October 2020

Important Reminder to TCA Members

In an effort to keep you updated on TCA membership products and services, please contact us if staffing information changesthis is the best way for you and your colleagues to find out what's happening at TCA!

TCA's 1st Women's Golf Day Recap
TCA's 1st Women's Golf Day was perfect and exceeded expectations!
 
The Toronto Construction Association (TCA) held its first-ever women's golf day event on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Angus Glen Golf Club! Despite unprecedented times due to COVID-19, the event was a tremendous success and sold out within a day. The 18 holes available for sponsorships were all claimed.
Even though the weather condition was a little windy, the ladies enjoyed the day and had fun on a fantastic course. There were plenty of attractions at this inaugural event including wood oven pizza; photo booth; pretzel station; cannoli; espresso and gelato; air cannon; and cotton candy. The ladies even got golf tips from Canadian professional golfer Megan Osland who was also in attendance.
With such remarkable success, we are looking to make the TCA Women's Golf Day an annual event for women in the construction industry and can not wait for you ladies to join us again next year.
 
Special thank you to all our sponsors for help making our first Women's Golf Day event an incredible success. We are grateful and appreciate your continued support.

Thank you to all who participated and joined us for our 1st Women's Golf Day. It was a pleasure to host you all

TCA and Angus Glen worked steadily to ensure that all protocols were adhered to due to Covid-19 restrictions. 


Special THANK YOU to our amazing Sponsors

Upcoming Events - Mark your Calendars!

Buildings Week
November 30 - December 4, 2020 - Virtual


CEO Power Breakfast
December 3, 2020 - Virtual



Members Networking Workshop
January 2021 - Virtual
Contact: Nazak Ghobadi  416-499-4000, x4106


February 18, 2021 - Virtual Zoom Event
Contact: Amanda Pontisso 416-499-4000, x4113

*Due to the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, we advise that you visit our website events page for updates on our future events!*
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 TCA's "Best of The Best" Awards

TCA's "Best of the Best" Awards - Apply Today!


Nomination forms for the TCA Awards have now been posted on TCA's website.  

Awards include:

Chancellor's Award of Excellence (TCIC)
Community Leader Award
Donald P. Giffin, Sr. Construction Industry Achievement Award
Green Building Culture Award
Innovation Award
Outstanding Safety Culture Award
Project Achievement Awards (Small, Medium & Large Projects)
Sean P. McKenna Young Construction Award
Trade Contractor Award

Please click here to access our Best of the Best Awards page and click on the award name for complete application details.

*Submissions for the Best of the Best Awards are due on Monday December 7, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.*

Amidst the ongoing situation around Covid-19, we will be hosting our 153rd Annual General Meeting & Best of the Best Awards Presentation via Zoom on Thursday, February 18, 2021. More details to follow soon.

For more information, please contact Amanda Pontisso:
Phone:  416-847-9164 or  Email: APontisso@tcaconnect.com
   
TCA's 2020/21 Construction Book: Coming Late Fall 2020
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TCA Virtually Commissioning Statutory Declarations for Members Only
Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, TCA is now commissioning statutory declarations virtually for our Members.

If you require the signature of a commissioner of oaths, the virtual commissioning process will be as follows:

  • Email us at statdec@tcaconnect.com to set up the video conference
  • Commissioning staff will ask for identification in order to verify the member's identity. Have your picture identification ready.
  • Once confirmed you will sign the Statutory Declarations while the commissioning staff witness. You will then need to scan and send it by email.
  • Once received, the commissioning staff will print and verify the signature that they witnessed and if everything is satisfactory they will sign and email it back.

If you have any further questions regarding TCA's virtual commissioning process, please contact us by email: statdec@tcaconnect.com.

WSIB Worksheet Now Available to Adjust Premiums Reported to Exclude CEWS Subsidy Amounts

At their recent AGM, the WSIB indicated that businesses may retroactively adjust any insurable earnings to exclude CEWS amounts received from March 15, 2020 onwards. This is an update to the Board’s financial relief package

The WSIB now has a worksheet for businesses to adjust premiums contributed. Completed forms or questions about reporting premiums can be sent to employeraccounts@wsib.on.ca. The WSIB will review and process adjustments on the account once they have received the worksheet. 

Moving forward, businesses that continue to receive a CEWS subsidy used to pay employees who are on leave and not working may deduct those earnings at the time they are reported to the WSIB. 

In terms of completing the form, the deduction of the CEWS amount from insurable earnings is included for the period in which the business received the subsidy.

  • For example, a business who applied for the CEWS claims period of August 30 – September 26, but did not receive the approval/funds until October, should account for any amounts when reporting their October period, as that is when the approval/funds were received. 

New CCDC 2 and Online Training
The Chair of the Canadian Construction Documents Committee(CCDC), announced that this winter CCDC will be publishing the new version of the CCDC 2 ‘Stipulated Price Contract’ and the brand-new Master Specification for Division 01 ‘General Requirements’ and CCDC 31 ‘Service Contract Between Owner and Consultant’ documents.

An online training to explain the key changes to CCDC 2 and to introduce the new Division 01document, will be provided.

Click here for more information.

Ontario Helping Apprentices Cover Living Expenses during Training

The Ontario government is making the skilled trades more accessible by investing an additional $75 million over the next two years to help apprentices cover living expenses during their in-class training.

This $75-million investment includes:

  • The Grant for Apprentice Learning, a $5.8 million commitment to support those ineligible for Employment Insurance (EI) while attending in-class training, including a boost of $1.3 million this year and next year.
  • The Apprentice Development Benefit, a $24 million commitment to increase the maximum benefit rates for EI-eligible apprentices attending full-time in-class training, including a boost of $4 million this year and next year.
  • The In-Class Enhancement Fund, a $211.9 million commitment to support training providers so they can deliver higher quality training, including a boost of $11.8 million this year and $22.3 million next year.
  • The Apprenticeship Capital Grant, a $24 million commitment to training providers to upgrade their facilities with state-of-the-art and modern equipment, including an additional $10 million next year.

Click here to read the full news release.

CCA Launches Talent Fits Here Campaign to Attract a New Generation to Join the Construction Industry

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has launched Talent Fits Here, a campaign designed to encourage more Canadians to consider a career in construction.

Talent Fits Here is a national public awareness campaign designed to shift some of the traditional perceptions around working in construction by showcasing a collection of stories and experiences from real people working in different roles, on different projects and from different backgrounds – all within the diverse field of construction.
Click here to learn more.

COCA September 2020 Government Relations Report
Join our Young Construction Leaders (YCL) Club
The Mission of our Young Construction Leaders Club (YCL) is to develop an informal communication network among construction industry future Leaders up to 40 years of age, in order to:

  • Promote networking relationships within the construction industry.
  • Develop a forum to establish industry contacts and business leads.
  • Provide information, industry activities and opportunities that will enhance and profit the individual and their respective organization.

One of our most important focuses is acting as a mentor and resource to the next generation of bright young minds that are entering the industry.

To learn more about YCL and how you can get involved, click here.

For more information, please email: Vishawn Thompson
TCA Benefits of Membership!

Meeting Spaces for TCA's Members

As part of your membership benefits, TCA allows you to book one of our meeting rooms for free to host your next meeting/workshop or seminar. However, due to Covid-19, please note that we have suspended the use of all of our meeting rooms until further notice. At TCA, we value the well-being of our members and staff and want to ensure that you know your health and safety is our top priority.
A free affidavit service is available to members requiring the signature of a commissioner of affidavits and oaths. There are five signing officers at the Toronto Construction Association office location. In light of Covid-19, TCA is now commissioning statutory declarations virtually for our members. To book an appointment online or if you have any questions, please contact us: statdec@tcaconnect.com
FREE Affidavit Service
Contact:

Barbara Mirsky (Toronto Construction Association) 
Email:
Phone: 416-499-4000 x4101


For more information on membership benefits, please visit our website.
CCA News

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA), our federal partner, aims to be the national voice for the Canadian construction industry, giving our industry a voice in public policy issues; legal and standards development; and goals of contractors, suppliers and allied business professionals working in, or with, Canada's non-residential construction industry.

For a copy of CCA's weekly newsletter, please click here. 

COCA News

The Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA), our provincial partner, aims to bring concerns of our members at large to the attention of Queen's Park. COCA is committed to working with the Provincial Government to ensure that Ontario's legislative landscape is one in which our industry can grow and prosper.
 
Highlights from COCA's monthly newsletter include:



The Construction Institute of Canada
TCIC is pleased to offer you the following courses, seminars, and workshops taught by senior industry professionals:  


November 2020

Nov. 2 – 4 | Monday Wednesday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Nov. 3 & 4 | Tuesday & Wednesday | 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Nov. 3, 4, 10 & 11| Tuesday & Wednesday | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Nov. 5 | Thursday | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Nov. 5 & 6 | Thursday & Friday | 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Nov. 6, 13 & 20 | Friday | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Nov. 10 & 11 | Tuesday & Wednesday | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Nov. 11 & 12 | Wednesday & Thursday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Nov. 11 & 18 | Wednesday | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Nov. 12 & 13 | Thursday & Friday | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Nov. 12 & 18 | Thursday | Wednesday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Nov 14 | Wednesday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Nov. 18 & 19 | Wednesday & Thursday | 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Nov. 18 & 19 | Wednesday & Thursday | 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Nov. 18 & 19 | Wednesday & Thursday | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Nov. 20, 26 & 27 | Thursday & Friday (x2) | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Nov. 25 | Wednesday | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Nov. 25 & Dec. 2 | Wednesday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Nov. 25, Dec. 2 & 9 | Wednesday | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Nov. 27, 2020 | Friday | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM



For TCIC inquiries, please contact: 
Faith Chen, Manager, Professional Development
416-847-9162
TCIC Featured Course of the Month

Blueprint Reading Fundamentals for Construction e-Learning course

This online learning course was developed by the Toronto Construction Association (TCA)/The Construction Institute of Canada (TCIC) for the construction industry. Whether you are working in the field or in the office as an owner’s representative, an architect, an engineer, a construction professional (contractor, construction manager, project manager, site superintendent, estimator, project coordinator) a subcontractor, tradesperson, supplier or working in an administrative capacity in construction, you must know how to read blueprints.

In this course, you will learn the functions of different plan views, elevations, sections, details and schedules presented on Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) drawings as well as dimensions, basic design concepts, specifications and key terminology relevant to interpreting graphical and written construction information. The knowledge you gain will help you confidently interpret construction drawings to ensure an accurate and efficient completion of your projects.

This 7-week, 6 modules e-learning course is comprised of the following:

Module 1 – Principles of Blueprint Reading
Module 2 – Construction Graphics and Specifications
Module 3 – Architectural Drawings
Module 4 – Structural Drawings
Module 5 – Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Drawings
Module 6 – Site Plans and Landscaping Drawings
Week 7 – Course Examination
Please click here for more details.

Members Spotlight: Canada’s Top Growing Companies Mentioned in the Globe and Mail

Congratulations to the following member companies (highlighted below) for their exceptional success, making Canada’s Top Growing Companies by three-year revenue growth.
WELCOME NEW TCA MEMBERS
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Project Bid Opportunities
In January 2020, TCA partnered with ConstructConnect, a leading provider of pre-construction software and project information to meet the growing demand of the industry and bring you even more project opportunities.

TCA’s new Electronic Plans Room (EPR) service known as ConstructConnect Project Intelligence (CCPI) provides members with round-the-clock online access to construction projects. CCPI is an easy-to-use platform that allows members to respond to invitations; get promoted to the largest and most engaged network; share collaboratively within teams on selected projects; and seamlessly transition to digital takeoff. You can also track your projects on the go, using a mobile app.
TCA Advantage Club
TCA Advantage - Group Home & Auto Insurance Program
Save up to 50% on regular home and automobile insurance rates
 
With the TCA's group buying power, save the premium on your insurance rates with the power of numbers! National Brokers Insurance and the TCA have partnered to help you save up to 50% on your home, apartment and vehicle insurance premiums. Contact National Brokers Insurance today for a quote!  
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TCA Advantage - Incredible savings on your office supplies
 
GREAT savings on your everyday office supplies! TCA's partnership with Staples Advantage offers you up to 60% off! Contact us today for more information.  
TCA Advantage- Fleet Pricing on ALL Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep

Advantage Club members enjoy FLEET PRICING on the purchase of a Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep Vehicle! TCA's partnership with Chrysler offers substantial savings! Contact us today for more information.
For partner discount information, please visit us at www.tcaadvantage.com

For specific questions about the program, please contact Barbara Mirsky at 416-499-4000 x4101.
 
We're here to help... please contact us:
TORONTO CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION
70 Leek Crescent
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1H1
Telephone: (416) 499-4000
 Fax: (416) 499-8752