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The WSIB has finally recognized ICI general contractors for their outstanding safety and cost performance. The G-6 Class Rate (Non-residential building Construction) has been set at $1.79, a reduction of 51 cents from the current rate of $2.30. This reduction will save ICI contractors approximately $9.2 million in 2022. The OGCA has advocated for an ICI general contractors class rate since the release of the original Rate Framework proposal six years ago. Under the Rate Framework model, employers’ rates are adjusted from the Class Rate reflecting cost performance. Therefore, most OGCA members will be paying less than the Class Rate.
Last week, Minister Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, announced he would introduce legislation that, if passed, would allow for a significant portion of the WSIB’s current reserve, currently valued at $6.1 billion, to be distributed to safe employers. The proposed legislation would set a funding corridor for the institution between 115 per cent and 125 per cent, with an option to redistribute funds below the threshold.
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The City of Welland is calling for proposals on the design and construction of a Fire Training Tower.

The tower will be constructed on the Headquarters site located at 400 East Main St. Welland, ON, and will include a Class A burn room that simulates a two-story residential unit, and a Class B burn system in a four-story component of the building that will simulate the mid and high-rise operations that Welland Firefighters Face. Construction must be complete early March 2022. Please click here for more information.

Ontario’s recently updated excess soil regime creates a new regulatory framework that applies to all construction projects generating “excess soil,” resulting in new standards and obligations that impose additional legal requirements on project stakeholders.

The regulatory changes will affect property owners, developers, consultants and the construction industry as a whole, exposing participants to new risks and legal requirements.

Please join Osler’s Andrew Wong and Jennifer Fairfax for a special webinar where they will discuss how the changes impact various stages of a project including project planning, budgeting and project delivery. The webinar will also address edits to the CCDC suite of documents in light of the legislation.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EST

Meet the Speakers:

Please click here for more information.

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During the session on September 27, 2021, IO shared its approach to delivering social infrastructure projects using a Progressive Procurement P3. It walked through the key commercial principles and procurement processes they intend to take to the market.

Attached to this article is a copy of the presentation and responses to the questions that IO has received.

IO values your input and looks forward to engaging with you over the next few months as it continues to develop an additional approach to deliver major infrastructure projects on behalf of the Province of Ontario.

The Ontario Government, through the October 4 Speech from the Throne, has committed to an economic and fiscal recovery that is fueled by economic growth. To do so, they have committed to “build Ontario, build roads and highways, build and expand transit to communities across the province.” The speech positioned this as part of a commitment to create the conditions for long term economic growth.

The speech also included a commitment to greatly expand hospital beds and long-term care capacity. It is expected that the Government will soon release a fall economic update that will make financial commitments to action the promises made in the speech.

OGCA is working with the government to encourage a sustained and long-term commitment to build Ontario. A long-term commitment to invest in infrastructure is an important investment in the construction industry and economic growth of the province.

innovation Corner
On September 30, the Ontario General Contractors Association released the OGCA Guide to Construction and Design Technology. The guide is for general contractors and all other parts of the construction supply chain to gain a fundamental understanding of BIM and other areas of construction design technology. The product of extensive consultations with industry and subject matter experts on advanced construction and design techniques, the guide focuses on Building Information Modeling (BIM), reality capture and geographic information systems (GIS).

The staff at the LOC are very excited to see that the Threads of Life team is planning for an in-person Steps for Life walk in 2022. We have already committed to walking with three LOC member teams, and yes, if you register a team, LOC staff will also walk with you!

Steps for life – walking for families of workplace tragedy is the primary fundraising event for Threads of Life – a national charity dedicated to supporting families along their journey of healing after they have experienced a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or illness.

Steps for Life walks take place in communities all across Canada – raising funds in support of programs and services and raising awareness of Threads of Life and the importance of workplace injury prevention, and are planned and organized by volunteers. We are seeking volunteers to help plan Steps for Life in various communities in Ontario and across Canada.

Committee volunteers work to secure sponsors, promote the event in the community, handle logistics, recruit day of event volunteers and more.

The planning cycle typically begins in the fall and continues until the walk is held in early May. Volunteers contribute approximately five hours per month – attending the monthly meeting/conference call and following up on action items. The time requirement typically increases in the weeks before the walk.

Steps for Life committee positions provide opportunities to network with health and safety professionals, enhance existing skills and learn new ones, and contribute to the success of a well-known event that is making a significant difference in the lives of families who have experienced a workplace tragedy.

For more information about Steps for Life volunteer opportunities near you, please contact: Lorna Catrambone - lcatrambone@threadsoflife.ca or complete our online volunteer form and we will contact you.

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Member News
Leaders need to lead! As someone in a leadership position, as well as a strong advocate for health and safety, I knew when the vaccine came out that it was my duty to get it. It was my duty to protect my loved ones and keep my co-workers safe. Most importantly, it was my duty as a leader because if I don’t do the right things for the right reasons, how can I expect anyone else to?

Torcom Construction Inc. is the story of the little company that could. Headquartered in North York, Ontario, it’s a general contracting company that has remained lean over the years, while handling increasingly larger multi-million-dollar contracts across Greater Toronto and surrounding areas (GTA).

To read the full article in Business View Magazine, please click here.

Associate Partner News and Events

Our team at People Corporation has assembled a document that provides OGCA members with information/ resources regarding flu vaccination for use with their employees. This document includes information on the following:

Employer Resources

  • Employee Communication and promotional material 
    • These links are credible Canadian (bilingual) resources that clients can leverage in their organizations either via email or hard copy posting
  • Onsite flu clinics 
    • Contact information for our national nursing partner (Lifemark) is listed

Employee Resources

  • Information on common questions about flu vaccination and where to get one

Attached are both ENGLISH and FRENCH versions – People Corporation has reviewed the FR version to ensure applicability for those in QC.

For more informaiton on these programs, please contact Dan Millar.

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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.

Education & Events

This October, the OGCA is celebrating Careers in Construction Month!

We will be posting a series of Instagram content to showcase how amazing the construction industry is and to inspire people to consider a career in construction. One of these posts will be featuring some builds that our members have created.

To be featured in this post, please email sabrina@OGCA.ca before October 19 with a photo of your best build as well as the project's name!

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