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Ontario Government Launches Planning for Prosperity

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Ontario Government Launches Planning for Prosperity: A Consultation for the People

Treasury Board Secretariat

TORONTO – Ontario’s Government for the People is continuing to take action in restoring trust and accountability in the province’s public finances. Today, Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy announced the next step in engaging with Ontarians by launching a three week online public consultation.

The Planning for Prosperity consultation complements the line-by-line review of all government programs and services.

“It is important that Ontarians have a direct say in how government can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of provincial programs and services, while avoiding job cuts,” said Minister Bethlenfalvy. “We will continue listening to the people of Ontario about what matters most to them, and we will use what we hear to ensure our vital public services are affordable and sustainable, both now and in the years to come.”

Through this consultation, Ontarians will have the opportunity to rank the importance and effectiveness of a range of government services. This consultation will allow people, including members of the Ontario Public Service, to suggest new ideas to transform the way those services are delivered in an open and transparent way.

“Premier Doug Ford and our government are committed to restoring accountability and trust in how taxpayers’ money is spent,” added Minister Bethlenfalvy. “These consultations and the line-by-line review will help us improve public services so that Ontarians have confidence that their money is being spent with prudence and care.”

Quick Facts

  • The Planning for Prosperity online consultation will run from August 29, 2018 to September 21, 2018, as part of the government’s comprehensive line-by-line review of all government programs and services.
  • On August 10, 2018 EY Canada was chosen as the successful applicant to conduct the line-by-line review after a thorough evaluation, and based on the selection criteria set out in the public request for bids. The review will provide a detailed analysis of current spending, benchmark against other jurisdictions, and identify areas for improvement, including efficiencies and cost savings.
  • Ontario has the highest subnational debt of any jurisdiction in the world. The line-by-line review will establish a more sustainable baseline to ensure a fiscally healthy government for future generations.
  • Learn about the progress we’re making delivering on our promise to take decisive action to address Ontario’s urgent issues here.

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The City of Barrie Tendering is going Paperless!

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https://www.barrie.ca/Doing%20Business/Pages/Bids-Tenders.aspx

Bids & Tenders

The City is committed to securing the best products and services at the most competitive prices. We strive to provide significant value to all of our stakeholders and set standards of excellence within the municipal sector, while supporting Council’s Responsible Spending objective.

City of Barrie Tender Process is going paperless!

As part of our commitment to embrace innovation and improve how we do business, the City is excited to announce that on October 15, 2018, our open tender process is going paperless.

After the successful launch on May 1 of our new e-tendering platform, we are now expanding to a fully electronic submission process. Effective October 15, 2018, ALL open procurements will be submitted electronically (including all Request for Procurements (RFP), High Score Request for Quotations, and Low-bid Request for Quotations).

Benefits of Going Paperless

  • 100% environmentally friendly, on-line submissions
  • Reduced carbon footprint – no more courier and printing requirements
  • No requirement to travel to public tender openings
  • Automatic notifications of new bid opportunities, addenda and site meeting reminders
  • Online access to bid results
  • Customized vendor dashboard for quick access to active opportunities and bid history
  • Self-serve profile management

E – Bonding

Along with the move to full electronic tender submissions, the City is also moving towards the acceptance of electronic bonds. Stay tuned for more information on this initiative. Learn about electronic bonds.

Subscription Information

Documents are free to view, however; you will need to register and subscribe to bids&tenders™ to download bid documents, receive notifications about new City of Barrie bid opportunities, and submit bids to the City of Barrie. Subscription to bids&tenders™ unlimited is just $165/year.  Pay once and access all agencies using bids&tenders™ in Canada . A one-time, pay-per-bid option is also available at $45/bid.

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Advice from CCA onTariffs

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Dear colleagues,

On July 1, Canada implemented tariffs on a list of steel and aluminum products in response to a unilateral decision by the U.S. to impose its own tariffs under section 232 of the Trade Act of 1962. As we said in our press release, trade wars have negative effects on both sides of the border, and we understood that the Canadian government had to take prompt and decisive action to defend our industry and its workers.

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has long advocated for reciprocity and the establishment and maintenance of a free-flowing international system of trade, both in terms of goods as well as services. CCA supports international free trade agreements, including provisions respecting government procurement.

This situation has created a lot of uncertainty for our members – in terms of accurately pricing their projects and estimating timelines with concerns around shortages of material.

On August 13, the Government of Canada, in response to concerns from Canadian steel producers, initiated a short 15-day consultation period to get the industry’s reaction to potential new tariffs, quotas or combination of both on the import of steel into Canada.

This new development further creates uncertainty and risk for the industry across the country and would fundamentally alter supply chains if implemented. CCA will prepare a submission to the government. In the meantime, please share with your members how they can mitigate some of these risks.
Recommendations

For signed contracts:

  • Review your contract to determine if there are provisions that provide for price adjustment due to changes in taxes and customs duties, e.g. Conditions 10.1 of CCDC 2 ‘Stipulated Price Contract’ and CCA 1 ‘Stipulated Price Subcontract’ (“Duty Provisions”).
  • If your contract does not include such duty provisions, you may be liable for covering the increased cost. CCA urges all owners to be fair to contractors caught in this situation and give sympathetic consideration to requests for price adjustment where the contractor has been hit with cost increases that could not be reasonably foreseen.

For new contracts:

  • If the contract of a potential project does not have duty provisions, particularly if you are aware of proposed new or increased taxes and customs duties that are to be implemented, you should formally raise this to the owner and encourage the owner to include such duty provisions or address that in the bid documents.

Other considerations

  • You may want to use the general argument that you cannot anticipate new or increased taxes and customs duties and therefore the increase in cost is recoverable. This may be difficult without duty provisions as the general rule is that the contractor bears the risk of loss in a situation like this.
  • If a change, delay, or suspension in the work of an ongoing project causes delays in the purchase of materials that have escalated in price, then, in some circumstances, the contractor may be entitled to recover the increased cost.

CCA is proud to be supported by its 20,000 members and will continue to defend the industry’s best interests. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the steel and aluminum tariffs, please contact our vice-president of public affairs Rodrigue Gilbert at 613-808-7435 or rgilbert@cca-acc.com.

Regards,

 

Mary Van Buren, MBA, CAE
President
Canadian Construction Association
1900 – 275 Slater Street Ottawa ON K1P 5H9
613-236-9455, ext. 414

 

Employment Law Update – Sherrard Kuzz LLP

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Changes Coming to Minimum Pay for On Call Work

Unpredictable workflow can make scheduling a challenge. One common tool employers use to address this challenge is on-call staff: an employee remains available to be called in to work and must work if called.

The concept of on-call work is not itself problematic. Many jobs lend themselves to an on-call arrangement. Electricians, plumbers, IT professionals, doctors, and nurses are just a few examples. However, while holding oneself on standby may not be particularly onerous it is, as the Supreme Court of Canada recently noted “a period of time during which the employer exercises a degree of control over the movements and activities of [an employee].
This exercise of control benefits the employer, who might otherwise have to employ [other employees] to work [after hours] to ensure a timely response to urgent [matters]”. To address this, Bill 148 will amend the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) to require compensation for an on-call employee even if the employee is not called in to work.

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Building Bulletin from the City of Barrie

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SCHEDULE 1: DESIGNER INFORMATION

‘SCHEDULE 1: Designer Information’ forms part of the provincial ‘Application to Construct or Demolish’ and is required to be completed for every permit application by individuals who review and take responsibility for design activities with respect to the project. All fields on the form must be filled out to consider the application “complete” as defined by the Ontario Building Code.
The Building Code Act requires that designers who prepare documents to be submitted with permit applications: have the necessary qualifications set out in the building code and that they provide information about their qualifications on the Schedule 1 form and submitted documents.
There are only two cases where an exemption applies and, in both cases, appropriate PROFESSIONAL SEALS must be affixed to the documents being submitted:
 Schedule 1 is not required to be completed by a holder of a licence, temporary licence, or a certificate of authorization, issued by the Ontario Association of Architects.
 Schedule 1 is not required to be completed by a holder of a licence to practice, a limited licence to practice, or a certificate of authorization, issued by the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.
Note: if submitted drawings contain a company logo, an accompanying BCIN and listed qualifications are required to be included on the Schedule 1 Designer Information form.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all information is complete and accurate. An application will be refused where any of the required information is not provided.
Chris Glanville, B.A. (Hons) Chief Building Official

Cambium Inc. is Growing

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CAMBIUM CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE GROWTH
PETERBOROUGH, June 8, 2018: The hiring of 15 new team members in May was record breaking for Cambium, the largest contingent thus far in a one-month period. Raising the company employee count to over 100 people is also a milestone in itself. The new additions have been well received by the team complements at the Cambium’s eastern and central Ontario offices.

Since opening its doors over twelve years ago, Cambium has experienced continual organic growth. The hiring of 15 staff in a one-month period prompted the management team to pause and reflect on its modest beginning with only 9 employees. Amidst the trend of large publicly traded engineering companies acquiring smaller consulting firms, Cambium has remained committed to being an employee-owned enterprise. This model has contributed to the personal approach and pride that the staff put into their work.

The past five years have been witness to the most exciting expansion; service offerings, new offices, and renowned projects, during which time the company achieved a growth of approximately 500%. However, May 2018 is in the spotlight for the largest number of staff joining the team in a single month.

“We planned to expand,” said John Desbiens, President and CEO “but the pace of growth was at a much faster and steadier rate than we had expected. Building our capacity and competency to meet the market demand has required ongoing organizational development. Our clients are more value oriented than price sensitive which has allowed us to reinforce the comprehensive approach and quality of staff for which we are known.” Mr. Desbiens adds that they expect to see continued growth over the next three years as Cambium continues to develop its existing locations and pursue a broader geographic reach.

Jim Bailey is also a founding partner and Vice President at Cambium. “We are very proud to have created full-time career opportunities for professionals wanting to live and work in their home towns,” states Mr. Bailey. He adds “we have also welcomed new people to the company from various parts of Canada and the US. It is exciting to see the positive growth and know that we are contributing to the economic development of the communities we serve.”

“We are perpetually seeking people that share the values and culture of Cambium,” adds Karen Mann, Human Resources Manager. “We have been fortunate to attract and retain an amazing team of professionals.” While it has been a busy hiring month for the HR team, Ms. Mann has been with Cambium since its first year of operations, so nurturing a growing team of professionals is commonplace for her.

About Cambium
Founded in 2006, Cambium is a consulting and engineering company offering environmental, geotechnical, building sciences, and construction monitoring services. Focused on exceptional service, the company provides professional advice and solutions to ensure environments are developed, maintained, and remediated to a healthy state for a better future. Cambium’s home office is in Peterborough, with complete office complements in Barrie, Oshawa, and Kingston. For more information, visit https://cambium-inc.com or call 1-866-217-7900.

For further information contact:
Crystal Porteous, Marketing Coordinator
Crystal.Porteous@cambium-inc.com
705.742.7900 Ext. 238 or 866.217-7900

Bill 142 The Construction Lien Amendment Act Video

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We are pleased to announce that COCA’s video – Introduction to Bill 142 The Construction Lien Amendment Act, has been posted to YouTube. 

 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 was prepared with the assistance of Glenn W. Ackerley of Weir Foulds LLP and Sandra Skivsky of the Ontario Masonry Contractors Association and Prompt Payment Ontario.  Technical expertise was provided by Michelle Henry-Hayden of COCA member Grand Valley Construction Association.

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COCA’s Government Relations Report May 2018

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As a member of the Barrie Construction Association, you automatically become a member of the Council of Ontario Construction Associations.

The Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) is a federation of construction associations; the largest and most representative group of ICI and heavy civil construction employers in Ontario. Our member organizations represent more than 10,000 construction businesses and more than 400,000 employees.

COCA brings the concerns of our members to the attention of Queen’s Park and is committed to working with the government to ensure that Ontario’s legislative landscape is one in which our industry can grow and prosper.

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Bill 148 Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act Summary

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Weir Foulds LLP has provided a summary overview of Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act.  If you have questions, contact information for Weir Foulds is included in the PDF.

Bill 148 Summary

WeirFoulds LLP has established itself as one of Canada’s premier regional law firms, most recently being voted #1 regional law firm in Ontario in Canadian Lawyer’s Top 10 Ontario Regional Firm survey. For over 150 years, the lawyers of WeirFoulds have been proud to serve our clients in their most difficult and complex matters. Reflecting the firm’s focus, our lawyers are consistently recognized as leaders in their chosen areas of practice and in the profession at large.

Pay Transparency Legislation

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Bill 3 Introduces Pay Transparency Legislation in Ontario: What Does It Mean for Employers?
April 2018

Bill 3, the Pay Transparency Act, 2018, passed Third Reading in the Ontario Legislature on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The legislation will require an employer to disclose certain compensation information about, and to, employees and prospective employees, and restrict the information an employer may solicit during the hiring process. The Pay Transparency Act, 2018 comes into force on January 1, 2019. Accordingly, employers (particularly those with more than 100 employees) should prepare now. Read More