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During this past weekend, we all paused from our work lives and celebrated Canada Day. It is a wonderful day of recognition that we, as an entire country, celebrate Canada’s birthday. Or more succinctly, the celebration, commencing in 1867, of when Canada started its pursuit of full sovereignty and came together as a fully unified country.
Throughout this weekend, and amidst all of the family time and barbequing that was taking place, I reflected as to what Canada Day means to me and how I associate this day, and this country, with jobs in the construction sectors.

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Industry News
Umicore plans to make a $1.5 billion investment to build a first of its kind industrial scale cathode and precursor materials manufacturing plant, in eastern Ontario.

This investment would support Ontario’s vision of building an end-to-end electric vehicle (EV) supply chain in the province and becoming a North American hub for building the cars of the future.

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

Don’t let water damage sideline your construction project
Northbridge Insurance®
Severe water damage can cause several challenges for construction companies. Related project delays can translate into increased costs in labour and materials and can also drive up financing costs from lenders to finish the project, heavily impacting developers’ bottom lines. The reality is that water damage during the construction stage of a building is one of the largest risks to completing a project on time and on budget.
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Thank you to everyone who attended our golf tournament last Wednesday!

The event was a huge success, thanks to our golfers and our generous event sponsors.  

This year, the OGCA changed the playing field, bringing the event over to Angus Glen for a full morning of golf, on-course food stations, a sit-down lunch, and the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets. The focus of this year's golf tournament was for us to give back to our community. This year, all raffle and passport proceeds are being donated to the Scarborough Health Network to support their vital programs. Thank you to all who purchased tickets to support our local community. 
We are pleased to announce that we raised $6,300 that will be donated.

innovation Corner
On June 22, the OGCA attended a full-scale fire test at the Canadian Explosives Research Lab in Ottawa hosted by the Canadian Wood Council. Over 150 experts from across Canada, including fire officials, building regulators, insurance industry representatives, engineers, and architects, witnessed the unique event to learn about and observe the behaviour of mass timber construction exposed to fire.
Concrete Flooring Association
K. Winter Sanitation Inc.

The WSIB now recognises the S-CAT Survey aligns with their Health and Safety Excellence Program (HSEP). The program requires participants to survey their work force to recognise safety needs. Now the League of Champion’s Safety Culture Survey is aligned with the WSIB’s HSEP program to allow participants to quickly access the program and take advantage of the incentives and respond to the finds of the survey.

The S-CAT is recognised as a leading indicator of a contractor’s health and safety program and is a compelling piece of evidence for the WSIB validation of Excellence program topics.

For more information, see the attached or contact your Excellence Program provider.

Apply for the WSIB Elizabeth Witmer Health and Safety Leadership Awards.

The Small Business Health and Safety leadership Awards have been renamed to recognise recently retired Chair Elizabeth Witmer. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees are encouraged to submit by answering questions in a submission. Three companies will be recognised with the top submission receiving $10,000. The deadline is July 29. See the attached to register.

This year, the LOC has launched a campaign on ‘Building and Measuring Your Safety Culture using the Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT)’ to promote and advance safety culture with its members and also build industry awareness. A strong safety culture to a core value for LOC members and this program will support building more effective programs.
This guide will assist businesses in measuring their organizational health and safety climate with the Safety Climate Assessment tool (S-CAT), highlighting how the S-CAT aligns with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)'s Health and Safety Excellence program. Moreover, using the S-CAT as a leading indicator of a business's health and safety program can be a compelling piece of evidence during WSIB validation of Excellence program topics.
Metropolitan Credit Adjusters Ltd
Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.
Member News

TTC intends to issue a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) to select a group of qualified contractors to provide construction services for the Warden and Islington Station Redevelopment Projects.

We currently have a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEOI) – R11PY22396 – Warden and Islington Station Redevelopment Projects posted and would like to reach out to entities interested in providing these construction services to the redevelopment projects. The RFEOI will be closing on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 2 p.m.

For more information and details about the project, please visit TTC’s Bonfire Public Portal.

Associate Partner News and Events
Effective October 11, 2022, many employers in Ontario are required to have a written policy on the electronic monitoring of employees. On July 13, 2022, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development released its chapter material on this new requirement. 
Click Here to view the briefing notes that address the frequently asked questions.  For advice or assistance preparing a policy for your workplace, please contact your Sherrard Kuzz LLP lawyer or, if you are not yet a Sherrard Kuzz LLP client, our firm at info@sherrardkuzz.com
Five reasons to say goodbye to spreadsheets
Bridgit Bench is built to handle the dynamic, complex nature of construction. Spreadsheets are built to make you pull your hair out.
Upgrade your tools
There’s no way around it: construction has not always been perceived as the sexiest industry. But lately, it's been struggling more than ever to appeal to new talent. Fortunately, companies integrating technology into their business are not only finding an increase in productivity, but are also recruiting more effectively from the talent pool.
Affinity Program

As a member of the OGCA, you receive exclusive discounts, benefits, and preferred rates from great companies to help your company continue to build toward the success of Ontario.

Check out July's Affinity Program offerings!

For more affinity offerings, check out the OGCA website to review the full list of offerings.

Looking for something you don’t see listed? Contact us with your suggestions at info@ogca.ca.

The OGCA is excited to announce its most recent partnership with Mark's Commercial Warehouse for the affinity program! Mark's will be offering an exclusive discount to OGCA members and is celebrating its joining to the program through an exclusive 25% off sale through July 24-August 20. For more information keep an eye on the affinity program webpage and your emails for the discount coupon.

Priestly Demolition Inc.
ELM Insurance Brokers Inc.
Legislative & Legal Updates
On July 14, Bryan Arnold, Chair of the OGCA Executive Committee, Giovanni Cautillo, OGCA President and Erich Schmidt, Manager – Public Affairs and Innovation, met with Hon. Kinga Surma, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure. The purpose of the conversation was to inform the Minister about the impact of inflation on the construction market and general contractors in general.

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.

Increasingly, requests for accommodation in the workplace focus on mental, not physical, disability. Yet, understanding when a mental health issue may be a disability and how far the duty to accommodate a mental disability extends can be challenging for an employer.
This practical, half-day workshop provides participants with the knowledge and tools to confidently assess and respond to a request for mental health accommodation in the workplace.
Autodesk, Inc.
Labourers Employee Bargaining Agency