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.
On Saturday, February 7th, MPP Mitzie Hunter held her 2nd Annual Youth Career Fair at Centennial College.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s always exciting to learn that young women are exploring careers that have traditionally been thought of as “male domains”. These include, but are not limited to, positions like glaziers, drywall finishers, painters and more. It’s no surprise, then, that many youths entering the skilled trades and unions today in and around Toronto, Ontario are female. While they still aren’t as highly represented as their male counterparts, they absolutely represent a greater percentage than ever before.
There is little argument that it’s critical for young people in Toronto to understand how to maximize their earning potential by getting involved in careers that will challenge them and suit their skill sets. But youths should also be taught about the opportunities that come from being involved in unions. After all, many teens and those early in adulthood may not realize that unions can assist them in launching their careers.
More females than ever before are becoming HAZMAT workers, EIFS workers, painters, glaziers and drywall finishers throughout the nation. This is spurring many Canadian women to become members of unions such as the IUPAT. As a result, unions are becoming more gender-neutral, and consumers of trades are beginning to recognize that the chromosomes with which we are born have little to do with ability when it comes to hands-on jobs.
About three in ten people you meet on the street in Toronto or any other city in Canada are likely to be part of a union. That number continues to hold steady, and some analysts suggest it may be on the rise due to more people getting union jobs, not to mention individuals recognizing the benefits of a union.