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League of Champions
Happy New Year! The League of Champions is excited to begin 2017 by announcing its very first Patron of the New Year. Welcome aboard - the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).
  

Rob Ellis and his daughter Jessica DiSabatino, are being recognized for their accomplishment in advocating Workplace Safety.

Through their tireless and selfless work, Rob and Jessica have crossed Canada spreading the message to thousands of students, employees, and leaders, making a difference every day to ensure the safety of our future generations.

OGCA is very proud to announce that both Rob and Jessica will be awarded the Canada’s Governor Caring Canadian Award.

Congratulations to them both as they continue to make a remarkable an impact in the construction industry.

Safety

If you, or someone you know, has demonstrated exceptional service in health and safety by their actions, contribution to the industry, or in a manner considered worthy of recognition, please submit your nomination today.

Visit OGCA’s website under About Us. Go to Association Awards and click the online nominations application.

The deadline for submissions is Friday January 21, 2017. The winner will be selected and announced at the annual Leadership Day which will be held on March 3, 2017.

OGCA will be co-hosting the 2017 Leadership Day with its partner Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) on March 3, 2017 which will be held at the Centre for Health & Safety Innovation (CHSI), 3110 Creekbank Road, Mississauga.

A list of presenters will be available later this month that will include OGCA Chairman Frank Perricone, and Health and Safety advocate Rob Ellis, among others.

It is a great opportunity for you and your staff to stay on top of what is new in construction health and safety and be inspired to do better. A registration package will be sent shortly.

Those wishing to sponsor this event, please contact Lyndsy Miceli at lyndsy@ogca.ca or Mary Wademan at mary@ogca.ca

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Legislative & Legal Updates

by DCN NEWS SERVICES January 3, 2017

TORONTO — It’s a new year and that means new regulations for the construction industry in Ontario.

According to a release issued by the Office of the Premier Dec. 20, amendments to the Construction Projects Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) establish new or enhanced requirements for suspended access equipment, including:

• notifying the Ministry of Labour before putting equipment into service for the first time at a project;

• creating roof- and site-specific work plans;

• training workers who may use or inspect this equipment;

• design, operational, technical and engineering requirements; and

• inspecting, testing and maintaining equipment.

Additional amendments under the OHSA strengthen safety requirements for workers in the mining sector by establishing new or enhanced requirements for conducting risk assessments, record keeping of seismic events, such as rock bursts, and developing water and traffic management programs, adds the release.

Effective January 1, 2017, the law for political fundraising was drastically overhauled in Ontario.

Contractors, construction unions and associations have all been major donors to the political parties and now these donations are no longer legal. Only personal donations of reduced maximums will be allowed.

This is an important change that you should be aware of if you have contributed to political system. The briefing from The Capital Hill Group provides a complete overview of Bill-2. Click the headline to read the full overview.

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Education & Events

This year, OGCA is using a new app from Attendify, to give you all the information you will need while attending the Symposium in April at Blue Mountain Resort.

The OGCA Attendify application is now ready for download. You will find the speakers, the sessions, the sponsors, and soon the schedule (still working out a few kinks).

You can access the application searching in the App Store™ and Google Play™ using keywords that are applicable to your application (such as the application’s title) or by following these links:

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1189015625

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.attendify.conff1d1fg

WebApp: http://f1d1fg.m.attendify.com/

Landing Page: https://attendify.com/app/f1d1fg

If you are not yet registered to attend this year's 10th Symposium, you should visit the OGCA website - www.ogca.ca and go to Events to register.

Tips on how to use this APP - https://attendify.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/206594358-Tips-for-using-the-app

NOTE TO BLACKBERRY USERS:  The app is NOT available. There is a web function (WebApp: http://f1d1fg.m.attendify.com/)  that provides all schedules, speakers and sponsor content, but may not provide you with the same flexibility as a smart phone.

Those who experience trouble, please contact Lyndsy Miceli for assistance at lyndsy@ogca.ca

 

 

Calendar of Events

The OGCA is pleased to partner with the ORCGA appearing next in Sudbury, Sault Ste Marie, Windsor, Sarnia and Barrie. David Frame and Clive Thurston will address the audiences on several topics including Tender Procurement issues, the Lien Act Review, CoR, WSIB and the League of Champions.

Dates for the sessions are as follows:

February 6 – Sault Ste Marie – in partnership with IHSA

February 7 – Sudbury

February 14 – Windsor

February 15 – Sarnia

February 22 – Barrie

Look for more information shortly and plan to attend these free information events.

The 10th Construction Symposium is almost here and registrations are starting to pour in. Remember to go to the OGCA website at www.ogca.ca. Click on the Store and then Events, and you can register and pay for your attendance by credit card. Then simply click on the registration form, download it and send it in. We’ll match the payment with the registration form and you’ll be all set!

You can then download the app "OGCA Construction Symposium" on Attendify (see article above) and find out which sessions you’d most like to attend. Speakers and sponsors are also featured in the app.

We’ll still be sending out the session check off sheet so we can find out which meals and sessions you plan to attend, and that will be coming out shortly. Remember that the early bird deadline is January 31, so register today!

Member News

All League of Champions and OGCA members are invited to register for the 2017 EllisDon/Threads of Life Charity Hockey Tournament.

EllisDon is looking for teams to register no later than April 1, 2017 for this two day hockey tournament, which is being held at The Sports Village, 2600 Rutherford Road, Vaughan, Ontario on Friday, May 5 from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, May 6 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Bring your family and friends to cheer your teams on. Don’t forget to bring your little ones along too as there will be a family skate on Saturday afternoon from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

For information on how you can register for this worthy cause, please contact Dan Fleming at 416-616-0252 or email at dfleming@ellisdon.com or contact Lyndsy Miceli at lyndsy@ogca.ca

Industry News

 

The CPO has worked with the construction industry to develop a Construction Action Plan for workplace health and safety.

The following regional meetings have been scheduled to roll out the plan.

January 18, 11am – London
London Construction Association
331 Aberdeen Dr., London, ON N5V 4S4

January 21, 10am– Sudbury
Lexington Hotel
50 Brady St, Sudbury ON P3E 1C8

January 26, 10:45am – Ottawa
Best Western Hotel
1274 Carling Ave., Ottawa, ON

February 8 11am – Hamilton
Hamilton
555 Bay St N, Hamilton ON L8L 1H1

February 8, 11am – Thunder Bay
Victoria Inn
555 Arthur St W, Thunder Bay ON P7E 5R5

 

Associate Partner News and Events

CCA Weekly is an electronic newsletter published each week by theCanadian Construction Association. It contains relevant articles and information for CCA members and those involved in the construction industry. Click the headline to reach the newsletter.

If you're interested, click the headline for a copy of the Construction Association of Thunder Bay's magazine. Interesting articles and a listing of members as well!