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Ontario Employers have been critical of the cost of WSIB premiums for the last 30 plus years. Ontario has usually enjoyed one of the best safety records but premium costs have been amongst the most expensive. A few western provinces could often boast of premiums close to half of Ontario’s. The difference is that Ontario has been dealing with an unfunded liability (UFL) that topped out at about $15 Billion in 2009. The past claims charge on construction assessments were typically about 45% of the rate, resulting in the current average construction rate of $5.32.

The Canadian Government's Public Services and Procurement Canada has released the report and recommendations to build a federal framework for prompt payment and adjudication. (click here to access)

It is solid set of recommendations in that it recommends a Federal prompt payment and adjudication legislation that is consistent and supportive of the Ontario plan. It was written by Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel, both of whom wrote the Ontario recommendations and then supported the drafting of the legislation and regulations.

The Federal Report recommends that the government work with all provinces who wish to implement prompt payment to develop consistent models based on the Ontario legislation.

The General Contractors Alliance of Canada (GCAC) has met and developed an initial response to the paper which will be submitted in the next few weeks.

The government will need to decide if this is a legislative priority, and if so, should be introduced as legislation by this October in order to move through the legislative process before they rise for the National election in 2019.

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Safety

In 2017, the WSIB Launched Compass, the online health and safety tool that allows Ontarians to find and compare health and safety statistics for businesses across the province.

At the time of the launch, they committed to updating the data annually starting August 17, 2018. This additional year of data will be available in the tool.

For more details, click here.

The Government of Alberta funded a study to evaluate Alberta’s Certificate of Recognition (COR™) program. The research was conducted by Chris McLeod, Co-Director of University of British Columbia’s Partnership for Work Health and Safety.

The findings are showing that COR certification is association with lower injury rates, especially in more recent years.

Click here for the full report.

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Legislative & Legal Updates

The latest issue of the Ontario Legislative Report (August 13, 2018) can be found on the OGCA website, by clicking here.

Previous issues can be found on the Government Relations section of the website. Click here to access. For issues prior to January 2018, please contact the OGCA.

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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.

October 15-17, 2018
Are you a Canadian company interested in the construction and green building sectors? 
The Embassy of Canada in Mexico City, the Consulate General of Canada in Monterrey and the Consulate General of Canada in Guadalajara invite yoou to a CONSTRUCTION & GREEN BUILDING MISSION TO MEXICO CITY, to be held from October 15-17, 2018, on the margins of the EXPO-CIHAC Trade Show and Congress.

Ontario Association of Architects accepting proposals for May 2019 event in Quebec City.

Calendar of Events

You are invited to join OGCA at Construct Canada Building Show, from November 28 - 30, 2018!

The event will be held at the Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario. Please be sure to stop by OGCA at booth #821

If you wish to volunteer your time, we appreciate our members support, just contact Lyndsy Miceli at lyndsy@ogca.ca to express your interest. For FREE Admission – Register today by clicking here.

Member News
   

Congratulations to Peak Engineering & Construction in Brighton, and Matheson Constructors in Aurora, both of whom have recently acquired their CORTM certification!

Industry News

The latest issue of the Ontario Electrical League newsletter can be found by clicking here.

The latest issue fo the Consulting Engineers of Ontario EGlance newsletter is now available. Click here to read.

The August issue of the CNRG magazine is now available. Click here to access it.

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Associate Partner News and Events

Participate! You deserve to be recognized!  Concrete is one of the most used and innovative construction materials that can be utilized on Ontario construction projects.  This fact is highlighted by the quality of the submissions that have been received over the past years for the Ontario Concrete Awards program.

Do you have an idea for a webinar that would be informative for the construction industry? Would you like to share your knowledge in a particular subject area?

General Contractors are hungry for information and educational content that will help them stay well-informed of the latest policies, trends, and best practices.

OGCA provides the opportunity for you to present a webinar, submit an article for its generals, or publish newsletter content bi-weekly on a wide-range of topics impacting the construction industry.

Fill out the proposal form and email it to Lyndsy Miceli at lyndsy@ogca.ca

Let us help you share your expertise today.