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ECAO Barcelona Conference- A Great Success in Barcelona with over 150 delegates.

ECAO would like to thank all our sponsors for making this year the best ever. We will have to work really hard to make Nashville 2019 even better.



Industry News

COCA- Youtube video on Bill 142- Construction Lien Act

Members are encouraged to view COCA’s video on the major changes coming under Bill 142. The video was prepared by Ted Dreyer of Madorin, Snyder LLP. Ted is a members of COCA's Board of Directors and Chair of COCA's Construction Lien Act Taskforce. The video covers the following topics:

  • Construction Liens
  • Construction Trusts
  • Adjudication
  • Prompt Payment
  • Mandatory Release of Holdback
  • Mandatory Bonding of Public Contracts

The video can be viewed at: The video has also be found on COCA's website at 


Construction Lien Act Webinar – June 12

The Ontario Construction Lien Act (Bill 142), which received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017, will have certain amendments in effect on July 1, 2018 and the major prompt payment and adjudication process will come into effect on October 1, 2019. This time frame will allow contractors to become educated and aware of the crucial elements of the Act.

The Surety Association of Canada (SAC) will be hosting a series of webinars directed at key stakeholder audiences to introduce changes that will affect the surety sector, as well as to provide an in-depth overview of what you need to know about Bill 142 - Ontario Construction Act that will affect how you operate your business. This session is targeted to Trade Contractors & Suppliers.

You can Register for "Trade Contractors/Suppliers Webinar: Bill 142 – Ontario Construction Act: What You Need To Know" here-  

The webinar is on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 and will be two (2) hours in length from 10AM to 12Noon (EST) and is being offered at no charge.

This new legislation is truly state-of-the-art in terms of creating a responsive and modernized approach to certainty and timeliness of payment for construction work in the Province. The Act brings into force several ground-breaking measures that will expedite the flow of money down the construction payment chain, as well as notable improvements with regards to the treatment of construction liens, holdbacks and trust funds.

Government Blocks Sale of Aecon to Chinese Buyer 

The federal government has rejected the $1.5-billion sale of Aecon Group Inc. to a state-backed Chinese buyer, effectively bowing to fierce opposition to the deal as Canada navigates sensitive trade talks with the U.S. Click here for the full story in the National Post.

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Another post on hiring young, new workers…

I agree it is hard to find good young people to teach and share my 17 years of residential building knowledge. But I also find that the newer generation is not as willing to do the “grunt or greenhorn” work. They expect to be up the work ladder right away. They don’t want to stick out the beginning stages of lugging, cleaning, driving nails. Plus they don’t seem to take the extra steps to show they want to learn more. I guess I am trying to say I don’t see the “work ethic” with this generation as I showed and saw in others 17 years ago. They don’t want to work hard to get ahead. They just expect to get things handed to them.


Alberta passes new health and safety law

Alberta has made sweeping changes to its occupational health and safety legislation. The changes are consistent with a national trend towards empowering workers, giving more power to regulators and placing more pressure on employers to prevent accidents, injuries and fatalities. 


Occupational Health and Safety

Voluntary Health and Safety Representative (HSR) Basic Training Resources

The Ministry of Labour, in collaboration with health and safety system partners, has developed new one-day training resources for Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) in small businesses.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires employers to ensure that workplaces with 6-19 workers have an HSR.

HSRs play an important role in ensuring workplaces are kept safe and healthy. To be effective in carrying out their duties, HSRs should have broad, basic occupational health and safety knowledge and be aware of their specific role in the workplace. To support voluntary HSR training, the Ministry, in collaboration with health and safety partners, has created the following:

  1. HSR Basic Training Program Guideline, which provides guidance on the development of training program content;
  2. HSR Basic Training Provider Guideline, which provide guidance on the delivery of a training program; and
  3. An HSR Basic eLearning training program, which consists of a one-day training program for HSRs.

For additional information on HSRs and these resources, please visit the MOL website


Chief Prevention Officer(CPO) and Working at Heights (WAH)

All Ontario workers who may use a method of fall protection must receive training that has been approved by the CPO. In addition, workers must take a refresher course every three years. However, an important part of the training that is overlooked is the requirement for employers to provide site-specific WAH training.

Infrastructure Health and Safety Association has developed a Falls Kit, which contains some of the resources needed to develop site-specific training. To get a free kit sent to you, email or download he resources from the Fall Prevention topic page.

EllisDon mandates Safety Pass 

“EllisDon has been using the Safety Pass for all of our new hires in Ontario and has received great feedback on the course content. It has provided our new workers and co-op students with the basic general hazard awareness that they need before entering our projects.

With the opportunity for our subtrades to complete the training, we have now organized our project on boarding so that workers who have the Safety Pass can proceed directly to work on completion of the site-specific orientation. SkillsPass makes it easy to ensure that the worker has completed the training.

To learn more about how you can get your Safety Pass, visit or click here to watch the last Safety Pass Demonstration.

Ministry of Labour Construction Blitzes

Each year MOL schedules inspection blitzes and initiatives in specific sectors to protect workers' rights under both the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act, and enhance employers' awareness of their responsibilities.

The next round of annual blitzes takes place April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 – the fiscal year. Businesses will not be advised of the Inspections in advance.

Please find the schedule below:

Provincial blitzes 2018-19

Construction blitzes

Blitz focus Program   Date

Working at heights - fall protection training

Phase 1: compliance support and prevention education (Ministry of Labour and Infrastructure Health and Safety Association)

Phase 2: Ministry of Labour enforcement campaign

Health and safety

Phase 1:
May 1 - May 31, 2018

Phase 2:
June 1 – June 30, 2018

Reversing equipment on construction projects

Phase 1: compliance support and prevention education (Ministry of Labour and Infrastructure Health and Safety Association)

Phase 2: Ministry of Labour enforcement campaign

Health and safety

Phase 1:
September 1 – September 30, 2018

Phase 2:
October 1 - October 31, 2018


Employment Standards

May 1 - August 31, 2018

Industrial blitzes

Blitz Focus Program Date
New and young workers' health and safety Health and safety May 1 - August 31, 2018
Health and safety in warehouses and “big box” retail Health and safety October 1 – November 23, 2018
Machine guarding Health and safety February 1 – March 29, 2019

WSIB Small Business Safety Award

2018 Small Business Health & Safety Leadership Award Guidelines

Are you a small business owner who invests in workplace health and safety?

WSIB is investing in small businesses that believe workplace health and safety is a priority. Nominate your own small business or one in your community or association. The top three businesses will receive a cash prize - $5,000 (gold), $3,000 (silver), $2,000 (bronze) - and be recognized at the WSIB Annual General Meeting. 

Important dates
Nomination submission deadline: Extended to June 22, 2018
Interviews/Onsite validation of health and safety practices (top scoring nominees): Early July 2018
Winners selected and notified: Early August 2018
Awards presented to winners during WSIB Annual General Meeting: September 2018

For more details on eligibility criteria please click here.

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