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League of Champions

The month of May is celebration of Safety Month and May 6 - 10 is Safety Week.

The League of Champions (LOC) is encouraging all leaders to have a safety event/meeting to show your continuous commitment and pledge to health and safety in the workplace.

If you are planning a safety related event or had one recently, please let us know. The League would like to support and recognize you as Safety Leaders and your commitment to health and safety.

We are looking forward to hearing how your team will celebrate/celebrated the safety month/week.

On April 28, 2019, the League of Champions honored and remembered the thousands of workers who lost their lives, were injured or suffered from an illness as a result of work-related incidents.

The League of Champions is committed to health and safety in the workplace and to ensuring that workers go home safe to their families. The League of Champions are leaders and “Leaders Need to Lead”.

Legislative & Legal Updates

The April 25 issue of the Ontario Legislative Reports is now available on the OGCA website at www.ogca.ca/government-relations/. Please click here to access this issue.

Safety

Stay up-to-date with all the latest news and details about WSIB's new premium rate-setting model, set to be implemented on January 1, 2020. Click here for more information.

 

You can be recognized for being a Safe Small Business.

The WSIB is again preparing to accept applications for their Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards. Both S.G. Cunningham and Mike Moore Construction are past winners, showing that OGCA members are consistently among the safest in Ontario.

The awards recognize outstand health and safety in small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. The top three will receive cash prices and be recognized by the WSIB at their annual meeting in September.

A great health and safety program and an excellent presentation could bring your organization the recognition you deserve for your success. We particularly encourage firms who have recently been granted COR and have implemented an OH&S Management System to make an application.

Submit your application by May 14, 2019 for a chance to win. Visit wsib.ca for more information.

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Education & Events

If you attended the construction symposium in April, and wanted to see the presentations in PDF format, please visit the OGCA website - www.ogca.ca/posts/category/news-events/events/ to see the presentations.

Member News
Congratulations to all the winners of the Ontario Builders Awards, which were presented during the 11th Construction Symposium. Click "Learn More" ... to see the winning submissions. 

The 11th Construction Symposium photos are now available for viewing.

If you attended the symposium, and even if you didn't, please click here to view the pics.

This could be your photo from your jobsite!

OGCA is holding a competition among OGCA members to win a trip to the OGCA AGM and Conference in October at the JW Marriott Hotel at Lake Rosseau.

Every firm that submits a project displaying their OGCA membership sign will be entered into a draw for two complimentary admissions to the OGCA AGM in Muskoka. 

This will include accommodation as well as the registration fees. The draw will be made in August to allow the winner time to plan their trip to Muskoka!

Get your cameras out and start shooting! Submit your entries to Mary Wademan by July 31, 2019.

Calendar of Events

You can now go online to register for the 40th OGCA Golf Tournament on Monday, July 8, 2019 with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

If you are a member of the OGCA or a member of the APP, please click here for the registration form.

If you are NOT A MEMBER of the OGCA., please click here for the registration form.

To pay by credit card (you can also send a cheque which is what we would prefer!), please click here.

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Industry News

The latest issue of the Ontario Electrical League's Weekly News is now avaialble. Please click here to access.

Please find (click here) a media release (English and French) from the Surety Association of Canada regarding the recent announcement of infrastructure investments that are being made by the Ontario and Federal Governments.

As quoted by Steven D. Ness, President of the Surety Association Canada in the release:

“The commitments by both the Federal and Ontario governments will assist in stabilizing both the construction and surety markets and will help to position surety products as a necessary and dependable product to minimize risk going forward for construction and infrastructure projects,” stated Steven D. Ness, President of the Surety Association of Canada. “These investments are a much-needed boost for the surety industry, as our members are working hard to fix the problems created by the recent failures of three mega-contractors in 2018,” Last year, sureties incurred more than half a billion dollars in claims; more than any other year in its history. “The good news here is that the surety industry has stepped up to pay the outstanding bills and arrange for the completion of the abandoned projects. The swift and responsive action of our members helped to lessen the impact of what would otherwise have been a total calamity,” Ness further stated.

Latest issue is now available. Please click here to access.

Associate Partner News and Events

On Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the GTAA's FESTI (Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute) from 8:00 am to 11:45 am, 4S Consulting will be offering this event for OGCA members.

The purpose of this COR Summit is to give information on what the Top Buyers such as IO (Infrastructure Ontario), City of Toronto, GTAA, and Metrolinx, are expecting from their contractors and subcontractors with regards to COR Accreditation and Safety program requirements. IHSA has also been invited to present on the COR timeline and the process.

The main reason for this Summit is to get all the key stakeholders such as the top buyers, authorities, subcontractors, GCs, and construction associations together to discuss key topics such as timelines, bidding requirements, etc. pertaining to COR. With every passing day, GCs and subcontractors are discovering that they are no longer able to participate on bids on projects of top buyers since they are not COR accredited, resulting in hundreds to millions of dollars of revenue loss.

This Summit could be very useful for  OGCA members, especially those bidding on jobs of some of these top buyers listed above. You will also get to participate in a moderated panel discussion and ask the authorities and participants the right questions.

Those interested in attending the Summit can register online through the invite or CLICK HERE to book your seat now. You can also write to us at info@4sconsult.com or Call Addy at 905 532 1488 Ext 212 to book your seat.

**65 seats only** **First-Come-First-Served** basis

This is a good opportunity for members to go one-on-one with the top buyers and authorities.

The bonding industry in Canada had its worst year ever in 2018, with the industry, as a whole, incurring more in claims than the revenue they took in. While the losses in 2018 were, to a large degree, effected by two big contractor defaults, frequency of claims is on the rise, and the trend in to 2019 has continued.

Attached is a chart and write-up that Petrela Winter & Associates has published on the losses for the surety bonding industry in 2018.

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