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Look, I know that the last almost two years have felt surreal and like we have been characters in that movie featuring Bill Murray called “Groundhog Day,” but we all need to keep our focus on moving forward and getting our entire society at a vaccination rate that finally tips the scales of COVID-19. I’m not here to preach to anyone about why it is important to get vaccinated, and I would assume that by now, the scientific evidence that has been presented far outweighed the individual conspiracy theories and rhetoric. And I, for one, would rather base my decision to protect myself, my friends and my family, on the professional recommendations of an epidemiologist rather than the rantings of some basement dwelling podcaster, but I have always preferred evidence to hearsay.

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Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company
Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company is a Canadian specialty insurance and surety company with a passionate team that committed to fresh thinking and new ideas. In an industry that is beginning to adapt to the digital age, we’re leading the way with innovative processes that perfectly pair with our expertise in the field, delivering the results our clients are looking for seamlessly.
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Industry News

The Surety Association of Canada (SAC) held its 30th Annual General Meeting virtually September 23, 2021, where the slate of officers was presented and approved by the SAC membership. Please click here to access the news release in English, or click here for the French version.

Canada’s only national trade show serving the concrete, aggregates and construction industries is back, better and stronger, February 17-18, 2022 at The International Centre, Toronto

CCE is quickly becoming a must attend national event with over 300 national and international exhibitors. CCE has over 30 co-sponsoring and supporting sponsor associations representing the concrete and construction industry. Each of these associations contributes to the educational sessions provided and promoting CCE to their members. Attendance has increased by almost 30% each year due to high quality exhibit floor, excellent conference sessions and an abundance of networking opportunities. For details, please click here

A better way to build, together.
Autodesk Construction Cloud®
Autodesk Construction Cloud connects workflows, teams and data at every stage of construction to reduce risk, maximize efficiency, and increase profits.
To learn more visit Autodesk.com/construction or (866) 475-3802

On January 20, 2022, please join us for the first Chairman's New Year's Event at The Loft on King, located at 485 King St. W., Toronto.

Several local politicians have been invited, and this is a perfect opportunity for our Associate Partner and OGCA members to meet and mingle with the OGCA Board of Directors. Registration is now available by clicking here. The cost to attend is $150 per person plus HST.

Payment can be made online at the OGCA store. Sponsorship in the amount of $1,500 is also available for our APP members by clicking here.

Please note that this is an OGCA event and only open to OGCA and APP members.

The Ontario government continues to operate the program that provides free rapid antigen tests to employers.  You can help protect the health of your employees and families by providing the tests over the holidays or when they return to work. They remain available through the Ontario Together Portal if you haven’t previously registered and the Ordering Portal if you already have (see below).
innovation Corner
Good scheduling software is indispensable for a clear construction schedule. Nowadays, more and more tools are available to create your project schedule. One of these tools is Microsoft Excel. It has been around for years and is a familiar program to most people. On this page, we have put Excel and KYP Project up against each other to make a comparison.

The Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) has released Building Pathways and Pipelines into ICI Construction, a report outlining solutions to address labour shortages amongst project managers and site supervisors in the ICI construction industry.

Click here for more information.

Looking back on 2021, there have been some great wins for the LOC that, in our opinion, have greatly outweighed the challenges. As I have mentioned in earlier newsletters, 2021 has proven to be a year of solid growth for the LOC, beginning with our registration as a not-for-profit association, and ending with tremendous membership growth. The LOC team is pleased to continue working with our membership and further developing the LOC brand. You have our full commitment that we will continue to Champion Safety across construction in 2022. 

The LOC has experienced a year of growth and development, and we would like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest Champions at Cromco Construction Services Ltd.  Welcome to the League!

Are you a Safety Champion? Do you know a Safety Champion? 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.

Thank you all for a wonderful 2021, and we look forward to greater successes in 2022.

Stay safe.

Concrete Flooring Association
K. Winter Sanitation Inc.
The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world and changed each of our lives in different ways. As we continue to 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 its final edition of #WhyIGotTheShot to share our member's stories and to focus on the “good” during this pandemic. We hope that you were able to find some comfort, reassurance, or positivity from this campaign.
Metropolitan Credit Adjusters Ltd
Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.
Member News
OGCA members are always trying to make a difference in their communities; be that local, cultural or global. Our members continually strive to affect positive change and work towards the betterment of all. EllisDon, in conjunction with Raising the Roof are looking for other organizations to support the 2021/2022 “Shaping the Future Program.”
Associate Partner News and Events

Liberty Mutual
With close to 30 years in the Canadian marketplace, Liberty Mutual Canada (‘Liberty’) is the Canadian operation of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. We are the sixth largest global property and casualty writer, and the largest global surety provider.

We offer a range of commercial insurance products to mid-size and large companies with Canadian, North American and/or multinational risks. Click here for their profile page.

Maestro Technologies
Founded in 1989, Maestro Technologies is a leading developer of construction management software solutions for the construction industry – and only the construction industry. Click here to see their profile page.

Half-Day Intensive Virtual Workshop - presented by Sherrard Kuzz.

In Ontario and many other Canadian jurisdictions, an employer is required by law to conduct an investigation in response to an allegation of workplace harassment.  A well planned and executed investigation will help management make sound and defensible decisions and minimize any liability that may arise. In this workshop, you will acquire the knowledge and tools needed to conduct an effective workplace harassment investigation. 

Using interactive learning and real life-scenarios, topics include:

  • What type of complaint or misconduct must be investigated?
  • How to conduct an interview.
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the investigation process.
  • Dealing with tricky investigation situations.
  • How to reach defensible findings of fact.
  • What is (and is not) harassment?
  • How to write a complete, well-organized and effective harassment report.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  OR  1 p.m. –  4 p.m.                                       
Wednesday, January 26,  2022 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  OR  1 p.m. –  4 p.m.

LOCATION: Zoom Virtual Workshop
COST:    $400 plus tax
REGISTER: Here [registrants will receive a secure Zoom link 24 hrs prior]

This is a small group workshop; space is extremely limited.

How to improve workforce visibility in construction
Construction projects are some of the most complex problems with hundreds of moving parts, intricate designs and multiple subcontractors to manage. Trying to maintain workforce data in a series of spreadsheets, for some operations managers, can eat up an entire day’s worth of time every week.Read how you can improve the visibility of your workforce.
Learn how
Priestly Demolition Inc.
ELM Insurance Brokers Inc.
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

A huge market exists for timber construction in low rise applications.

Join The Canadian Wood Council and the Carpenter's Union for this workshop for an introduction to the Low Rise Commercial Construction in Wood Guide as well as industry perspectives. Hear from architects, engineers and builders on their experiences in the market and opportunities for timber in low-rise construction.

All participants will receive a copy of the new guide!

Join in-person on:
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST
222 Rowntree Dairy Road, Vaughan, ON L4L 8B8


Please join us for our next COVID-19 event titled “COVID-19 Moving Forward: Omicron & Boosters” January 13, 2022, at 1 p.m. (Event flyer attached)

This event is an excellent opportunity to understand what things will look like moving forward with variants of concern and boosters and what it all means for your workplace.

To register, please click here or contact Ahd AlAshry 

In the meantime, check out our latest COVID-19 blog by Andrew Pariser linked here: https://rescon.com/blog/index.php?pid=245&p=&search=#blt

Join us on March 3, 2022, at the Housing Supply Summit 2022: Solutions to Build More Homes where we will be joined by a diverse group of speakers who will share their experiences, knowledge and opinions and 
provide insights and answers into our most pressing questions.

During this half-day virtual conference, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST, we will delve into many questions such as “What has created this situation but, more importantly, where do we go from here?” and “What are the key solutions in the short term and beyond that will help get more Canadians in suitable and affordable accommodation of all types?”

We have invited two fantastic keynote speakers: the Hon. Ahmed Hussen and the Hon. Steve Clark. Watch this space for further announcements. This is not to be missed. Registration is FREE, click here to reserve your spot:


John Michael McGrath, Writer and Reporter for TVO.org

Autodesk, Inc.
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