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Contractors: COCA ASKS YOU TO Contact your MPP
Contractors: COCA ASKS YOU TO Contact your MPP

COCA is pleased by the government’s recent decision to lift the suspension of limitation periods and procedural time periods under the Construction Act which was an unintended consequence of Ont. Reg. 73/20. COCA still needs your support. The Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) is your voice at Queen’s Park. COCA is seeking relief for contractors like you from delay claims that have been caused by the COVID19 pandemic. Because their usual methods of lobbying have been curtailed as a result of the pandemic, COCA has turned to a digital advocacy tool. If you have not already done so, please click on the button following and enter the information to send a message supporting COCA to your own MPP. It’s simple and takes about 30 seconds of your time. The more people from our industry that participate, the much greater is the chance of securing the relief our industry needs. Many thanks for your help.

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Attorney General revising emergency order, O. Reg. 73/20
Attorney General revising emergency order, O. Reg. 73/20

to lift the suspension of limitation periods and procedural time periods under the Construction Act.

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Ontario Accelerates Essential Construction Projects During COVID-19
Ontario Accelerates Essential Construction Projects During COVID-19

Extending Construction Hours Will Help Keep Ontario Workers Safe

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Essential Workplaces list: Construction #29.1 amended
Essential Workplaces list: Construction #29.1 amended

To include: construction projects that are due to be completed before October 4, 2020 and that would provide additional capacity in the production, processing, manufacturing or distribution of food, beverages or agricultural products.

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CFBA sends letter to Premier Ford
CFBA sends letter to Premier Ford

Regarding clarification of Essential Workplaces

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CFBA sends letter to Honorable Ministers Hardeman and Clark
CFBA sends letter to Honorable Ministers Hardeman and Clark

Regarding continuation of Building Inspection Services

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Coronavirus: Ontario ramps up essential construction projects
Coronavirus: Ontario ramps up essential construction projects

The Ontario government says it is accelerating the construction of essential projects in response to the worsening coronavirus pandemic.

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CCA is seeking the support of its urgent request of the federal government
CCA is seeking the support of its urgent request of the federal government

In an effort to alleviate some of the financial pressure the industry is experiencing by creating an Emergency COVID-19 Construction Cost Reimbursement Program. To participate in this digital advocacy initiative, click on the purple “Take Action – Send a message to Your MP” button in the following 'Read More' communication and the complete the form. Based on your address, your MP will automatically be identified when the form is sent.

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Release of Holdback Bonds During the COVID‐19 Crisis
Release of Holdback Bonds During the COVID‐19 Crisis

The Surety Association of Canada speaks out about the impact this oversight may have on construction firms, particularly smaller enterprises.  

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Pandemic  Response In the Construction Industry
Pandemic Response In the Construction Industry

The following letter was sent to the government of Ontario calling for immediate action to address the need for relief from construction project delay claims as a result of COVID19 and an exemption from O Reg 73/20 under the Emergency Act that will allow holdback to flow as normal.

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Sherrard Kuzz LLP Briefing Note - April 3, 2020
Sherrard Kuzz LLP Briefing Note - April 3, 2020

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for Employers regarding COVID-19

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Extension for existing Working at Heights worker certifications
Extension for existing Working at Heights worker certifications

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and the Office of the Chief Prevention Officer has extended existing Working at Heights worker certifications completed between February 28, 2017 and August 31, 2017, by a one year period, making the certification valid for a four year period from the date of successful completion of the training program into 2021.

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Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) Weekly Roundup
Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) Weekly Roundup

Industry news as it relates to COVID-19

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What's New - The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
What's New - The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

This is a special edition of What’s New, devoted to workplace issues related to COVID-19 to help keep you safe and informed.

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OCC renews call for construction shut down
OCC renews call for construction shut down

The Ontario Construction Consortium (OCC) is renewing its call for the provincial government to suspend work on construction sites across Ontario for 14 days to protect the safety of workers and employers amid the COVID19 crisis.

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COVID-19 - Standardized Protocols for All Canadian Construction Sites
COVID-19 - Standardized Protocols for All Canadian Construction Sites

The Standardized Protocols for All Canadian Construction Sites outlines the best practices for construction sites in order to maintain the health and safety of all workers required to perform duties during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Sherrard Kuzz LLP, Employment & Labour Lawyers COVID-19: FAQ's
Sherrard Kuzz LLP, Employment & Labour Lawyers COVID-19: FAQ's

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions to Assist Employers

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WSIB @ Work: COVID-19 Updates, Special Issue
WSIB @ Work: COVID-19 Updates, Special Issue

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Construction site health and safety during COVID-19
Construction site health and safety during COVID-19

Ontario Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton has issued a set of guidelines developed by Chief Prevention Officer Ron Kelusky for best health and safety practices at construction sites during the COVID-19 crisis.

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2-Minute News- March 2020
2-Minute News- March 2020

IHSA COVID-19 safety resources available online and More

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COVID-19 has LIUNA members pondering right to refuse unsafe work
COVID-19 has LIUNA members pondering right to refuse unsafe work

Ontario construction employers and workers are reacquainting themselves with workplace legislation to understand the boundaries of an employee’s right to refuse work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COCA's Letter on Pandemic Response In the Construction Industry
COCA's Letter on Pandemic Response In the Construction Industry

Sent to the Provincial Government

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Sherrard Kuzz LLP: FAQ's that apply to unionized construction workplaces
Sherrard Kuzz LLP: FAQ's that apply to unionized construction workplaces

COVID-19 frequently asked questions to assist unionized construction workplaces

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COVID-19 has LIUNA members pondering right to refuse unsafe work
COVID-19 has LIUNA members pondering right to refuse unsafe work

Ontario construction employers and workers are reacquainting themselves with workplace legislation to understand the boundaries of an employee’s right to refuse work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CECCO, COCA, CDAO, PBCTCO call on the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development to enhance enforcement activities to ensure compliance
CECCO, COCA, CDAO, PBCTCO call on the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development to enhance enforcement activities to ensure compliance

Four organizations from both the labour and employer sides of the construction industry have joined together with a common position regarding the protection of the health and welfare of construction workers and sustaining the provincial economy, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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