SOURCE: Residential Construction Council of Ontario

Residential Construction Council of Ontario

November 23, 2015 11:11 ET

Dean Report Shows Path to Tackling Ontario's Skills Gap

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 23, 2015) - The Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) welcomes the recommendations of the Tony Dean report and appreciates the province's commitment to implementing them, recognizing that this represents a key step in tackling Ontario's skills gap.

RESCON -- an employer association representing low-, mid- and high-rise builders across the GTA -- closely followed the process of the year-long review of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) by the province's former top bureaucrat and was keenly invested in the recent release of the report. It is called "Supporting a Strong and Sustainable Ontario College of Trades," and was completed for the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU).

Through RESCON's membership of builders, the association provided input on how residential construction operates and gave valuable insight with respect to current training needs and in other areas of opportunity.

"Tony Dean and his dedicated team must be applauded for extensive consultation which included over 100 submissions and over 300 meetings with key stakeholders," RESCON president Richard Lyall said. "On behalf of all RESCON members, we'd like to thank him for his dedication to the process, his pursuit of evidence-based information, and setting a new standard for current and future consultations in Ontario."

In the report's executive summary, Dean outlined eight key themes and numerous recommendations that are designed to strengthen the purpose of OCOT so that it can more effectively achieve its core mandate, including improving training and apprenticeships. The province has committed to implement the recommendations.

On page 19, Dean points out that "Ideas and plans for change are only as good as an organization's capacity to implement them." RESCON's executive fully agrees with this sentiment.

"This focus on implementation will be key to OCOT's future success as it looks to address issues related to the role of enforcement, scopes of practice and apprenticeship ratio reviews," RESCON vice-president Andrew Pariser said. "RESCON as an industry leader in residential construction, would like to reconfirm its commitment to working with the MTCU as well as to OCOT as an active and supportive partner as the implementation process takes shape."

Lyall added, "With a commitment from all parties, opportunities can be created to help Ontario's youth find work in the skilled trades, to fill the job shortage and build an industry that will thrive for generations to come."

Contact Information

  • Contact Information
    To arrange an interview with Richard Lyall or Andrew Pariser, please contact:

    Aonghus Kealy
    Director of Communications
    W: 905-760-7777, x. 111
    C: 647-530-4855