The Federal Budget, introduced on March 22, has slowed down early commitments to move on infrastructure investment in order to stimulate the economy. Phase II of the infrastructure plan will be initiated this year but will require a-cost sharing arrangement with each province before funds will be allocated. As a result, only $645 million has been allocated this year for long term major projects.
Last week I
had the pleasure as OGCA President to attend this event. As part of the
celebration, firms with over 100 years-experience were being recognized. As part
of the event, attendees dressed in the attire popular at the time of their
proud to see Hayman Construction Inc. recognized. They have been strong members
and supporters of the OGCA since prior to 1967.
operations of the firm began when John Hayman started working with his brother William
under the name "Hayman Brothers, Masonry Contractors." In 2003, they incorporated
as "Hayman Construction Inc."
Barratta first received the LDCA Member of Distinction award in 2012. Frank was
an LDCA Director for 26 years and served as President from 1992 – 1993. He was
a model business, community and family man. To best recognize Frank’s memory,
the LDCA renamed the Member of Distinction Award in his honour.
Barratta Member of Distinction Award is given to honour people who have made an
outstanding contribution to the construction industry in London and the
recipient is Brian Waltham, who spent an outstanding career at EllisDon. As
well as being an exceptional industry leader, he is an outstanding businessman,
community supporter and is endlessly dedicated to the Construction Industry.
One of the more enjoyable tasks I have at the OGCA is to visit the many training facilities around the Province. It is truly a very enjoyable experience to see these venues, the dedicated staff and the large numbers of men and women looking to join our industry.
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OGCA and IHSA are pleased to announce the results of the Leadership
Day survey, which was distributed to all attendees who participated in the
event on March 3, 2017.The questionnaire allows respondents to report
their levels of satisfaction with sessions, location and overall organization
of the event. A total of 40 people responded to the survey and the answers fell
overwhelmingly in the "Very Satisfied" and "Satisfied" categories. There were some
constructive comments provided to us which is important because it allows the
associations to improve next year’s event to the needs of the members we serve.
We thank all those who participated in Leadership Day and those
who took the time to provide us with their feedback. As this event continues to
grow, it has been decided to move Leadership Day to a larger facility in 2018.
A Save the Date will be sent out soon.
young worker is defined as a person between the ages of 15 and 24. Almost
everyone enters the labour market as a young worker. Young people are new
workers, entering the workforce for the first time or holding temporary jobs
and these jobs are typically low-paid, low-skilled and are known to be
associated with higher levels of stress relating to poor income, a lack of
security and a lack of job satisfaction. Approximately half of the accidents
involving 15 to 24-year-olds happen during the first six months of being
employed in a new job. Young workers lack awareness about workplace health and
safety and their rights. Young workers do not always receive training and when
they do, it is often through a videotape. Young workers are seldom conscious of the
risk of workplace injury. These are all facts.
Rob Ellis would like to invite all Champions to come out and speak at two
upcoming High School events, both held on Wednesday,
April 5, 2017.
- Cathedral Catholic High School,
located at 30 Wentworth Street North, Hamilton at 8:30 am
- Northview Heights Secondary
School, located at 550 Finch Avenue West, North York. at 12:00 pm
Please RSVP your attendance to Lyndsy Miceli at email@example.com. We hope you’ll join Rob in helping to
SASKATOON (CP) — A spokesperson for a Saskatchewan agency that provides insurance and compensation for workers and employers says businesses should have policies in place before Canada legalizes marijuana.
Ed Secondiak with ECS Safety Services spoke Tuesday at a meeting of the Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board.
OGCA is pleased to announce that the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier
of Ontario, will be addressing delegates on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the OGCA’s
10th Construction Symposium.
OGCA will be using this opportunity to "return" the Jersey of
Courage, which has become the corporate commitment to building a Safety Culture
in the Province of Ontario. Rob Ellis has impressively collected over 3,000
signatures, each signature symbolizing the importance of Health and Safety in the
Rob Ellis, MySafeWork and OGCA will present Premier Wynne
with this Jersey at OGCA’s Welcome Dinner on Thursday evening. Details on the
Premier’s speaking engagement will be released shortly.
For more information on the OGCA’s Symposium, please visit www.ogca.ca
March 23, 2017, Montreal, QC — Pomerleau Inc., one of Canada’s leading builders in the institutional, industrial, commercial, infrastructure and civil works sectors, unveiled its new corporate vision and new values today.
Local construction company Gateman-Milloy Inc. received the national award for corporate social responsibility, the CCA Community Builder Award, today at the annual Canadian Construction Association conference (CCA). CCA is the national body representing the construction industry to government and business. Annually, the association awards a dozen construction companies from across Canada for excellence in building, and with this award recognizes outstanding and sustained contributions to our communities.
This is the last opportunity for you to register
for the OGCA’s 10th Construction Symposium, April 6-8, 2017 at Blue Mountain
Resort in Collingwood.
You can sign up by visiting the OGCA’s website at www.ogca.ca under STORE, then EVENTS.
Sponsorships have been sold out for weeks, but if you are not a member of OGCA
and still wish to attend, please select the Non-Member pricing online, and the
non-member registration form. See you all in Blue!
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for this year’s Golf
Tournament, Monday, July 10, 2017 at Glencairn Golf Course in Milton. Every
year, this is a sell-out event!
Sponsorship this year will be focused on the Associate Partners, giving them the first and best opportunity to sponsor this annual event.
Last week the OGCA and other industry stakeholders received the following update from the Government.
"Since receiving the report of the expert review of the Construction Lien Act, our government has been working hard to develop a plan to strengthen Ontario’s construction sector by addressing issues with payment timelines and dispute resolution."
March 22, 2017, the federal budget entitled: Building A Strong Middle Class was
presented by Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Innovation was the theme of the
day, with key focus on infrastructure, housing strategy, skills, health, and
As expected, the budget posts a significant deficit of $28.5 billion, expected
to peak this year, and with the debt-to-GDP ratio to peak in the next 2 years
at 36.1% of GDP before slowly decreasing starting in fiscal year 2019 – 2020.
This year was very
much a ‘Stay the course’ budget with very few major changes of policy
direction. In fact, the anticipated large-scale tax measures were nowhere to be
found. There were also no changes to small business tax from the pre-budget
framework. There were also small tweaks to corporate tax; mostly technical in
CCA's 2017 budget briefing