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Attorney General announces that the Ontario government is introducing new reforms to Ontario’s construction laws
Attorney General announces that the Ontario government is introducing new reforms to Ontario’s construction laws

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.

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Proposed Updates to the Construction Lien Act
Proposed Updates to the Construction Lien Act

Backgrounder

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Better Farming - May 2017
Better Farming - May 2017

CFBA Awards 2016 on pages 46 - 48.

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May 2017
May 2017

The Changing Workplaces Review Final Report and Summary Release. Keeping workers safe on construction sites. Protecting new and young workers on the job. New tool measures workplace health and safety.

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Ontario Expanding Agriculture Opportunities in the North
Ontario Expanding Agriculture Opportunities in the North

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal met with Indigenous partners, local municipalities, livestock organizations and industry in Timmins to discuss the Northern Livestock Pilot project and kick off consultations with stakeholders and communities on supporting viable agriculture in the North.

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IHSA - 2 Minute News - May 2017
IHSA - 2 Minute News - May 2017

Suspended access equipment web page provides latest information on recent regulation changes. Ontario releases Construction Health and Safety Action Plan.

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“Fitbits” For Cows: The Latest in Precision Dairy Cattle Technology
“Fitbits” For Cows: The Latest in Precision Dairy Cattle Technology

New wearable technologies for dairy cows monitor individual animal activity to improve farm management and performance.

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Holcim/Lafarge merger receives approval with conditions
Holcim/Lafarge merger receives approval with conditions

The federal Competition Bureau says it has given its approval, with conditions, to the takeover of Lafarge S.A. by Holcim Ltd. in a deal that will merge the world’s two largest cement companies.

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COCA - Government Relations May 2017 - Members Report
COCA - Government Relations May 2017 - Members Report

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Holcim/Lafarge merger receives approval with conditions
Holcim/Lafarge merger receives approval with conditions

OTTAWA—The federal Competition Bureau says it has given its approval, with conditions, to the takeover of Lafarge S.A. by Holcim Ltd. in a deal that will merge the world’s two largest cement companies.

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Measuring Rural Community Vitality
Measuring Rural Community Vitality

Fact-Finder's Guide to Local and Regional Data

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COCA - May 2017 Newsletter
COCA - May 2017 Newsletter

Attorney General Confirms Introduction of Construction Lien Act Reform Bill at COCA Reception. Canada Prompt Payment Act Passes Third Reading Unanimously. MoL Launches Construction H&S Action Plan. WSIB Announces Health and Safety Index Tool. WSIB Launches Consultation on Chronic Mental Stress. Skills Ontario's Annual Skilled Trades Competition.

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Apply for a Small Business Health & Safety Leadership Award
Apply for a Small Business Health & Safety Leadership Award

WSIB Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards will recognize outstanding achievement in establishing health and safety programs in businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Win $2000. - $5000.!

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Results of the 2017 Skills Ontario Competition
Results of the 2017 Skills Ontario Competition

Phenomenal talent and skill was on display at the 28th annual Skills Ontario Competition held at the Toronto Congress Centre, May 1-3, 2017

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Designing products for the circular economy
Designing products for the circular economy

A circular economy is designed to feed back into itself: A product of long-lasting quality is placed into the market; the byproducts from its manufacturing are re-purposed; and the retired product is reused as much as it possibly can.

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2017 May Report - Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee
2017 May Report - Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee

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2017 Provincial Budget Highlights - COCA Input
2017 Provincial Budget Highlights - COCA Input

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Construction Corner: E-gloves aim to protect workers from vibrations
Construction Corner: E-gloves aim to protect workers from vibrations

It seems as though we're going to have e-gloves made from smart fabrics. Every once in a while, a proposal comes along that leads one to wonder: Why? What’s the need?

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IHSA - 2 Minute News - April 2017
IHSA - 2 Minute News - April 2017

IHSA Safety Talk: Fire extinguishers, International Noise Awareness Day – April 26, April is Dig Safe Month, Day of Mourning – April 28, Working at heights deadline extension for certain workers

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Constructors need health and safety wake-up call: survey
Constructors need health and safety wake-up call: survey

Canadian employers have been exposed for widespread ignorance of new and long-standing occupational health and safety (OH&S) regulations in a recent survey.

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COCA - Government Relations Report April 2017 - Members Only
COCA - Government Relations Report April 2017 - Members Only

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New Ontario Construction Act takes shape as 98 of 101 recommendations to be implemented
New Ontario Construction Act takes shape as 98 of 101 recommendations to be implemented

Prompt payment, adjudication and lien reform among 98 recommendations accepted by provincial government, says Bruce Reynolds

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COCA - April 2017 Newsletter
COCA - April 2017 Newsletter

Reynolds-Vogel Report Update, Accreditation Update, WSIB Rate Framework Modernization, WSIB Overhauls Dreaded Workwell Program, 2017/18 Ministry of Labour Construction Workplace Blitzes, 2017 Day of Mourning, Positions on Ontario College of Trades Appointments Council and Classification Roster.

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The Automated Future Of Construction Safety
The Automated Future Of Construction Safety

HOW 4D MODELING AND SENSING MAY ELIMINATE THE LEADING CAUSES OF INJURY

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Sherrard Kuzz LLP’s Employment and Labour Law Update - April 2017
Sherrard Kuzz LLP’s Employment and Labour Law Update - April 2017

A Weighty Issue: Discrimination on the Basis of Physical Size, Workplace Fatality
and the WSIB, May 30th, 2017 - Complimentary Seminar - Managing Planned and Unplanned Workplace Absenteeism

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