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PCA welcomes Ontario signing of Canada Job Grant agreement in principle

TORONTO, March 6, 2014 – Today, the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) applauded the Government of …

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PCA Applauds BC Government for Continued Focus on LNG and Investment in Skills Training

 
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PCA Welcomes Federal Budget Commitments to Increase Support for Skills Training

 

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PCA Letter in Globe and Mail: Back The Job Grant

PCA Federal Director Sean Reid recently submitted a letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail in response to this editorial regarding the Canada Job Grant: …

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Progressive Contractors Association of Canada Welcomes NEB Approval of Northern Gateway Pipeline

Progressively unionized construction employers praise panel for appro…

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Ontario Contractors Warn Flawed Hiring Quotas Undermine New Infrastructure Legislation

Toronto (November 27, 2013) –…

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Hamilton Spectator: Open tendering legislation is long overdue

Michael Harris, the MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga, not the former premier, has an excellent summer project. He’s travelling the province to drum up support for a piece of legislation he tabled in May, called the …

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Greater Essex County District School Board Calls for Fair and Open Construction Tendering

PCA and CLAC applaud School Boards firm commitment to fair and open tendering
WINDSOR: The Greater Essex County District School Board passed a Resolution calling on the Provincial Government to address the inequity in the Labour R…

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Opinion: Protesters targeting Enbridge’s Line 9B are out of line

PCA Federal and Ontario Director Sean Reid weighs in on recent protests over Enbridge’s Line 9B Reserval pipeline project, arguing these protests are about fame, not facts.
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Sun News Network: Some unions more equal than others

Sean Reid, Federal and Ontario Director of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada, reveals to David Menzies of Sun News Network how some unions are more equal than others when it comes to municipal contracts. Watch the interview …

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Ontario Municipal Leaders Call For Changes To The Labour Relations Act

PCA and CLAC applaud Municipal advocacy to prevent closed tendering
TORONTO – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) and the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) applaud the call from May…

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PCA and CLAC Support Proposed Legislation to End Construction Labour Monopolies

The Fair and Open Tendering Act ensures fairness and fiscal responsibility
TORONTO, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ – The Progressive Contractors Association of …

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Budget 2013 Puts Strong Focus on Skilled Trades and Infrastructure

Progressive Contractors Association of Canada ready to work with Government to maximize value for taxpayers and fairness for all industry participants
EDMONTON, March 21, 2013 – The Progressive Contra…

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PCA and CLAC Talk Open Tendering on Waterloo’s 570News Radio

Recently, PCA Ontario and Federal Director Sean Reid and CLAC representative Ian Dewaard spoke to 570News in Waterloo about the threat of restrictive tendering in that Region. Listen to their interview with morning show host Gary Doyle …

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Waterloo Area Contractors and Workers call for Region to continue fighting Certification attempt by Carpenters

CAMBRIDGE – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) and the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) are calling on the Region of Waterloo to keep the Region open for business and fight a threat to limit who can bid on local…

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Cardus: Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water or a Land Flowing with Milk and Honey?

The phrase “hewers of wood and drawers water” used to be bad. From its original use in the King James Bible to today, the term stood for a lifetime of economic…

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McGuinty Government Slams Door on Open Tendering at TDSB

Ontario Government renewal of exclusive construction contract will cost TDSB millions
Toronto – Progressive unionized construction contractors in Ontario are outraged that the McGuinty government has unilaterally renewed the cos…

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Sun News Network: Coalition Fights McGuinty’s Trades Tax

TORONTO — An Ontario-based campaign was launched Thursday to combat an unfair tax aimed at trades people that will cost the consumer big bucks, a coalition group said.
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“Inside Queen’s Park” Uncovers Money Trail from TDSB Boondoggle to Ontario Liberal Party

Sharp Pencils and Big Fat Cheques
Source: Inside Queen’s Park Vol. 25, No. 15, a publication of GP Murray Research Limited
The Toronto Star investigation of eye-popping charges by the…

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Let’s Declare Open Season on Closed Tendering: Hudak

QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario needs to focus on growing its economy and creating jobs by ending antique labour practices – such as closed tendering – which lie at the root of a growing scandal involving the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), P…

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PCA Welcomes Ontario PC Party Focus on Open Construction Tendering

Toronto – Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) today welcomed the inclusion of Open Tendering as a central issue within the Ontario PC Party’s just released policy whitepaper, “Paths to Prosperity: Flexible Labour Markets”….

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PCA Supports Alberta Launch of “Drug & Alcohol Risk Reduction Pilot”

On June 20, representatives from Alberta’s energy and construction industries announced the launch of a new pilot project, which entails comprehensive workplace alcohol and drug programs, including random workplace testing. PCA and its contracto…

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Support Grows for Campaign to Shut Down the Ontario College of Trades

The PCA-led Ontario Construction Employers Coalition campaign to urge the McGuinty government to shut down its newly formed Ontario College of Trades continues to gain momentum with four more associations joining the fight. 
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McGuinty Government Keeping Results of Trades Tax Consultation Secret

TORONTO, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ – The Ontario Construction Employers Coalition fears the McGuinty government’s newly formed Ontario College of Trades is backing down on its commitment to an open and transparent consultation process.
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Daily Commercial News: Trades college dues a “tax grab”, says coalition

The Ontario Construction Employers Coalition is calling the Ontario College of Trade’s proposed membership an $84 million “tax grab” that should be scrapped.
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McGuinty Government Hammers Ontario Tradespeople with $84 Million Trades Tax

Historic new tax offers no benefit to hard working tradespeople
TORONTO, May 31, 2012 /CNW/ – The Ontario Construction Employers Coalition is calling a proposal to impose membership fees on the provin…

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DCN: Ontario General Contractors Association launches letter writing campaign about College of Trades

The Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) [a member of the PCA-led Ontario Construction Employers Coalition] has initiated a letter writing campaign to raise awareness about issues at the Ontario College of Trades that it says will restri…

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Daily Commercial News: Widespread opposition to Ontario College of Trades membership classes

It’s not often that the construction industry overwhelmingly agrees on an issue, but close to 90 per cent of it opposes the new classes of membership by the Ontario College of Trades, …

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Close to 90% of Organizations Oppose Creation of New Classes of Membership by the Ontario College of Trades

Toronto, May 10, 2012 – A survey of the responses to the March/April 2012 Ontario College of Trades consultation on proposed regulations for membership reveals that 88.1% of the organizations, representing both employers and employees who respon…

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PCA Recognizes “Day of Mourning”

On April 28, millions of Canadians will pause to reflect and pay homage to workers who have been killed or injured at their place of work.  The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) and its community of contractors join in this sobe…

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PCA Welcomes Changes to Federal “Temporary Foreign Worker Program”

The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) was present at a media event in Nisku, AB on April 25, at which the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development (HRSDC) announced implementation of an i…

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PCA Supports Pledge to Reform Alberta Labour Laws

Alberta’s PC party achieved a strong return to government on Monday April 23, and the party’s election platform “Alberta By Design” contains important acknowledgements of policy issues advocated by the Progressive Contractors Asso…

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PCA and CLAC Host Ontario Seminar on Rights and Obligations When MOL Comes On Site

PCA and CLAC were pleased to sponsor a recent seminar: “Ministry of Labour on Your Site? What Are Your Rights and Obligations?”. The standing-room-only session, led by Karen Fields, a Partner with the law firm Crawford, Chondon and Partners LL…

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PCA Welcomes CLAC Certifications in Saskatchewan

Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) Executive Director, Paul de Jong, today issued the following statement regarding the recent decision of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board to grant certification to CLAC Local 151 for five P…

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COCA Supports Ontario’s Bill 8, An Act Respecting Ontario One Call, Ltd.

The Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA), of which PCA is a member, is pleased to lend its support to Bill 8, An Act Respecting Ontario One Call, Ltd.
This legislation represents a significant evolution in the stand…

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Hamilton Spectator: College of Trades to Regulate Thousands of Workers

A new College of Trades has an ambitious mandate to regulate about half a million workers as the province takes a stab at reforming an apprenticeship program that originated decades ago.
Yet even before it is fully operational, it is comin…

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Alberta businesses call for action to forestall labour shortage

PCA is pleased to be part of a broad coalition of business organizations calling for action on Western Canada’s labour shortage.
Check out this recent Calgary Herald article…

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Questions at Queen’s Park Over Runaway Pan Am Games Construction Costs

Progressive Conservative MPP, Rodney Jackson, continues to raise questions about the runaway construction costs of the 2015 Pan Am Games that come as a result of restritive tendering on Coty of Hamilton projects.
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Apprenticeship ratios stifle competition in construction: PCA

The restrictions on the employment of apprentices in Ontario and shortages of qualified journeymen in some regions, makes the construction industry less competitive, according to the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada.
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COCA Provides Feedback on Proposed Ontario Workplace Safety Materials

The Council of Ontario Construction Associations, of which PCA is a member, recently provided feedback to the Office of Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer regarding proposed new workplace safety materials.
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PCA Conducts Press Conference on Need for Open Tendering in Ontario

Check out this video of a press conference conducted by PCA Ontario Director Sean Reid and Progressive Conservative MPP, Rod Jackson regarding the…

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PCA Shines Spotlight on Restrictive Tendering in City of Hamilton and City of Toronto

PCA Ontario Director Sean Reid joined Progressive Conservative MPP Rod Jackson for a press conference to shed light on the ongoing problem of construction labour restrictions at the City of Hamilton and City of Toronto, with a special focus on its…

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COCA Provides Feedback on Ontario Prevention Council Governance Framework

The Council of Ontario Construction Associations, of which PCA is a member, recently provided feedback regarding the proposed Governance Framework for Ontario’s new Prevention Council.
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COCA Raises Serious Concerns Over Proposed Changes to Ontario Office of the Employer Advisor Mandate

The Council of Ontario Construction Associations, of which PCA is a member, recently raised serious concerns over proposed changes to the mandate and authority of the Office of the Employer Advisor.
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Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer Speaks to PCA-CLAC Health and Safety Committee

Ontario CPO George Gritziotis speaks to PCA-CLAC Health and Safety Committee

PCA and CLAC were pleased to have Ontario’s new Chief Prevention Officer, George Gritziotis, speak at a recent meeting…

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PCA Ontario Director Speaks to Grads of Pre-Apprenticeship Training Institute

Recently, PCA Ontario Director, Sean Reid, spoke to a graduating class at the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Institute (a PCA affiliate member) about the opportunities and keys to success in construction. Check it out …

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Caledon Enterprise: A New Pan-Am Critic Comes Forward

The cries of foul simply won’t end. Conservative Barrie MPP Rod Jackson is calling for a review of the tendering process used for the Pan Am Games, and in a press release to announce his opposition he directly talks about the venue destined for …

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News Release: Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) Provides Support to University of Alberta Construction Research Project

PCA recently joined a group of construction industry stakeholders supporting a National Science & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) chair at the University of Alberta.  Dr. Aminah Robinson Fayek was awarded the Senior Industrial …

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DCN: Ontario College of Trades chairman Ron Johnson cites skills shortage

Ontario Road Builders Association and Ontario General Contractors Association, members of the Ontario Construction Employers Coalition, comment on the lack of transparency and fairness at the Ontario College of Trade…

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DCN: Ontario politicians to debate College of Trades

Randy Hillier, Ontario Progressive Conservative Critic for Labour, challenged the Liberals to back down from implementing the College of Trades during the first Question Period of the Ontario Legislature today. Hillier said the coalition of Ontari…

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Ontario Opposition Highlights College of Trades Threat to Job Creation

Ontario Opposition Highlights Ontario College of Trades Threat to Job Creation…

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COCA Submission: Response to WSIB Funding Review Joint Stakeholders Meeting

The Council of Ontario Construction Associations, an important PCA industry partner on workplace safety and insurance issues, issues a submission in response to a meeting of staeholders regarding WSIB funding. Read the submission here:

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London Home Builders’ Association: Losing tradesmen to hit housing hard

This is the year in which the oldest baby boomers (born in 1946) start to exit the workforce. Statistics Canada predicts baby boomer retirements will continue through 2031, when retirement-aged Canadians will represent about 25% of the population….

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DCN: Mixed reaction from Ontario construction associations to College of Trades appointments

The recent appointment of the Ontario College of Trades’ board of governorshas drawn mixed reaction from the construction industry and renewed concerns about the new entity for some.

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News Release: Construction Employers Concerned About Appointments to Ontario College of Trades Boards

Toronto – The recent announcement of the membership of key governance bodies for the Ontario College of Trades is cause for concern to a broad coalition of small, medium, and large construction employers across Ontario.
The coalition is …

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Journal of Commerce: CLAC to continue to represent Saskatchewan workers

A group of unions trying to stop the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) from representing construction workers in Saskatchewan had their legal challenge dismissed by a provincial court.

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DCN: Construction Employers Call for End of Ontario College of Trades

Daily Commercial News and Construction Record
KELLY LAPOINTE – Staff Writer
 
Construction employers from around the province are calling for the abolition or overhaul of the Ontario College of Trades, citing issue…

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PCA Leads Coalition Call to Overhaul or Abolish Ontario College of Trades

Canada NewsWire
 
TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2011 /CNW – A broad coalition of small, medium, and large construction employers across Ontario is calling on the next provincial government to take immediate action to either overhaul or…

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EJ: No ‘Union Busting’ Here

Edmonton Journal
Paul de Jong, Executive Director (PCA)
 
Re: “Union-busting no way to mark Labour Day; Construction lobby group only concerned with itself, not Alberta’s economic health,” by Gil McGowan, Ideas, Sep…

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Cardus Report: Serious Flaws With Ontario College of Trades

Canada NewsWire
 
HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/- A major study released today by the Hamilton-based think tank Cardus shows that Ontario’s College of Trades is designed to fail.
The College of Trades was set up i…

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PCA Concerned About New College Appointments Chair

Daily Commercial News and Construction Record
VINCE VERSACE – Staff Writer
 
Tim Armstrong is the perfect choice as the newly appointed chair of the Ontario College of Trades appointments council, says the provinci…

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Construction Sector Council Labour Market Indicators Update

 
The Construction Sector Council recently released its annual National and Provincial Summaries detailing the coming trends forecasted within construction markets of Canada. The reports detail labour mobility trends, sector growth an…

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Executive Director Report – Summer 2011

 
Summertime brings with it the familiarity and promise of a season where we take time to relax; perhaps play a little golf, enjoy some time at the lake, or putter around the yard.
Or so we say.
This quaint image of …

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Where is the Research? An Uneasy Case for Moving Trades From Voluntary to Compulsory Certification

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Saskatchewan’s Bill 80 Creates Opportunity

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COCA Submission: Funding Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance System

PCA’s industry partner on workplace safety and insurance issues, the Council of Ontario Construction Associations, published a submission regarding funding Ontario’s workplace safety and insurance system. Read the submission here:

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Provincial Roundup

 
Ontario
Municipal work continues
Legislation in Ontario allows municipalities to be organized by unions in the same manner as any other construction employer. In practice this means that some Ontario municipalities…

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PCA Speaks Out Against Pan-Am Construction Monopoly

TheSpec.com
Emma Reilly – Staff Writer
 
Construction of the $155-million Pan Am stadium and $11-million velodrome will be subject to the same arrangement with the carpenters’ union that costs the city millions e…

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Cardus: Why Is Construction So Expensive in Ontario?

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PCA: Ontario’s College of Trades Special Advisor Must Serve All Workers and Employers

Daily Commercial News and Construction Record
VINCE VERSACE – Staff Writer
 
There is a specific challenge facing Ontario’s College of Trades that lays beyond the industry issues it is tasked to find solutions fo…

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Essex County, Ontario rejects offer from Labourers International Union of North America

Daily Commercial News and Construction Record
VINCE VERSACE – Staff Writer
 
Essex County has turned down a proposal from LIUNA Local 625 to participate in a municipal development fund the union proposed because it…

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DCN: Hamilton ready to work with all general contractors, union-affiliated or not

Daily Commercial News and Construction Record
VINCE VERSACE – Staff Writer
 
All general contractors, whether affiliated or not with Hamilton’s local carpenters union, can now bid on the city’s industrial and c…

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Essex County, Ontario Considering Restrictive Tendering Deal With LIUNA

Daily Commercial News and Construction Record
VINCE VERSACE – Staff Writer
 
A proposal from a large Essex County labour union to generate municipal infrastructure funds while securing work for its members has draw…

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PCA Adds Voice to Ontario Workplace Safety Review

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Saskatchewan’s Bill 80 Proclaimed

 
Amendments to the Saskatchewan Construction Industry Labour Relations Act (Bill 80) become effective July 1, 2010.
An Order in Council providing for proclamation of the Act has been approved by the Saskatchewan Government. B…

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DCN: Ontario College of Trades appointments create concern

Daily Commercial News and Construction Record
VINCE VERSACE – Staff Writer
 
Cautious optimism best describes initial reaction from construction industry officials to the recently unveiled Ontario’s College of Tr…

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DCN: PCA continues Ontario membership drive

RCD Digital Media | DCN News Services
The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada reports it has seen “excellent early momentum on all fronts” since opening its doors in Ontario this past December.PCAC member compan…

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