Building a Sustainable Housing Industry
Affordability, or the lack thereof, has been front of mind for a long time. Our industry has been screaming it from the rooftops for many years. We’ve seen the tsunami coming, and the current Ontario government has finally decided to make some welcomed changes with Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022. Increasing supply will help with affordability.
One factor limiting the supply of new homes is a shortage of skilled labour in the GTA. The Honourable Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training, and Skills Development, announced April 24, 2023. This funding will provide in-demand residential construction training to a new cohort of unemployed and underemployed job seekers to shrink the skilled trades gap in the province. The Job Ready Program provides builders with prescreened prospects and the necessary on the job training with support for a paid placement for a three-month test drive. For future employees, it starts with a one-hour info session and candidate interviews as a resource for builders. The program design is to mitigate risk for both parties.
If you are interested in learning more about the Job Ready Program, please think about joining us for a Sustainable Housing Foundation Fall dinner meeting, Tuesday September 26th 2023 at Thornhill Golf and Country Club. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-housing-foundation-dinner-tickets-673167912347?aff=oddtdtcreator and be sure to include your meal choice. Attendance is limited, please sign up no later than September 13th 2023.