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Covid-19 Construction Site Re-Opening Guide

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Advice from Petrela, Winter, Bonding & Risk Advisors

As lockdown restrictions are eased across the country and construction projects that were previously shut down are restarted, contractors will face a host of issues and risks in effectively managing project resumption.
As a follow up to our earlier publication on “Managing Temporary Project Suspensions”, this article is intended to provide a summary of some of the key issues for contractors to consider in order to help manage the unusual circumstances of reopening a construction site during Covid-19.

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Site Superintendent Position Available

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Job Description

Chart Construction Management is currently seeking an experienced Site Superintendent to facilitate a current project in the healthcare field. Our project size ranges from $0.5 million – $30 million. The successful candidate must possess the necessary skills to effectively manage the following job related duties:

• Ensures the project is constructed as per design, budget, quality, and schedule
• Develops the Project Execution Plan with the PM
• Manages project performance, schedule, and resources
• Performs risk, opportunity management, and forecasting
• Understands client expectations and contract
• Interfaces with the project team, client representative, consultants, and trade contractors.
• Sets up project reporting procedures
• Assist in negotiating subcontracts, revisions, and ensure minutes are properly prepared/reviewed and promptly issued
• Chair project meetings, monitors progress and scheduling
• Understands and enforces the contract/contract documents and resolves disputes.
• Participates in overall project closeout, including document archival, maintenance and warranty manuals, deficiencies, and warranty work.
• Continually foresee potential issues or conflicts and propose solutions for evasive actions
• Provide at all times a safe work environment.
• Understanding of the Cor requirements as it relates to the site supervisor.
• Provide update and maintain Microsoft project activity schedule
• Must have a minimum of 3 years previous experience as a Site Superintendent
• Must have previous experience in health care and hospital environment – required

We offer a highly competitive compensation package

Chart Construction Management welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. During the hiring process, tell job applicants when they are selected for an interview that accommodation will be provided. If an applicant or successful candidate requests an accommodation, discuss their needs with them and make adjustments to support them.

We thank all applicants for their interest however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please send resume to and

Job Type: Full-time, Permanent

#Lunchbox Challenge

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The BCA Launches the #LunchBox Challenge to our members!!

This initiative is trending across our country and we invite BCA members to participate in the #LunchBox Challenge.

The idea of the #LunchBoxChallenge is simple: construction companies buy lunches locally for their site (or sites) and nominate another company to do the same.

It all starts with one member willing to accept the challenge, then nominate another member to do the same, and so on and so on.

Remember this initiative is a great way to thank the hard working crews as well as support our communities’ small local restaurants.

A list of some of the restaurants open for lunch delivery can be found HERE.



Still, there are additional measures to consider with ordering lunches for sites.

The measures shared include:

• Ordering lunches that can be individually wrapped – do not order family-style meals that require individuals to serve themselves from large containers;
• Asking the restaurants to include any condiments, cutlery and napkins in the individually packed lunches – do not share condiment bottles;
• Maintaining physical distancing while individuals collect their meals – six feet apart at all times; and
• Sanitizing common surfaces before food is delivered and as needed during distribution to reduce potential cross-contamination.

For more information or to challenge a member, contact Alison Smith at

The BCA will be sure to share all of your LunchBox challenges!

The BCA will start the challenge by ordering lunch for the staff on Friday May 22nd and we challenge Brian Westermann of Brian’s Little Electric!!



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The Cost Estimator will be responsible for the accurate, timely preparation of full-cost estimates for projects, including materials and labour. The estimator will be tasked with preparing and maintaining a list of suppliers, contractors and subcontractors, and establishing unit costs, labour rates, productivity factors and location impacts. This individual’s accuracy is critical to the profitability of the business, for assertiveness and effective performance. Other duties will be assigned as necessary.


  • Prepare and/or coordinate the preparation of full cost estimates on conceptual, design-build or general tender work.
  • Prepare materials, labour and equipment cost estimations necessary to successfully carry out a construction project according to proposals, plans, estimates and specifications.
  • Prepare and maintain a list of suppliers, contractors and subcontractors.
  • Advise on proposal procedures to follow, study and analyze proposals received.
  • Recommend/reject proposals and negotiate contracts.
  • Establish unit costs, labour rates, productivity factors and location impacts.
  • Evaluate and recommend allowances for indirect costs, escalation and contingency.
  • Present estimates and conduct review meetings with clients as required.
  • Participate and coordinate company risk and opportunity evaluation with sales department.
  • Review proposal specifications and drawings to determine scope of work and required contents of estimate.
  • Prepare estimates by calculating complete takeoff of scope of work.
  • Maintain files of working documents as back-up for estimate figures, including current (accurate) information on prices from suppliers through direct contact, sales brochures, price lists, etc.
  • Support other department personnel as required which may include preparing estimates for other disciplines.
  • Review design options and recommend best solution based on cost, engineering quality, or availability of materials.
  • Effectively determine the bid strategies required for the company to be successful.
  • Assist Sales Manager and sales team to determine what types of projects to bid on.
  • Review all final estimate packages to ensure accuracy and completeness, prior to formal quotation.
  • Participate in presentations to management and clients.  May be responsible for “closing the sale”.
  • Provide technical assistance in negotiating contracts, change orders, etc. as required.
  • May assist in the preparation of studies, materials and methods, recommendations, and cost estimates as required.
  • Compile foreman’s packages for each job site landed with drawings, specification
  • Order mock applications and samples in coordination with coating suppliers and QC Department.
  • Review with Operations and QC the Schedule, Scope of Work and specifications of the project awarded.
  • Perform additional assignments per supervisor’s direction.


  • University or College diploma in construction/engineering degree, or an appropriate field.
  • 3-5 years of experience in cost estimation.
  • Experience in Fireproofing Systems and NACE Standards is considered an asset.
  • Ability to read and interpret building specifications, blueprints and as-builds.
  • Mathematical skills and analytical skills necessary to do material and labour estimates.
  • Mathematical skills and analytical skills necessary to interpret job cost reports.
  • Ability to use cost-estimating software to prepare cost quotes and bids.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (excel, word, etc.)
  • Effective verbal and listening communications skills.
  • Time management skills.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Proactive in ensuring job knowledge is current.
  • Respect diversity – treat others with respect.
  • Ability to readily determine the correct tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Knowledge of safe operation of basic hand and power tools.
  • Client service and public interaction skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment with a minimum of supervision.
  • Collaborative in dealing with customers and fellow employees.
  • Customer focused – respond promptly to customer needs.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with customers.
  • Receptive to change – can adapt to changing circumstances.


  • Use of Personal Protection Equipment may be required (e.g. hard-hat, safety boots, etc.).
  • Must be able to lift, push, pull or carry heavy objects, use abdominal and lower back muscles to provide support over time without fatigue and to effectively jump, sprint or throw an object.
  • Requires good manual dexterity (hand, hand with arm, two hands) and multi-limb coordination.
  • Requires ability to climb ladders for heights of up to 60 feet.
  • May be exposed to loud noise.
  • Excellent stamina is required.
  • Hazards associated with the construction industry.


  • Customer Focused, Accountability and Dependability
  • Communication Skills
  • Understanding of Surface Preparation & Coating Application Equipment
  • Energetic and Stress Management skills.
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Quality Orientation
  • Problem Solving

We offer competitive salary plus bonus if sales targets are exceeded, benefits and an incredible work environment.

Please submit resume (relevant experience, training/formal education) plus a cover letter to or call 705-721-2421 ext. 115

Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions to Assist Employers

Updated: April 21, 2020

As the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, employers need to know their legal rights and obligations as it relates to the Canadian workplace.

The following are some of the most pressing Frequently Asked Questions.

We have organized this Briefing Note in Sections. Most Sections apply to all or the vast majority of businesses. In addition, we have included Sections that provide further information for selectindustries such as Construction and Healthcare.

Please Note: Information changes daily (sometimes within a day), including the details of the various government initiatives, announcements and regulations. As such, it is important to
carefully review each updated Briefing Note to ensure you are aware of current information. Some content in older Briefing Notes may no longer be accurate.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact your Sherrard Kuzz LLP lawyer or, if you are not yet a Sherrard Kuzz LLP client, our firm at with the
re: line: COVID-19. We’ll respond promptly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Construction Act to be Exempt From Order Suspending Limitation Period

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Rob Kennaley April 10, 2020

Construction Act to Be Exempt From Order Suspending Limitation Period

Regulation 73/20, issued under Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, ordered statutory limitation periods suspended as of March 16, 2020, for the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency. A significant concern was that, if the Order were to apply to construction lien expiry timeframes, holdback funds would have to be retained from contractors and subtrades for the duration of the emergency, and beyond.
The stakes, of course, were high. In response to concerns raised both formally and informally, Ontario’s Attorney General, Doug Downey, announced yesterday that Regulation 73/20 would be amended to expressly remove the “procedural time periods under the Construction Act” from the scope of the prior Order, effective April 16, 2020. Significantly, the announcement is that all “limitation periods and procedural time periods under the Construction Act” be excluded from the Order’s operation. Although at the time of writing the actual amending Regulation has not been posted for public access, this will have significant consequences for those who participate in construction in Ontario.

Kennaley Law and Sherrard Kuzz LLP are hosting free webinars every Tuesday morning at 9am to review changes made to the construction industry due to Covid-19.  You can register for the webinars at and click on Our Webinars tab.


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What Construction Can Continue in Ontario after April 4, 2020?

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On April 3, 2020, the Government of Ontario revised its Order in relation to
essential services passed under s. 7.0.1 of the Emergency Management and
Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E9 . The Order provides that, as of April
4, 2020 at midnight, a limited scope of construction projects will be allowed to
proceed in Ontario. In announcing the changes, Premier Ford advised that,
towards ensuring compliance, the Ministry of Labour would put ongoing
construction under extremely high scrutiny.
Yet it appears, however, that the revised Order is in some ways no clearer
than its predecessor as regards what construction activities can, and cannot
continue. We do not mean to be critical when we say this. It is incredibly
difficult to draft generally applicable language to surgically draw the line in
an almost infinite number of scenarios. It is even harder when the goal is to
both protect health and safety and meet the essential needs of the public.
Our goal in this article is to simply point out, and discuss, the “grey-areas”.

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