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In the next few months, IHSA will release CORTM 2019, an update to the program that has been in Ontario for 8 years. The changes will not be extensive but will adjust 4 of the modules to meet the standard in the Ministry of Labour’s soon to be announced accreditation of safe employers.

Employers who are awarded CORTM 2019 will qualify for the MOL’s certification recognition and able to apply to the WSIB for a rebate on their premium.

CORTM certified employers will likely be able to update their Certification to meet the new standard, without renewing the full program. IHSA is finalizing the update and will notify members when it will be available.

OGCA has been working with IHSA and the Chief Prevention Officer to make sure that CORTM will be recognized as meeting the standard. As a result, employers who are certified under the accreditation program will be eligible for significant rebates from the WSIB. CORTM requires a large financial investment from the contractor to be successful. This makes it very difficult for moderate sized firms to participate. The financial rebate will make the business case to invest in CORTM more apparent. 

We expect Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton to announce accreditation and the inclusion of CORTM 2019 very soon.

OGCA will work with IHSA to make sure the update is readily available to all that are interested.

The WSIB will announce the requirements to receive financial rebates and the amount of the financial rewards very shortly. The program will be effective January 1, 2020.

OGCA Staff took time out from their busy weekend to enjoy the wedding of our Member Services staffer Elizabeth Huynh as she wed the handsome Craig Treen on Saturday, June 13.

Craig and Liz were married in Mississauga and celebrated with a reception and dinner at LIUNA Station in Hamilton. 

Congratulations to the happy couple from OGCA and all of our members!

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Supported Steps for Life through Threads of Life: The B&M PGR team, along with other employees, family members and friends, kicked off Safety and Health Week on Sunday, May 5, 2019 with a 5km walk to raise awareness and funds to assist those impacted by work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities. B&M raised a total of $6,520!

Daily HSE Bulletins: Each morning during the week of May 6-10, the HSE team sent out HSE Bulletins on various topics that were shared with their teams through toolbox talks, safety meetings and posted on HSE Communication Bulletin boards.

Safety and Health Week Poster: Promoted the Safety and Health Week Poster.

The Good Catch Challenge: Introduced in January 2019, the Good Catch Program is aimed at recognizing the efforts of the staff who go above and beyond in ensuring that safe work practices are implemented to protect the safety and health of workers, the protection of environment and/or the protection of equipment. They challenged the Regions to bring forward their best ‘Good Catches’ during Safety and Health Week through their supervisors / managers / safety personnel for a chance to be selected as the one having the greatest impact.




The month of May was the celebration of Safety Month and Safety Week, May 5-11. League of Champions members and patrons organized events, meetings and activities as part of their initiative to show commitment in health and safety in the workplace.

In this issue, we will feature our members and their safety initiatives.

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The Safety Advisory Bulletin outlines the action plan, along with the ‘Safe By Choice’ cards their sites were asked to print and cut out. Each worker was asked to complete a ‘Safe By Choice’ card. Completed cards were returned to the PCL project office and each project created a ‘Safe By Choice’ board to serve as a reminder of their reasons to work safely. 
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Project teams were encouraged to include trade participation, and display board layouts should be creative, fun and unique. The district HSE team selected one project based on creativity of their display for a team prize. As well, two additional projects were randomly drawn from all participants to receive team prizes.
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The ‘20/20/20 Approach’ Tailgate Talk was provided to all trades on site for their use and discussion during their scheduled tailgate talk. The 20/20/20 Approach is presented as a best practice to mitigate hazards resulting from one’s mind not being focused on one’s task.

For the second year in a row, the HHCA’s Young Leaders Group (YLG) organized HHCA's participation in Safety Week. The HHCA’s Young Leaders Group again took part in the Steps for Life fundraising walk in support of Threads of Life on Sunday May 5, 2019.

Threads of Life supports the healing journey of families who have suffered from a workplace fatality, traumatic life-altering injury, or occupational disease.


The YLG hosted a SAFETY EDITION YLG talk on Tuesday May 7, 2019. The complimentary event took place at Budget Demolition’s Training Facility, where attendees heard from Paul Lay about the Molson Coors Program for mental health. Paul talked about how his team has been instrumental in bringing mental health initiatives into their workplace. Attendees also heard from Uwe Shaible on the use of RFID technology for Safety. Uwe and his team are dedicated to bringing high tech RFID-based worker safety solutions on to the construction site.

The HHCA held a morning session at Carmen’s Banquet Centre on Internal Accident Investigation 101 on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The event featured a panel of guest speakers from companies who participated in the Regional Construction Safety Group. The practical session provided information and best practices should an accident occur on your construction site, and covered a wide range of topics.

For more information about the League of Champions or to apply to become a Champion, contact Marjorie Javier by phone at 905 671 3969 or email at Marjorie@theLOC.ca.

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Congratulations to the League of Champions - they just received a cheque in the amount of $10,000 - the proceeds from the OGCA Golf Tournament on Monday, July 8!

Shown are Clive Thurston, Craig Lesurf and John Dawson.

ALso, congratulations to the team from Masters Insurance - they won the first Low Gross Prize.

See you all next year, on Monday, July 6, 2020.

A cornerstone event, the only such event in Canada, putting the spotlight on locators who are on the front lines of the damage prevention industry. Helping to promote the significance of their role in the excavating industry. It is at the Locate Rodeo where the locators can come together and demonstrate their expertise and superior locating skills in a competitive and friendly environment.
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Only a couple of weeks left to take advantage of the Early Bird special pricing for the OGCA's 81st AGM and Conference in Muskoka at the JW Marriott The Rosseau.

In case you haven't tried S'Mores before, here's a recipe that you can make at home. We're planning to enjoy some at the conference, following the welcome dinner! 

Instructions for Homemade S'Mores
Heat oven to 350°F.
Place 9 graham squares in single layer on bottom of 8-inch square pan; top with 36 marshmallow halves. Sprinkle with chopped chocolate. ...
Top with remaining marshmallow halves, cut sides down.
Bake 9 to 11 min. or until marshmallows are puffed and golden brown. Let stand 5 min.