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Now that they have arrived at the warehouse, we are pleased to again offer you the opportunity to purchase the Hand Sanitizer Stands as well as the liquid sanitizer.

The hand sanitizer stands are being sold for $125 plus HST each. Delivery can be arranged or you can pick them up from the warehouse in Brampton. If you are interested, please contact Mary Wademan at the OGCA.

Three sizes of hand sanitizer are available. The totes are effective for refilling smaller bottles from a central location/facility. Pricing FOB Hamilton is as follows:

500 ML BOTTLE – $7.75
4 L JUG  – $24
1,000 L TOTE – $4,000

If you wish to make a purchase, please contact Sean O'Neill of Canadian Liquids or by phone at 905-379-0177

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Industry News

On July 27, RCCAO launched its fifth podcast in our nine-part series, Conversations About Construction! 

This podcast focuses on how infrastructure can play a role in the post-COVID-19 economic recovery. The podcast can be found here

The podcast features Paul Smetanin, president of the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA), Peter Smith, executive director of the Heavy Construction Association of Toronto, and Andy Manahan, executive director of the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario, discussing the importance of properly investing in infrastructure, especially in the age of COVID-19.

There will be four more podcasts coming over the next few weeks, including:

  • Toronto transit;
  • Benefits of mass timber; 
  • The Big Pipe; and 
  • Sidewalk Labs. 

On July 20, the RCCAO launched the fourth podcast in our nine-part podcast series, Conversations About Construction, which aims at raising awareness about issues affecting the industry.

This podcast features Rob Bradford, executive director of the Toronto and Area Road Builders Association and a director of the RCCAO, in conversation with Kyle Martin, project manager at Fermar Paving.

The podcast can be found by clicking here.

The GCAC was asked to join a roundtable discussion with Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to discuss industry concerns on the impact of COVID-19 on construction. The group includes CCA, NTCCC, Build Force, two (2) unions, Canadian Apprenticeship, RAIC, ACEC and others. 

PSPSC is most interested in what is really happening on a weekly basis and we are providing feedback on topics such as:

  • Financial impact to companies
  • Contract issues(i.e. schedule extensions, financial relief, loss of production)
  • PPE and safety procedures specific to COVID-19 and their costs
  • Future work opportunities on federal work
  • Infrastructure spending and money flow to provinces and municipalities for projects
  • Secure credit to the construction industry
  • Long range impact into 2021

The OGCA wants to include your direct input into these roundtable discussions and asks that contractors submit issues or concerns that the GCAC should table to the PSPC. Please direct any issues or concerns directly to giovanni@ogca.ca.

Employment and Social Development Canada (EDSC) presented to the GCAC on the subject of skilled trades and apprenticeship. 

The EDSC is offering a number of programs on these subjects but is looking for industry feedback in order to make them more effective. Please review the attached presentation and offer up some suggestions to better the programs from a contractor's perspective.

Should anyone have any questions, please contact me directly at giovanni@ogca.ca.

innovation Corner

Proper documentation of correspondence is paramount to the success of construction projects of all sizes.

Procore's new correspondence tool consolidates and connects the entire scope of business processes on a project from design and construction through closeout. With everything easily accessible in one place, contractors can minimize risk and speed-up project communication.

This new feature is especially useful when you are taking over project management and cannot access the communication history. When correspondence is managed in Procore, it becomes instantly reportable and allows general contractors to surface new insights that were previously impossible or time-consuming to gather. And with markups, you can link any piece of correspondence to a drawing so that the context is clear.

Finally, administrators can easily set permission templates to ensure you have complete and granular control over who sees what.

The correspondence tool is available to Procore customers right now. To learn more, visit their support site.

On Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m., the League of Champions will host a webinar focused upon Best Practices and Procedures used by different companies to manage COVID-19 in the construction industry.

After five months of managing the pandemic, our members have developed and implemented very successful programs. We have asked three of them to present their experiences and successes with us. We are still learning how best to deal with the pandemic while maintaining the effectiveness of our safety programs.

The League of Champions' members have great expertise and are pleased to share their successful programs. For this session, we will have three of our members discuss their challenges and outline how they managed them.

Craig Sparks of Maple Reinders will present their “Confirmed COVID-19 Case Response,” a program that focuses on implementing a protocol to keep your workers safe.

Michael Mancini of Matheson will present Matheson’s Physical Distancing program, including an online orientation that provides auto-certification.

Erin Oliver of Modern Niagara will present a subcontractor's approach to COVID-19. Erin, who is also the chair of the CPO Prevention Council, will focus on Modern Niagara's approach of early intervention, communication and planning. She will also discuss their culture of caring that helped to fully engage employees in the success of the program.

Please click here to review the brochure. Click here to register.

COR certified employers: you now have the opportunity to be recognized for achievement and receive a financial rebate from the WSIB.

COR 2020 is recognized as a standard to obtain the recognition provided by the Supporting Ontario Safe Employers (SOSE) program.

See the MOL announcement and go to the League of Champions July 14 webinar broadcast for a full explanation.

A study released June 23 by the Canadian Mental Health Commission and the Conference Board of Canada found that 84 per cent of people who responded reported their mental health concerns had worsened since COVID-19. Most of those surveyed were employed full time.
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Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) has posted many safety resource documents related to COVID-19 and construction on their website.

Please click here to access. 

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Associate Partner News and Events

In their constant endeavour to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, our Health & Safety Partner 4S Consulting Services Inc. has come up with free COVID-19 training modules. 

We urge members to consider self-registering for these free online training modules to help you in building much stronger COVID-19 awareness at your workplaces, protect your workers, and minimize workplace transmission.    

Online Training Modules (around 20-30 minutes): 

  1. COVID-19 Awareness Training for Employers
  2. COVID-19 Awareness Training for Employees
  3. COVID-19 Awareness Training – Construction Sector (based on the CPO's Guide)
  4. COVID-19 Awareness Training – Industrial Sector
  5. COVID-19 Awareness Training – Skilled Trades and Technical Services Sector
  6. COVID-19 Awareness Training – Sanitation 
  7. COVID-19 Awareness Training – Administrative offices  

CLICK HERE for easy employer self-registration for OGCA members.
CLICK HERE for downloading the self-registration instruction manual.

Please note: 

  1. Employers can self-register themselves and their employees for the complimentary COVID-19 online training modules
  2. This training can be taken by the employees as well as subcontractors of OGCA members

In case you have any questions or need any help, please do not hesitate to contact 4S Consulting at training@4sconsult.com 

Folks, here is a must-attend live webinar by the Canadian Construction Association - Association canadienne de la construction titled 'Leading Change through Innovation' featuring some of Canada's brightest industry leaders on Aug. 18, 2 p.m EST / 11 a.m. PST.



Please join us as we steep in the wisdom, experience and leadership of:

It's going to be full of valuable insights and perspectives on reinventing workflow, supply chain structures and adapting to new realities. So save your spot by registering by clicking here

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Legislative & Legal Updates

The latest issue of the Ontario Legislative Reports is now available on the OGCA website. Please click here to access the latest issue.

The Ontario Legislative Report is updated every two weeks and explains the intention and status of legislation and regulations that could impact the construction industry. For issues prior to April 2019, please contact Mary Wademan at OGCA.

Education & Events

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This complimentary course takes a look at the health and safety protocols that need to be put in place to ensure that workplaces are safe when employees return to work.

It will:

  1. Identify the elements that need to be in place to ensure a safe workplace
  2. Review the responsibilities and rights of employers, supervisors and employees
  3. List effective controls that can be used to reduce exposure and mitigate risk
  4. Outline the health and safety guidelines for different sectors

To view the course in our Sampler system, click here.

The Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario (CDAO), Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA), National Trade Contractors Council of Canada (NTCCC), Canadian Construction Association (CCA) along with several other provincial and national industry associations have engaged Ryerson University to conduct a research study. The study is also co-funded by Mitacs, a national research funding agency that supports applied research and industry-academia collaboration.