Jo-Ann Gauthier
Ontario Regional Manager

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

Email: jgauthier@casa-firesprinkler.org
Twitter: @casafs_Jo_Ann
 Jo-Ann Mian -Black & White picture
  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

Nov 1, 2018   8:00 am Centre for Health & Safety Innov.
(Conference East)
Dec 6, 2018  10:00 am Hilton Garden Inn
(Festive Luncheon)
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)


Bill 148 Summary
Bill 148 Checklist
Bill 148 Implementation

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. 

Graduated Apprenticeship Program for 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:


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
  2. A presentation from Gowlings WLG that includes some check lists for complying with the Act

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

Surety Bonds and the Construction Act:

List of forms for the Construction Act

Court Services – forms you can download for the Construction Act

OCOT Updates
Please be aware of an OCOT Communique released on March 31 in an effort to clarify application of qualification requirements for the 427A Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer Trade.  The College, OFMEM and SFPI Trade Board have come to an agreement.  Refer to the following link and also in my CASAnotes.

Ontario College of Trades compliance and enforcement team ramping up efforts for 2018 construction season.  College CEO and Registrar George Gritziotis says “Ontarian’s should feel confident that when someone is hired to work on their home or public spaces that the work is being done by qualified and certified skilled trades professionals.”  Link below.

Ontario College of Trades input to ratio review process improvements underway.  The Ministry of Labour has approved a regulation providing OCOT with an additional 12 months to consult with stakeholders on potential improvements to the journeyperson to apprenticeship ration review process and ratio criteria.  The actual ratio reviews before a panel is now set to begin in April 2019.  Ratios were last updated four years ago.  Refer to link below for more information.

Important information about the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer Trade  (Click Here)


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