Cannabis or “marijuana” laws are changing in Canada. It will now be legal for people age 19 or older in Ontario to buy, possess, use and grow recreational cannabis. Provincial laws generally permit cannabis use wherever law permit tobacco use. Cannabis use for a medical purpose (medical cannabis) continues to be legal.
Employers & employees, housing providers and residents, and other organizations and individuals are asking about the implications under Ontario’s Human Rights Code (the Code). Click here for more information.
WSIB Announces 2018 Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards
Congratulations to SG Cunningham and Zero Environmental, GVCA members and WSIB Safety Group members.
- Gold level – SG Cunningham, Waterloo, $5,000
- Silver level – Zero Environmental, Kitchener, $3,000
- Bronze level – Bread and Butter, Kingston, $2,000
News release: WSIB achieves historic financial milestone
Pays off $14.2 billion unfunded liability almost 10 years ahead of schedule
Reduces average premium rate by 29.8 per cent in 2019
Toronto, September 26, 2018 – The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has eliminated its unfunded liability (UFL) almost 10 years ahead of its legislated schedule, achieving a historic financial milestone.
The UFL – the shortfall between the money needed to pay future benefits and the money in the insurance fund – existed for decades and reached a high of $14.2 billion in 2011.
In 2009, the Auditor General of Ontario warned that the UFL put the WSIB at risk of not being able to meet its obligations to people.
“This achievement safeguards Ontario’s workplace health and safety system,” said Elizabeth Witmer, Chair of the WSIB. “People who are hurt or become ill as a result of their work can have confidence we will be here to help them now and always.”
Ontario businesses, which played an important role in paying down the UFL, will now see a significant reduction to the average premium rate, leaving more money in the economy. The 2019 average premium rate will decrease by 29.8 per cent from $2.35 to $1.65.
“Today’s premium rate announcement leaves $1.45 billion in the economy every year that businesses can invest in new jobs, new technology, and health and safety improvements,” said Witmer.
Along with eliminating the UFL, the WSIB has launched a new Strategic Plan focused on helping businesses improve health and safety, achieving better return-to-work and recovery outcomes for people, and updating services and technology while maintaining fiscal discipline.
“We’ve moved from a tipping point to a turning point,” said Thomas Teahen, President and CEO of the WSIB. “We are focused on making changes to give people faster, more personalized service to meet their needs and expectations.”
IMPORTANT CHANGES affecting permit submissions for Part 9 – New Low Rise Residential permits. These changes have been a work in progress for some time and included consultation with a number of home builders.
NOTE: these changes are in effect for all permits applied for on or after July 1, 2018.
Building Division Process Changes – FINAL
If you work for the Federal Government, you need to be aware of their plans to implement COMMUNITY BENEFITS into procurement. The bill is currently at the senate for approval, however, input from the industry could help shape the regulations around the implementation of it.
This is an opportunity for you to tell the government about your contribution to the community, to your employees, and to the industry. If we can send a message to our MP’s that we are already generous, give time and money for the betterment of our community, it may steer off community benefits being defined as a condition of contract. WE need a fair and transparent approach to community benefits in the tendering process. Please contact your MP and tell them about your contribution to the community. You can tweet out a message by using #CDNConstructionGives.
Tell them loud and clear that you are generous, you support, and you oppose Community Benefits in the procurement process, unless it is an allocated fixed number as a contingency fund.
We are pleased to announce that COCA’s video – Introduction to Bill 142 The Construction Lien Amendment Act, has been posted to YouTube.
The video was prepared by Ted Dreyer of Madorin, Snyder LLP. Ted is a members of COCA’s Board of Directors and Chair of COCA’s Construction Lien Act Taskforce. The video was prepared with the assistance of Glenn W. Ackerley of Weir Foulds LLP and Sandra Skivsky of the Ontario Masonry Contractors Association and Prompt Payment Ontario. Technical expertise was provided by Michelle Henry-Hayden of COCA member Grand Valley Construction Association.
We all know that provincial election is important to the growth and stability for the Province of Ontario.
An important choice is ahead of you to shape the future of Ontario. Knowing what the candidates stand for, and being informed is the best way to make a decision.
COCA has prepared a document that compares the platforms of the 4 parties.
Be informed. Be proactive. Contact your local candidate for more information on issues that impact you.
Exercise your rights and vote June 7th
Building Services Notice
2018 Building Permit Fees
ATTN: Architects, contractors, engineers, home builders
On May 7, 2018, the Committee of the Whole of City Council supported proposed changes to the building permit fee schedule. City Council is scheduled to approve the proposed fee schedule at their May 28, 2018 meeting.
Click here to see the schedule of Permit Fees
Bill 3 Introduces Pay Transparency Legislation in Ontario: What Does It Mean for Employers?
The legislation will require an employer to disclose certain compensation information about, and to, employees and prospective employees, and restrict the information an employer may solicit during the hiring process. The Pay Transparency Act, 2018 comes into force on January 1, 2019. Accordingly, employers (particularly those with more than 100 employees) should prepare now. Read more.
At COCA’s February AGM, Paul Radkowski delivered and informative and well
received presentation on the the Life Recovery program. With and increased
awareness of addiction and mental health issues within the construction
industry, there has been interest from COCA members in having Paul speak at
industry events – Paul will be speaking at the ECAO Conference in Barcelona.
The Life Recovery Program was recently featured in the Daily Commercial. Click here to read the article.
According to a news release dated April 10th, the Ontario College of Trades is ramping up its compliance and enforcement activities in the construction sector. The release states that these efforts:
- Will apply the College’s new compliance and enforcement policy
- Will be strategically targeted and risk-based
- Will be conducted by officers who have received enhanced training, some dedicated to the construction industry
- Will use information from other regulators to identify/target high risk workplaces for inspections
- Will ensure that the various types of construction work are being performed by appropriately qualified and certified skilled trades professionals
- Will be an opportunity for the College enforcement officers to educate construction employers with their obligations under the College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act
Contractors should be ready for a visit from an OCoT inspector.
COCA’s 2018 Ontario Budget Summary.
On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered the 2018/2019 Ontario Budget, titled “A Plan for Care and Opportunity”.
The consensus among the media and political pundits is that the budget is aimed at voters that have become disenchanted with the Wynne lead Liberal government.
Government Relations Report: March Issue
- The Roll-out of Accreditation Up in the Air
- Seeking Relief from Bill 148
- What to Expect in the Ontario Budget
- Upcoming Member Events
- Eight Construction Associations Competed for Curling Supremacy in the Lakehead
Canadian Construction Association concerned by delays in infrastructure investment, encouraged by skills training support
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is concerned by the implications on infrastructure spending from the federal government’s Budget 2018 announcement on Tuesday, while it supports the government’s recognition that the construction industry, like many other sectors, is facing significant labour challenges.
1. What’s Going on in the Legislature
2. Forum Poll Shows Strong Support for PCs
3. Health Minister Resigns – Another Blow to the Wynne Government
4. Values/Beliefs of Ontario Political Party Supporters – Where Do You Fit?
5. The PC Leadership Soap Opera Continues
What you should know!
The Ministry of Labour has just published a new guideline outlining the key differences between an employee and an independent contractor.
On June 1, 2017, the Ontario government introduced legislation, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. If passed, the proposed legislation would prohibit employers from misclassifying employees as “independent contractors”.
The guideline is available online at:
If you have a question about employment standards and would like to speak to one of the Ministry of Labour’s experts, call the Employment Standards Information Centre at: 416-326-7160 (Greater Toronto Area) | 1-800-531-5551 (Toll-free) | 1-866-567-8893 (TTY for the hearing impaired). Information is available in multiple languages.
Pace Event Article:
He was one of the speakers at the Grand Valley Construction Association’s fifth annual PACE (Problem-solving, Accountability, Collaboration and Execution) event held recently in Waterloo, Ont. The purpose of the event was to engage and encourage dialogue between industry stakeholders on issues that impact how business is conducted……..
THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TRADES IS LOOKING FOR MORE APPLICATIONS FOR THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND FOR THE TRADE BOARDS. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED AND WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE PLEASE CLICK HERE.
June 1, 2017 – Kitchener, ON – Construction wrapped on Innisfree House in 2015 but the relationship between the hospice and local builder Gateman-Milloy Inc. continues. The construction firm just announced a $50,000 donation to Innisfree House over the next five years.
Building Services Notice
2017 Building Permit Fees
ATTN: Architects, contractors, engineers, home builders
On May 1, 2017, the Committee of the Whole of City Council supported proposed changes to the building permit fee schedule. City Council approved the proposed fee schedule at their May 23, 2017 meeting.
Please click here to download the 2017 building permit fees, which is applicable to all building permit applications submitted after May 31, 2017. The new fee schedule will be available online at guelph.ca/building on June 1, 2017.
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Conestoga College will be hosting its 22nd Annual Golf Classic at Whistle Bear Golf Club on Tuesday May 30th, and this year our very own Martha George will be honoured!
Conestoga College is honouring Martha for her long-term and continual support of the Conestoga community, as well as her avocation and leadership within the construction industry.
Grand Valley Construction Association is built up of member companies who Martha sees as friends and family rather than business partners. We at GVCA thought it would be wonderful to show Martha how much support she really has within the construction industry and make this the most successful event Conestoga College has ever hosted.
In order to do this we need all of our “friends of GVCA” to come together and show their support for Martha by making donations. Any amount donated would be very much appreciated and all sponsors will be recognized together as “friends of GVCA”. All donations that we receive will be directly donated to Conestoga College so they can continue making a major impact within the construction industry
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.