May 10, 2022


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  • TCA Member Benefit
  • TCA Member Spotlight
  • Industry News
  • Important TCA Updates
  • Certificates of Substantial Performance (CSPs) - TCA Member discount
  • TCIC Upcoming Courses
TCA Member Spotlight

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Advertise in Our Weekly Bulletin

Advertise your products and service in TCA's Weekly E-Connect bulletin. This email blast is sent to the members on Tuesday morning of each week. Please visit our website, or contact Vishawn Thompson for details.
Toronto raises standards for new development, mandates net-zero for new city-owned buildings

A new version of the Toronto Green Standard (TGS) is now in effect for new development applications.

Rules for mid to high-rise residential and non-residential development, apply to residential apartment buildings four storeys and higher, and all industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) developments. For low-rise residential construction, the TGS applies to development less than four storeys with a minimum of five dwelling units.

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April Jobless rate drops to another new low as economy adds 1,000 jobs in April

Statistics Canada says the jobless rate fell in April to another record low as employment was little changed for the month with a gain of 1,000 jobs. The unemployment rate came in at 5.2 per cent for April compared with the previous record low of 5.3 per cent set in March.

The drop in the rate came as the number of jobs in professional, scientific and technical services rose by 15,000 in April and the public administration category gained 17,000.

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Dagmar Construction awarded $62 million contract by Metrolinx

Bird Construction Inc. is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Dagmar Construction, has been awarded a contract for Railway Track, Signal and Station works by Metrolinx for the Kitchener GO Corridor Expansion project. The contract value is approximately $62 million.

Dagmar, acquired by Bird in September 2021, is a high-performing Ontario-based construction company with extensive experience across key civil infrastructure sub-sectors including rail, road, bridge, sewer and water, and select commercial-institutional sites.

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Mass timber affordable housing pilot project launched in Toronto

A pilot project – the first of its kind in Toronto – will create 100 new rental units using mass timber and other low-carbon materials for building construction.

The development is being designed to the highest tier of Toronto Green Standard Version 4 with no on-site fossil fuel use and maximum on-site renewable electricity. As a result, this building will be near net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Through this pilot program, Mayor John Tory says a new scalable, affordable and market housing mass timber affordable housing program will be developed that can be replicated on other city-owned sites.

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Carpenters reject proposed ICI deal, slated to strike Monday; plumbers, pipefitters also nix deal

The Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario (CDCO) has announced its members in the ICI sector have rejected a contract offer from the employers’ bargaining agency and a strike is imminent effective Monday, May 9.

The Carpenters’ negotiators reached a tentative deal with the employers two weeks ago and members have held ratification votes at locals over that time, with the executive recommending ratification.

CDCO president Mike Yorke announced May 5 that the workers turned down the offer by a “huge margin.”

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When Software Is Your Hard Hat: Keeping Your Jobsite Safe

Construction is one of the highest-risk industries in the world. From financial and legal threats to jobsite hazards, contractors are faced with many challenges. Construction Safety Week’s mission is to shed light on creating a safety culture that supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of everyone on the jobsite. STACK stands by promoting a supportive culture in construction to keep our industry physically and mentally safe and sound.

We’ll guide you through the real data surrounding construction safety, why collaboration is vital for your team’s protection, how to improve training, and how cloud-based software increases collaboration and safety.

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AGO expansion project aims to hit global net-zero goal

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has selected Selldorf Architects, Diamond Schmitt, and Two Row Architect to lead the design phase of AGO Global Contemporary, the museum’s proposed net-zero expansion project.

The goal is to achieve net-zero carbon certification which, if successful, would make the AGO one of only a few museums in the world to accomplish this.

The proposed expansion will be approximately 4645 m2 (50,000 sf) for modern and contemporary art. This will be the seventh expansion the AGO has undertaken since it was founded in 1900. The most recent was the Transformation AGO expansion project, designed by Gehry International Architects Inc.

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PCL’s Gower urges industry, government to ‘wake up’ and combat labour shortage

The construction industry can’t afford to wait for the skilled labour shortage to resolve itself.

Stakeholders and government need to work together and take action immediately to find solutions.

That was the message from Chris Gower, COO, buildings with PCL Construction, in a recent blog post he wrote entitled Bridging the Skills Gap.

Some of the things PCL is doing and other contractors can do as well, Gower said, is collaborate with local schools; offer apprenticeships and internships; provide internal training; improve construction marketing and incentives; and access global talent.

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Important TCA Updates
2022 TCA Golf Tournament Helicopter Ball Drop Contest in support of SickKids - Purchase Golf Balls and make an Impact
The "Helicopter Ball Drop Contest" returns at our annual golf tournament in support of Sick Kids at the Angus Glen Golf Club on May 12, 2022. Click here, for the full contest details.
Be a part of something incredible and help change lives - Purchase golf balls and make an impact!

A portion of the proceeds from our Golf Ball Drop will go to SickKids, to support their ongoing research efforts!
Purchase dinner reception tickets here. 
Home Depot Foundation Orange Door Charity Raffle
We have received some prize donations through our vendors and some of our stores and will be selling raffle tickets at the Home Depot Hole (10 South) and Blue Door Hole (North 18). You will have a chance to win some amazing prizes such as BBQLawn MowerTop Notch Tool Sets, and many more. Please bring cash to purchase your tickets and support Orange Door Foundation. The raffle will be done at Dinner.
The Home Depot Canada Foundation - BN: 828431015RR0001

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to preventing and ending youth homelessness. Together with community partners across the country, we work to break cycles of inequity and enable at-risk youth facing homelessness achieve positive development outcomes and realize their full potential.
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
May 11 & 12 | Wednesday & Thursday | 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST

May 12 & 19 | Thursday | 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST

May 17 | Tuesday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Responding Successfully to A Request For Proposal (1.5 Gold Seal credits, 1 Spot Left)
May 17 – 19 | Tuesday - Thursday | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

May 18 | Wednesday | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST

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