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BuildForce Canada published its 2022–2027 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward report for the province March 15, 2022. They have taken a decidedly different approach, and indicated that their scenario only focuses on a six-year horizon for provincial labour market data, as opposed to the 10 years studied in previous reports. The shortened forecast period allows the reports to focus more clearly on short and long-term demand and supply pressures impacting the province’s construction sector.

Labour market challenges could be an ongoing preoccupation across Ontario as unemployment rates return to pre-pandemic lows, and construction demand in the residential and non-residential sectors is sustained through at least 2026.
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Should anyone have any questions, please contact Giovanni Cautillo at giovanni@ogca.ca.

The OGCA is excited to announce the official launch of its Affinity Program. The program will be available to members starting March 28 and will feature exclusive perks and benefits.

Stay tuned and keep an eye on your emails for more information.

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The Ontario government is working for workers by investing more than $13 million to provide free training and paid electricians’ apprenticeships for more than 2,500 people across the province who are unemployed or looking to earn bigger paychecks. With over $2 billion in infrastructure projects on the horizon, Ontario faces a shortage of electricians and other skilled trades workers. This investment will help the province deliver critical hospitals, schools, and roads on time and on budget.
Even though BIM is now talk of the industry and is being widely discussed for its contribution, there are still many confusions and uncertainties around how it can contribute to contractors immensely, especially in context with Small to Medium Size GC’s.

The Doug Chalmers Award for Safety is presented to an individual, a group, a member company, or another association that has made significant contribution to the advancements of occupational health and safety in the construction industry.

This award has been presented since 2008 when it was awarded to Mr. Chalmers. Since then, several prestigious people have won the award, including Dan Padden, Roy O’Rourke, Mike & Fern Moore, Mike Archambault, Steven Mahoney, IHSA, Blair Chalmers, Craig Lesurf, Dan Fleming, Elizabeth Witmer, and Ron Kelusky.

Nominations are to be submitted by Friday, March 25, 2022 for the 2022 Doug Chalmers Award for Safety.

If you or someone you know is deserving of this award, please submit the nomination form by March 25, 2022 to Judith Reda.

Download the form here.

On behalf of Sabrina Tropiano, OGCA, and myself, we want to extend our sincere thanks to every single person and company that participated in Women in Construction (WIC) week. Together, we can continue to make construction a diverse and inclusive career choice for everyone.
Our goal for this project was to highlight the strong and inspiring women who are already in our industry and tell their construction stories. We may have initiated this project, but it’s the women who are on-site and in the office every day that fuel this campaign and its messages. We are truly humbled by the impact of this campaign through the responses, interest, introductions, and conversations that have it opened up.
We are committed continuing these conversations throughout the year.

The Steps for Life Walk is quickly approaching and 75% of their fundraising goal has already been met.
We ask you to join us, as well as numerous LOC members, for this event. You can walk on your own or team up with family, friends and colleagues. When we take Steps for Life, wherever we walk #WeWalkTogether!

Hopefully you will be registering a team to walk, however if you don’t, your support of this great charity would be appreciated. You can donate to my page by clicking here.

Steps for Life - Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy Steps for Life - Threads of Life, is a national fundraising and awareness walk aimed at promoting the importance of workplace health and safety, and supporting families affected by work-related fatalities, life-altering injuries and occupational disease.

The LOC is very happy to be hosting a panel at the 4th Annual Canadian Concrete Expo (Canadian Concrete Expo | Canada's only national trade show serving the Concrete Construction Industry) titled ‘Improving your Safety Culture with the League of Champions’ on May 18.

Darryl Cooper, President, Cooper Equipment Rentals, Craig Lesurf, Chair, League of Champions, and President, Gillam Group, and Tracey Mooradian, Health & Safety Manager, Eastern Construction will be introducing the League of Champions and what membership means to them. They will also share their thoughts on Safety Culture, and what it means at their companies. We will also look at how culture impacts a company/workplace, as well as what are some culture challenges in the industry. The panel will wrap up with an introduction to the recently launched Safety Culture Survey at the LOC.

We hope to see you there.

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 at judith@theloc.ca.

The second collaborative podcast all about safety culture is now live and available for listening! Tune in to hear Judith Reda (LOC) and Patricia Pereira (Director of Health and Safety at Kenaidan Contracting Ltd.) discuss their thoughts on safety culture. The podcast dives deep into what safety means to them and touches on the topic of Women In Construction Week.
To listen to the podcast click here.

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OGCA is happy to announce that Leadership Day will be held as an in-person event this year.
Leadership Day is being held Friday, May 6, 2022, with special guest Mr. Jeffery Lang, President and CEO of WSIB. The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Bellvue Manor located at 8083 Jane Street, Vaughan. Please mark your calendars, and a Save the Date will be sent in the coming week.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Doug Chalmers Award, and the fillable form is attached.
For any questions or inquiries, please contact Daniela Polsoni or Judith Reda.

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Member News

At this year's Symposium, the OGCA will be presenting and recognizing all winners who have been chosen to receive this years Ontario Builder Awards.

Group 1 Buildings: IRA McDonald Construction Ltd - City View Park Pavilion
Group 2 Buildings: BDA Inc - Universite de L'Ontario Francais Campus Project
Group 3 Buildings: G.S. Wark Limited - Endress & Hauser Headquarters and Customer Training Centre
Group 4 Buildings: PCL Constructors Canada Inc - Royal Canadian Dragoons Facilities
Group 5 Buildings: Bird Construction Inc - Dundas & Auckland - Station Place
Group 6 Buildings: PCL Constructors Canada Inc - Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital

Group 1 Industrial: Collaborative Structures Limited - MLF Cogen Hot Water Expansion
Group 2 Industrial: Maple Reinders Group - FIO Automotive Expansion
Group 3 Industrial: AEC Developments - Corbec Inc. Steel Galvanizing Plant
Group 4 Industrial: Matheson Constructors Limited - Sobey's Voila Customer Fulfillment Centre

Congratulations to all our winners!

Planning your workforce less than six months out? See what you could be missing
Staying one step ahead is key to building an effective growth engine as a contractor. Join us April 27 for a chat with GSC|Sigal Vice President, Gabe Oliver, about how an integrated long term approach to people planning can level up your bid process.
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CMiC: Collaboration, Communications & Control. Without Compromise.
No matter what the size of the project, CMiC delivers everything you need to run all of your jobs in one place – effective collaboration, communications, control, direction and project tracking. Improved workflows ensure that field teams are able to easily communicate issues, report RFIs, distribute documents, track activities and collaborate more effectively. 
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Legislative & Legal Updates
Ontario is moving through the graduated Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term. Workplace safety measures and public health measures under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act (ROA) are gradually lifting in the absence of concerning trends.

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 January 2021, please contact Daniela Polsoni at OGCA.

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Education & Events

Clive Thurston Consulting will be hosting a small hybrid course on Construction Bidding and Contract Award featuring Clive Thurston and Geza Banfai of McMillan LLP.

The course will be hosted virtually and will feature a guest from FCA Insurance.

This program is being recognized by the SAC, OAA, PEO and the AATO for continuing education. All participants will be provided with a certificate at the end of the session.

To register, please click here*.

Date:   April 13, 2022
Time:   8 – 12:30 p.m.
Location:   Virtual

*Zoom Link will be sent one week prior to the event.

OGCA & CDAO Members: $125
Non–Members: $200

As Ontario continues it safe plan to reopen, there are psychological considerations that will likely affect workers and employers because of the re-opening with suggestions on mitigation.
Calendar of Events

Registration is still open for the OGCA's 13th Construction Symposium. If you wish to sponsor this event, please click here for all the information you will need.

If you wish to register, please click the registration form here. Once you register, you will be sent the information on the sessions, as well as the session check off sheet.

Hope to see you all in Blue - April 7-9, 2022 at the Blue Mountain Resort.

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