News

As part of our mandate to showcase and promote the services of our members, to speak on their behalf whenever required, and keep our partners current with related issues, the following is an active archive of press releases and relevant news articles. If our members have articles they believe would be of benefit to a wider audience, please contact us and we'll include it here.

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Aug 15
2017

Construction in Ontario Newsletter – August 2017 Edition

The Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) is a federation of construction associations; the largest and most representational group of industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) and heavy civil construction employers in Ontario. Our member organizations represent more than 10,000 construction businesses and more than 400,000 employees. As industry advocate, COCA brings the concerns of our members to the […]

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Aug 15
2017

You are Invited! WSIB Rate Framework Session

WSIB Rate Framework – Webinar Complimentary Session  Thursday September 14, 2017 |  8.00 am – 9.30 am EST    Emily Russell Workers’ Compensation Specialist         Laura Russell Partner In November 2016, the Board of Directors of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) approved the proposed Rate Framework Reform.  In preparation for the targeted […]

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Aug 14
2017

Canada: Big Changes Are Coming For Ontario Workplaces!

Meghan Cowan and Michael F. Horvat August 3, 2017 Thursday On May 30, 2017, the Ontario government announced its intention to introduce new workplace legislation, The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, which would significantly amend Ontario’s existing Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995. The proposed legislation is part of the government’s […]

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Jul 27
2017

Marijuana in the Workplace

Mondaq Business Briefing /  July 24, 2017 Monday Canada: Up In Smoke: An Update On Marijuana In The Workplace Christopher Sinal We are often asked to comment on what effect the proposed legalization of marijuana is likely to have on workplaces. As I noted last year, many employers already have experience with marijuana-related workplace issues, given […]

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Jul 27
2017

North – South Ironworker Mobility Update

July 25, 2017 From the desk of: Darrell LaBoucan GVP / Executive Director of Canadian Affairs Ironworkers International Since fall of 2016, the offices of the Ironworker’s International General President, General Secretary and the Canadian Director have been working with various immigration authorities to actively pursue work opportunities for Canadian ironworkers with our U.S. locals […]

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Jul 27
2017

EYE ON ICI – OCS Newsletter – July 2017

EYE On ICI… Your Source for ICI Construction-Related News in Ontario!  July 2017 FEATURE ARTICLE EYES ON OCS AT HALIFAX CONSTRUCTION CONFERENCE An idea for the past 10 years, a day-long meeting of Provincial Sector Council and Secretariat representatives finally took place last month in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Among those in attendance was OCS Executive […]

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Jul 17
2017

Airtight Drug And Alcohol Policies Can Protect Employers In Safety-Sensitive Work Environments From Possible Discrimination Claims

A recent decision from the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) has ended a lengthy saga and is good news for employers wishing to enforce drug- and alcohol-related policies in safety-sensitive work environments (note that the Construction industry has long been considered a “safety sensitive work environment”).  A summary of the case follows: In Stewart v. Elk Valley […]

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Jul 6
2017

Summer 2017 issue of Trades Today is here!

  THE ROAD TO CERTIFICATION The road to certification is not always a straight path. Find out how Chuluunbaatar and William used their experience to help them become certified. Read their story on page 12. A peek at Ontario’s youth #skillingit at the 2017 Skills Ontario Competition. Page 8. Mark Cullen, Order of Canada recipient’s stand on “gard”ening […]

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