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On November 10, 2023, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) released its highly anticipated decision on Ontario (Labour) v Sudbury (City). On appeal from the Ontario Court of Appeal (“ONCA”), previously analyzed by McMillan LLP, the SCC reviewed the intertwined occupational health and safety duties of owners, constructors, and employers on construction sites. In doing so, the SCC let stand the ONCA finding that an owner, even if their role was limited to occasionally having employees on site for quality assurance, has equal responsibility and liability under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) as the constructor with whom the owner contracted to oversee the project in the first place.

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Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has awarded the contract to Colliers Project Leaders to become IO’s new Project Management Service Provider (PMSP). Colliers was selected to provide the best-in-class project management and program management services for the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure’s General Real Estate Portfolio (GREP).

The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) and CLAC are cordially inviting OGCA members to the Queen’s Park evening reception on Monday November 20th.
This is an excellent opportunity to network and engage with construction industry leaders from across the province. PCA and CLAC are strong advocates for a competitive construction marketplace through a collaborative approach. During the reception PCA and CLAC will be holding a brief panel discussion on modernizing Ontario’s approach to the skilled trades and procurement.                                                                                                              


CCA has new CCDC documents coming soon, along with new order forms!
The CCA's priority is to advance the industry, and to ensure that standard documents are kept up to date. In this light, the CCA announced three updated documents that they plan to publish on November 29 of this year.


An update from Michael Lindsay, President and CEO of Infrastructure Ontario (IO), on key achievements from the past several months and look forward to our mission to create a connected, modern, and competitive Ontario.

The Canadian Concrete Expo is Canada’s only National Trade Show Dedicated to the Concrete, Construction, and Aggregates Industries.

Conference Sessions, Live Demos and Stage Presentations provide attendees the chance to experience the latest tech, equipment, and key industry insights. While the vast exhibition floor is where deals are made, people connect, test the gear, and take advantage of exclusive show offers.

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Set to take place March 12-15, 2024 at the stunning resort destination of the Paradisus Palma Real Golf and Resort Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the Canadian Construction Association's (CCA) Annual Conference is an opportunity to gather with industry professionals, thought leaders, and innovators for an immersive and engaging conference experience.
The ODACC released its 2023 Annual Report on its operation for the fiscal year August 1, 2022, to July 31, 2023.  
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Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program, the Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) in partnership with the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has developed the Building Skills for Climate Change: Low-Carbon Training Program. This program is aimed at upskilling building professionals, including architects, engineers, contractors, and owners and operators, to accelerate the adoption of low-carbon practices, reduce emissions, and contribute to Canada’s Climate Action Plan and Just Transition. 

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The RBC Climate Action Institute released its newest report, Timber Rising: How Wood Can Spur Canada’s Green Building Drive.

This report lays out the barriers and opportunities of scaling mass timber as a low-carbon alternative to concrete and steel in construction. With widespread adoption, mass timber has the potential to cut sector emissions by nearly 10%.

To read the full report, please click here.

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The Liversidge Letter publication started 30 years ago engaging in a rigorous public dialogue with a slightly different perspective on emerging workplace safety and insurance issues. The public workers’ compensation dialogue is becoming reinvigorated, in the political sphere and the public square. In the latest issue of The Liversidge Letter, Mr. Les Liversidge reintroduces the publication and sets out the subjects that will be addressed over the next several months.

To read the full publication, please click here.

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The Supply Chain Management Association Ontario (SCMAO) will be hosting the first ever Canadian Construction Procurement Conference, occurring on November 16, 2023. Giovanni Cautillo, OGCA President, will be moderating the panel on Skilled and Unskilled Labour Shortage and Increasing Labour Costs, addressing crucial topics like government collaboration, trade workforce attraction, resource risk areas, union partnerships, risk management, and community engagement.

SCMAO is offering OGCA members a special discount of 30% off the regular fee to attend the Conference, when using the code OGCA

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In the Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law, attendees will join 30 senior legal and construction professionals to learn what they need to know about crucial construction law concepts, from contract formation to dispute resolution. Developed for the construction industry and legal professionals, this information-packed and highly practical program will highlight real-world situations to enhance learning and provide ample opportunity for questions and class discussion.

On October 26, 2023, Bill 79, the Working for Workers Act, 2023 received Royal Assent. Bill 79 amends various work-related statutes including, the Employment Standards Act, 2000, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act, 2009, Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act, 2006, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act, Ontario Disability Support Program Act, 1997, and the Ontario Works Act, 1997. 

To read the briefing note, which summarizes key amendments now in force, please click here.

On November 6, 2023, the Government of Ontario announced it will introduce legislation which, if passed, will require an employer to disclose (a) an expected salary range in any job posting, and (b) whether artificial intelligence is used in the hiring process. The government further announced it will conduct consultations on ending the use of a non-disclosure agreement in the settlement of a case of workplace sexual harassment, misconduct, or violence. 

To read the full briefing note, please click here.


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As we transition into the colder months, it is crucial to revisit our commitment to safety, particularly in relation to the changing weather conditions and its potential impact on personal protective equipment (PPE). In light of this, the IHSA wants to draw your attention to the alert issued earlier this year by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) regarding working at heights in construction, specifically focusing on the use of self-retracting lifelines.
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