As Ontario enters its second stage of reopening the province, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is releasing a guide to help building owners and operators ensure water quality is restored before opening their buildings to workers and the public.
When water sits in pipes for long periods, it can pose a risk to human health. Prior to reopening buildings to the public, building owners and managers are responsible for beginning water flushing activities to restore the water quality and ensure the safety of drinking water.
The following document, Guide for Maintaining Building Plumbing After an Extended Vacancy, outlines the procedures building owners and managers should take to ensure the water in their building is safe. It is also important to communicate with tenants, local public health units, and, if necessary, the municipality, to ensure the delivery of safe drinking water. See the guide for further details.
Congratulations to all winners of the Skills Ontario contests!
The WSIB's Health and Safety Excellence Program (HSEP) is well positioned to help you adapt to the new health and safety reality and stop the spread of COVID19, supporting safety in the construction industry
Discussions over how different materials affect the total cost of a building surface and resurface throughout the design and planning phases of a construction project. View the following information from CSSBI.
We are saddened to share the news that Doug Gullett passed away suddenly on June 11th, 2020
Returning to work during COVID-19 raises questions about the steps that employers should be taking to train their employees and adapt their physical workplaces
On behalf of CFBA members, the CFBA reached out to the Honorable Minister Steve Clark of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, on March 20th, 2020 regarding the continuation of Building Inspection Services during COVID-19. The CFBA received the following response
Regarding continuation of Building Inspection Services
Veterans provided with opportunities to transition into apprenticeships
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing made amendments to Ontario’s Building Code related to the delivery of building code services
Learn how you can create a plan to help protect your workers and others from novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
In the face of more barn fires and higher losses, insurance companies want a role in how new barns are designed. (published in Ontario Farmer)
Even before COVID-19 forced governments to shut down various local businesses to prevent the disease from spreading, Stuart Chutter found it difficult to visit a gym on a regular basis to get the workout he wanted.
Skills Ontario is offering virtual Summer Camps in 2020, encouraging youth across Ontario to explore the skilled trades and technologies
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.
With the world shifting to a new state of risk awareness, construction companies will need a rapid recovery strategy to become more resilient in the post-COVID world.
NFBA's Official Magazine: National FRAME
It’s not exactly business as usual as construction sites open back up across the country. Without a vaccine or herd immunity, there’s still a risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, so any business – including a construction site – that is reopening needs a plan for infection control.
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.
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.
As return-to-work plans start to take shape for businesses of all sizes, it’s important to keep operations and cash flow management, the ability to leverage government grants and incentives, and business contingency planning top of mind as you navigate this return.
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.
Report for the Labour Management Network. Ontario injury and fatality statistics in Construction.