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Welcome to our blog for IUPAT Ontario. We’re excited to share up-to-date information regarding various opportunities, events, and news that are currently taking place in the skilled trades industry. We welcome your feedback and topics that are of interest to you.


23
Mar
2015

Ontario Government Set to Bring Union Jobs to Toronto and Beyond

The Ontario Liberal Party has maintained provincial control of the Government of Ontario for more than a decade, and one of their policies has great importance for those who anticipate seeking union jobs in Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and cities throughout the rest of the province. That policy is to attract new employers, as well as […]

16
Mar
2015

Coming Soon: Union Health and Dental Centre for IUPAT Members

Many IUPAT members have been asking what will be done with our building at 130 Toro Road now that we have moved into our new facility right next door. Well, the building at 130 Toro Road continues to house the OIFSC training centre which provides painting, glazing and health and safety training for our apprentices and members. The training centre will expand a bit to house a new classroom with 20 new state of the art computers to help train our members.

09
Mar
2015

Union Drywall Finishers Taught to Focus on Safety for Exceptional Results

When drywall finishers work with the IUPAT, they know that they will receive opportunities to learn more about how to remain safe on the job. While many safety measures are already in place and are regulated by the government, there are several ways that these construction tradespeople can further protect themselves. Some of these techniques […]

03
Mar
2015

Activism Improves Safety Measures for Union Painters and Glaziers

It’s critical that all painters, drywall finishers, and glaziers on union jobs are safe while at work. To ensure that guidelines are met, unions such as the Toronto-based IUPAT help regulate numerous elements of job sites, materials and procedures to reduce the risk of injury or fatalities. Some of the important considerations for IUPAT Trades […]

26
Feb
2015

Career Training Can Lead to High-Paying Union Jobs throughout Ontario

It’s a well-established fact that workers who are part of unions are paid more and receive better wages than those that are not supported by unions. This is one of the reasons that so many young people and more seasoned individuals who want to switch industries are interested in career training as painters, glaziers, drywall finishers and more. After all, education is the keystone to systematically advancing in a field.

20
Feb
2015

IUPAT Representatives at Youth Career Fair

On Saturday, February 7th, MPP Mitzie Hunter held her 2nd Annual Youth Career Fair at Centennial College.

18
Feb
2015

Skilled Trades Training Makes Sense for Many Toronto High School Students

As high school students around Canada who are in their final year begin to prepare for life after graduation, many are concerned that traditional colleges and universities are not the right fit for them. It’s certainly the case that not every person needs to go to a four-year program based on classroom learning; instead, hundreds of thousands choose to go into skilled trades training.

12
Feb
2015

IUPAT Supports “Working at Heights” Health and Safety Training

As of April 1, 2015, there will be a new health and safety training requirement for workers on construction projects who use any of the following methods of fall protection: travel restraint systems, fall restricting systems, fall arrest systems, safety nets, and work belts or safety belts. This regulation is expected to have a large impact on the construction industry in Ontario and is implemented to significantly reduce the number of accidents resulting from falls.

28
Jan
2015

DC46 Local 1494/1590 Community Involvement

Business representative Wayne Wright from DC46, Local 1494/1590 and some of his local members volunteered their time to help out with the drywall and taping at the Habitat for Humanity local housing project in London, Ontario.

26
Jan
2015

Knowing the Importance of Having Youth in Unions, Canadians Have Made Great Strides to Educate a Generation on Union Advantages

In the mid-1990s, the Canadian government made a huge shift in the way it educated young people. Namely, there was a push towards educating young people about unions and union-related fields. After a generation, we are seeing an increase in the number of young people joining unions; it’s a direct reflection of how one nation’s focus can positively affect its future.