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.
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.
It has now been more than two months since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. Since then, our country, along with the rest of the world, has been forced to make changes to the way we operate both in business and in our personal lives.
Ontario’s new Construction Act (the “Act”) replaces the former Construction Lien Act (the “CLA”) which has been in effect since 1983. The Act contains the most sweeping set of reforms governing construction payment obligations that the industry has seen in more than a generation.
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has updated its Guide to dealing with onerous contract conditions for their partner associations.
Report for the Labour Management Network. Ontario injury and fatality statistics in Construction.
RSM Building Consultants hosted a webinar on cannabis facility requirements mandated by the Ontario Building Code. To view / listen to the webinar recording
Ontario Dispute Adjudication for Construction Contracts (“ODACC”) is responsible for administering construction-related adjudications. Adjudication and prompt payment provisions of the Construction Act came into force on October 1, 2019. Certain disputes can now be referred to adjudication, including:
• the valuation of services or materials;
• payments under a contract;
• notices of non-payment;
• holdbacks; and
• any other matter that the parties to the adjudication agree to.
YouTube link to May 22nd 2020 webinar. Commentary covers the following issues and topics:
- What is adjudication?
- How much does adjudication cost?
- How to commence an adjudication.
- How to select an adjudicator.
- What are the benefits of adjudication?
- How to become an adjudicator.
As federal and provincial governments begin to re-open the economy amid COVID-19 recovery, organizations of all industries and sizes are determining their return-to-work strategies and plans. While every organization is different, there are fundamental questions that should be answered as part of your return-to-work plans.
This presentation will provide some insight to help guide organizational leaders in the development of return-to-work programs. The focus – assisting organizations with answering the critical questions of:
Can You? – Answering are you allowed to return to work.
Should You? – Making the decision to return to work.
How Do You? – Operationalizing how to return to work.
As government orders are lifted, employers will enter uncharted territory. Sherrard Kuzz LLP has a deep understanding of the pandemic’s impact on businesses and industries, and how to work through the related workplace issues. To help you get started, they have developed the following complimentary Return To Work considerations.
New Programs Focus on Hospitality Workers and APPRENTICES
The CSSBI created this presentation to outline some of the unique qualities of a steel building system in order to demonstrate its benefits to architects, engineers, contractors and building owners.
The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association is proud to present a recorded webinar that provides guidance to working safely on construction projects related to COVID-19. The session is approximately 45 mins and includes workplace roles and responsibilities and best practices. It is available for you to download at no charge and watch at your own pace as preferred.
The webinar will be of interest to company owners, managers, supervisors, health and safety practitioners, Joint Health and Safety Committee members and others who have responsibility for assisting workplace parties keep safe during COVID-19 on Construction projects.
Feeling stressed? Covid-19 has caused disruption and uncertainty in our lives and the stress we are facing right now can feel overwhelming. Receive free access to Inward Strong, an awarded, self-directed online mental wellness program. It's like having your own personal wellness coach 24/7. During these “unprecedented times” companies and their employees are trying to figure out how to set up operations remotely, how to maintain communication with staff and customers and perhaps most importantly, how to help maintain productivity during a stressful time. Mental health touches us all, especially during these challenging times.
When the first “phase” of the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end, employers may face new and different challenges. Topics include:
Sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario
Review a list of companies that sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to keep your employees and customers safe from Covid-19
The Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) recently polled 200 general and trade contractors in the province’s ICI sector on the impact of the coronavirus on their business. Some of the findings were startling.
On May 11, 2020, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing filed Ontario Regulation 209/20, which made amendments to Ontario’s Building Code related to the delivery of building code services, such as reviewing building permit applications and conducting inspections.
The amendment requires that municipal building officials continue to review permit applications and conduct construction inspections by providing that the time periods in the Building Code remain in effect for all construction projects, even when the municipal offices are closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The amendment also establishes that conditional permits can be issued for non-essential construction during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The amendment will remain in effect for as long as municipal building department offices are closed to the public for in-person services due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
To Stay Closed or to Open Up?
As the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, employers need to know their legal rights and obligations as it relates to the Canadian workplace. The following are some of the most pressing Frequently Asked Questions.