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Recently, the OGCA participated in a fulsome discussion with the Toronto Officer of Health; the Ministry of Labour Training and Skills Development (MLTSD); the Ministry of Health; the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Health; construction industry stakeholders from all sectors; organized labour; substance abuse and addiction experts; and doctors, on the growing concern over opioids in construction.

Social media is the best way to connect and keep your audience updated on the latest news about your company and the industry. The OGCA is committed to keeping our social media profiles up to date with anything and everything that our members will find useful. As we continue to build our brand on these platforms, we would like to inform our APP members about opportunities that will be available to them through our platforms.

Have something you want us to share? Direct message your post to one of our social media accounts for a highlight on our page, either through reposting or mentions on our feed. We are currently on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, all of which you can reach by clicking the links.

For more information on how you can have a more collaborative experience on our social media accounts, please contact our Communication and Engagement coordinator Sabrina Tropiano (sabrina@ogca.ca) for the opportunity to be highlighted and featured through a catered post.

The Toronto Community Benefits Network is pleased to announce a six-part webinar series, Building Just and Sustainable Communities, that will be starting on September 9, 2021 at 6 p.m. and moderated by our Executive Director, Rosemarie Powell. You are cordially invited to support the series by attending and spreading word to others that may be interested. The series promises to bring together the best of community benefits advocates and thought leaders.

Skills Ontario is looking for three more Board positions, and they will be accepting applications starting on September 7 and ending October 11. This is the posting on the Skills Ontario LinkedIn site:

We're looking for candidates across the province! Skills Ontario is hiring. Join us to inspire the next generation of skilled professionals. Apply at https://lnkd.in/daADJFuZ now!

The preference will be given to women, indigenous and directors from outside of the GTA (Specifically Northern and Eastern Ontario).

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CCA is pleased to launch its advocacy platform, the Construction Action Network, a tool designed to communicate our issues directly to government by empowering our members and partners to easily send a pre-written letter to the representatives in their riding.

As the federal election is only a few weeks away, CCA has designed a campaign for our industry to come together, stand up for Canada’s future and ensure action is taken to Build a Better Canada.

Facing a debt of $1.6 trillion, it’s time for action and investment that will help people, businesses, families and communities thrive now, and well into the future. Construction will be a key sector driving Canada’s future economy, creating jobs, connecting communities and countries, and increasing confidence in consumer spending and private investment.

Take Action - Send your letter today.

Please be advised that effective January 1, 2022, the CCDC 2 EV 2008 document and seals will be obsolete and replaced by the CCDC 2 EV 2020 version.

The seals are not interchangeable and any remaining stock can be returned to the OGCA office for replacement from the CCA free of charge. If you have any seals that need to be replaced, please contact Judy at the OGCA office.

OSTA Member Survey on Employer Incentives

The Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance (OSTA) has commissioned Dawson Strategic, a research consulting firm, to undertake research on employer incentives in Ontario's skills training system. Your responses to this survey will help provide valuable insight for this research. All responses will be treated as confidential and no specific responses or respondents will be identified. Please click on the link above and complete this survey by September 17, 2021.

Please join us for Passive House Canada's Tower Retrofit Symposium, a virtual event taking place September 22 and 23, in partnership with Passive House Canada and the Tower Renewal Partnership.

Whether you are an architect, building owner, government policy maker, building scientist, financial decision-maker or property manager, the Tower Retrofit Symposium will offer a broad array of topics including best practices on deep energy retrofit projects including financing, policy-making, technical info, case studies and more.

For further details visit our Tower Retrofit webpage here, and view our program details and list of speakers. We will continue to update our programming and speaker line-ups as more information becomes available.

NOTE: OGCA Member Tower Retrofit Admission: $250 (Regular Price $562, a savings of $312!)

For now, members that would like to receive the special pricing can email Hweely Lim for the coupon code to get registered. 

Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority is pleased to update you that the excess soil registry building project is on track as stage one, which was focused on understanding registry users’ needs, is complete and stage two, which is focused on designing and constructing the portal, is underway.

RPRA has just published the latest update on the work they are doing to build the excess soil registry, which will support compliance with the new On-Site and Excess Soil Management Regulation (Excess Soil Regulation), O. Reg. 406/19 under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

TORONTO — With over 82 per cent of eligible Ontarians aged 12 and over having received one dose of the vaccine and 75 per cent having received both doses, the government is continuing its last mile strategy to reach eligible individuals who have yet to receive a first or second dose. These latest efforts continue to make vaccines readily and conveniently available, especially in lower-vaccinated areas, and include proactively contacting individuals who have not booked their accelerated second dose appointment.

Please click here to read the full press release.

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As I sit in a Drive Test parking lot waiting for my newly turned 16-year-old daughter to complete her G1 test, a number of things cross my mind. Line-ups, line-ups and another line after that. With my older kids, as many of you have done, I was able to walk in with them, take a corner seat and patiently wait for their nerves to subside while taking these first steps to independence. Thanks to our new COVID-19 reality, all of that has changed. I waited outside with her as the office opened at 7 a.m. while the line behind us steadily grew. The staff member provided her with a number, pointed to the door, and off she went. Shortly thereafter, I received a text that said, ‘mum, I am so nervous in here, I can’t remember our postal code’. 

We are very happy to introduce our newest Champions; Graham Bros. Construction, and G.S. Wark Limited. 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, please contact Judith Reda at judith@theloc.ca

As partners of Threads of Life, we are pleased to share the following link to a campaign aimed at inspiring planned giving, called Will Power. The Will Power Campaign is working to create positive change while urging Canadians to think differently about planned giving and leaving a gift to charity in their will.

If you have ever considered planned giving, the following press release provides an overview of the Will Power Campaign. This 10-year initiative is trying to increase legacy giving in Canada by 3.5% (from 5% to 8.5%). These numbers would translate to an additional $40 billion dollars in support of Canadian charities. If you have any questions regarding Threads of Life, please contact Scott McKay, Director, Partnerships and Fundraising directly at smckay@threadsoflife.ca

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According to the OSHA, respiratory hazards continue to be the third most commonly cited cause of serious injury and death each year in the construction industry. Not only do we see significant numbers of acute injuries reported, but also the serious long-term health effects that result when workers are inadequately protected from hazards over time.

Please click here for more information on this webinar - September 15, noon.

  • IHSA Safety Talk: Stretching exercises
  • Save the date: IHSA Virtual Annual General Meeting
  • New toolkit available to support combating substance abuse in the workplace
  • IHSA Annual Report now available
  • Product spotlight: Supervisor Log Book 

Click here to access IHSA's 2-Minute News.

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Member News
The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world and changed each of our lives in different ways. As we move forward, we must continue to work diligently in our efforts to promote health and safety in the workplace. Getting your vaccine is crucial and a valuable part of keeping you and your loved ones safe. The OGCA presents #WhyIGotTheShot to share our members' stories and to focus on the “good” during the final stretch of this pandemic.

Turner Construction Company was named the #1 General Contractor in the United States, as reported in the 2021 Giants 400 Report by Building Design+Construction, with more than $14.4 billion in revenue.

Building Design+Construction's annual Giants 400 Report ranks the top U.S. architecture, engineering and construction firms across more than 25 building sectors and specialty categories. Click here to read the 2021 report.

Construction workers from the joint venture of EllisDon / PCL made a Plexiglas box to protect a memorial site behind Parliament Hill. Please click here to read the full story from the CBC.

AJAX —Today, Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-term Care and MPP for Ajax, Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and MPP for Pickering—Uxbridge, and Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby, joined leaders from Lakeridge Health, Infrastructure Ontario and PCL Construction to celebrate the “topping off” of the new long-term care home being built at Lakeridge Health’s Ajax Pickering Hospital. A topping off ceremony is a tradition on construction sites, signifying that the highest point of a building has been reached.

Please click here to read the full news release.

Associate Partner News and Events

There have been a number of important COVID-19 updates within the past few days. We’ve summarized them in the attached Briefing Notes. If you would like to learn more or need assistance, please contact us.

Vaccination Policies Required in Peel, Halton and Hamilton
Workplace Screening - Updated
Paid IDEL Extended to December 31, 2021
Ontario Introduces Proof of Vaccination Requirement

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Ontario Workplaces

Health and Safety Update:
Penalties, Orders, and How to Avoid Them - Webinar, September 22

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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 March 2020, please contact Mary Wademan at OGCA.

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