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COCA - Government Relations August 2017 - Members Report
COCA - Government Relations August 2017 - Members Report

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Industry Perspectives: Legalization of marijuana will make construction less safe
Industry Perspectives: Legalization of marijuana will make construction less safe

There has been much talk and speculation over the oncoming legalization of marijuana and what its impact on our society will be.

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COCA - August 2017 Newsletter
COCA - August 2017 Newsletter

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Ontario Government invests in Beef Research Facility
Ontario Government invests in Beef Research Facility

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.

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COCA - Government Relations July 2017 - Members Report
COCA - Government Relations July 2017 - Members Report

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Surprises in a new Study of Construction Fatalities
Surprises in a new Study of Construction Fatalities

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.

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

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Build Force Canada’s 2016-2017 Annual Report
Build Force Canada’s 2016-2017 Annual Report

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COCA - Government Relations June 2017 - Members Report
COCA - Government Relations June 2017 - Members Report

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COCA's submission to WSIB re. work-related mental stress
COCA's submission to WSIB re. work-related mental stress

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)

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

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UBC creates stronger concrete with rubber
UBC creates stronger concrete with rubber

UBC engineers have developed a more resilient type of concrete incorporating recycled tires that could be used for concrete structures

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June 2017
June 2017

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

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BuildForce aims to retain tradeswomen
BuildForce aims to retain tradeswomen

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.

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New coating material protects concrete pipes from corrosion
New coating material protects concrete pipes from corrosion

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

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COCA - July 2017 Newsletter
COCA - July 2017 Newsletter

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Winners of CSSBI's 2017 Photo Contest
Winners of CSSBI's 2017 Photo Contest

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!

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COCA - June 2017 Newsletter
COCA - June 2017 Newsletter

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The True Sustainability of Steel in Numbers
The True Sustainability of Steel in Numbers

Steel is Earth’s most recycled material — but that’s only the beginning. This infographic showcases cold-formed steel’s sustainability benefits.

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Skills Ontario
Skills Ontario

2017 Skills Ontario Competition - YouTube video

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Proposed Prompt Payment Timeline
Proposed Prompt Payment Timeline

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.

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Proposed Prompt Payment, Dispute & Adjudication Process
Proposed Prompt Payment, Dispute & Adjudication Process

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

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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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Modernizing Ontario's Construction Laws
Modernizing Ontario's Construction Laws

New Legislation Would Address Payment Delay and Improve Dispute Resolution Process

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