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TORONTO, Ontario, September 10, 2019 - The Honourable Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure, released the 2019 P3 Market Update, which includes a list of 32 projects, worth more than $65 billion.
The 2019 Market Update includes a total of 32 P3 projects, including 13 civil (such as transit, subways, highways), 16 healthcare and three community safety projects.

The Provincial government has committed $144 billion over the next 10 years. There is going to be an increased focus on public-private partnerships to deliver this infrastructure.

Most notable of the investment are the GTHA transit projects announced by the government earlier this year, including the Ontario Line subway, GO Transit expansion projects, the Scarborough Subway Extension (an extension of the TTC Line 2), the Yonge North Subway Extension (an extension of the TTC Line 1) and the westward extension of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT expected to cost $24.5 billion.

Minister Scott referenced Ontario’s P3 model as a world leader that delivers projects on time and on budget. Minister Scott relayed that the government wants to work with local and international partners to deliver these projects.

A key update was that, going forward, Ontario will increase the frequency of Market Updates. Updates in the spring and autumn will highlight new projects on the list as well as any changes to procurement timelines and delivery models. Minor updates in the summer and winter will show changes to procurement timelines only.

Infrastructure Ontario, a Crown agency overseen by the Minister of Infrastructure, is responsible for delivering projects under Ontario's P3 model.

The government announced a renewed focus on attracting more interest from international firms who are looking to participate in Ontario's P3 market, broadening the procurement process to more international bidders.

To read the news release, please click here
To see a full list of the projects, please click here.

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The League of Champions would like to congratulate our new COR™ certified members.

  • BDA Inc.
  • MEMME Infrastructure Contractors Inc.
  • M.J. Dixon Construction Limited
  • Phoenix Restoration Inc.
  • Ritestart Limited

The new COR™ certified members will be awarded the captain ‘C’ crest on September 20th at the OGCA Safety Awards.

Is your company or organization a Safety Leader? Are you a Safety Champion and want to make a difference for safety in Ontario construction?

Please visit LOC website, Facebook and Twitter page for more information about the League of Champions. To apply to become a Safety Champion, please contact Marjorie Javier by email at Marjorie@theLOC.ca or phone 905-671-3969.

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Honeywell Miller issued a safety mandatory stop use notice to all its MightEvac and MightyLite SRL end-users. Immediate stop use is required to all the products included in the notice and must be removed from use.

The notice only affects the models listed in Table 1, with identified manufacturing dates or re-certification dates between October 27, 2016 and October 6, 2018. Models outside of this date range, including new units, are not affected by this notice.

Check the link to preview the notice. If you encountered a problem viewing the document and want to have a copy please email Marjorie Javier at marjorie@theloc.ca or call 905-671-3969.

League of Champions Members and Patrons are invited to the OGCA Safety Awards on September 20, 2019, 8 am to 12 noon, at the Verdi Conference Centre on Derry Road in Mississauga. Registration starts at 7:30 am. 

Among those speaking are the PA to the Minister of Labour Jane McKenna, Chief Prevention Officer Ron Kelusky, IHSA President Enzo Garritano and Elizabeth Witmer Chair of the WSIB.

The League of Champions will award Charters and the LOC Jerseys to its new Members and Patrons. The captain ‘C’ crest will also be presented to members who recently received their COR™ certification.

If you are interested in attending the safety awards breakfast and haven’t confirmed your attendance yet, please email the name(s) of your participants to Marjorie Javier at Marjorie@theloc.ca or call 905-671-3969.

We are looking forward to seeing you there. For our group photo, please bring your League of Champions Jersey!

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Don't forget to mark September 20 on your calendars for the 2018 Safety Awards Breakfast at Verdi Banquet Hall on Derry Road in Mississauga.

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. This event should be completed by 12:00 noon.

At OGCA, we see a lot of pictures of just downright unsafe activities.

If you have one you would like to share, send it through to Mary Wademan, and we'll see it gets entered into this section of the newsletter.

The caption for this one is "Just sitting here, eating popcorn, cell phone in hand, with 9-1-1 already punched in, just waiting ..."

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Legislative & Legal Updates

The latest issue of the Ontario Legislative Reports is now available. Please visit the OGCA website to read the latest news. For issues prior to 2019, please contact Mary Wademan at the OGCA.

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Education & Events

There is still time to register for this important session, featuring a panel of experts to discuss the changes coming on October 1, 2019, to the Construction Act.

You will hear from Ray Bassett of Travelers, Elinor Whitmore of ADR Chambers (the ANA), Matt Ainley of the General COntractors Alliance of Canada, Paul Raboud of Bird Construction, John Rasenberg of JMR Electric and Jackie Kennedy of the City of Toronto.

Click here to open the registration form and agenda. Email your completed form to Mary Wademan.

With the October 25 exam approaching, many improvements to the Gold Seal Certification program are in the works. Here is a little summary: expect more news in the very near future!

New resources
The Gold Seal Certification team consists of Kirsi, Chanel and Steeve.

  • Kirsi O'Connor - Director, Workforce Excellence
  • Chanel Roberts - Manager, Education and Gold Seal Certification Program
  • Steeve Étienne - Coordinator, Education and Gold Seal Certification Program

How to reach us
Please direct all Gold Seal-related emails to goldseal@cca-acc.com so that we can track them better. All emails will be replied exclusively through that email address.

For more information, please click here.

Calendar of Events

While we may have run out of rooms at the JW Marriott The Rosseau, we did still have a few rooms at Clevelands House next door. If you are interested in attending, please contact the OGCA at 905-671-3969.

In the meantime, if you are a member of the OGCA, and have not submitted a proxy form so that your vote counts, please click here to download the form and send it back to Mary Wademan.

Industry News

The Ontario Electrical League's latest newsletter is now avaialble. Click here to read it.

The City of Toronto’s Net Zero Carbon Mount Dennis Childcare will be issued for tender this fall.

The project is includes the construction of a daycare facility approximately 19,000 square feet in size, and will consist of two (2) stories plus a finished lower level.

This project looks to lead the way for future Net Zero Energy Building Projects.

For additional details, please check the City of Toronto Procurement website.

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Associate Partner News and Events

OGCA APP member Pinchin is now offering several complimentary (and for a fee) courses on many different topics, including the following:

  • Compliance Conundrum - an afternoon with our air, noise and odour experts
  • Your Guide to Demo and Pre-Construction Assessments
  • Mould in Buildings - Awareness, Due Diligence, Assessment & Remediation

If you are interested in taking any of these courses, please contact Pinchin.

Come 2019, for bidding on projects, you’ll have to be COR™ certified.

It’s going to be a highly competitive and well-populated space

More companies started realizing that COR™ audits will help them demonstrate how well they evaluate, assess, control, and manage risks for their workers. Companies in Ontario have begun seeing COR™ certification as a serious competitive edge among peers in the project bidding process.

We came across a situation where a company bid for a project at $750,000. Another company bid for the same project at $450,000, which turned out to be the lowest bid for that project. However, the buyer decided to go with the first company that bid $750,000. The reason being the lowest bidding company was not COR™ certified while the higher bidder was. The second company lost the project despite bidding 40% lower.

In Ontario, COR™ has become a pre-requisite for many organizations such as Metrolinx, GTAA, TTC, Infrastructure Ontario, City of Brampton, City of Milton, and City of Toronto. That’s what started the buzz in the early part of 2016.

However, in 2017, the York Region made COR™ mandatory for bidding for any project in excess of $150,000. This added to the COR™ impetus, since the small and medium sized companies started joining the race, which was not the case in early 2016. Today, COR™ certification has reached a stage where you just cannot remain registered anymore. The luxury of just remaining registered and bid for projects is soon vanishing. It’s time to take action.

4S COnsulting has prepared a comprehensive paper on achieving COR™. CLICK HERE to check it out.