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Recently, the media has reached out to the OGCA wanting information on allegations being made by some construction workers that construction sites in Toronto were not adhering to COVID-19 protocols and procedures. The media personnel were asking if construction was doing enough to protect the workers.

OVERVIEW – a “relentlessly practical” one-day update to walk industry/practitioners through the latest on effectively managing developments, trends and operational considerations arising from changes to the Construction Act. Focus will be on how best to administer a contract in the current climate while mitigating risks and disputes, and it will provide practical strategies, tips and solutions.

Please click here to register, and click here to review the promotional material, including the agenda.

Rapid (antigen) testing has now been introduced to the Ontario construction industry. Contractors with large sites for more than 100 tradespersons are invited to consider implementing non-symptomatic testing as a screening tool to keep COVID-19 from spreading in their workplaces.

The Ministry of Health is making the tests available at no charge for contractors who commit to providing a medical professional to organize and conduct the tests and report outcomes.

The rapid tests have already proven successful.

Anyone interested should contact David Frame at OGCA.

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Industry News

Toronto Community Benefits Network, in partnership with community, labour and construction industry partners, is pleased to announce the launch of the first annual province-wide Building Diversity Awards (BDA) and Recognition Program.

We are thrilled that EllisDon has joined us as our first lead sponsor and event partner.

To learn more about the nominations process and to get insights about the benchmarks used to decide the winners, join the free online information session held every Wednesday in November at noon.

Please click here for the full press release. To register for the free online information sessions, please click here.

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Water continues to be the most prevailing and costliest risk to property owners of all types, accounting for the majority of all property related insurance claims, more than doubling since 2015, and more than tripled in high rise buildings. A recent Canadian Underwriter article highlighted the growing concerns of water damage from building infrastructure, stating, “Some industry experts say a sharp increase in water damage caused by aging and inadequate pipes is actually costing the industry much more per year than natural catastrophes.”

How do you become more involved with the LOC?

We ask that you send us your success stories and photos (judith@theloc.ca). Tell us about your training and events, and don’t hesitate to invite us, either virtually or in-person (when we are allowed to do so). Give us the opportunity to thank your team for their commitment to safety.

Together, we can lead the change and achieve Safety Excellence.

Safety Week 2021 is shaping up to be a fantastic series of events. Although we are still unsure of whether or not in-person events will be allowed and what the Provincial COVID guidelines will be at time, LOC staff will be very happy to tentatively book a site or office visit with our members and patrons.

Please contact Judith Reda to see what we have planned.

Registration is open for the Steps for Life - Threads of Life walk.

The League of Champions is proud to partner with Threads of Life for the 2021 event, which is taking place across the country over the first weekend in May. Together, Steps for Life participants and supporters are walking to share the message of safety and to prevent workplace tragedies by telling their stories and making sure that everyone understands why workplace safety is so important.

Many LOC members have already committed as National and Provincial level sponsors. We at the LOC are challenging every single member and patron to step forward to help families devastated by a workplace tragedy.

If a leisurely 5km walk is not something that you would be willing to complete, please consider sponsoring an LOC participant. To donate, please use the following link. Steps for Life 2021 - Toronto: Judith Reda - Threads of Life

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Minister Monte McNaughton will open day one of our three-day offering, which focuses on industry experts and safety professionals providing you with the information you need to meet your safety challenges.

On March 5, 12 and 19, the series will provide you with the vital updates that the Leadership Conference is known for, including day 2 and day 3 panels that will focus on leadership during a crisis and building a winning prevention strategy.

Please review the agenda by clicking here, and you can register by day below.

Day 1 (March 5)

Day 2 (March 12)

Day 3 (March 19)

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Member News

Sadly, we must announce that another long-time member and past president of the Sarnia Construction Association and board member of the Ontario General Contractors Association (1984-1992).  (Rick) Thomas Richard Mailey, has passed away (January 27, 2021).  Rick was president of the Sarnia Construction Association in 1966 and the owner of RW McKay, a major General Contractor in the Sarnia Lambton Region.  We send our condolences and best wishes Rick's family, children, grandchildren and friends.

If you would like to send condolences, please click here.

Associate Partner News and Events

Benefit Partners has been providing a variety of consulting services to large private and public sector organizations and individuals for over 25 years. Through our various client mandates, we have developed a sound understanding of the types of services that are required by our clients and have successfully developed programs that have satisfied all the challenges with which we have been presented. Click here for their profile page in the OGCA Directory.

Technical Concrete Solutions - With over a decade of experience in the industry, the TCS team is proud to have worked with a large majority of the formwork contractors in Toronto. Our company offers a wide spectrum of project support from the point of conception to completion. We pride ourselves in a large variety of offerings, ranging from strategic planning and budget pricing, reshoring solutions, access scaffolding and reshoring rental, engineering drawings, and materials management. We also offer labour assistance, scaffolding erection, structural hoarding and overhead protection. Click here for their profile page in the OGCA Directory.


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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 January 2020, please contact Mary Wademan at OGCA.

Education & Events
This year, since we are unable to gather at Blue Mountain Resort for our Symposium, we are holding a one day event on Friday, April 9, 2021, as a virtual symposium. We have selected the sessions that will be held and are seeking sponsorship for the event. We have opted not to charge for the sessions.
Calendar of Events

The program for the CCA annual conference is now live, and we are thrilled to bring our delegates a robust program filled with industry leading sessions, socials and networking opportunities. This year’s conference is a do not miss event, so be sure to register today to secure your spot.

Click here to register!

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