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What's New - Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development newsletter JUNE 2020
What's New - Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development newsletter JUNE 2020

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Risks in the Construction Industry and How to Protect Yourself Against Them
Risks in the Construction Industry and How to Protect Yourself Against Them

Every construction project comes with its own set of risks – from fire and water damage to equipment theft, slips and falls, cyber-attacks and even infection control.
These risks not only vary in size and complexity but can also evolve over the course of a project. That’s why having proper worksite policies and procedures is so critical to avoiding hazards and potential accidents.

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Professional Engineers Ontario: New President and governing Council
Professional Engineers Ontario: New President and governing Council

Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), the licensing and regulating body for professional engineers and engineering in the province, installed Marisa Sterling, P.Eng., FEC, as its 101st president and eighth woman to lead its Council during its virtual annual general meeting (AGM) on May 30.

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Skills Ontario hosts 2020 Virtual Skills Ontario Contests, provides students with opportunities to compete in skilled trade and tech fields
Skills Ontario hosts 2020 Virtual Skills Ontario Contests, provides students with opportunities to compete in skilled trade and tech fields

Skills Ontario is pleased to host the 2020 Virtual Skills Ontario Contests, an online initiative for secondary students to test their skills in their chosen skilled trade or technology field. With contests in culinary arts, mechanical CAD, coding, welding, fashion design, and more, the Virtual Skills Ontario Contests offer secondary students a chance to virtually participate in a similar manner to the Skills Ontario Competition.

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2 Minute News - June 2020
2 Minute News - June 2020

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Former CCA Chair speaks about considerations for the construction industry in the post COVID-19 world
Former CCA Chair speaks about considerations for the construction industry in the post COVID-19 world

It has now been more than two months since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. Since then, our country, along with the rest of the world, has been forced to make changes to the way we operate both in business and in our personal lives.

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Prompt Payment Ontario’s Ontario Construction Act Trade Contractors Guide
Prompt Payment Ontario’s Ontario Construction Act Trade Contractors Guide

Ontario’s new Construction Act (the “Act”) replaces the former Construction Lien Act (the “CLA”) which has been in effect since 1983. The Act contains the most sweeping set of reforms governing construction payment obligations that the industry has seen in more than a generation.

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GUIDE TO DEALING WITH ONEROUS CONTRACT CONDITIONS
GUIDE TO DEALING WITH ONEROUS CONTRACT CONDITIONS

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has updated its Guide to dealing with onerous contract conditions for their partner associations.

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Work Reduction or Temporary Layoff  During “COVID-19 Period”  Not Termination
Work Reduction or Temporary Layoff During “COVID-19 Period” Not Termination

Sherrard Kuzz LLP - Briefing Note: On May 29, 2020, the Government of Ontario introduced a regulation under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) that provides relief to any employer that temporarily laid off a non-union employee or reduced non-union employee wages and/or hours due to COVID-19. The regulation largely exempts any such layoff or reduction from being deemed a termination of employment, so that there is no obligation to provide ESA notice and severance.

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June 2020 Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development
June 2020 Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development

Report for the Labour Management Network. Ontario injury and fatality statistics in Construction.

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Cannabis Facilities and the Ontario Building Code - RSM Building Consultants
Cannabis Facilities and the Ontario Building Code - RSM Building Consultants

RSM Building Consultants hosted a webinar on cannabis facility requirements mandated by the Ontario Building Code. To view / listen to the webinar recording

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Construction Adjudication Under Ontario's Construction Act: Link to YouTube for Webinar held May 22nd 2020
Construction Adjudication Under Ontario's Construction Act: Link to YouTube for Webinar held May 22nd 2020

Ontario Dispute Adjudication for Construction Contracts (“ODACC”) is responsible for administering construction-related adjudications. Adjudication and prompt payment provisions of the Construction Act came into force on October 1, 2019. Certain disputes can now be referred to adjudication, including:

• the valuation of services or materials;
• payments under a contract;
• notices of non-payment;
• holdbacks; and
• any other matter that the parties to the adjudication agree to.

YouTube link to May 22nd 2020 webinar. Commentary covers the following issues and topics:

- What is adjudication?
- How much does adjudication cost?
- How to commence an adjudication.
- How to select an adjudicator.
- What are the benefits of adjudication?
- How to become an adjudicator.

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WEBINAR: Assessing Your Organization's Readiness to Return-to-Work
WEBINAR: Assessing Your Organization's Readiness to Return-to-Work

As federal and provincial governments begin to re-open the economy amid COVID-19 recovery, organizations of all industries and sizes are determining their return-to-work strategies and plans. While every organization is different, there are fundamental questions that should be answered as part of your return-to-work plans.
This presentation will provide some insight to help guide organizational leaders in the development of return-to-work programs. The focus – assisting organizations with answering the critical questions of:
Can You? – Answering are you allowed to return to work.
Should You? – Making the decision to return to work.
How Do You? – Operationalizing how to return to work.

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COVID-19 RETURN TO WORK CONSIDERATIONS
COVID-19 RETURN TO WORK CONSIDERATIONS

As government orders are lifted, employers will enter uncharted territory. Sherrard Kuzz LLP has a deep understanding of the pandemic’s impact on businesses and industries, and how to work through the related workplace issues. To help you get started, they have developed the following complimentary Return To Work considerations.

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Ontario Helps People Impacted by COVID-19 Get Back to Work
Ontario Helps People Impacted by COVID-19 Get Back to Work

New Programs Focus on Hospitality Workers and APPRENTICES

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Steel Building Systems - complimentary Webinar
Steel Building Systems - complimentary Webinar

The CSSBI created this presentation to outline some of the unique qualities of a steel building system in order to demonstrate its benefits to architects, engineers, contractors and building owners.

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IHSA: 45 min recorded Webinar providing guidance on working safely on construction projects related to COVID-19
IHSA: 45 min recorded Webinar providing guidance on working safely on construction projects related to COVID-19

The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association is proud to present a recorded webinar that provides guidance to working safely on construction projects related to COVID-19. The session is approximately 45 mins and includes workplace roles and responsibilities and best practices. It is available for you to download at no charge and watch at your own pace as preferred.

The webinar will be of interest to company owners, managers, supervisors, health and safety practitioners, Joint Health and Safety Committee members and others who have responsibility for assisting workplace parties keep safe during COVID-19 on Construction projects.

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Workplace PPE Supplier Directory
Workplace PPE Supplier Directory

Review a list of companies that sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to keep your employees and customers safe from Covid-19

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Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace
Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace

Sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario

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Complimentary Zoom Webinar June 10, 2020: Managing in a Time of Pandemic - Employer Considerations When Business Reopens
Complimentary Zoom Webinar June 10, 2020: Managing in a Time of Pandemic - Employer Considerations When Business Reopens

When the first “phase” of the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end, employers may face new and different challenges. Topics include:

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What's New - Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development newsletter MAY 2020
What's New - Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development newsletter MAY 2020

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OCS survey reveals substantial contractor concerns during COVID-19
OCS survey reveals substantial contractor concerns during COVID-19

The Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) recently polled 200 general and trade contractors in the province’s ICI sector on the impact of the coronavirus on their business. Some of the findings were startling.

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Amendments to Ontario’s Building Code Related to Building Permits and Inspections Code News Issue 299
Amendments to Ontario’s Building Code Related to Building Permits and Inspections Code News Issue 299

On May 11, 2020, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing filed Ontario Regulation 209/20, which made amendments to Ontario’s Building Code related to the delivery of building code services, such as reviewing building permit applications and conducting inspections.

The amendment requires that municipal building officials continue to review permit applications and conduct construction inspections by providing that the time periods in the Building Code remain in effect for all construction projects, even when the municipal offices are closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The amendment also establishes that conditional permits can be issued for non-essential construction during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The amendment will remain in effect for as long as municipal building department offices are closed to the public for in-person services due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Sherrard Kuzz LLP COVID-19 FAQ's to Assist Employers Updated: May 8, 2020
Sherrard Kuzz LLP COVID-19 FAQ's to Assist Employers Updated: May 8, 2020

As the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, employers need to know their legal rights and obligations as it relates to the Canadian workplace. The following are some of the most pressing Frequently Asked Questions.

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COCA e-News- May 2020
COCA e-News- May 2020

To Stay Closed or to Open Up?

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