The board of directors of the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON), which represents home, condo and rental apartment builders, is pleased to endorse Doug Ford and the Ontario PCs for 2022 re-election.
“Doug Ford and the PCs are the only party addressing the housing crisis with a comprehensive, sensible plan to boost supply, invest in strategies to get more people into skilled trades in construction and other industries through more training and recruitment, and pledging to modernize and streamline the development application process,” states the RESCON press release.
“Housing is a need and vitally important to the economic health of Ontario. The PC government and Steve Clark have taken a leadership role in addressing the housing supply deficit and working towards a solution while Monte McNaughton has taken steps to improve recruitment of apprentices,” continues the RESCON statement.
The RESCON statement goes on to say:
“Doug Ford and the Ontario PCs will continue to clear the path for more youth, women and people from underrepresented groups to pursue a career in the skilled trades by:
- Setting aside an additional $114.4 million over three years for the Skilled Trades Strategy;
- Providing $15.8 million to the Skills Development Fund for 2022-23 to expand training facilities;
- Investing $6.9 million over three years to enhance the Investing in Women’s Futures Program;
- Created a new agency called Skilled Trades Ontario to simplify the entry system for apprentices and employers and promote careers in the trades.
“The Ontario PCs are also taking steps to help municipalities cut red tape and transition towards a digital standard for planning and development applications. Their announcement of $45 million for a new Streamline Development Approval Fund will help municipalities digitize their services, reduce costs for developers and governments, and accelerate the production of new housing.
“We are in serious need of new housing supply, attracting more young people into skilled trades careers, and a modernized, seamless development and building approvals process. From the comments we’ve heard and the actions that have been taken, the PCs are in the best position to deliver what we need to rebalance the scales and put workers in the driver’s seat of the economy while helping more people realize the dream of new home ownership or finding rental accommodation.”
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