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As members who have been following the updates in the Newsletter know, Bill 142 (the new Construction Lien Act) is quickly moving forward to its final stages. For several years, the OGCA has played an integral part in the development of this legislation and we will be continuing to do so once it’s passed.

Please note: We are now involved in responding to the efforts to introduce Prompt Payment at the Federal Level.

Click here to read the article in the OGCA Members Only Section.

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League of Champions
Safety Leaders know how important building a safety culture is when it comes to working on massive construction projects. Which is why on Tuesday, October 31, Crosslinx Transit Solution invited 750 of their employees to celebrate their safety efforts. The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is the largest construction project in all of Canada and quite possibly in all of North America. With over 19 kilometres of new light rail – 10 underground – that starts in the west end and travels right through the city to the east end, with 25 new stations and stops linking to 54 bus routes, three subway stations and various GO transit lines.

 

Safety plays an important role in everything we do; whether it is encouraged by employers, by parents, or by teachers, safety is a constant conversation that saves lives.

Louise Anchor Secondary School in Brampton invited the League of Champions to set up a booth at their career fair held on November 2, 2017.

The intent was to bring education and awareness surrounding the construction industry, encouraging students, parents and teachers that safety on the job and proper on the job training is paramount for students entering the workforce. The League of Champions was there to promote careers in construction and show that safety is at the forefront. There are so many great opportunities choosing a career in construction.

The League of Champions took its jersey of courage, which generated a lot of excitement among students and parents. The Patron's Jersey of Companies was also on display promoting those companies who believe in safety and who want students to come and work for them.


 

Safety
The "Safety Pass" offers you safer workers while reducing your training time and costs. The program is fully transferable. Once the worker is accredited they don’t require retraining as they move job to job, you just provide site orientation. The Safety Pass is a generic Health and Safety Orientation Awareness program that is delivered and tracked online. It improves workplace safety, remove the amount of duplication that workers experience in taking orientation site to site, while improving productivity for the general and sub-contractors so that workers focus on the project site specific that is required to get the job done safely.

Together, The Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) and Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) are hosting its Annual Safety Leadership Conference that will be held on March 2, 2018 at the Verdi Convention Centre in Mississauga.

The event is tailored to Health and Safety professionals who are looking to improve their safety culture, while discussing important issues in health and Safety related to the construction industry.

Please mark your calendar. Registration details soon to come.

We are currently looking for generous sponsors to get involved and to help us create a successful event. By sponsoring the event, you will have the opportunity to expose your company to more than 300 members and stakeholders in the industry.

Sponsorship payment is also available through the OGCA store. Visit www.ogca.ca/store, click on events and select your level of commitment.

For more details on how you can become a sponsor, please visit the OGCA website or contact Lyndsy Miceli at lyndsy@ogca.ca

The Training and Awareness Branch is pleased to announce that a draft Voluntary Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) Accreditation Standard, and a supporting consultation paper, have now been posted for public consultation on the Ministry of Labour (MOL) website. The MOL is encouraging all interested parties to provide comment and feedback for consideration. To access the documents and share your ideas, go online by December 20, 2017.

All feedback will be considered and evaluated as the MOL moves forward with the development of this program.

Jules Arntz-Gray, CRSP
Director-Training and Awareness Branch
Prevention Office
Ministry of Labour

Over the last few years we have seen how quickly the arrival of Uber has changed the way we get around our communities. The rise of automated vehicles (AVs) and the prevalence of smartphone apps for "mobility on demand" will eat into taxi and public bus services in the early 2020s and then begin to disrupt car ownership in the late 2020s. These are among the many findings in RCCAO’s independently commissioned report: "Ontario Must Prepare for Vehicle Automation: How Skilled Governance Can Influence its Outcome."
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Legislative & Legal Updates
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Education & Events

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.

To send in your nominations, please visit www.ogca.ca. The form is available online under the About Us, Association Awards. The deadline for submissions is Friday January 19, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Lyndsy Miceli at lyndsy@ogca.ca

Member News

This year was Kenaidan’s first time applying for Canada’s Safest Employer. We are very grateful to be recognized as the silver award winner in the Building & Construction Category; as it confirms Kenaidan’s commitment to health and safety. "At Kenaidan ‘safety’ is embedded in our culture. Everyone at Kenaidan understands and embraces the requirements of a strong Health and Safety program. Central to this is our Core Value of "Care Enough To Act" (CETA), where everyone knows the importance of looking out for the health and safety of those they are working with" says David Kirkland, our President & Chief Operating Officer.

Kenaidan would like to thank and acknowledge the dedication of all our employees who support and show their commitment through their day-to-day actions continuously demonstrating that they truly Care Enough To Act. It is through their commitment that we strive for continuous improvement and are able to celebrate this accomplishment. We would also like to congratulate our industry colleagues who were also honoured in the category of Building & Construction; Borger Group of Companies and Walsh Canada. (Photo: Kenaidan staff and field crews celebrating the Canada’s Safest Employer award)

The PCL family of companies is pleased to announce the appointment of Todd Craigen to senior vice president and district manager of PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto). Please click here for the full release.

For media inquiries, or high-resolution photos, please contact:

Liisa Morley
Communications Specialist
PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto)
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Industry News

INFRASTRUCTURE ONTARIO – NEWS RELEASE

TORONTO – Infrastructure Ontario (IO) today released its pipeline of infrastructure and real estate projects as part of the Government of Ontario’s historic investments in public infrastructure. IO’s 2017 Market Update includes 15 social infrastructure projects and 17 civil infrastructure projects. The total estimated capital cost of the AFP projects on the pipeline is $15.8 billion.

Click here to view the entire Market Update as well as CEO Ehren Cory’s accompanying letter...

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Did You Know?

Wintery conditions can make roads difficult and even dangerous to traverse. In fact, winter driving can be so hazardous, some provinces like British Columbia have made winter tires mandatory on some roads. Prior to purchasing winter tires, it’s critical to understand your options and some general best practices. Click here to read the brochure from Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers.

Mark your calendars! You're invited to the 2017 BuildingPoint Canada Roadshow! We've expanded our Tekla User day format with more information sessions that further increase your knowledge with cutting edge technologies to meet today's demands on construction. Choose between two afternoon sessions while connecting with your peers and meet members of the BuildingPoint Canada team.

To register: Click here

In 2017, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board published draft Chronic Mental Stress and Rate Framework policies: - The draft Chronic Mental Stress policy, set to come into effect on January 1, 2018, will make it easier for a worker to make a claim for non-traumatic mental stress. - The draft Rate Framework policies, slated for implementation on January 1, 2019, completely overhauls how premiums will be calculated and claims costed back to an employer’s account.

Toronto, ON - October 30, 2017— Trisura Group Ltd.("Trisura") and RSA Canada ("RSA") are pleased to announce the transition of RSA’s contract and commercial surety business in Canada to Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company ("Trisura Guarantee"). RSA’s Canadian surety portfolio consist of approximately 450 contract and commercial surety accounts with annual premium in excess of $6 million. The management teams of both companies will work closely together to ensure a smooth transition of the business.

Click here to read the full press release. 

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You’re going to regret this. I’m going to get you for what you’ve done to me? You’re a dead man!

With that, the door slams and you’re alone in your office with a million thoughts running through your head. Minutes ago you were counselling an employee regarding an allegation of impropriety. Now what? Do you ignore this and brush it off as an agitated employee just ‘blowing off steam’? What if it actually was a threat? How do you know they won’t return and exact revenge on the company’s assets, another employee or on you personally?

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