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The OGCA is very excited about the new collaboration that we have with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and their Specialized Trades Exploration Program (STEP) to ICI Construction Program. What is this program and how will it benefit the OGCA members? Allow me to provide you with more details. The STEP to ICI Construction Program allows students to gain hands-on experience in ICI construction while earning their high school diploma. This program has been developed to improve school-to-work transition for high-school students by providing them with the essential skills they need to prepare for future construction careers. This program is a link for employers and potential new youth to enter into construction.
The OAA and the Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) have published Recommended Supplementary Conditions for the Stipulated Price Contract–CCDC 2-2020, for use with the latest edition of the Canadian Construction Documents Committee’s standard construction contract.
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Industry News

OGCA, Pegah Construction, Aveiro Constructors and RENOKREW are all featured in the latest copy of Apeiron Construction magazine. Please click here to access the November 2021 magazine.

The Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance (OSTA), an advocacy group made up of construction employers, has commissioned a report conducted by Dawson Strategic on how Ontario can further support employers in the skilled trades. 

The report 'Going Further: Examining Employer Incentives in Ontario's Skills Training System' examines many of the root causes of why employers are hesitant to train new workers and why most employers don't qualify for the current package of incentives offered by federal and provincial governments. The purpose of this report is to generate and support an informed discussion between industry, government and other stakeholders regarding how best to incentivize employers.

By looking at this issue through the lens of the construction industry, the report finds that:

  • About 75% of Ontario's construction industry is comprised of voluntary trades, and employers of these trades are often not benefitting from the same purposefully designed financial incentives that exist for compulsory trades.
  • Facilitating access to financial and non-financial incentives, particularly for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), is critical. It is an opportune time to revisit the tax system as a tool for delivering employer incentives.
  • The new Skilled Trades Ontario (STO) presents an opportunity to strengthen non-financial incentives for employers by delivering an open and simplified experience.
  • There is a need for a sustained and focused dialogue on incentives between all key stakeholders, including assessing the current suite of measures vis-à-vis industry needs.

Along with publishing the report, OSTA hosted a webinar explaining the report's findings and outlining the next steps. You can watch it on YouTube by clicking here.

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Last week, the WSIB sent all registered employers its 2022 Premium Rate. For most general contractors registered in Class Rate G6, the news was one of a significant reduction. As we explained earlier, the WSIB has recognized Non-residential general contractors for a steady reduction in claims and claims costs, dropping the class rate to $1.79.

The Ontario government is investing more than $3.7 million to train 110 members of Treaty #3 First Nations communities for rewarding careers in construction. Through this investment, participants will gain the skills they need to start well-paying jobs twinning the TransCanada Highway 17 as construction craft workers, heavy equipment operators, general construction workers, and concrete workers. Some of these jobs pay as high as $44 an hour.

Please click here to read the full News Release.

innovation Corner
CanBIM Announced the Winners for the 2021 Innovation Spotlight Awards yesterday as part of its second virtual awards presentation. CanBIM multi-casted the awards presentation on all its social channels as a live global broadcast. The 2021 Award was designed and fabricated by HOK Canada and York University. Using digital design and fabrication methods, the team presented a short video outlining the process and inspiration for the 2021 award. Special thanks to the entire HOK Canada and York University team for the winning design.
Construction is evolving, and in order to be prepared, it's vital for you and your team to understand the importance of collaboration. In September, the OGCA published the OGCA Guide to Construction Technology and Design to help those looking to make investments in BIM by providing a basic explanation of the benefits of investing in this technology and the resources required to use BIM efficiently and effectively.
On November 4, 2021, Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy released the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review. The "Build Ontario" plan lays out how the government will build the foundation for Ontario's COVID-19 recovery by investing in infrastructure. Much of this funding being allocated for building hospitals, schools and transit over the next three years is no different than what was tabled in the most recent budget.
The past two weeks have been busy ones for us at the League of Champions as we continue visiting sites with our members before it gets too cold, as well as assisting the OGCA team plan for the upcoming Safety Awards. This will be my first time attending the Safety Awards event, and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to continue meeting LOC members, and more importantly, to celebrate our industry’s combined successes in Safety over the past year.
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Associate Partner News and Events

It seems we might have missed a few newsletters over the past year, but rest assured, the Spotlight will continue until all members of the APP have had a chance to be spotlighted. This week, we focus on the following: (click on the company name to see their profile page)

GSNH - Goldman Sloane Nash and Huber
Based in Toronto, GSNH LLP is a leading mid-size law firm with a strong focus on providing practical solutions to entrepreneurs and business clients across various industries with an emphasis on construction law.

The GSNH LLP construction law team regularly advises clients on all aspects of construction projects, from the early stages of planning, financing, structuring, documentation including contract negotiation, drafting and dispute resolution through negotiation, adjudication, arbitration, mediation and litigation. Members of our team act as litigators, arbitrators and mediators of construction disputes.

Multivista provides construction documentation using photography, professional video, webcams, measurable 3D images, or 360° virtual walkthroughs. Visual information is linked to an interactive plan in our web-based platform.

The following services are provided: Visual photo and video documentation solutions for construction projects of any size. Inspection-grade photos, streaming webcam feeds, and facility videos can be reviewed online by project stakeholders for remote monitoring and inspection, QA&QC, training, dispute avoidance and resolution, verification of as-built conditions, and facilities management.

There’s no shortage of risks in today’s construction industry. To protect your company, you need specialists who truly understand your evolving exposures. At Travelers Canada, our insurance and surety specialists offer a deep knowledge of construction. So whether you’re bidding on a job, assessing your job site or poring over a big contract, we’ll help protect you from unintended risks.

Surety, P&C, Ocean Marine and more. If you’ve got a construction-related exposure, we’ve got a solution – or will work with your broker to develop customized coverage that meets your needs. Our total account solution is the Travelers Canada advantage. We provide uncompromised focus and dedication to deliver flexible and innovative solutions from bid to build, and beyond. We have a wide range of risk control services to reduce your risks and first-class claim handling to help keep your mind on your business and your operations moving even when the unexpected happens.

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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

Thurston Consulting Services Inc. and McMillan

This program will provide an overview of the procurement, tendering and award of Construction projects, including Prequalification, types of Bids, Contract A and resulting legal history governing construction procurement, bonding and more. Attendees will be provided with a comprehensive overview of our systems with suggested best practices as well as references and supporting materials. This program will be of interest to Owners, Procurement Specialists, Construction Mangers, Consultants, Contractors and Trades.

Further details on how to register and participate in this informative session will be provided in subsequent OGCA Newsletters.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
8 – 12:30
Continental Breakfast included.
OGCA Offices, 180 Atwell Dr. Ste. 280, Toronto, Ontario M9W 6A9

Calendar of Events

It is with great excitement that the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) would like to invite you to Ottawa to attend our annual Hill Day event as well as our National Advisory Council (NAC) Meetings.

Hill Day
Taking place on November 30, 2021, in Ottawa, this annual one-day event provides the opportunity for you to connect with critical parliamentarians from the House of Commons and Senate to elevate issues of national importance to the construction industry.

If you have any questions regarding the event contact Louis-Philippe Champagne lpchampagne@cca-acc.com.


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