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by Paul Golini: Chair, BILD



Labour disruption could mean long delays for homebuyers

One of the reasons I love this industry is because there's never a dull moment, and while I can't say that every issue we face is a pleasant one, part of the job we do at BILD is to advocate for our new home buyers.

So the issue of the day, at the time of writing, is the potential labour disruption that may result in a work stoppage by the City of Toronto's outside workers. While this does not directly impact the city's inside workers - which includes city planners, inspectors, lawyers and other valuable professionals, all integral to ensuring that the development process runs smoothly and efficiently - there is a growing concern of the dispute extending into their territory.

As a member of the building and development industry, both from the construction and advocacy sides, I want to take a moment to point out how an extended labour disruption by the city's inside workers would impact our the new home buyers.

Our industry is looking to move over 20,000 hard-working Torontonians into their new homes or condominiums by the scheduled occupancy dates. A labour disruption by the city's inside workers will result in delays to the start of construction, completion, inspection and, at the end of the day, new home buyers moving into their homes.

Hopefully, these concerns will dissolve without impact but no matter what happens, BILD will be reminding all the parties involved in what a work stoppage means to our consumers, because if  your dream of homeownership is on delay, that's not good for anyone.

Paul Golini Jr. is Chair of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). You can read more from Paul and BILD by visiting the Association's official blogTwitterFacebook and Youtube accounts.