This is a special edition of What’s New, mainly devoted to workplace issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak to help keep you safe and informed.
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.
DCN reports: After many years of lobbying for changes to the National Building Code (NBC) and the National Fire Code pertaining to farm buildings, the end is near, Will Teron, principal at Tacoma Engineers, told delegates at this year’s Canadian Farm Builders Association (CFBA) conference.
Gary van Bolderen, a charter member of the Canadian Farm Builders Association was recognized for his contributions to the association with an award in his honour
Automated tracking and new fire extinguishing technology could reduce barn fires.
The Canadian Farm Builders Association celebrated its 40th anniversary at it’s annual general meeting and awards in Stratford, Ont. Feb. 28.
to lift the suspension of limitation periods and procedural time periods under the Construction Act.
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.
Extending Construction Hours Will Help Keep Ontario Workers Safe
Regarding clarification of Essential Workplaces
Regarding continuation of Building Inspection Services
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.
The Ontario government says it is accelerating the construction of essential projects in response to the worsening coronavirus pandemic.
Ontario Dispute Adjudication for Construction Contracts (ODACC): FAQ's
The Surety Association of Canada speaks out about the impact this oversight may have on construction firms, particularly smaller enterprises.
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.
Industry news as it relates to COVID-19
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for Employers regarding COVID-19
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.
From the Provincial Labour-Management Health and Safety Committee in partnership with the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association
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.
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.
This is a special edition of What’s New, devoted to workplace issues related to COVID-19 to help keep you safe and informed.
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.