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Show entries from: April 2012 returned 127 result(s).

Canadian Construction Association praises 2012 federal budget

Published: 4/9/2012 4:53:00 PM - Author: none
'Overall the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is “pretty happy” with today’s federal budget since it stayed the course on long-term infrastructure funding. CCA president Michael Atkinson was heartened to see no cuts to existing infrastructure programs but also the addition of a few new minor ones.

“We’re very happy to see that the government is sticking to its guns on ensuring its commitment to infrastructure continues, despite its effort to get its fiscal health in order,”...'

Harper government to ‘streamline review process’ for major resource projects

Published: 4/9/2012 4:50:00 PM - Author: none
'The federal government is banking on domestic resource development to drive over $500 billion in investment over the next decade and it plans to streamline stakeholder involvement for that sector in its 2012 federal budget.

“As the 21st century unfolds, it is increasingly clear that Canada’s energy and natural resources are massive assets to our country in the global economy. The oil and gas, mining, and forestry sectors directly employ more than three-quarters of a million Canadians,” explained Jim Flaherty, Canada’s finance minister in his budget speech...'

Future Building gives students hands-on construction experience

Published: 4/9/2012 4:47:00 PM - Author: none
'Carolyn Butterworth heard that the construction industry is going to need 160,000 new workers. So the Grade 8 teacher at Whitchurch Highlands Public School north of Toronto took her students to Future Building, a job fair organized by the Ontario Construction Secretariat in Toronto.

“Many of the students are interested in the trades,” she said. “They know that the work force will be very difficult to enter when they are done high school.”...'

Ahead of the Curve: Industries and Opportunities Investment pours into energy sector, despite challenges

Published: 4/9/2012 4:44:00 PM - Author: none
'By sheer numbers alone, Canada’s oil and gas sector is huge. Its public companies account for about one-quarter of the value of the TSX/S&P index, and it is attracting an international flood of investment, estimated to be $55-billion in new capital investment this year, to feed an energy-starved world. Canada has the third-largest oil reserves on the planet...'

Unemployed young people a great economic threat

Published: 4/9/2012 4:40:00 PM - Author: none
'...What if the biggest challenge facing Canadian businesses and governments in the coming years isn’t an aging society but the economic and fiscal drag of hundreds of thousands of young people who can’t find meaningful work?

Like many young adults, Giorgio and his friends plunged into graduate school at the recession’s start to duck unemployment, up-skilling to boost their chances of cracking a market littered with experienced boomers...'

120,000 new workers needed in Ontario: CSC

Published: 4/9/2012 4:35:00 PM - Author: none
'The Construction Sector Council (CSC) is predicting construction in Ontario will need to recruit an additional 120,000 workers, from 2012 to 2020, thanks to mining in the Ring of Fire Region, investments in nuclear power plants and institutional projects driving demand.

The Ottawa think tank recently released “Construction Looking Forward, 2012 to 2020 Key Highlights for Ontario,” which makes predictions for 32 different trades and analyzes different regions in Ontario. It uses data from its labour market information (LMI)...'

COR is a great opportunity for Ontario contractors, Aecon executive says

Published: 4/9/2012 4:30:00 PM - Author: none
'he nationally recognized Certificate of Recognition (COR), an occupational health and safety audit program, is a great opportunity for Ontario, said Mike Archambault, vice-president of Safety and Loss Control with Aecon.

Aecon is COR certified in all of the provinces that have the program. COR began in Alberta more than 20 years ago and became voluntary in Ontario on April 1 of this year, leaving Quebec as the only province without the program...'

Mental health is garnering more attention in the workplace

Published: 4/9/2012 4:28:00 PM - Author: none
'Construction employers may soon need to pay more attention to possible workplace hazard.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has stated that mental health problems are the leading cause of short and long-term disability in Canada.

The annual cost to Canadian workplaces has been pegged at almost $20 billion...'

Students compete in Microsoft Office category at Toronto Board’s Tech Skills Competition

Published: 4/9/2012 4:25:00 PM - Author: none
'If you want to work in tech or business, it’s pretty much essential that you know how to use Microsoft Office - even at a basic level. That’s why the Toronto District School Board’s Technological Skills Competition dedicates an entire category to IT Office Software Applications. The annual competition held earlier this month is part of Skills Canada - Ontario’s mandate to promote careers in trades and technology. Students were tested on their Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access skills...'

How Cooperative Businesses Will Grow Jobs

Published: 4/9/2012 4:22:00 PM - Author: none
'Cooperative businesses, in which employees collectively own the company's resources and vote democratically on how to use them, are set to become a dominant business model in the 21st century, say international business experts...'
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