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Women experience vast share of 2020 real estate job loss

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Women bear brunt of 2020 real estate job loss

Women were jettisoned from 14,300 of the roughly 16,000 positions Ontario's real estate, rental and leasing sector shed last year.
Ontario prepares mega-site inventory

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Ontario prepares mega-site inventory

Newmark Global Commercial Real Estate Services has been named to lead the selection process once the in-progress call for 500- to 1,500-acre mega-sites closes on July 31.
Ontario endorses competitive mechanisms to trim the price-point of energy efficiency spending

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Ontario to stretch energy efficiency spending

A new slate of conservation and demand management (CDM) programs allocates $456 million for commercial, institutional and industrial consumers over the four-year period from 2021-24.
Ontario Nurses' Association

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Ontario Nurses’ Association urges province on airborne transmission

The Ontario Nurses' Association says the province has failed to act "despite persistent infection and consensus on aerosol transmission."
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Safety concerns abound as students head back to school

Assessing health, safety, and infection control risks of going back to school against the value of physical classes is a tricky balance.
Ontario security guards not on vaccination priority list

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Vaccination priority list omits security guards

Union officials are also calling on Ontario Premier Doug Ford to affirm that security guards are essential workers.
security guard licensing exams now available online in Ontario

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Licensing exams go online for security guards

The new option aligns with the Ontario government’s objective to provide digital alternatives for paper-based administrative processes.
commercial evictions still on hold in Ontario

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Ontario extends ban on commercial evictions

Commercial evictions are still on hold in Ontario for qualifying tenants experiencing pandemic-related financial stress. A new regulation, enabled through 2020 budget legislation, extends the protections.
More electricity price adjustments for Ontario

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More electricity price adjustments for Ontario

For now, residential and small business customers enrolled for either time-of-use (TOU) rates or tiered pricing under the provincial regulated price plan will be charged the off-peak TOU rate of 8.5 cents per kilowatt-hour for all electricity consumption.
Electrical Safety Authority advised to redeploy resources

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Safety body advised to redeploy resources

Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has been advised to place greater priority on the scrutiny of complex installations and adopt technologies to better support efficient, cost-effective service delivery.
CERS applications to be accepted as of November 23

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CERS applications to be accepted as of Nov. 23

Legislation to enable the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) received parliamentary approval late last week and an online application portal was expected to be operational for Nov. 23.
Coroner's inquest to examine circumstances of 2009 scaffolding collapse

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Inquest to examine 2009 scaffolding collapse

An inquest into the circumstances of the four construction workers' deaths is mandatory under Ontario's Coroners Act. A construction site supervisor has already been convicted.
New tax credit could apply on eligible common area upgrades

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New tax credit may apply on common area upgrades

The one-time tax credit applies on eligible capital improvements made in 2021 to safeguard seniors and enable mobility and independence within their current principal residence.
commercial evictions

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Ontario wires commercial evictions on/off switch

A proposed amendment to the Commercial Tenancies Act, included in Ontario's budget bill, would allow the Minister to impose future COVID-19-related prohibitions on commercial evictions via regulation.
Ontario budget dismantles historic property tax disparity

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Historic property tax disparity dismantled

As announced in the provincial budget, the Ontario government plans to equalize the business education tax (BET) rate at 0.88 per cent for 2021, equating to a $450-million tax cut province-wide.
Ontario budget promises to shift some locked-in hydro costs to general provincial expenditures

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Ontario to shift some locked-in hydro costs

The roughly $433-million annual allocation for the relief measure will cover a small portion of the total global adjustment, which surpassed $1 billion in every month from January to September this year.
Surplus provincial land fast-tracked for long-term care home projects

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Long-term care home projects put on fast track

The Ontario government has released a bid package offering three land parcels tied to requirements for successful proponents to develop and operate a total of 896 new long-term care beds.