Workplace Safety Plan Requirements

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Updates from across the construction landscape:

From the IHSA:


Dear IHSA Stakeholder,

As you are aware, as of November 23, 2020,Toronto and Peel public health regions have been moved to Lockdown or Grey status.

An amendment has been made to O. Reg 82/20 Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 that changes the rules for areas of Ontario that are classified as being in Lockdown or Grey Status

All businesses are encouraged to have a COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan.
Businesses in certain sectors that are in yellow, orange or red zones under the COVID-19 response framework are required to have a safety plan and ALL business in Stage One that remain open are required to have a COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan in place by November 30th. A template and more details can be found here.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

IHSA has several resources available to assist employers in meeting your COVID-19 workplace requirements. Here are three sites to visit:

IHSA On-Demand Webinar:  Developing Your COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan (overview with MLTSD)


IHSA’s Sector Specific COVID-19 Resources


IHSA’s COVID-19 Risk Assessment Supplement Guide

Dean Dunn
Vice President, Stakeholder and Public Relations

IHSA | Website

Ontario Focusses on Renewal, Growth, and Economic Recovery

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July 10, 2020

TORONTO – Today, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, issued the following statement on Statistics Canada’s monthly employment release:
“Today’s employment numbers are an indication that Ontario’s economy is beginning to stabilize as we continue to safely and gradually reopen the province. According to Statistics Canada, employment in Ontario increased by 377,900 in June, including an increase of 66,200 manufacturing jobs. But the job numbers are much more than a statistic, they represent, families, business owners and workers back at work and contributing to Ontario’s economic recovery.
Earlier this week, we introduced the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act. This legislation is the first step in our made-in-Ontario plan for growth, renewal and economic recovery. If passed, this bill will help get shovels in the ground faster on key infrastructure projects, lead to the creation of more jobs and investment, and cut red tape to help businesses adapt to the new environment.

Read more here

WSIB Health and Safety Excellence Program

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Protecting the health and safety of all people working in Ontario is our highest concern at all times. The unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic requires Ontario’s businesses to adapt their health and safety practices to protect their employees and customers and steer through this challenging economic environment.

The WSIB can help businesses improve their workplace health and safety during this pandemic and be ready for those that may come. Their Health and Safety Excellence program offers practical advice to help businesses stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep their people and communities safe.

To highlight the program’s pandemic readiness materials and topics, the WSIB is starting a special campaign that features an association toolkit. The toolkit features shareable information and graphics on how the program can help you navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic and build a more resilient, sustainable business.

In improving your workplace health and safety, businesses like yours can help save lives, contain the spread of the virus, and contribute to the economic recovery of the province.

Learn more about the Health and Safety Excellence Program

Association Toolkit


City of Barrie Economic Recovery Plan

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The City is doing everything possible, in cooperation with the provincial and federal governments, to minimize impact and see economic recovery take place as soon as possible. This page helps enable the City to better respond to the evolving challenges with partners in government, business and non-profits.

The City has prepared a Business Recovery Action Plan to assist the local economy in coming back stronger and smarter after COVID-19. It will guide local investment in the economic recovery after COVID-19 and identify local initiatives that will help the recovery process. The Plan was built through consultation with local businesses, including the Barrie Construction Association, stakeholders, and the general public. Thanks to all those that contributed.

Read the Economic Recovery Plan here

Helmets to Hardhats

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Helmets to Hardhats

Serving the Military Community

Those serving in the Canadian Armed Forces have a history of professionalism, dedication and service to their country.

Over their years of service, they have developed valuable additional expertise — leadership abilities, communication skills and a strong work ethic — skills which are in high demand within the civilian work force.

Not everyone who transitions from the Armed Forces to a civilian career has access to a support mechanism that can help them overcome the obstacles to finding a new career. Helmets to Hardhats Canada was founded to specifically help veterans and serving reservists transition into stable careers in Canada’s building and construction trades. We offer employment counselling,
resume help and referrals to those seeking a new opportunity as they transition to civilian life.

The overwhelming theme in the feedback we receive from our successful veterans is the sense of relief and pride they experience in securing a new career with stable pay and great benefits, which the building trades offer. Recognition by the industry of their previous military service and proper trades training goes a long way to easing their transition.

We invite everyone to read the testimonials on these pages, sent to us by those we have helped. These courageous young men and women continue to serve Canada as they work within their chosen trades, and will continue to serve as an inspiration to many.

On behalf of Helmets to Hardhats Canada, we thank everyone who supports our program and convey the gratitude of the many men and women of Canada’s Armed Forces who benefit from it.


Read the testimonials

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.

Read the full article here

#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!!


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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