An unintended consequence of the global pandemic has been the extreme volatility with which the construction supply chain has had to contend. The lack of certain products in the industry, or the spike in the cost of items that were otherwise commonplace on construction projects, has made accurately pricing a project akin to the nexus of quantum physics and black magic!
This is the last phase of discussions to replace the Ontario College of Trades and its mandate to recognize trades and the training requirements. OGCA is working with the industry coalition, the Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance, to respond to the discussion paper and make recommendations to support trades training and skills development.
The Legislature has passed Bill 238 The Workplace and Insurance Amendment Act. The focus of the Act is to correct the anomaly of a 7.8% jump in the WSIB’s maximum assessment ceiling by holding the increase to 2%.
As a result, the WSIB has adjusted the assessment ceiling down to $97,308. effective Jan. 1, 2021.
We have congratulated and thanked Minister McNaughton, who sponsored the legislation, for recognizing the unreasonable impact on contractors and other industries who pay higher wages, and taking action to address the problem.
OGCA is working with the Ministry of Health to make antigen or rapid test available to more contractors. EllisDon and other contractors have become leaders in rapid testing, which identifies COVID-19 community spread before it spreads on site. It is a proven strategy to protect your workers at a time that community spread to workplaces is a growing problem.
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The League of Champions are very happy to introduce PROCORE (Procore Construction Management Software) as our newest Patron Champion. Welcome to the League!
Are you a Safety Champion? Do you know a Safety Champion? Do you know a company who would be a great addition to the LOC? Have you considered joining the League of Champions? If you have any questions or want to learn more about the League of Champions, just let us know. We are here to help.
If you have any questions or comments, or to learn more about joining the LOC, please contact us directly by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 905.671.3969 x 7.
One of the things that often comes up when discussing the future of construction is sustainability. The building sector is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), with occupied buildings being responsible for nearly 40% of global GHG emissions, according to Architecture2030.
We at the LOC are gearing up for a couple of very busy weeks, starting with the National Day of Mourning on April 28. We will be observing the virtual ceremony hosted by WSIB (WSIB Day of Mourning) beginning at 10:45 a.m. followed by a Moment of Silence at 11 a.m.
Safety Week is moving forward virtually from May 3 – 7, 2021. Our Champions have adjusted their Safety Week activities to accommodate the current restrictions on in-person events. We ask that you send us photos of your virtual or physically distanced Safety Week activities, and we will be happy to share your stories. Please send your photos and captions to Judith. The LOC is planning on a Safety Week Redux later in the year when we are safely allowed to proceed with in-person events. Stay tuned for further details.
Cleveland Clinic is one of the largest and most respected, not-for-profit, academic medical institutions in the world. Since 1921, the Clinic has been recognized internationally for being at the forefront of medicine, medical research and healthcare innovation.
In Canada, we strive to help Canadians live healthier, more active lives. Our focus is to prevent disease and increase performance. We want you to live well, move better and know your healthcare options in the event something healthcare-related occurs. Click here for their profile page.
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Singleton is a pre-eminent Canadian construction and infrastructure law firm. Our peers and clients recognize our lawyers as the best in the construction industry.
Proud to be named Construction Law Firm of the Year by Best Lawyers and Benchmark Canada. Click here for their profile page.
At Cleveland Clinic Canada, we're always looking for ways to stay connected with our clients to help their teams live healthier, more active lives. That’s why we are excited to introduce you to our new corporate health newsletter. Each quarter, we'll provide a carefully curated collection of the latest health and wellness news chosen to support you and your employees. Click here to read it online.
Both the Region of Peel and City of Toronto have introduced a class order to mandate workplace closure to control the spread of COVID-19. The class orders take effect Friday, April 23, 2021. The Peel class order is publicly available and updates an earlier class order related to COVID-19 and the workplace. The City of Toronto class order is not yet available but is expected to contain substantially similar requirements related to workplace closure. If the City of Toronto class order is not substantially similar, we will update our readers.
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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.
Do you know what you need for achieving & maintaining COR™? Learn from IHSA External COR™ Auditors & Experienced COR™ consultants who have supported 90+ companies achieve & maintain COR™. Our associate member and exclusive Health & Safety Partner, 4S Consulting Services Inc., in partnership with the OGCA, is hosting a virtual information session on Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
To help better prepare construction employers, the OGCA and Fasken LLP are proud to present "Guidance for Construction and Establishing Your Workplace Vaccine Policy."
This 90-minute session will be held on Wednesday, May 12 at 10 a.m. (Via Zoom), and will feature Ron Kelusky, CPO and ADM at the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development as well as Norm Keith, Partner at Fasken LLP.
The speakers discuss the following topics:
- What is the current state of vaccinations in the construction sector?
- What are the safety imperatives of vaccinations for construction workers?
- How do the rules apply to unilateral management vaccine policies?
- Should an employer establish a Mandatory Proof of Vaccination Policy (“MPVP”)? OHS law as the priority and prevails over other considerations such as Human Rights, privacy concerns and other considerations?
- Will the government or employers be able to use Vaccine Passports?
Click here to register for this important webinar.
Today's world is changing at breakneck speed and keeping up is not easy. Training must stay in sync with the evolution of business. The new Vubiz Virtual Environment Series includes courses on:
- Hiring Right in a Virtual Environment
- Presentations That Work in a Virtual Environment
- Skills for Being Interviewed in a Virtual Environment
For a demo of these courses, please go to:
OGCA has an agreement in place with Vubiz for training, but if you have any questions, please contact Norm Vokey.
You are cordially invited to the inaugural Building Diversity Awards Gala, on Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. Come see how the construction industry is winning by building equity on the job site!
During this virtual event, we will announce our 2021 award recipients who are leading on diversity, equity and inclusion in the construction industry.
The gala will be a night to remember with a massive speed mentoring session, inspiring keynote speakers from Canada and the United States as well as special giveaways, entertainment and musical performances from local talent.
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