Ontario General Contractors Association

There was definitely a great deal of excitement in the air at the highly anticipated OGCA Symposium that occurred from April 7-9 at the Blue Mountain resort complex in Collingwood. This event was the first major construction conference since the provincial government lifted the masking and other public health requirements that have dominated our lives for the past 24 months.

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Industry News
As a continuation of the OGCA’s efforts to keep our members abreast of issues that may affect the progress of work on ICI construction projects, the OGCA would like to remind our members of legislated changes that either come into effect or exemptions that expire July 1, 2022.

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CSA Group is inviting interested expert stakeholders to apply for membership on a new Technical Committee (TC) on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Apprenticeship Programs. This TC will be responsible for the development and maintenance of a new Standard, CSA Z301, Equity, diversity and inclusion in apprenticeship programs. The development of this National Standard is being funded by the Canadian District of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA).

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The OGCA has been made aware that multiple suppliers in the construction supply chain are issuing letters to our members noting that they would be subject to additional Fuel Surcharges commencing April 1, 2022.

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Concrete is the most used construction material in the world and has resulted in a dramatic increase in our quality of life over the past 100 years, but it has a history going back thousands of years, which is why the material is synonymous with both strength and durability.

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Working for Workers Act 2, formerly known as Bill 88, has now received Royal Assent in the Ontario Legislature.

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The 2022 Federal Budget fell short on providing the right conditions to deliver on the government’s build back better objectives, says the Canadian Construction Association, the national association representing Canada’s non-residential construction industry.

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The Ontario government is working for workers by launching the first-ever review of the province’s occupational illness system. Conducted by the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, an independent research centre with expertise in studying complex community health issues, the review will evaluate how occupational illnesses in Ontario are identified, monitored and prevented. The review will deliver lasting change for injured workers and their families.

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As part of the changes related to the definition of road-building machine (RBM) under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) that came into force July 1, 2017, temporary hours of service exemption certificates have been available to eligible vehicles to help support a smooth transition toward operating as a commercial motor vehicle.


These temporary exemption certificates issued by the Ministry of Transportation will expire on June 30, 2022.

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The LOC Safety Culture Survey initiative officially launched February 16, 2022. We are happy to see registrations steadily growing. All League of Champions members are encouraged to participate in this survey as a way to gauge how employees think of your work culture. For questions or further information, please contact Judith Reda, judith@theloc.ca

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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.

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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.

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The next guest of the podcast 'The BIM Student' - Season 3 features the OGCA’s very own Erich Schmidt - Manager, Public Affairs and Innovation. Take a listen and learn how we at the OGAC continue to advocate for the adoption of technology with General Contractors.


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Associate Partner News and Events
Procore has released the results of its 2022 Customer Return On Invest (ROI) report, which explores how the company is helping its global customers – including Canadians – tackle some of the industry's biggest challenges including sustainability, safety and the labour shortage.

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Passive House Canada is hosting an Annual Conference May 25 - 27, 'In the Face of Climate Change', an in-person event in Victoria and broadcast online through a virtual platform as well.


The conference will address the increase in adverse climate change events, and how Passive House design and technology can create healthy, climate resilient buildings and homes. A number of important topics will be covered including: climate resilience, indoor air quality, building codes, technical, embodied carbon, unique case studies, and more!

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Ryerson MASc student Steph Tzanis is conducting a survey as part of their thesis. The focus of the research, supervised by Dr. Mark Gorgolewski, is to investigate the level of awareness and perceptions of design for disassembly (DfD) in the Ontario building design and construction industry. The overall goal is to improve circularity in the industry through DfD principles. The research has been approved for Mitacs funding, partnered with Sustainable Buildings Canada.

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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.

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