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.
Apprenticeships are so familiar to people in professional trades like Toronto’s residential painters, drywallers, and glaziers, that they sometimes forget they are engaging in a system that spans millennia. The act of transferring skills from one person to another, or a group to another group, has been going on since humankind started. Thanks to this […]
A recent story from Canadian Business laments about the job market for those entering universities and hoping their Bachelor’s degrees will provide salaries big enough to offset the rising cost of a four-year education. According to their research, the average salary for those exiting university is around $54,000. While that’s not a bad rate at […]
Join the Golf Tournament on Friday, June 9, 2017 in support of Luso Canadian Charitable Society!
This post is one of the most difficult to write. Those of us who knew Sandro Fragale have fond memories of his laughter, his friendship, and his devotion to both his friends as well as the Council and Union. On Saturday, May 13, 2017, we lost our Brother, who passed away at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital at the young age of 55.
Community. It’s an essential part of our lives. We support our community, and it supports us and our families. On April 22, our IUPAT members, including commercial painters, glaziers, drywall tapers, hazmat technicians, stucco workers and other allied tradespersons will celebrate our neighborhoods on National Community Day.
PPO (Prompt Payment Ontario) is waiting for Minister Naqvi and his staff to finish drafting the new Prompt Payment and Lien Legislation. The Minister has committed in writing to introducing a Bill this spring. In the meantime, PPO and all of its members need to keep this issue at the forefront for all of the MPP’s at Queen’s Park. Writing letters may not seem like much, but they are effective and they let the politicians know that this is important to their constituents.
It’s definitely a good time to count yourself among the ranks of trained, unionized residential and commercial painters in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). A recent BuildForce report emphasizes that the GTA is one of the country’s sectors that’s expected to experience steady growth among industrial companies and manufacturers until at least 2020. This is […]
Opportunity knocks in many different ways, especially for those in the skilled trades fields. That’s why we have to keep our eyes and ears open to newsworthy items like recent construction stats. By all accounts, the data shows a fascinating trend that will positively affect anyone who wants to get into commercial painting, glazing or […]
We all love to get insider secrets, and painting tips are no exception. Qualified painters from the IUPAT are some of the best of the best. The next time you have a truly DIY project that requires a bit of painting, keep these hacks from unionized commercial painters in mind.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer common among trades workers that starts in the lining of the lungs. The vast majority of 500 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed in Canada each year are caused by exposure to asbestos in the workplace. Asbestos was widely used in construction materials and many other products up until […]