This series of podcasts was produced by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) to raise awareness of the vital issues affecting the residential and civil sectors of the construction industry in Ontario. RCCAO is a unique alliance of construction labour and management groups. Members of the alliance build the homes, transportation networks and water systems that are of critical importance to the living standards of Ontario residents and businesses. RCCAO's research has been incorporated into government documents and policy papers. Over the years, the alliance has garnered extensive media coverage and submitted correspondence to all levels of government. The alliance advances the infrastructure debate in a non-partisan manner.
Investing in Infrastructure
Thousands of good-paying construction jobs could be lost in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas between now and spring if senior levels of government fail to provide funding so municipalities can get working on state-of-good-repair infrastructure projects, says Peter Smith, chair of the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) and executive director of the Heavy Construction Association of Toronto.
Sidewalk Labs. Whats Next?
In May, Sidewalk Labs, a Google-affiliated company, announced it was abandoning a plan to build a high-tech neighbourhood on Toronto's Port Lands. Brian Kelcey, a public policy consultant and founder of State of the City who who actively spoke in favour of the Sidewalk Labs Quayside project as a VP of the Toronto Board of Trade, discusses the situation with John Michael McGrath, a staff writer at TVO who covers provincial politics and policy matters and has written extensively about Sidewalk Labs.
The Big Pipe – Project Plans for the Future
A combination of more extreme weather events and Toronto’s decades-old sewer system has exacerbated the threat of flooding. The City of Toronto is taking action and has several stormwater infrastructure projects included in a multi-year plan. Patrick McManus, executive director of the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association, and Dennis Cancian, executive director of the Ontario Formwork Association, discuss the situation and the work that’s planned.
Mass timber building has become a global movement and Canada is right in the middle of it. Mike Yorke, president of the Carpenters District Council of Ontario and director of the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario, discusses the issue and benefits of using mass timber with Steven Street, a mass timber and wood products business consultant who does business development and project sales for Moses Structural Engineers.
Talking Toronto Transit
Nearly 100 years ago, two street railway companies merged to form the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and today provides a vital service to the citizens of Toronto – and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future. With an Ontario Line in the cards, senior transportation planner David Crowley discusses the future of transit with Ed Levy, an independent transportation planner, civil engineer and author of Rapid Transit in Toronto: A Century of Plans, Projects, Politics and Paralysis.
Infrastructure Beyond Investment
The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario commissioned a report titled Navigating the COVID-19 Socio-economic Shock: How Infrastructure Investments Will Facilitate Future Growth in Ontario. It warns that employment and tax revenues will take a staggering hit over the next decade unless governments work together to maintain pre-COVID-19 infrastructure investments.