On December 9, 2014 the Ministry of Labour announced that long awaited Working at Heights regulations have passed.  New training for those who work at heights will be mandatory as of April 1, 2015.

There is a two year transition period for workers who already meet the existing fall protection training requirements.  These workers will have until April 1, 2017 to complete an approved working at heights training program.
Ontario Launches Expert Review of the Construction Lien Act
On February 11, 2015 the government of Ontario made an announcement about the long awaited review of the Construction Lien Act. The government announced the selection of Bruce Reynolds as Counsel who will be supported by Co-Counsel Sharon Vogel, both of the law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.  To read the release click here.

» Prompt Payment Initiative
   COCA is taking up the cause of establishing prompt
   payment legislation for the Ontario construction industry.

» Construction Lien Act Reform

   Redeveloping industry consensus and re-introducing
   reform proposals to the Ministry of the Attorney General.
» Ministry of Labour - Prevention 
   The Ministry of Labour's Prevention Office is busy 
   implementing key recommendations from the Expert
   Advisory Panel on Occupational Health & Safety.

» WSIB Funding Review
   COCA actively participated in the WSIB's Funding Review. 
   The Final Report, Funding Fairness, can be found here.
On October 23, 2014 the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities announced that former Secretary of Cabinet and Head of the Ontario Public Service, Tony Dean had been appointed to review key ares of Ontario's skilled trades system that fall within the mandate of the Ontario College of Trades.

Mr. Dean will review issues relating to scope of practice and the process for determining wether certification should be voluntary or compulsory to practice a trade.

In November 2014 www.deanreview.com was launched to provide information to stakeholders and provide updates as the process moves forward.  A consultation paper from Mr. Dean is expected in the New Year.

The Ministry of Labour (MoL) has been tasked with developing an action plan to strengthen workplace accident prevention in the construction sector.  Leading plan creation is respected MoL veteran, John Vander Doelen.

It is expected that a draft plan will be presented to the Minister before the end of 2014 which will be the subject of consultation early in the New Year.

To the slide deck of a presentation Mr. Vander Doelen made to the Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee, click here.