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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.


20
Apr
2015

Joining a Toronto Glazier Union or Other IUPAT Trade Means Taking Advantage of Volume Discounts and Opportunities

Many trade professionals working as glaziers in and around Toronto and Ontario are missing out when it comes to taking advantage of discounts and opportunities available to them through a glazier union membership. Not only is this short-sighted, but it can have long-term repercussions on their lifetime income and advancement possibilities. As those who have […]

15
Apr
2015

New Consolidated Insurance Options Help Toronto Painters and All IUPAT Members Save Money Each Year

No one enjoys paying more than they have to for home and auto insurance, but we all know that it’s something no one can go without. Now, Toronto and Ontario painters who are members of IUPAT can save more of their dollars by bundling their home and auto insurance using a program that’s been created […]

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.