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One of the mainstays of the OGCA is to assist our members with issues arising from contract documents and buyers of construction issuing onerous, one-sided and otherwise, dictatorial language. Luckily, the OGCA has had a great deal of success in reversing otherwise problematic conditions in tenders prior to the award of a contract. In this article, I wanted to communicate to our members just one such issue that has recent arisen, and that is not only problematic from a construction standpoint, but would actually single-handedly counteract countless decades of progress in construction.
On November 21, OGCA representatives took to Queen’s Park for our first Advocacy Day since 2019. The event was successful, with over 15 meetings, including six key Cabinet Ministers.

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Industry News
Employment numbers dropped for the third month in a row since August, and labour force participation also decreased for the past two months.
The unemployment rate, however, remains low.
On Monday, Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy released the 2022 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review. The plan, titled "Ontario's Plan to Build: A Progress Update," forecasts sort term uncertainty, a more bullish deficit – with a path to balance by 2025 - and includes several new tax measures targeting small businesses.
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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.
Learn how leak detection technology can help

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The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) report has been provided to the OGCA.

OGCA Staff are diligently working to create the 2021 Safety Award Certificates. Regretfully, the WSIB has modified their reporting format for the 2021 period. The OGCA continues to work in collaboration with WSIB to rectify this situation.
Delivering the Safety Awards and Certificates of Recognition is a top priority for the OGCA team, and we endeavour to have them completed in the coming weeks.
Thank you for your patience and if you have any questions please contact judith@ogca.ca directly.
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Associate Partner News and Events
Given the complexities and pervasiveness of cyber risk, organizations can benefit from experienced risk advice when managing their exposures.  Join Marsh on December 1 from 11:00am - 12:00pm on a webinar focused on cyber claims process and best practices for managing a cyber incident.  This webinar will include examples of Canadian cyber claims we have experienced as well as the importance of a prepared incident response plan. We will outline the role of a breach coach as well as the possible legal issues during breach response. Learn how to avoid decisions that result in insurance coverage loss.
How Wohlsen uses Bridgit Bench to utilize team members more effectively
Learn how Wohlsen said goodbye to spreadsheets and hello to Bridgit Bench to utilize team members more effectively, forecast pipeline needs, and ensure profitable growth. 
Read the interview
The Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario (CDAO) have successfully hosted another Procurement Day. This event was virtual and was meant to provide industry perspective to the buyers of construction.
Please feel free to forward the link to the recordings to your colleagues and/or others who may be interested in viewing the sessions.
Should anyone have any questions about the presentations, please contact Giovanni Cautillo directly at giovanni@ogca.ca.
The November 2022 Market Update affirms Ontario’s historic commitment to modernizing the province’s public assets, including highways, public transit, hospitals, schools, children’s treatment centres, and correctional facilities.
CMiC: Your Hub for Project Management & Collaboration
Connecting the various parts of a construction project is a complex but essential part of operating as a contractor today.
With subcontractors, architects, clients and numerous internal teams all contributing to a project at various phase of the project and information accumulating over the course of the job, the resulting communications may be too numerous and diverse to be easily tracked through outdated legacy technology.

Join the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) as an official partner of National Engineers Month!
On March 1, NEM 2023 kicks off with the Government of Ontario recognizing P.Eng. Day!  Then, throughout the month, events are scheduled every day by students on campuses, employees at companies and participants/volunteers throughout communities across the province.
On February 23 -24, 2023, renew your knowledge and practical strategies on how to mitigate risk from contract negotiation to the completion of the project.  Reconnect with your peers and key stakeholders from construction companies, public sector, and infrastructure IN PERSON!
• Creative and Winning Solutions to Address Supply Chain Disruption and Price Escalation Following the Pandemic and the War in Ukraine
• Exploring the Increasing Use of Collaborative Contracting Within the Industry and How It Can Work for You
• Learning the Art of Negotiating and Drafting Construction Contracts and the Builder’s Lien Procedure from Soup to Nuts Through Our Two Pre-Conference Workshops
• Going Beyond the Basics of Construction Insurance to Maximize Protection Against Risks
• Implementing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Policies to Address Canada’s Skilled Labor Shortage
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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 January 2021, please contact Daniela Polsoni at OGCA.

Whether you drive a commercial vehicle or a passenger vehicle, it’s always important to be fully aware of the hazardous road conditions created by winter weather.
In this podcast, IHSA’s Ken Rayner and Michelle Roberts discuss winter driving tips and break them
down into four basic principles: preparation, planning, patience, and practice.  
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