Glossary of Housing Terms

Can you tell a beam from a truss? A sash from a sill? If not, look it up in Glossary of Housing Terms, the most complete housing dictionary ever!

Canada’s authoritative resource for builders, students and the curious layman for more than 30 years, this thoroughly revised edition lists more than 1200 up–to–date housing definitions and provides the French term for each.

Whether you’re looking for the subtle distinction between a condominium and a cooperative, a complete list of correctly spelled electrical and plumbing terms, or a simple explanation of what makes a house “smart,” you’ll find it all in this handy reference.

© 1982, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Revised 1997, 2001, 2013

How to Start a Construction Business in Ontario

The construction industry in Ontario is a dynamic, competitive sector that can offer both opportunities and challenges to entrepreneurs. From general contracting to highly specialized restoration, there are many different kinds of construction businesses. Before starting your business, think about the types of construction services your company will provide. Based on your services, there are several steps you will need to take in order to start your business.                                                 

Construction: Ontario 2015-2017

Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.

Prepared by: Labour Market and Socio-economic Information Directorate (LMSID), Service Canada,Ontario. 

For further information, please contact LMSID at:

© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada as represented by Employment and Social Development Canada, 2016, all rights reserved.

Need help with a workplace health and safety issue?

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is Canada's national resource for workplace health and safety information. CCOHS’ Inquiries & Client Services (ICS) answers questions on the many health or safety concerns people have about the work they do.

ICS is a free person-to-person information service available to all Canadians, and has been for over 30 years. Anyone can submit a question to their Inquiry Officers in three easy formats – through their informative question and answer-style fact sheets, OSH Answersvia e-mail; and by our traditional person-to-person telephone/mail information service.

Plain Language for Construction

Owners, managers, tradespeople, apprentices and people interested in constructions careers – or anyone who has a message to communicate – will find helpful tips on how to write and communicate using plain language in this guide. The document is designed to help employers and others write clear, understandable instructions in order to improve communication and safety in the workplace.

For more information contact:                                                     The Construction Sector Council 220                                           Laurier Ave. West, Suite 1150                                                         Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5Z9                                                             Phone: 613 569-5552                                                         

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Sector Council Program

2017 Labour Market Assessments for the Residential Construction Industry

BuildForce Canada uses a scenario-based forecasting system to assess future labour market conditions in both residential and non-residential construction. This labour market information (LMI) system tracks measures for 34 trades and occupations. BuildForce consults with industry, including owners, contractors and labour groups, to validate the scenario assumptions and construction project lists, and seeks input from government on related analysis. The system distills labour market conditions into ranks to provide signals to industry employers.

Timely construction forecast data is available online at

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