Ontario’s New Construction Act: Summary and timelines of major changes

Ontario’s Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017 was passed in December 2017, but the changes will be rolled out later this year and during 2019 as the various elements of the act are proclaimed. The overhaul of Ontario’s construction regulatory framework includes prompt payment rules. Even though the legislation applies only to Ontario, the implementation of prompt payment rules is expected to be closely watched by other jurisdictions across Canada.

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Canada: Ontario Passes Fair Wage Legislation To Protect Certain Workers On Government Contracts

On May 8, 2018, the Government Contract Wages Act, 2018 (the “Act”) received Royal Assent. The newly passed legislation allows Ontario to establish minimum rates of pay for people working in construction, building cleaning, and security services jobs under contracts with the government. Private sector contractors and subcontractors will be required to pay according to those rates.

The Act – passed on the final sitting day of the Ontario legislature before the June election – updates the Ontario government’s Fair Wage Policy for the first time since 1995. It builds on the historic actions that Ontario has already taken to create more opportunity and security for workers through the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017.

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Wood experiencing a renaissance

Recently announced funding for Ontario’s Mass Timber Program will lay the foundational blocks for innovative, new building techniques using wood, according to Ontario Wood WORKS!, the provincial voice of wood construction advocacy.

Marianne Berube, the organization’s executive director, noted that, while Natural Resources Canada has dallied in grants for mass timber developments, this is the first time the province has offered assistance for mass timber demonstration projects.

“It’s something new,” she said. “It’s innovation; it’s pushing the limits, and that’s what this funding’s for.”

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Workplace Safety Focus of Local 27 GTA Future Builders Event

“It takes a village to raise a child,” proclaimed Jessica DiSabatino, Vice President of worker safety organization My Safe Work. This ancient African proverb was featured in an address to students from the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) who were completing their Level 1 apprenticeship schooling at the College of Carpenters and Allied Trades (CCAT) in late April. Kicking off 2018’s “Creating a Culture of Health & Safety at Work,” the annual seminar speaks to the importance of worker safety, and helps to imprint a deep awareness of workplace safety among Ontario’s future builders.

DiSabatino passed the mic Mike Yorke, Carpenters Union Local 27 President, who served as the master of ceremonies for the event. After thanking contractor partners, Yorke took time to address the assembled students, reminding them that they “are embarking on a career that is incredible” but stressed that the union wants to ensure that they are “working in the safest conditions possible” and that new builders entering the industry know their rights in the workplace.

 

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U of T to build academic wood tower on downtown Toronto campus

The University of Toronto is set to build a 14-storey academic tower made of timber on its downtown Toronto campus – expected to be the tallest mass timber and concrete hybrid building in North America.

It follows a growing international trend towards tall timber structures, which have been lauded for their low carbon footprint, fire safety and faster construction time.

 

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OCOT ramps up compliance, enforcement for construction

The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) is ramping up compliance and enforcement efforts in the construction sector to coincide with increased projects during the spring and summer months, but one industry stakeholder is wondering what took so long.

Inspections will be consistent with the College’s new Compliance and Enforcement Policy, explained George Gritziotis, OCOT’s registrar and CEO, adding the College has equipped its officers with enhanced training and tools to ensure they are able to deliver more targeted, consistent and transparent inspections.

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Ontario offers rebates for rental housing developers

Ontario is investing in Toronto’s rental housing market to encourage the creation of more affordable rental housing.

The province’s housing minister Peter Milczyn has announced funding for municipalities to provide rebates to developers who want to build high-rise, mid-rise, and townhouse rental housing. The City of Toronto will receive $60 million to encourage the construction of complete communities that are accessible, livable, walkable, and close to transit and other services.

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