The Dean report considered all sides of the debate and proposed tangible solutions for OCOT, skilled trades workers and the entire residential construction sector," RESCON president Richard Lyall said. "As the details of yesterday's announcement are fleshed out, RESCON will be paying particular attention to how it will address Ontario's skills gap and using the Dean report as a benchmark."

RESCON – an employer association representing high-, mid- and low-rise builders across the GTHA – has closely followed the evolution of the OCOT review, and provided input to report author Dean on how residential construction operates, the skills gaps and future training needs.

"Moving forward, our focus will be on the college's change of culture as a result of the legislative and regulatory shift," RESCON vice-president Andrew Pariser said. "We are optimistic that the introduction of legislation will have a positive effect and hopeful that OCOT will embrace all recommendations included in the Dean report."

SOURCE Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON)

For further information: To arrange an interview with Richard Lyall or Andrew Pariser, please contact: Aonghus Kealy, Director of Communications, RESCON, W: 905-760-7777, x. 111, C: 647-530-4855, Email: kealy@rescon.com


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