Message from the Executive

 

Since 2005, RCCAO has worked diligently to change the conversation about infrastructure investment in Ontario through its unified voice of construction labour and management.

Working together to promote positive change, our members build the homes, transportation networks, water systems and much more that is of critical importance to the living standards of Ontario residents and businesses. We are proud of what we have accomplished and of the awareness we have raised on vital infrastructure issues. For example, RCCAO was the first organization to use agent-based modelling to show how infrastructure investments have an influence on economic variables. RCCAO's research has also been incorporated into government documents and policy papers, including provincial and federal budgets. Over the years, we have garnered extensive media coverage as well as submitted correspondence to all levels of government, including letters, presentations and research summaries.

Our research reports have been written by well-known consultants and leading academics from the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and Trent University. Former senior Ontario public servants with extensive policy experience have also contributed to our library of influential research. Lastly, partnering with municipally based organizations and community groups to advance the agenda on issues such as soil policy has proven to be a worthwhile model.

Priority infrastructure investment issues we advocate for include:

  • Transit and transportation

  • Water systems

  • Infrastructure modelling

  • Investment and funding

  • Approvals process modernization (e.g., the Municipal Class EA process)

RCCAO was founded after a series of discussions about making a difference in Ontario which involved a small group of construction executives. The province was decades away from a golden age of investment: this was a time when financing and planning had been slowed by many hurdles, leading to a severe infrastructure deficit that we are still trying to overcome. Both labour and management groups were eager to kickstart the conversation about the importance of infrastructure with the goal of improving the well-being and living standards of Ontarians.

While there has been progress, our work is far from over. We will continue to find practical solutions for decision-makers and stakeholders on the challenges facing the residential and civil sectors of construction.

It is also imperative to have skilled labour to build the many projects needed in the future – RCCAO will continue to focus its efforts on ensuring that Ontario is a place that can attract and retain skilled trades. We are committed to constructing a brighter future for Ontario, one that reflects our collective abilities as a sophisticated leader in advancing policy solutions in the broader areas of construction and design.

We appreciate your interest in our organization and industry.

Thank you for visiting our website!

Phil Rubinoff
Phil Rubinoff
Chairman
Andy Manahan
Andy Manahan
Executive Director

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