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President's Report
Dan Padden of Construction Safety Solutions recently sent us a link to CTV News Kitchener for an enlightening story about his mother (among other ladies of a certain age) and how they are getting on these days. Enjoy! (Click the headline to view)
  

OGCA staff, instead of exchanging gifts, brought in several unwrapped toys and presented them to Tom Brown of CTV’s Toy Mountain drive.

Mary Wademan of OGCA dropped the gifts off to Tom Brown at Chinguacousy Park on Friday, December 16.

OGCA offices will be closed from noon on Friday, December 23,  and will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

OGCA staff has also made a donation to the London & MIddlesex United Way. 

We hope you and your staff and your families enjoy the holidays, and stay safe!

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The League of Champions and MySafeWork wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday.

As we race through our days towards the holidays, smartphones in hand, it's important to look up on occasion and take time to appreciate our many blessings and all those who give meaning to our lives.

In that spirit, we would like to thank all of you for your continued support of The League of Champions & MySafeWork. Your leadership in making workplaces safer and ensuring that every worker returns home safe and healthy, has extra special meaning at this time of year.

From the League & the MySafeWork family to yours, best wishes for a happy, healthy and SAFE holiday season with family, friends and loved ones.

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Legislative & Legal Updates
In case you've missed any earlier reports form Frank Zechner, please feel free to check out the reports posted on the OGCA website. Simply click the headline to be taken to our website.
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Calendar of Events

The OGCA Board of Directors, in January 2016, received and approved our three year Strategic Plan.

A major component of that plan was to address the inconsistencies between our Affinity Program, Strategic Partners and sponsors.

A task force was struck which met with representatives from these groups. After a great deal of discussion, it was determined that the APP best met the needs of our supporters and OGCA. We are pleased to invite appropriate companies to become members of the APP.

An interim Board and Chair of the APP has been put in place with an open election to take place at OGCA’s next AGM in Toronto in 2017.

If you have any questions or wish further information, please contact Clive Thurston or Mary Wademan at the OGCA offices.

Member News

OGCA is pleased to welcome our latest members:

Blueberry General Contracting – Newmarket

Venasse Building Group Inc. – North Bay

DRD Construction Services – North Bay

Man-Shield (NWO) Construction Inc. – North Bay

It was during the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance and OGCA Road Trip to Northern Ontario that three of the firms decided to join. In fact, two of the firms were members in the past and have decided to re-join OGCA. Welcome back!

Perhaps the upcoming 2017 Road Trip with the ORCGA in Sudbury (February 7), Sault Ste Marie (February 8), Winsor (February 14), Sarnia (February 15) or Barrie (February 22) will draw more members from those areas.

  

Toronto, ON (December 8, 2016) – On November 24, 2016 PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) held an appreciation barbeque to thank workers for their commitment to safety and their efforts on the Milton District Hospital project.

With over 600 workers laboring over a 330,000 square foot floor plate, the project recently reached an impressive safety milestone with an excess of 700,000 hours worked without a lost time injury.

"Thank you to everyone who joined us to recognize the efforts of our valued trade partners," said PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) district manager Kelly Wallace. "By working as partners, and not just individual companies, we fully believe that together we will achieve our industry’s vision of ensuring that everyone returns home safely, every day."

The Milton District Hospital expansion is being built to meet the increasing care needs of Canada’s fastest growing community, accommodating new technologies that are changing the way hospital care is delivered. The expansion will provide Milton residents with improved access to the hospital services they need, close to home.

The building’s diagnostic treatment and inpatient unit blocks both topped off earlier this year and the structure is watertight. With main power to the building achieved two months ago and commissioning well under way, the project is steadily moving towards a substantial completion date of April 28, 2017.

Halton Healthcare anticipates to officially open the expansion for patient care in Fall 2017.

For more information on the Milton District Hospital expansion project: www.haltonhealthcare.on.ca/site_Files/Content/MDH_expansion_Facts_2016.pdf.

Industry News

On February 1, 2017, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) will launch the new mandatory electronic fingerprint requirement. Learn how this will change the personnel security screening process for those required to work on Government of Canada contracts. Click on the headline to read the full information.

Dear Stakeholder:

The 2017-18 Annual SAWO Consultations will be taking place in January 2017.

Please see attached invitation letter from Peter Augruso, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour, Operations Division. Click here.

If you are interested in attending any of the consultations please register using the RSVP link(s) provided in the attached letter beside the appropriate consultation date(s).

We look forward to engaging with you to advance the goal of creating safer workplaces for Ontarians.

Sincerely,

SAWO Consultations Coordination Team

 

When you become a member of the Ontario General Contractors Association, you are also considered to be an integrated member of the Canadian Construction Association.

We're not sure if you get their newsletter, so in future, we will be adding their newsletter link to our newsletter.

Please feel free to peruse at your convenience. Click on the headline to access it.