As the province, the country, and the world continue to grapple with the devastating effects of the COVID – 19 virus, construction industries across the world are facing significant challenges. Focusing on Ontario, last week the government took the step of shutting down a large part of the ICI sector. Up to this point, we have been reaching out to government on a regular basis to prepare for such a shutdown by providing mechanisms to protect contractors and their businesses when this happened.
As a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, both federal and provincial governments have announced a series of measures related to income support for employers and workers. You will find a summary of provincial and federal supports by clicking Learn more ...
Since we are temprarily offering a newsletter every week, some articles will be issued only every other week. Watch this space for an article next week - April 14.
The latest Ontario Legislative Reports can be found on the OGCA website, under Government Relations.
For issues prior to February 2019, please contact the OGCA.
Your WSIB premium remittance for 2020 has been delayed until August 31st in order to provide you with cash flow relief. This is one of many provisions provided in the recent Provincial Economic update. This is particularly critical since the WSIB issued a process to adjudicate COVID-19 claims. Now recognized as an industrial disease, construction workers are covered under this policy.
OGCA, working through our partners in the CEC, appealed to the WSIB to remove the individual liability of employers and apply the costs equally to all employers through schedule 1. After a submission and a few meetings, the WSIB announced that they will follow this advice. Please click here to read the announcement.
OGCA is very pleased to have achieved this change to reduce your liability during very a very difficult time.
The Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) Gold Seal Certification program, for estimators, foremen, owner’s construction managers, project managers, safety coordinators and superintendents, will be temporarily closed for new applications beginning April 8, and will re-open on May 1, on the Gold Seal website.
If you have news of any sort that you want to share with other members, please send it to Mary Wademan at the OGCA.
Also, if you have something you want added to the OGCA's COVID-19 UPDATES on the website, please send it in.
Please note that any future events - Clive's Retirement Party, OGCA Golf Tournament, Lobby Day, and so on, are currently on hold until we receive an ALL CLEAR regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Please watch this space for future updates. Thank you!
Like you, we are learning more about the challenges and changes businesses are facing as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Goodmans is committed to continuing to provide timely legal and business advice while we navigate this global crisis together. This update was published by Goodmans on April 6, 2020.
At the Ontario Dispute Adjudication for Construction Contracts (ODACC), they are currently working on educating the public about adjudication.
Since members of the OGCA may benefit from learning about their new rights under the Construction Act, they would appreciate it if you could please review this document.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this email further, please either email Carina Reider at email@example.com
The Surety Association has concerns related to Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act suspending limitation periods in any legislation, regulation, order or by-law and its impact during the COVID-19 crisis pertaining to the release of holdback bonds on construction projects.
Click here for the media release.
The Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association has been working in a joint venture with ICPI and NCMA on this website.
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