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President's Report

I hope you are all having a great summer out there as what we hear is that the industry is busy and from that, the OGCA is extremely active on reviewing contract conditions and advising members on a number of issues.

The steel tariff dispute has had a very debilitating impact on many projects, especially those already underway or that have recently closed. These cost escalations are far beyond any reasonable or normal expectation that would have been covered under a normal contract. In fact, what is happening is abnormal as members receive letters from suppliers of fencing, metal studding, to structural steel, implementing increases of 25% – 30%.

The OGCA has published a Bulletin on actions that members need to be taking to protect themselves. We are stressing to owners that they need to be reasonable as this is not a pass-on cost with which they don’t have to assist us. Frankly, it doesn’t matter what type of clauses are in a contract. If suppliers or trades refuse to supply or turn up, there is little any General can do. It is therefore essential that consultants, owners and contractors work together to address this issue and find a reasonable accommodation to ensure that projects continue. It is simply not acceptable to say, “not my problem you deal with it!”

Click here to read the rest of President Clive Thurston's Report.

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League of Champions

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Whether speaking to thousands of front-line employees or to a small group of executives, Rob pushes everyone to think differently about safety culture, and their personal rights and responsibilities.

Rob is available to speak at your next event. He delivers a personal story and a strong message with compassion and humor.

With his ability to connect and deliver to any audience, Rob will inspire your company to achieve greatness in safety culture.

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Safety

Join your fellow executives in Scottsdale, Arizona on Sept 27 & 28 for inspiring keynotes, hands-on breakout sessions and best practice sharing in EHS management.

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One of the easiest ways to reduce workplace injuries is to implement general safety programs aimed at preventing workplace injury and illness.

Productivity is a fundamental component to a successful business, and workers who feel comfortable and safe in their environment have been proven to possess higher productivity levels, which represents the necessity of having correct safety procedures in place.

The Safety Pass is designed to provide your workforce with the knowledge of basic workplace health and safety that is transferrable from site to site. This does not replace any hazard specific or competency training, however, does remove the duplication of orientations one takes, saving your business millions of dollars.

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Legislative & Legal Updates

The latest issue (July 30) of the Ontario Legislative Reports can be found by clicking here.

Previous issues can also be found under Government Relations on the OGCA website.

For issues prior to January 2018, please contact Mary Wademan at OGCA (mary@ogca.ca)

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Education & Events

The preliminary Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 schedule is now available for viewing. Please check back for additional webinars.

Calendar of Events

Only a few weeks to go before we run out of rooms at the Four Seasons Vancouver, site of the 80th AGM and Conference, September 26 - 30, 2018. The price to pay online goes up at midnight tonight, so if you are planning to attend, please register today! 

Click here to download the registration form.

Click here to pay online.

Member News

It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Kirk Gabel's wife Nancy this past week. Kirk has been a member of the OGCA Safety Committee for many years. He told us that he and his wife were swimming the weekend before, and that Nancy passed away from an aneurism. Her organs have been donated so that many more might live. Our thoughts are with the family.

Industry News

Please click here to access the latest Ontario Electrical League Newsletter.

How can we help promote careers in construction?

There’s no better way to get hands-on experience than learning on the job through an apprenticeship.

CCA has created documentation for associations to share which provides information on grants and programs available to provide support to those apprenticing in a Red Seal trade, and employers considering hiring an apprentice in a Red Seal trade. 

Thinking of Apprenticeship?

Why Should You Hire an Apprentice?

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