October 26, 2021

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Upcoming TCA Events
  • Networking
  • Industry News
  • TCA Member Spotlight
  • Certificates of Substantial Performance (CSPs) - TCA Member discount
  • TCIC Upcoming Courses
INDUSTRY NEWS
Contractors to profit as WSIB announces premium cut

At long last, Ontario’s non-residential contractors will benefit from a major drop in Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) premium rates, savings they’ve been anticipating for years.

After a decade of declining injury rates, with the WSIB’s unfunded liability (UFL) paid off a few years ago and the non-residential contractors now in a separate employer class from their more injury-prone colleagues in residential construction, the non-residential contractors will see a drastic rate cut in 2022.

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Ontario offering free skilled trades guidance for immigrants

The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has announced an investment of over $900,000 to connect 900 new immigrants with skilled trade jobs, such as carpenters, electricians, plumbers, mechanics and welders.

The newcomers to the province will receiver free virtual workshops for training and job connections. The workshops, which are being organized by the YMCA/YWCA, will be offered to newcomers in Ottawa, Toronto, and other Ontario cities.

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Canadian workers ‘unequally protected’ against asbestos exposure

Although there is a relatively robust regulatory framework around asbestos in Canada, the country still has a long ways to go, according to a study completed for the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

The research showed despite a federal asbestos ban being implemented in 2018, there is still a patchwork of legislation in Canada regulating the material in the occupational and non-occupational environment, which has resulted in inconsistencies across the regulatory spectrum.


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Insurance and bonding: More claims, challenges for construction insurance while surety market performs surprisingly well

After 18 months of COVID-19 pandemic stresses, how well are contractors managing with insurance and surety requirements and claims? The answer, say industry representatives, is surprisingly good, considering the massive stresses and challenges that the pandemic has caused in the economy.

Indeed, insurance underwriting has become more complex and challenging and premiums are higher. But surety loss ratios are healthy and bonding has become easier and quicker to manage with the increasing adoption of E-bonds.

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Procore and Sage expand partnership with launch of cloud-to-cloud integration

Building upon our previous integrations, Procore has teamed up with Sage once again to launch the new Sage Intacct Construction and Procore Connector. The expanded cloud-to-cloud integration leverages the respective strengths of Procore’s construction management solution and Sage’s accounting solution.

Sage Intacct Construction combines the proven native-cloud platform of Sage Intacct with the 50-plus years of experience from Timberline Software (now known as Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate) to meet the unique needs of the construction industry.

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EllisDon constructs Canadian Pavilion at Expo 2020, bridging culture and sustainability

The Canadian Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai combines elements from the Canadian landscape and Arabic architecture to reflect the expo theme, Connecting Minds and Creating the Future. Expo 2020 was supposed to be held last year but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For this expo, and for the first time in World Expo history, every participating country has its own pavilion. EllisDon was selected to design, build and maintain the Canadian Pavilion working with consortium members Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Amana, Lord Cultural Resources, Hatch, Kubik, Thornton Tomasetti and NGX.

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Toronto announces development partners for ‘Housing Now’ sites

Following a competitive market offering process launched by CBRE Limited on behalf of the City and CreateTO in the fall of 2019, the development of the Housing Now site at 50 Wilson Heights Blvd. has been awarded to Tridel Builders Inc. and Greenwin Holdings Inc. and the development of 705 Warden Ave. has been awarded to Greenwin Holdings Inc. and KingSett Affordable Housing LP.

At the two sites, developers will build over 2,000 new homes, including over 1,600 rental units, of which nearly 800 will be affordable housing.

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Ontario issues RFQ for Scarborough Subway Extension

The Ontario government has released the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the design and delivery of the new subway stations, rail and systems work on the Scarborough Subway extension. To expedite work the project has been designed as two separate contracts of work. In May 2021, the province awarded the first contract for advanced tunnelling to Strabag. In June 2021, the province announced the official ground breaking for the Scarborough Subway Extension, marking the start of construction on the largest subway expansion in Canadian history. 

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Important TCA Updates
Apply for the TCA 2021 Innovative Product Award—Submission deadline is Friday, November 12, 2021
If you have a NEW and unique solution that is changing the way we do busy submit your application now for a chance to win TCA's 2021 Innovative Product Award!
The Innovative Product Award (formerly known as TIPTA) was established in 1994 by the Toronto Construction Association (TCA). The Award is open to any supplier who can demonstrate the development, and/or the use of innovative technologies in their respective industries. Eligibility is restricted to TCA member companies or those companies exhibiting at virtual Building Week.
The submissions deadline is November 12, 2021, at 11:59 pm EST. Click here to learn more.
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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TCIC Upcoming Courses
Oct. 28 | Thursday | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Oct. 28 & 29 | Thursday & Friday | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Oct. 29 | Friday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

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