Advocacy and Industry outreach are the cornerstones of COCA’s mandate. 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 thrive, and the province can prosper.
Partnership and collaboration are integral components of COCA’s government relations strategy. We recognize that only in very rare circumstances will we win the day working on our own. We understand that we must work with other stakeholders in construction and in other industries to influence the direction of public policy. COCA participates in a variety of coalitions, partnerships and committees to further the interests of our members and the construction industry. In 2018 COCA was actively engaged with no less than 15 coalitions, industry and employer associations and committees that meet on a regular basis to address issues that affect the construction industry. These include:
- Canadian Construction Association
- Provincial Labour-Management Health & Safety Committee (OHSA Section 21 committee for construction)
- Construction Legislative Review Committee (CLRC)
- Prevention Employers Partnership
- College of Trades and Appointments Council and Classification Roster
- Ontario Business Coalition
- WSIB Chair’s Industry Advisory Committee
- WSIB Chair’s Construction Industry Advisory Committee
- Prompt Payment Ontario
- Daily Commercial News by Construct Connect Editorial Advisory Board
- Institute for Work & Health’s Knowledge Exchange
- Ontario Construction Users Council
- BuildForce Canada’s Ontario Labour Market Information Committee
- Council on Experiential Learning (an advisory committee to the Minister of Education)
- Skills Ontario
COCA’s most significant recent achievement was the introduction and passage of Bill 142, Construction Lien Amendment Act. Led by COCA’s Construction Lien Act Taskforce, capably chaired by Ted Dreyer of Madorin Snyder LLP, COCA remained committed to ensuring the Act’s implementation.
Health and Safety
COCA works with our members and the government to make improvements to the province’s workplace health and safety system with the goal of reducing workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses.
Federal Prompt Payment Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act Reform Third Party Verification AODA
COCA works with our members and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to ensure Ontario’s compensation scheme is highly efficient and serves the needs of the workers and employers effectively, gets injured workers back to health and back to work in a timely way, offers competitive premium rates and provides best in class service excellence.
Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades
COCA is actively involved in the design and implementation of a new modern and effective skilled trades and apprenticeship system to replace the Ontario College of Trades.