Deadline for working at heights extended to October 1st, 2017!
Workers who had been trained in fall protection under the old requirements had until April 1st, 2017 to be trained in accordance with the new working at heights training standard by an approved training provider. The ministry of Labour’s Prevention Office has done an outstanding job reviewing and approving training programs and training providers. More than 160 training providers have been approved creating a training system with lots of capacity. To date those training providers have done a great job training in excess of 300,000 workers. However, there is still lots of demand for WAH program, two days before the deadline. It seems several unions and a number of contractors have put it off and delayed and now the deadline is upon them. Under pressure from “worker representatives in the construction sector, and in dialogue with employers and health and safety organizations” the deadline has been extended to October 1st, 2017
Congratulations to Gateman-Milloy for being Honoured by CCA at the Annual Conference!
Gateman-Milloy Inc. received the national award for corporate social responsibility, the CCA Community Builder Award, today the annual CCA conference. CCA is the national body representing the construction industry to government and business. Annually, the association awards a dozen construction companies from across Canada for excellence in building, and with this award recognizes outstanding and sustained contributions to our communities. Click here to read more about our local construction firm that is recognized for outstanding corporate citizenship.
February 2017 Government Relations Report
- There’s a New Sherriff in Town
- Battle of the SoCons in Niagara West
- Forum Poll shows tories and grits in dead heat in TO
- FFPA fined $87,000 for Workplace Violence and Harrassment violations
- Recent appointments
Please be advised of the following increase to development charge rates, effective March 2, 2017. Non-residential rates have increased from $101.02 to $104.24 per square meter. The new rates apply to all building permits issued after March 1st, 2017. Therefore, respecting legislated building permit turnaround times of 20 business days, building permit applications are required to be submitted no later than January 31st, 2017 in order to be eligible to receive the current rates. Click here to download the pdf for more information.
This bi-annual publication includes information on changes in employment by industry and by occupation as well as current online job postings.
BUILDING CODE ACT, 1992
RULING OF THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
Pursuant to clause 29(1)(b) of the Building Code Act, 1992, as amended, the Director of the Building and Development Branch as delegate of the Minister of Municipal Affairs hereby adopts the following amendments to a code, standard, guideline, protocol or procedure that has been adopted by reference in the Building Code. Click here to download the pdf for more information
***NOTICE*** This is a reminder that effective January 1st, 2017, the document submission requirements for all permit applications filed for new Part 9 non-residential and Part 3 buildings, including additions, is changing. This is applicable to all applications submitted after December 30th, 2016.
Part 12 and Supplementary Standard SB-10 of the 2012 Ontario Building Code outline the energy efficiency requirements for both Part 3 buildings and Part 9 non-residential buildings. New requirements in SB-10 come into effect January 1st, 2017 that will result in a 13% improvement over current energy efficiency measures.
The ministry of Municipal Affairs (MMS) is currently revising the options applicants can use to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of SB-10. While the new compliance options will take effect on January 1st, 2017, a grace period will be granted for permit applications submitted prior to July 1st, 2017. This will allow applicants to follow the compliance options provided for in Divisions 3 and 5 for the current version of SB-10. Click here to download the pdf for more information
Ontario has opted for a “cap and trade” system rather than the carbon tax approach some other jurisdictions have taken. The cap and trade system for Ontario has been in the planning stages for quite some time now and most businesses that have duties/responsibilities/obligations in the system (mostly large GHG emitters) are aware of same. Facilities and natural gas distributors with emissions of 25,000 tonnes or more of greenhouse gas emissions per year are required by law to participate in the program. Additionally, fuel suppliers that sell more than 200 litres of fuel per year and electricity importers must also participate in the program. Facilities generating more than 10,000 tonnes but less than 25,000 tonnes of emissions may choose to opt in to the program.
The system begins January 1, 2017. Information about Ontario’s cap and trade system is available at the following link https://www.ontario.ca/page/cap-and-trade-ontario
In Ontario’s cap and trade system, all large emitters in the province are required to register and participate. Every year these large emitting companies are allowed a specified amount of emissions. If they exceed their limit they can purchase credits in a market for emissions credits. If they come in under their allowable limit, they can sell their credits into the marketplace. Every year the permitted amounts of emissions are lowered. Ontario will participate in a market for emission credits along with Quebec and California.
Here are some interesting facts copied from the Ministry’s website:
- Ontario is responsible for less than 1% of global emissions but is one of the largest per capita emitters in the world
- will cost the average Ontario household about $13 more per month to fuel a car and heat a home in 2017
- Gasoline will cost about 4.3 cents a litre more in 2017 as a result of the cap and trade program.
- Natural gas will cost households about $5 more per month on average.