August 3, 2022

IN THIS ISSUE:

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

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INDUSTRY NEWS
Toronto to add five new Construction Hubs to improve safety

The City of Toronto announced the launch of five new Construction Hubs, a MoveTO (congestion management plan) and Vision Zero measure to improve road safety for everyone, reduce the impacts of construction and keep traffic moving in areas of the city with a high volume of construction activity.

The new Hubs are located in the downtown core, Liberty Village, East Harbour, Lake Shore West and Lake Shore East areas. Similar to the Yonge-Eglinton Construction Hub, which was launched in 2019, each of these areas have a high density of private developments being built, a significant number of capital construction projects planned and major transit expansion projects being implemented.

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Feds support EllisDon project to advance mass timber modular construction

The Government of Canada is contributing over $110,000 to the Mass Timber Modular System Project led by EllisDon which will examine the benefits of using mass timber in a modular application and quantify the efficiencies gained in production as well as the overall embodied carbon benefits over traditional materials. The funding is being provided through the Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) Program, indicates a release, adding GCWood also contributed to EllisDon’s Hybrid Timber Floor System, slated to be completed this year. EllisDon has designed and constructed a prototype of a mass timber–based volumetric modular system that can be used in the delivery of various residential occupancies, including affordable housing, student housing, hotels and market housing sectors.

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AECOM to design Bradford Water Pollution Control Plant Biosolids Upgrade project

AECOM will be the design partner for the Bradford Water Pollution Control Plant Biosolids Upgrade project, town officials announced. As part of the design-build team, AECOM will work with Maple Reinders, the project’s construction partner, to help deliver a collaborative approach to meeting the project’s technical, operational, financial, environmental, and social objectives.

The design-build team will deliver engineering and construction services for upgrades to waste activated sludge (WAS) processing by providing new WAS storage and a new WAS thickening system complete with new polymer and odour control systems. This scope includes project management, detailed design, construction management, testing and commissioning, permitting, procurement, and warranty period services.

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RESCON reiterates importance of fighting racism through industry specific courses

The Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) is taking steps to fight racism and raising awareness of the positive impact embracing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) can have on construction companies.

RESCON has completed two online BuildForce Canada courses aimed at helping individuals, industry leaders and managers understand systemic racism and embrace practices that create a more inclusive workplace, states a release.

RESCON, through the Anti-Racism Roundtable, which was formed in 2020, is now a distributor of the courses and is encouraging construction site supervisors, project managers and onsite personnel to take the training.

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Construction employment stalls slightly

Statistics Canada is reporting that employment in the construction sector decreased by 17,500 in May. The 1.5 per cent drop marked the first monthly decline for the sector since July 2021.

Losses were spread across nearly all industries within the sector, with foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors recording the largest decrease, 6,900. Ontario accounted for more than two-thirds of the decrease, which the agency says was likely due, in part, to strikes that resulted in numerous delays in construction projects across the province.

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Ontario’s construction industry uniquely vulnerable to opioid-related deaths, new study reveals

Construction workers are dying of opioid-related causes in Ontario at a much higher rate than workers in other industries, according to a new study that found one in 13 opioid-related deaths in the province occurred among those in the sector.

The reasons behind this are a complicated mix of pain management, job insecurity and having nowhere else to turn, researchers say.


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Rogers Centre to undergo $300-million renovation. This is what it will look like next season

For the first time in 33 years, the home of the Toronto Blue Jays will undergo a massive $300-million renovation that will see the city’s stadium transformed into a world-class ballpark.

The baseball club’s top brass announced the privately-funded overhaul on Thursday, which they say focuses on modernizing the fan experience and building elite player facilities. The first phase of renovations will begin in the 2022-2023 offseason, starting with the 100 level and 200 level outfield.

Those seating areas will see the installation of what the Jays call new “social spaces” with patios, drink rails, bars and viewing platforms.

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Insurance claims becoming more severe

Over the past five years, fire and explosion, natural catastrophes and faulty workmanship or maintenance have been the major causes of loss by value of insurance claims, according to Global Claims Review 2022 from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS).

Ultimately, inflation brings pressure on claims costs from multiple angles. Property and construction insurance claims, in particular, are exposed to higher inflation, as rebuilds and repairs are linked to the cost of materials and labour, while shortages and longer delivery times inflate business interruption (BI) values. Other lines of insurance, such as directors and officers, professional indemnity and general liability, are also susceptible to inflationary pressures through rising legal defense costs and higher settlements.

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Important TCA Updates

Save the date (September 7, 2022): TCA 3rd Annual Women's Golf Tournament — Registration opening soon with early bird special
The Toronto Construction Association is excited to announce that the 2022 women's golf tournament will be held at the Angus Glen Golf Club - North Course, on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Please “save the date” in your calendar!

Registration will open on Thursday, August 4, 2022, with an early bird special, plus some amazing sponsorship packages will be available.

Get ready for an exceptional experience. We cannot wait to host you all!

For more information, please contact Jason Pelligra via email: jpelligra@tcaconnect.com.
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
Construction Job Cost Control (1 Gold Seal credit)
Aug. 10 & 11 | Wednesday & Thursday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Excel for Construction – Basic (1 Gold Seal credit)
Aug. 16 & 18 | Tuesday & Thursday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Aug. 24 | Wednesday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Construction Industry Ethics (Mandatory for Gold Seal applicant, 3 Gold Seal credits)
Aug. 23 & 30 | Tuesday | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Aug. 24 & 31 | Wednesday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

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