has been much talk and speculation over the oncoming legalization of marijuana
and what its impact on our society will be. This discussion and the
consultations taking place are welcomed, but we have noticed that they fail to
include any mention of the serious impact on health and safety in the
workplace. Problems already exist due to legalized drugs, including legal
medical marijuana, in the workplace.
Ontario Government consultation, in fact, does not even mention the impact that
this will have on Health and Safety in the workplace. This is, in our opinion,
a glaring omission.
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every aspect of your company from the jobsite to the boardroom. We need to work together to continue making a
difference by creating a safety culture in the construction industry.
founder of MySafeWork, continues to spread awareness to corporate leaders, workers and students by transferring safety knowledge and leadership
principals. The message is simple:
Safety on the job and proper on the job training is paramount for
youth/apprentices entering the workforce.
By becoming a
champion, your company is demonstrating that safety is priority number one and
that the importance of putting safety first, with all employees, matters.
recognizes companies who believe and stand for safety. Join the League of
Champions today by visiting, www.theleagueofchampions.com
The WSIB will be making important decisions
about the policy covering Mental Stress, effective January 1, 2018, in the next month. The September Board
of Directors meeting will make decisions about the policy and major features of
the program which will directly impact the decisions they will make about the
2018 Assessment premiums.
The decision on numerous program design features
will determine not only the coverage features for recipients but the cost of
the new benefits. The WSIB has advised employers that they are considering many
features including if the work related test should be significant or predominance.
OGCA and other employers have argued for
the predominance test which will require at least 50% of the stressor be work-related. Many believe that this will increase the likelihood that the policy
will not be abused.
The cost of mental stress is being
applied to the 2018 assessment rates which will need to generate a projected
$150 million to cover 2018 claims costs. The WSIB in 2017 began to move towards
target rates that are lower in most industries including construction but the
new costs will result in smaller reductions and even increases for some.
The OGCA Construction Lien Act Committee, chaired by Paul Raboud, has submitted extensive comments to Minister Naqvi and
his officials (click here to read the submission).
OGCA is supportive of the proposed
reforms which focus on updating the provisions, prompt payment and mandatory
adjudication. The legislation is based on recommendations of the review
conducted by Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel, and our recommendations focus on
practical changes to help the Act perform smoothly and address the practical
realities of the construction industry.
We are working cooperatively with the
government to address these issues in the amendment process.
Seminars and information sessions will
be made available soon, and the legislation and its implementation will be a
focus at the OGCA Annual General Meeting.
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Safety Awards Presentations - September 19, 2017 - Verdi Conference Centre, Mississauga - More information to follow
AGM & Conference - October 19 - 22, 2017 - Omni King Edward Hotel - Registration now open - Book today!
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Be sure to check out the next issue of the Generals for an interesting article on the development and continuing growth of Maple Reinders Constructors. Coming out September 12!
The OGCA will no longer be producing this
Guide as it was no longer up to date and contained a serious flaw that is not
supported by OGCA. Under Section 6.1 Mandatory Material - Bank Reference the
OGCA does not support the submission of any information other than a reference
letter from a proponent’s financial institution. The remaining information
especially where a project is Bonded is not relevant and in the case of private
companies not open to public review. Bonds make such information completely unnecessary.
CCA has released the CCDC 10 document, a
newer version strongly based on our original but more current with recent
trends. OGCA will be making the document available to owners and members at no
Invited to Bid on West Park Healthcare Centre Development Project
TORONTO – Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and West Park
Healthcare Centre have released a request for proposals (RFP) to three teams
prequalified to design, build, finance and maintain the new hospital
development project in Toronto. The release of the RFP marks a critical
milestone in the project, enabling the teams to begin work on proposals for the
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Both the City of Vaughan and the County of Peterborough have recognized the importance of membership in associations, whether they be local construction associations or the OGCA.
The tender documents for the Construction
of Fire Station #7-4 at 835 Nashville Road, Vaughan, state as follows:
current documentation to demonstrate memberships in good standing. List of
Membership Affiliations shall also be included on the submitted CCDC 11 – 2016
Contractor’s Qualification Statement.
And the Prequalification
for Council Chambers Renovations, in the County of Peterborough says:
that, as a General Contractor, you are a member in good standing with the
Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA).
This is welcome news for OGCA members!
Congratulations to APP member e-solutions!
bids&tenders™ has arrived!
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) would like to introduce bids&tenders™, a leading e-bidding system
that makes it easy for you to review, register and submit bids for goods and services online, 24/7. We’ve
joined hundreds of purchasing agencies who have already made the switch. Click here for more information.
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