What’s new in cargo vans?May 1, 2014 by hpac
Options now include office-like features in these high-roof and “old-style” vehicles.
Game changersMay 1, 2014 by BILL ROEBUCK
Fuel economy is the new mantra for new and upcoming full-size pickup trucks.
New Journeyperson to apprentice ratios in effectApril 20, 2014
OCOT completes review process with 14 reductions and one increase for skilled trades
The Master Group brings in equity partnerMarch 4, 2014
Hot on the heals of the signing of an agreement to acquire the distribution component of Eastern Refrigeration Supply Co. Ltd., The Master Group L.P. has signed a transaction involving the sale of 65 per cent of the company to Novacap, a Quebec-based private equity firm. The…
Napoleon donates $125K to Ontario hospitalFebruary 17, 2014
Napoleon Fireplaces & Grills, and Heating and Cooling of Barrie, ON recently donated $125,000 to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) to help bring health care closer to home for Simcoe and Muskoka residents. The money will be used…
Pay Now Or Pay LaterFebruary 1, 2014 by hpac
Pension reform presents a dilemma with serious political and social ramifications.
Leadership workshop tackles challenges of managing different generationsJanuary 15, 2014
Leader or lagger? Popular HRAI AGM speaker helps you tell the difference.
Building BlocksDecember 1, 2013 by PATRICK CALLAN
Hydronics supplier joins effort to educate children in developing nations.
Beating Growth GridlockDecember 1, 2013 by HANK BULMASH
Understanding what your business can and cannot do.
Fleet Tracking: A Boost To Mobile IntelligenceDecember 1, 2013 by RYAN DRISCOLL
Global Positioning System (GPS) fleet tracking is the technology that allows business owners and fleet managers to use location intelligence to improve fleet operations. It is designed to make businesses with mobile assets more effective and efficient, while cutting costs…
Worth A Closer LookDecember 1, 2013 by PATRICK CALLAN
Are there opportunities for mechanical contractors in home inspection?
Harnessing the Power of the InternetDecember 1, 2013 by BRAD EDWARDS
Three ways to help build your business online
Sprinkler and fire protection installer classification under reviewOctober 15, 2013
The College requests written submissions from interested parties.
MCA heads to the Little Big CitySeptember 4, 2013
The Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) Canada will hold its 72nd annual national conference at the Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel, September 25 to 28, 2013 in Winnipeg, MB. Themed Winds of Change, the event includes educational programs, workshops and social events. Speakers include David Chilton,…
Impact of extensive flooding in Southern Alberta on hours workedAugust 27, 2013
Extensive flooding affected Southern Alberta in the second half of June. As a result, 300,000 employed Albertans, or 13.5 per cent of the total employed population in the province, lost 7.5 million hours of work during that period. At the…
Report says mentors lead to apprentice successJuly 19, 2013
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum – Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage provides fresh insights into the important role of mentors to apprenticeship completion across Canada in its newest report, Effective Journeyperson Apprentice Mentoring On-the-job: Tips, Strategies, and Resources. Based on a series of…
College of Trades updateJune 7, 2013
Grandfathering Ministry-issued Certificate of Qualifications and OCTAA enforcement underway.
Honour inspirational leaders in the development and promotion of apprenticeship and trade certificationMay 31, 2013
The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) has launched a call for nominations for the second biennial Red Seal Award of Excellence. This award honours the contributions of provincial/territorial/federal apprenticeship and trade certification staff to the Red Seal Program.…
Work of Construction Sector Council to continue through BuildForce CanadaApril 29, 2013
The Construction Sector Council (CSC) has transitioned into BuildForce Canada after its core funding disappeared as a result of federal cuts. CSC had a 10 year history of working with industry to provide labour market forecasting and other resources. “In the…
Digital gap to overtake literacy gapApril 8, 2013
Technology is changing the nature of the skilled trades.
Industry takes the reins on labour market forecastingApril 5, 2013
The Construction Sector Council (CSC) has transitioned into BuildForce Canada after its core funding disappeared as a result of federal cuts. CSC had a 10 year history of working with industry to provide labour market forecasting and other resources. “In the wake of the…
Calling all Canadian entrepreneursMarch 18, 2013
Share your greatest business challenge for a chance to earn a $100,000 grant
NRCan subsidy announcedDecember 19, 2012
HRAI has announced that a Contribution Agreement was finalized with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) on December 13, 2012, which will provide financial assistance to those attending SkillTech Academy’s residential training programs between January 15, 2013 and March 31, 2013. Participants…
Skilled Trades Stream will help address serious labour shortages, say the FedsDecember 14, 2012
A Federal Skilled Trades Program is being launched on January 2, 2013. The announcement was made by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney on December 10. “The new Skilled Trades Stream will help address serious labour shortages in some regions…
Ontario College of Trades proposed changes include shortening deeming periodsOctober 22, 2012
The Ontario College of Trades (the College) has issued a Notice of public consultations and it is calling for comments on Proposed Board regulations. The proposed regulations will: set the foundation for how the College governs the establishment of apprenticeship programs…
HRAI to host Ontario College of Trades information meetingsOctober 10, 2012
There has been a lot of speculation and rumour about the new Ontario College of Trades and how it will affect trades people and the companies that employ them. Some have championed the College as a huge step in the…
Revised Federal Skilled Worker Program unveiledAugust 27, 2012
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is proposing a number of regulatory changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) including: establishing new minimum official language thresholds and increasing points for language; increasing the emphasis on younger immigrants; increasing points for…
What’s up, or down, with pensions?May 30, 2012
StatsCan has released its report on pension plans in Canada-it makes for interesting reading.
Working-age population olderMay 29, 2012
The “going” outnumber the “coming” – a census first.
Uponor names U.S. vice president of salesMay 24, 2012
Brent Noonan has accepted the position of vice president of U.S. sales for Uponor, effective May 21, 2012. Noonan has served as Uponor’s South regional sales director since 2010, where he was responsible for providing leadership for the growth of…