August 10, 2021

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Upcoming TCA Events
  • Project Opportunities
  • Industry News
  • Certificates of Substantial Performance (CSPs) - TCA Member discount
  • TCIC Upcoming Courses
How Does a Contractor Survive a Hard Insurance Market?
 
The cost of insuring contractors keeps getting bigger. For construction companies, a hardened insurance market is driving premiums up. Particularly, construction auto insurance, liability insurance, and builder's risk insurance rates have been rising, driven by factors such as increased litigation, changing construction defect and labour laws, and an increase in catastrophic fires and floods. Download the eBook to learn the three ways you can create a strategy against rising construction insurance rates.

For more information on how you can keep your policy costs down and manage your construction risks, contact a HUB construction insurance specialist.
Ontario Investing in New Resources for Construction Sector

The Ontario government is investing over $3 million to create a virtual training hub that will help construction supervisors learn the skills they need to mentor and train their team. The funding will also go toward the creation of an online job bank that will help up to 200 laid-off and unemployed workers find good jobs in construction. This initiative will support Merit Ontario, an organization that supports contractors who employ both unionized and non-unionized workers, in developing and running a virtual training and resource hub that helps 225 small, medium and large construction companies bring their training programs online.

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Forget one-size-fits-all: Why PPE built for women means safer working conditions

Canada is facing a major skilled trades shortage over the next decade. While measures are being taken by local and national leaders to attract more workers to the trades, more can be done to recruit from one relatively untapped demographic: women. However, there are many barriers women face when it comes to joining the construction trades, a major one being safety.

Safety is paramount on job sites, yet many women feel like the personal protective equipment (PPE) available to them is uncomfortable and not made for their sizes or body types. This can become a major obstacle when it comes to hiring women for work crews and making them feel welcome in the industry. 

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Humber College addition has one key goal: help Ontario’s skilled trades labour shortage

Heavy equipment is slated to be brought in this fall to begin excavating the foundation for a $9.5-million addition to a skilled trades training centre at the north campus of the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto. The Centre for Skilled Trades and Technology at 110 Carrier Dr., built in a former furniture manufacturing plant, is being expanded by 16,620 square feet to accommodate more hands-on training for students seeking careers in trades such as plumbing, carpentry, electrical, millwright and welding. The addition will enable the college to expand its training portfolio and help address the increasing demand for apprentices and tradespeople.


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Security fencing: Canada’s past, present and future

As little as a decade ago, the fencing industry in Canada was simple. Those seeking low maintenance and higher security chose chain link, and for their back yards, it was wood fence or bust. Security needs were low, budgets were small and everything was easy.

Things change, however, and while many people haven’t noticed it as much as industry insiders, security fencing has been one of the most rapidly evolving construction sectors in recent years.

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Tridel proposes soaring condo tower at site of two downtown Toronto heritage buildings

Tridel has submitted a Toronto Zoning Bylaw Amendment and site plan to redevelop two downtown heritage buildings into a soaring condo tower.

The new tower will be 36 storeys in the north and 41 storeys in the south.

The building will contain commercial uses within the ground floor and offer 470 residential units to the neighbourhood, DataBid.com reports.

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TCA Member Spotlight

Get your company in front of like-minded industry colleagues and grow your network and business opportunities! Click here, to learn more and to complete the application form.
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We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, project managers, planners, surveyors, and environmental specialists, as well as other design and program management professionals.

We design and deliver lasting solutions in the Buildings, Transportation, Infrastructure, Environment, Geomatics, Energy, Resources and Industry sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.

For more information visit: www.wsp.com/en-ca
Important TCA Updates
Registration is now open for our Young Construction Leaders (YCL) Committee Comedy Special with Jeff Leeson—REGISTER NOW!
REGISTER NOW FOR FREE and join the YCL Committee on Thursday, August 19, 2021, from 7:45 PM to 9:00 PM for a fun-filled evening with comedian Jeff Leeson who will have you forgetting your deadlines with his stand-up routine! Don't miss out! Find the full details here.
Exclusive Discount for TCA Members on publishing Certificates of Substantial Performance (CSPs) in the Daily Commercial News (DCN)!

All certificates and notices published in the Daily Commercial News (DCN) are a flat fee of $300 (plus tax). Special Affinity Pricing of $200 per certificate is available to all ConstructConnect subscribers and TCA members.
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**IMPORTANT: To apply the discount, please mention the offer at the time of order placement.**
TCIC Upcoming Courses
Aug. 12, 19 & 26 | Thursday | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Aug 19 & 26 | Thursday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Aug. 25 & Sep. 1 | Wednesday | 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM EST

Aug. 26 | Thursday | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Aug. 26 & 27 | Thursday & Friday | 1:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST

For more details, please click here, or contact: 
Faith Chen, Senior Manager, TCIC/Professional Development