There has been much talk and speculation over the oncoming legalization of marijuana and what its impact on our society will be.
Ontario has lent significant support to beef production in the province with a large-scale investment in the construction of a new world-class beef research facility.
Though deaths from construction-related injuries are relatively rare, given the size and scope of the industry, emerging data about these incidents offer long-lasting lessons for structuring and gauging the effectiveness of contractor safety programs.
While there have been various efforts to attract women into the skilled trades, BuildForce Canada is trying to tackle the task of retaining them once they make the decision to join.
Suspended access equipment on construction projects - Consultations on trade classification review regulations - Positions available on the Ontario College of Trades’ governing boards - Supervisor awareness and accountability blitz - Protecting outdoor workers - thinkmentalhealth.ca a one-stop shop for workplace mental health - Safe and fair workplaces 2017: Small business outreach initiative
UBC engineers have developed a more resilient type of concrete incorporating recycled tires that could be used for concrete structures
A PhD student in the University of BC's Civil Engineering Department has developed a coating material that she says extends the life span of concrete pipes that have been damaged by biodeterioration
The WSIB has developed a draft policy to support legislation (Bill 127) passed by the Ontario government on May 17, 2017, as part of its 2017 Budget that allows compensation for work-related chronic mental stress. Stakeholders were invited to submit comments and feedback on WSIB's draft policy. Read on for the submission made by COCA (Council of Ontario Construction Associations)
Congratulations to CFBA members - Agway Metals Inc., Westman Steel, Steelway Building Systems, and Behlen Industries LP for their winning entries in CSSBI's annual photo contest!
2017 Skills Ontario Competition - YouTube video
Steel is Earth’s most recycled material — but that’s only the beginning. This infographic showcases cold-formed steel’s sustainability benefits.
Ontario is proposing new rules to prevent late payments on construction projects. The following deadlines would come into eﬀect as soon as an invoice is submitted to the owner of the project.
New Legislation Would Address Payment Delay and Improve Dispute Resolution Process
COCA has been lobbying for Construction Lien Act reform for more than 20 years and for prompt payment legislation since 2011. A giant step forward was made when the government engaged Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel to conduct a review of the Construction Lien Act and to consider the chronic issues of delayed payment that are endemic in the construction industry.
The Reynolds-Vogel Report was made public on June 26, 2016. Their report presented 100 recommendations to modernize the Construction Lien Act, introduce a quick "real time" dispute resolution system for project disputes and introduce a prompt payment regime. Legislative Counsel in the Ministry of the Attorney General has been busy ever since, translating those recommendations into a Bill, receiving practical advice and guidance from Reynolds, Vogel and the panel of industry experts they used as part of their review.
At COCA’s ‘Welcome to Construction Season’ Reception at Queen’s Park on May 15th, 2017, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi gave a very strong indication that a Bill pursuant to the Reynolds-Vogel Report would be introduced in the Ontario legislature before the adjournment of the spring session, currently planned for June 1st. He also said very enthusiastically that he would make his best effort to get the Bill through the legislative process and passed into law before the end of the fall 2017 session.
On June 1st 2017, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi announced that the Ontario government was introducing new reforms to Ontario’s construction laws.
A Summary of Bill 142 – An Act to Amend the Construction Lien Act has been prepared by Ted Dryer, a construction lawyer with Madorin, Snyder LLP and the chair of COCA’s Construction Lien Act Task Force. Ted has been a guest speaker at the CFBA’s 2016 and 2017 Annual Conferences, and has worked tirelessly to amend the Construction Lien Act in Ontario through COCA.
The Canadian Farm Builders Association is a member of COCA and supports the work they do. COCA, as the voice of their membership at Queen's Park, hosted a ‘Welcome to Construction Season’ Reception held May 15th 2017 at Queens Park. The CFBA assisted in sponsoring this event that was attended by the Attorney General Yasir Naqvi and the honourable Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynne, amongst others. Photos of this event portraying the CFBA’s Gary van Bolderen (in his capacity as COCA Chair) along with COCA staff and political leaders are available on the CFBA website. Select ‘Gallery’ and ‘COCA.
Lafarge Canada Inc. is using residual materials from Metro Vancouver's largest water filtration plant to make cement.