Construction in Ontario Newsletter
February 2018 Edition

Welcome to COCA's new look Newsletter. The newsletter had been redesigned in response to feedback from members. The new design is mobile friendly and can be read on most mobile devices.

We have also addressed a concern that some articles were too long. Articles in the Newsletter are now summarized. To read the complete article click on Read More and you will directed to the complete article.

We would welcome feedback (good or bad) on the new design, please contact Martin Benson at with your comments.
Lien Act Modernization, Dispute Resolution & Prompt Payment Moving Ahead
Bill 142, Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017 , received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017, but most of the amendments are not yet in force.
Officials at the Ministry of the Attorney General are working with Bruce Reynolds, Sharon Vogel and their Advisory Group on the drafting of regulations to support Bill 142. It is the government’s intention to post the proposed regulations on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry in February 2018.

New Ontario Apprenticeship Strategy Released
The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development released the province’s apprenticeship strategy titled “A Stronger Apprenticeship System for Ontario” on February 7, 2018. The strategy was developed after broad, province-wide consultation through  working sessions that involved more than 1,000 people.

The strategy is a multi-year plan built on five “essential pillars and future state goals” each one with a suite of short and long tern initiatives.  

Federal Government Moves on Prompt Payment
On January 30, 2018 the Government of Canada, through representatives of the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced it is seeking industry input and recommendations on federal prompt payment legislation.  

COCA Supports CCA Policy Against Bidding by State-Owned Entities
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) recently asked the Council of Ontario Construction Associations to consider supporting a longstanding CCA policy that states “CCA opposes government-owned or controlled entities competing for construction contracts”. 

Fairfax to Purchase Parts of Carillion Canada
According to media reports, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. has agreed to purchase significant parts of Carillion Canada. 

Carillion Canada recently filed for court protection from its creditors, a step made necessary by the financial collapse of its British parent, Carillion PLC. The court protection covers Carillion Construction Inc., Carillion Canada Inc., Carillion Canada Holdings Inc. and Carillion Canada Finance Corp.  

Ontario PC Leadership – The Candidates and the Process in a Nutshell
Here’s everything you need to know about the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario’s leadership campaign, the candidates and the rules:

Ontario Liberal Party Top 10 List
At the Ontario Liberal Party’s recent annual meeting, MPP Yvan Baker revealed the top 10 list of ideas that were put forward in an online OLP consultation that engaged more than 14,500 people and produced more than 1,00 ideas 

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Bill 148: What It Means for Employers

In June 2017, the Ontario Government introduced An Act to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and to make related amendments to other Acts, referred to as the "Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017" ("Bill 148").
Bill 148 introduces significant amendments to Ontario's Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act, and limited amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Many amendments will come into force on January 1, 2018, and some as early as November 2017.
Wednesday March 7, 2018; 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
(Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.; program at 8:00 a.m.)
Hazelton Manor, 99 Peelar Road, Concord, ON L4K 1A3
By Tuesday February 20, 2018 (spaces limited)
Details, including how to register, can be found on the back page of our newsletter and on our website.
Pinchin Complimentary Sessions

Pinchin Ltd. offers FREE learning opportunities across the province each month.  To see a list click here.
Upcoming Inspection Blitzes

The Ministry of Labour has published a list of blitzes for early 2018. For the full list click here.
Get IHSA training when and where you need it.

To see a list of contacts and the regions they serve c lick here.
Eye on ICI Economic Update

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