July 12, 2022


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  • Industry News
  • Important TCA Updates
  • Certificates of Substantial Performance (CSPs) - TCA Member discount
  • TCIC Upcoming Courses
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McFarling appointed chair of WSIB health and safety committee

Sean McFarling was recently appointed to the position of chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s Health and Safety Committee.

McFarling joined the WSIB board in February 2020 just before the pandemic began and has been serving most recently as vice chair of the health and safety committee.

He also serves as general counsel to the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), Ontario Provincial District Council (OPDC) and LIUNA’s Central and Eastern Canada Organizing Fund (CECOF), indicates a WSIB release.

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Updated green building council standard prioritizes carbon reduction

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) has introduced the latest version of its Zero Carbon Building-Design (ZCB-Design) Standard, which prioritizes reductions in carbon emissions and embodied carbon, and encourages energy-efficient design.

Jurisdictions across Canada—including Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal—are implementing plans to reduce carbon emissions from buildings. Increasingly, projects are using CAGBC’s standards to help map out their approach to decarbonization. ZCB-Design v3 offers additional flexibility with thermal energy demand intensity (TEDI), to incentivize projects to move away from combustion.

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PSPC awards construction contract for Burlington Canal Lift Bridge deck replacement

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) announced a contract worth over $21 million (including taxes) to EllisDon Civil Ltd. and Chant Limited, in joint venture, located in Mississauga, Ontario, to manage the construction of the bridge deck replacement of the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge in Burlington, Ontario. Through this contract, both companies in joint venture will replace the lift span’s bridge deck, restore the approach spans and widen sections of the sidewalk to allow more space for pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely and to improve traffic flow.

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Skills Ontario hosts camps for youth this summer

Skills Ontario is hosting summer camps for youth across the province entering Grades 7, 8, and 9 to introduce them to explore career paths in the skilled trades and technology.

During the months of July and August, students will participate in hands-on activities, skilled trade and technology workshops and industry tours. The camps will be led by Skills Ontario staff and skilled professionals. Skills Ontario is also hosting camps for French-speaking and Indigenous youth and will also be offering virtual workshops throughout the summer.

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North American construction trends to growth and caution

Trimble Viewpoint’s latest Q1 2022 Construction Metrics Index, which provides trends related to project starts, hiring, contract values and cashflow metrics in North America, indicate growth on a quarter-to-quarter basis, but a dip on a year-to-year comparison for the quarter.

Based on the research, new projects increased 10 per cent compared to Q4 2021, but were off by 20 per cent from a year ago (Q1 2021). Specialty contractors fared somewhat better, rising 70 per cent compared to the previous quarter, but were still off 12 per cent from the same quarter one year earlier. General contractors experienced a 14 per cent increase in projects compared to Q4, but experienced a 36 per cent decrease versus Q1 2021.

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Canadian building permits increase 2.3% in May

Statistics Canada reports that the total value of building permits in Canada rose 2.3% in May to $12.1 billion. The non-residential sector increased 7.0% to $4.3 billion, while the residential sector edged down 0.1% to $7.8 billion.

On a constant dollar basis (2012=100), the total value of building permits increased 1.8% to $7.7 billion.

Multi and single residential construction diverges
Residential permits edged down 0.1% to $7.8 billion in May. Increases in Ontario and British Columbia were offset by losses in seven other provinces.

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Toronto provides update on waterfront park and other public realm projects

The City of Toronto provided an update on next steps for Bathurst Quay waterfront park and other public realm projects. A City of Toronto staff report on these projects goes to the City’s Executive Committee for consideration on July 12.

The upcoming report recommends a work plan for advancing significant new downtown parks and public realm initiatives, which include Bathurst Quay, a Rail Corridor Master Plan and University Avenue. The report outlines the vision for each project, work undertaken to date and key implementation considerations in the next phase of project development.

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Vancouver charges some of the highest development fees among major cities: Study

The City of Vancouver has the highest development fees for condos and among the highest number of separate fees, which has a significant influence on the cost and timeline to deliver units, according to a new study by CMHC.

The agency’s latest report, to be published on its website Tuesday, found that total fees amounted to $140 per square foot on the city’s lowrise and highrise condo developments, mostly due to density-related community amenity fees, accounting for about 20 per cent of construction costs.

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Important TCA Updates

TCA's 27th Annual Members' Day — Register now!

Members: Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to connect with like-minded industry professionals.

TCA is thrilled to be hosting its 27th Annual Members' Day on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 — we invite you to come out and celebrate with us! 

Members Day offers an exclusive opportunity to showcase product(s) / service(s) and a chance to reconnect and build new relationships with other industry professionals.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact, Nazak Ghobadi via:
Email: nghobadi@tcaconnect.com | Phone: 416-499-4000, x4106

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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
Excel for Construction – Basic (1 Gold Seal credit)
July 6 & 13 | Wednesday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

July 11 & 18 | Monday | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST

Construction Job Cost Control (1 Gold Seal credit)
July 13 & 14 | Wednesday & Thursday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Integrated Design & Delivery (1 Gold Seal credit)
July 14 & 15 | Thursday & Friday | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Excel for Construction – Basic (1 Gold Seal credit)
July 20 & 27 | Wednesday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

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