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Ontario Erectors Association

OCS Newsletter August 2016


There is no doubt that Ball Construction (@BallCon2) in Kitchener, Ontario is a major player in the construction industry.  With more than 100 field staff and an office staff of 30, the family-owned company has been helping to build communities since it was first established in 1923.

OCS’ 2nd Quarter update on regional building permits in Ontario. Select any of the following regions.


View current economic indicators for Ontario such as ICI Building Permits, Construction Employment, CPI Inflation, Unemployment Rate, Non-Residential Building Construction Price Index and the Ontario & Canadian GDP.


The percentage of smokers on construction jobs across Canada is virtually twice the number of overall smokers in Ontario and in Canada.  Figures collected in 2012 and distributed by Ottawa Public Health (OPH) (@OttawaHealth) show the smoking rate on Canadian construction work sites is 34%.  In Ontario it is 16% province-wide and in Canada, it is 17%. 

Labour Day.  What does it mean to you?  Is it about going back to school?  Is it the end of summer?

Labour Day should be – and really has always been – a time to celebrate what many Canadians take for granted: the minimum wage, unemployment insurance, benefits, safe workplaces, the weekend and yes, (paid) holidays.  These advances may never have come about had it not been for a group of Toronto printers, who in 1872, went on strike for a shorter work week and to support their Hamilton counterparts, who were lobbying for a 9-hour work day.

As the summer of 2016 begins to draw to a close, the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) is busy preparing for a busy fall season.

It’s all hands on deck as the OCS is planning the Annual General Meeting and Conferenceto be held September 14 and 15 in Waterloo, Ontario.  The theme of this year’s conference is Innovative Approaches to Enhancing Market Share.

The OCS will also be attending a meeting of the Alberta Building Trades on September 21-22 and the ECAO’s Annual Industry Conference in Muskoka September 21-25.

On September 22nd, the OCS will be honoured to attend a Retirement Dinner for Wayne Peterson of the Ontario Sheet Metal Contractors Association.  Wayne is also a member of the OCS Board of Directors.

This past month, the OCS supported LiUNA Local 506, IBEW Local 353, Aecon and theWaterloo, Wellington Dufferin and Grey Building and Construction Trades Council at various events and dinners.  Charitable organizations supported included ALS Stem Cell Research [Adaptive Canuck], Thalassemia Foundation, Special Olympics, Peter Reed, Brody & Mason Trust Fund, Granville Children’s Centre, KidsAbility, Cambridge Humane Society, Cambridge Shelter, The Working Centre, Trinity Community Table and theJuvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Inset: Jim Wright, Fred Lehmann, Ryan Isojima, and Gianluca Cipriani of the OCS participated in the 25th Anniversary Nick Barbieri Charity Bocce Ball Tournament in support of the Thalassemia Foundation of Canada and the Adaptive Canuck ALS Foundation.  This annual charity tournament is hosted by LiUNA Local 506 and General Contractors’ Association – Toronto.

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