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The Link2Build Layperson's Guide to the Construction Act

October 23, 2019

The Link2Build Layperson's Guide to the Construction Act

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This guide helps you understand and adapt to Ontario's new Construction Act, which came into full effect October 1st. 

COCA Letter on Pandemic Response In the Construction Industry

March 18, 2020

COCA's Letter on Pandemic Response In the Construction Industry has been sent to the Provincial Government. 

As we know the COVID landscape is constantly changing. ICOCA will continue to provide you updates -  these websites are updated regularly and provide the latest information on COVID-19:

Covid 19 Update March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020

Industrial, Commercial, Institutional (I.C.I.) and Residential Construction Deemed Essential

March 24, 2020

 

Industrial, Commercial, Institutional (I.C.I.) and Residential Construction Deemed Essential
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Good morning,
 Overnight the Provincial Government released its list of essential services.  The Construction sector remains OPEN FOR BUSINESS as it is deemed essential. Please observe and practice the recommended preventative steps to prevent the COVID 19 spread or your jobsite will be shut down.

Here is the noteworthy part of the Essential list.
 Institutional, Residential, Commercial and Industrial  Maintenance
 13. Businesses that provide support and maintenance services, including urgent repair, to maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial industrial and residential properties and buildings, including, property management services, plumbers, electricians, custodial/janitorial workers, cleaning services, , security services, fire safety and sprinkler systems, building systems maintenance and repair technicians and engineers, mechanics, (e.g. HVAC, escalator and elevator technicians), and other service providers who provide similar services
 
Construction
 26. Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space;
 
27. Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance;
 
28. Construction work and services, including demolition services, in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors;
 
29. Construction work and services that supports health and safety environmental rehabilitation projects
 The complete list can be found here.
  Stay healthy and safe.

 

Change in Hours of Operation

March 25, 2020

Change in WCA/HCA Hours of Operation

As you’re aware, the Premier ordered that all non-essential workplaces must close.  The construction industry, however, has been declared an essential service and continues to operate. The services at the WCA will also continue, but under modified hours, and we have now taken the necessary arrangements to continue our operations with all staff members having the ability to perform most functions from home.

Effective March 26, 2020 we will be modifying our hours of operation as follows:

Monday to Friday ~ Office OPEN from 8:30am to 12:30 pm

Members who require services to be delivered by the WCA such as The Commissioning of Statutory Declarations, picking up CCDC documents, or project prints can expect these services to be available during the morning hours.

For members who visit after hours, please feel free to utilize the “mail shoot” to the right of the front door to drop off your CCDC 9’s for signature, and they will be signed and available for you the following business day morning.

There are conditions when visiting the Association posted at the WCA, and we ask that you please follow these to ensure everyone’s safety. Only one person will be permitted to enter the office at a time, all surfaces will be disinfected after each visitor, and you must remain a minimum of 2 meters away from association staff.

Further, if you’ve been outside Canada in the past 14 days, OR if you’ve had contact with anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or who has tested positive for the virus OR if you have a fever, cough, or are experiencing shortness of breath, please do not come or attempt to enter the building.

Staff will continue to be available to serve our members through this pandemic either by phone or email.  We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these difficult times.   We will continue to update you all with any new information we receive. 

Essential Services, April 3 Announcement

April 3, 2020

New List of Essential Services, Effective 11:59 PM April 4, 2020
Keeping you informed...
This was confirmed by Premier Ford's recent announcement today
A list of essential services can be found here:
https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces
As the WCA speaks to clients and industry stakeholders we will keep you informed as we have more information
Stay tuned

Assorted Covid 19 Updates

April 16, 2020

Please see April 16 Builders News for a number of updates.

COCA Advocacy

April 21, 2020

The Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) has been lobbying on behalf of the industry on four main issues stemming from the CORVID19 pandemic:

  1. WSIB – To ensure that claims stemming from COVID19 are not attributed to a individual employers, but if approved they should be spread over a larger class
  2. Exempting the Construction Act from Regulation 73/20, which in effect extended lien rights for the duration of the state of emergency, and inadvertently froze the release of holdback
  3. Lobbying the government to make a statement that would protect contractors from delay claims and their attendant costs (and possible litigation)
  4. Asking the provincial government to come up with a cash recovery program for contractors to improve liquidity and mitigate the costs incurred while working under an unprecedented set of conditions

 No.’s 1 & 2 have been addressed.  COVID19 related cases will be attributed to all Schedule 1 employers, and not to any individual firm.  And late last Thursday the Construction Act was exempted from Regulation 73/20, which means your lien rights will rely on the Construction Act and will expire in 60 days after CSP or last day on the job.  And since they now will expire, the owners can determine if the title is cleared and if it is, release the holdback.

 The last 2 points continue to be the focus of discussions with the Ontario Government (as well as the Federal Government, through NTCCC).  Below is a link to a letter writing campaign to raise the awareness of these concerns across all MPP’s.  It will take you 5 minutes to fill in your name, address and email and hit send.  Anyone can send this letter, so you can circulate to family, friends or anyone else who may support this.  This link will be shared with all 30 of COCA’s member organizations.

 Every letter helps, especially when it comes from members of the MPP’s own riding.  Thank you for taking the time to do this.

 https://www.coca.on.ca/contact-your-mpp/

 

Ontario takes another step toward re-opening

May 1, 2020

Ontario Further Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores and Essential Construction

May 6, 2020

City of WindsorC OVID-19 Service Updates

May 19, 2020