Ontario

Jo-Ann Gauthier
Ontario Regional Manager

Address:
  c/o CASA
Phone:  (905) 477-2270 x 43
Cell:  (647) 222-2159

Email: jgauthier@casa-firesprinkler.org
Twitter: @casafs_Jo_Ann
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  Regional Events:
ORG Meeting Schedule

If you are not able to attend, you have the option to join by
teleconference 1-888-867-9953, conference PIN 259456

 Feb 14, 2019 8:00 am Centre for Health & Safety Innov.
(Conference East)
Apr 4, 2019    8:00 am Centre for Health & Safety Innov.
(Boardroom E)
June 6, 2019  8:00 am Centre for Health & Safety Innov.
(Conference East)
Sept. 5, 2019 8:00 am Centre for Health & Safety Innov.
(Boardroom E)
Nov. 7, 2019 8:00 am Centre for Health & Safety Innov.
(Conference East)
Dec. 5, 2019 10:00 am TBA
(Festive Luncheon)
   
   

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ONTARIO NEWS

On October 23, the Government of Ontario announced Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 which includes a near-full repeal of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, and improvements to Ontario’s apprenticeship system.

What do these changes mean for Ontario business?

Minimum wage paused at $14 per hour
The dramatic increase in minimum wage mandated under Bill 148 was unprecedented in North America for both its amount and the speed by which it was to be implemented. According to a study by Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office, the scheduled increase would put approximately 50,000 people at risk of losing their jobs. The OCC supports pausing the minimum wage at $14/hour and tying future increases to a calculation based on the rate of inflation, to ensure consistency, reliability, and predictability for both employers and employees.
Partial repeal of scheduling provisions
Bill 148 allowed employees to refuse a shift scheduled less than 96 hours before its start and required employers to pay staff for a minimum of three hours of work in the case of a cancelled/reduced shift. These provisions made it difficult and more expensive for businesses to properly staff operations, especially for industries that rely more heavily on casual work or are exposed to factors outside their control, such as the weather events or fluctuations in consumer demand. The government will be repealing the 96-hour rule, while maintaining the 3-hour rule. This will reduce some of the uncertainty and cost pressures on employers. While we welcome this decision, the OCC urges the government to also repeal the 3-hour rule, which is particularly harmful for businesses in the agriculture, tourism, and restaurant industries that frequently face circumstances beyond their control and require the flexibility to schedule, cancel or reduce shift hours with short notice.
Removal of equal pay for equal work
Requiring employers to provide equal pay to part-time and full-time employees, as well as temporary help agency employees, who perform substantially the same job added significant administrative and salary costs to businesses. Implementation was particularly challenging and costly for small businesses, with fewer resources and broader job descriptions. Removing the equal pay provision will increase flexibility for Ontario employers.
        Note: Equal pay for equal work refers to providing the same rate
of pay regardless of employment status. It is distinct from pay
equity, which dictates that men and women must be paid the same
wage for the same work. Bill 47 does not repeal pay equity
regulation

Returning to previous calculation of public holiday pay
Bill 148 changed the formula for calculating public holiday pay, requiring employers to divide regular wages earned in the pay period before the public holiday by the number of days worked in that pay period. In practice, this made it more expensive for employers to hire causal, part-time workers and created a system that did not provide fair compensation to full-time staff. Returning to the previous public holiday pay formula will ensure fair compensation for all workers and allow businesses to make economically sound hiring decisions.
Return to previous union certification policies
Bill 148 extended card-based union certification to the temporary help agency industry, the building services sector, and home care and community services industry, removing the need for a secret ballot vote. The government’s decision to return to secret ballot voting is in the best interest of employees, as it safeguards them from external pressures and protects their democratic rights. In addition, Bill 148 forced employers to provide unions with access to employee lists and employee contact information where the union is able to demonstrate 20 percent employee support. Returning to the previous requirement to demonstrate at least 40 percent employee support will protect the privacy rights of employees.
Amended personal emergency leave
Under Bill 148, small businesses were required to provide a minimum of 10 personal emergency leave days per year (eight unpaid and two paid). This will be amended to require a total of eight unpaid days within the following categories: three sick days, two bereavement days, and three family emergency leave days. To help promote accountability, employers may now once again ask employees for a sick note. These changes will help small businesses manage schedules and reduce unexpected costs, helping them remain competitive.
Maintain domestic or sexual violence leave
Bill 148 introduced a domestic or sexual violence leave provision. The OCC supports this policy, which gives employees the right to up to 10 days of individual leave and up to 15 weeks of leave if the employee or their child experiences domestic or sexual violence or the threat of such violence.
Maintain paid vacation expansion
The government will not be removing provisions that entitle employees to three weeks of paid vacation after five years with the same employer. The OCC accepts this provision, as many employers did not plan to reduce their employees’ vacation time regardless of legislative change.
Apprenticeship ratios set at 1:1
Ontario’s current journeyperson-to-apprenticeship ratios make it difficult for employers to fulfill high levels of demand for skilled tradespeople, as they struggle to recruit sufficient journeypersons to hire additional apprentices. This has resulted in young tradespeople struggling to work the hours necessary to complete their training, limiting the number of certified tradespeople produced each year. The government’s announcement to lower these ratios to 1:1 across all trades will make it easier for apprentices to become certified and for businesses to fill skills shortages and complete projects. This will be especially important for smaller urban and rural communities, where the pool of journeypersons is typically much smaller.
Dissolution of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT)
Since its establishment in 2009, the OCOT has become overly focused on enforcement and regulation, limiting its ability to serve the public interest by attracting and training new tradespeople. The government has announced that it will be dissolving the OCOT and uploading its responsibilities to the Ministry of Labour, something that the OCC advocated for in our Blueprint Letters to Cabinet Ministers. Dissolving the College is an important first step in modernizing Ontario’s apprenticeship system and developing a stronger, more competitive workforce. The OCC is also in support of the government’s decision to place a moratorium on trades classification and re-classification, which will reduce hiring-related burdens and improve business competitiveness.
The OCC is encouraged by the labour market reforms announced today and looks forward to continuing to work with the Ontario government to support economic prosperity and business competitiveness across the province.
Read the OCC’s Statement.
Read Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018.
https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-47

Cannabis legalization took place on October 17th
https://www.canada.ca/en/services/health/campaigns/cannabis/impairment.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc_en&utm_content=marijuana_2&utm_campaign=cannabis-18 

NFSA Member Takeover September/October 2018 – Retired Fire Chief Dan Jones, sprinkler advocate shares his thoughts   
https://community.nfpa.org/community/home-fire-sprinkler-initiative/blog/2018/10/05/commentary-the-fire-sprinkler-industry-should-be-more-aggressive-in-promoting-their-life-saving-product

Ajax Fire and Emergency Services Contest
Ajax Fire and Emergency Services ran a contest called “If you wanted to be Fire Chief for the Day on October 11th
” that was awarded during Fire Prevention Week.  The contest was open to local students who were required to draw a poster to demonstrate how they and their family could prepare in the event of fire so nobody gets hurt.

The winner of the contest was Kinzee, a local 3rd grade student.  Look at the Fire Sprinkler in her picture! Future SFPI? Future Fire Firefighter?  Either way, what a smart little girl!  Thank you Kristy-Lynn Pankhurst (Fire Prevention Inspector for AFES) and Fire Chief Dave Lang for inviting CASA to be part of Kinzee’s special day!
Fire Can Happen Anywhere - Picture

Ministry of Seniors Affairs Fire Sprinkler Retrofit Program for Licensed Small or Rural Retirement Homes update.
The program information can be accessed online.
The information below provides a summary of grant payment requirements and program contact information.

Retirement Homes
Cost-sharing program to help small and rural retirement homes retrofit more than 6,000 suites across Ontario.  Automatic Fire Sprinklers are vital to the safety and security of all retirement home residents, staff and first responders.  Beginning January 1, 2019, all retirement homes must be equipped with automatic fire sprinkler systems to meet new Ontario Fire Code requirements.

December 12, 2018- OFM Newsletter on Retrofit Care

Graduated Apprenticeship Program for Employers
GAGE
   https://www.ontario.ca/page/graduated-apprenticeship-grant-employers

Bill 142 – Construction Lien Amendment Act
Ontario Passes Legislation on Dec. 5, 2017 to Modernize Construction Laws – New Legislation to Ensure Ontario Businesses and Workers Get Paid on Time.
Please click below link to view the bill:
http://ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=4957

https://news.ontario.ca/mag/en/2017/12/ontario-passes-legislation-to-modernize-construction-laws.html?_ga=2.8692087.318792305.1512580135-1735687629.1512580135

Update Bill 142
Bill 142 will come into force in two stages;
TORONTO — Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi recently announced that the balance of Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017 will be fully proclaimed and will also come into force in two stages.

All of the substantive changes, regulations and forms, other than those relating to prompt payment and adjudication, will come into force on July 1.

The prompt payment and adjudication provisions, regulations and forms will be proclaimed and come into force on Oct. 1, 2019 in order to allow sufficient time for the Authorized Nominating Authority to be established, to develop a regime for the certification of adjudicators and to certify adjudicators.

The attorney general also announced the release of four draft regulations to support the amendments to the act including forms, procedures for actions under Part VIII, general (e.g. monetary thresholds for surety bonding and holdback and notice requirements) and adjudications under Part II.1 of the act.

Consultation drafts of the regulations have been posted on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry and are available online.

The regulations have been posted for a period of 30 days and the public can provide feedback.

Bill 142 made numerous amendments to the Construction Lien Act in response to the report titled Striking the Balance: Expert Review of Ontario’s Construction Lien Act, authored by construction lawyers Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel and delivered on April 30, 2016.

Their review examined the modernization of lien and holdback rules, prompt payment and the introduction of an adjudication system.

New Construction Act Resources
On July 1, 2018 the first phase of the new Construction Act of Ontario came into effect.  The first phase includes amendments to lien and holdback rules; the second phase, effective October 1, 2019 deals with prompt payment, adjudication and municipalities.
Attached to this email are:

  1. A guide to the Construction Act developed by the Hamilton-Halton Construction Association
    http://www.casa-firesprinkler.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Acrobat-Document.pdf
  2. A presentation from Gowlings WLG that includes some check lists for complying with the Act
    http://www.casa-firesprinkler.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Slide-1.pdf

It’s important to note the transition rules.  The old regime will still apply where:

  1. The contract was entered into before July 1, 2018.
  2. The procurement process (RFQ, RFP, tender call) is commenced (not concluded) before July 1, 2018. In other words, the trigger date will not be the closing date of the tender, but the date on which the tender call was issued by the owner.
  3. The facility is subject to a leasehold interest and the lease is entered into before July 1, 2018.

These legislative and regulatory changes will impact all companies involved in construction, please take some time to educated yourself, the resources below are a good start.

COCA’s website that has a webinar by Edward Dryer
https://www.coca.on.ca/cpages/home

Surety Bonds and the Construction Act:
http://www.surety-canada.com/en/construction_act_of_ontario/index.html

List of forms for the Construction Act
https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r18303

Court Services – forms you can download for the Construction Act
http://ontariocourtforms.on.ca/en/construction-lien-act-forms/

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Click above picture to see Home Fire Timeline video

ORG Meeting Locations:
Centre for Health & Safety
5110 Creekbank Rd.
Meeting Room E.
Mississauga, ON

Hilton Garden Inn
3311 Caroga Dr.
Mississauga, ON

2019 ORG
Golf Tournament
W
e will host it once again
at Lionhead in Brampton.
“SAVE THE DATE”:
Thursday
September 19
, 2019
W
e will try our luck on the Masters Course
instead of Legends.