I attended the CCA Fall meeting in Niagara
last week. There was excellent discussion on many issues that we at OGCA and
others are facing: from legalized marijuana in the workplace to Federal tax
changes, there was a lot to discuss and take in.
The Ontario Construction Act was a major
topic, and Bruce Reynolds addressed the attendees, updating them on how it was
proceeding. Members are aware that Bill 142 has passed second reading and is
now moving to committee hearings. OGCA has submitted its name to be heard at
these hearings.Click here
to read the full report.
On September 29, 2017, David Frame from OGCA and MySafeWork Rob Ellis kicked off the morning by promoting a strong message that lost time injuries are preventable.
Ontario Legislative Reports are available here. Previous issues can also be found on the OGCA website under
Government Relations and Government Resources.
We invite you to
attend the COR™ Open House/OGCA Leadership Conference, on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Verdi
Convention Centre, in Mississauga.
We are pleased
to announce Dr. Judy Agnew, Senior Vice President of Safety Solutions at Aubrey
Daniels International, as one of our featured speakers at the 2018 Leadership
Day. Judy is a renowned leader in the
field of behavior-based safety, safety leadership and performance management,
and the author of three acclaimed safety books: "A Supervisor’s Guide to Safety
Leadership," "Safe by Accident?" and "Take the Luck out of Safety: Leadership
Practices that Build a Sustainable Safety Culture and Removing Obstacles to
With over 25
years of experience working with clients to create behavior-based safety
interventions that ensure organizations are safe by design, there’s no one
better versed in worker participation than Judy Agnew. We guarantee you will
come away rethinking your approach to safety management.
calendars! Registration details to follow.
Health and Safety Representative (H & S Rep) has a vital role to play in
protecting the health and safety of everyone at the workplace. Having a
designated person on the site to deal with any concerns about workplace hazards
demonstrates to workers that the employer is committed to protecting them.
small businesses that are not large enough to require a Joint Health and Safety
Committee (JHSC) rely on their H & S Rep to bring forward any health and
safety issues that need attention. Unfortunately, many H & S Reps do not
have the necessary training to recognize or resolve these issues.
consequences of not having a well-trained H & S Rep are seen too often.
Workers can suffer lost income or a lower quality of life due to a critical
injury. Families can lose a loved one to a workplace fatality. Employers can
lose a valuable employee and production days. They may even have to replace
damaged material and equipment and pay higher compensation costs.
A Health and Safety Rep is required
More than 5 and less than 20 workers
are regularly employed at the workplace
More than 5 workers are regularly
employed at a construction project and the work is expected to last less than 3
for more information on IHSA's Recommended Training.
Canada is just around the corner and OGCA will be there.
three-day event takes place on November 29 – December 1 at the Metro Toronto
Convention Centre in the South Building. Be sure to visit OGCA at Booth 821.
Buildings Show is the Leader in Sourcing, Networking and Education in Canada
for Design, Architecture, Construction and Real Estate Communities. Your 2017
registration badge will give you access to all shows in the North and South
buildings of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. To learn how you can
register, click here.
The ABM connects a national network of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal decision makers to create opportunities for business, training, and employment.
Over 300 employees ventured out to the beautiful Saguenay Fjord National Park on September 28, 2017 to participate in a 30-hour athletic challenge composed of a 23-km hike; a 200-m Via Feratta route; a 6-km paddle rafting exercise; and a 5-km obstacle course. Click here
for the details.
Congratulations to All!
The Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) recognized the safety achievements of PCL
Construction’s Ontario operations at its annual safety awards ceremony held on
September 29, 2017.
"As we promote safety excellence among our
members and our industry, we are encouraged to work alongside safety-minded
leaders like PCL," said OGCA president Clive Thurston. "Safety needs to be
celebrated as an industry, and each of us should be proud of our achievements,
because as a group, OGCA contractors are the safest contractors in the
Click here for all the details!
Today, the Clean Economy Alliance,
a group of over 100 organizations, released a report outlining critical
recommendations to ensure Ontario reduces greenhouse gas emissions from the
building sector. The
Future of Buildings: Getting Ontario Ready for Net-Zero is the result of a months-long consultation process
involving key stakeholders in Ontario’s building industry and other sectors.
This report feeds into upcoming changes to the province’s building code and
the commitment to require all buildings built after 2030 to have net-zero
To read the Clean Economy Alliance’s full release, click
To link to the full report, click
RCCAO has proudly supported
Transport Futures learning events since 2008. The Intercity Travel Conference
will explore whether passenger services can compete with the car – even with
unprecedented transit investments, some road pricing progress, the promise of
high speed rail and possible reforms to antiquated bus industry regulations.
Taking place in Toronto on November 27, Canadian and international
will address rail and bus systems from several
perspectives: history and culture; planning and infrastructure; technology and
interoperability; customer service and demand; modal competition and safety;
finance and funding; risk and delivery; governance and politics. Together we'll
discuss how multiple services can co-exist efficiently, fulfil different
functions, build a cohesive transportation network and make effective use of
limited tax dollars.
Along with great food to keep you energized all day, the conference’s interactive agenda
will provide ample time for
Q&A and networking. Be sure to register
soon to take
advantage of early bird rates – and receive an extra 10% off the price by using
discount code (DC) RCCA7
The Intercity Travel Conference is taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
conveniently located in downtown Toronto. For further information, see www.transportfutures.ca/intercity
or contact Martin Collier
Sherrard Kuzz has two courses coming up that might be of interest to you.
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Workplace offences of the olfactory senses - Ideally, workplace misconduct is dealt with swiftly and decisively through an established disciplinary process. However, when the source of the offence is not a worker’s conduct but personal hygiene, what recourse does an employer have? Learn more...
IS PAIN OR A NAGGING INJURY KEEPING YOU OR YOUR CLIENT FROM PEAK PERFORMANCE? IT MAY BE TIME TO CONSIDER REGENERATIVE MEDICINE.
Professional athletes and Olympians have credited regenerative medicine with helping them get back in the game. But what exactly is regenerative medicine? Learn about regenerative medicine, what can be done, and how it may help to heal the body.
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