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Nov. 10, 2016 - The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, visited Toronto Community Housing Wednesday to address key stakeholders in the field of housing, homelessness, childcare. During his visit, he highlighted important measures outlined in the Fall Economic Statement and related to social infrastructure. These measures aim to build stronger, more inclusive communities and improve the quality of life of the middle class and those working hard to join it.
Municipalities issued $6.9 billion worth of building permits in September, down 7.0% from August. Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario recorded the largest declines. The overall decrease was attributable to lower construction intentions for non-residential buildings, led by commercial structures.
Failing to plan is planning to fail. With budget season upon us, this is a great time to look beyond the day to day and capture your vision for 2017 and beyond. If you don’t already have a marketing plan, it need not be complicated. Depending on the resources available, an elaborate marketing plan is often not sustainable or achievable. Instead, a working marketing plan can be as simple as a spreadsheet with three tabs for Assumptions, Calendar and Budget. As the years go on, the tabs may expand but with trial and error, the information will only become more refined.
This summer I wanted a make a hire here at EuroVinyl Windows. I wanted a fresh set of eyes on the process of an order from the time it is received to the point at which it lands at our customers’ location. I knew what I wanted but was unsure where to go to find such a person or even a job title to plug into a search. “Process Engineer” seemed to have a good ring. A candidate possessing such a title, I assumed, could look at a process and, with engineering, design and implement an efficient workflow.
Our cover story this month is on Centennial Windows, one of Canada’s great success stories in the window manufacturing business. One interesting aspect of Centennial’s story is the way this company recognized early that energy-efficient window designs were going to be the wave of the future and jumped in with both feet to make an efficient window and to support the Energy Star program.
The future of Canada’s manufacturing sector will be shaped by our capacity to move away from the traditional manufacturing model, and instead leverage creativity, technology and innovation, reveals a new report released by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce during the Guelph Economic Leadership Forum. In Only the Smart Survive: How Canada Can Remain Competitive in Manufacturing, the Canadian Chamber examines how to reverse the decline in Canadian manufacturing through modern policies and incentives, particularly in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, clean-tech and biotech.
During the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2016 National Fall Conference, Michael Collins, partner and managing director of Building Industry Advisors, LLC, provided an economic overview and outlook of the window and door industry.
Municipalities issued $7.3 billion worth of building permits in August, up 10.4% from July. This marked the second consecutive monthly increase. The gain in August was mainly attributable to higher construction intentions in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.
Sept. 15, 2016 - Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.5 billion in July, up 0.8% from the previous month. The advance was largely the result of higher construction intentions for institutional and industrial buildings. Ontario and Alberta led the national increase.
Aug. 18, 2016 - Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.4 billion in June, down 5.5% from the previous month. Lower construction intentions for multi-family dwellings and institutional buildings were mostly responsible for the decline.
Aug. 4, 2016 - Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.8 billion in May, down 1.9% from the previous month. Lower construction intentions for commercial buildings in Quebec and Ontario and single-family homes in Ontario contributed most to the decrease.
Marketing guru Seth Godin says, “Safe is boring and boring is bad.” You only need to look at Donald Trump’s unbelievable success in driving his brand through social media to see the truth in that statement.
As I enter my 30th year of window manufacturing, it’s fair that I could be considered a tire kicker. It stems from not having the internet 30 years ago to meticulously guide us through our early acquisitions. Shop equipment had to be seen before it was purchased, most often at well-attended industry trade shows.
Careers can take funny paths and mine is no exception. When I graduated from journalism school in 1994, media companies in Canada were undergoing a massive round of mergers and consolidations. In effect, people who didn’t know what the Internet was and what it was going to do to the media industry snapped up smaller newspapers and TV and radio stations that had already been weakened by the Internet and what it was doing to the industry.
July 7, 2016 - The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union represents a major economic shock to the U.K. and Europe. It will lower business and household confidence in the U.K. and Europe, while also potentially fanning the flames of referenda in other countries given the electoral cycle in Europe. Despite the importance of the shock to Europe, it is expected that the impact beyond its borders will be relatively contained, as the United States, China and India remain on reasonably solid footing. On balance, our global growth forecast has been marked down from 3.1% to 3.0% in 2016, and from 3.5% to 3.3% in 2017.

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