Public infrastructure is not only a key enabler of economic growth, but if left unchecked or neglected can create tremendous opportunity costs in the future. COCA believes infrastructure funding should be predictable and sustainable in the long term. It is an economic driver that attracts investment and creates good paying construction jobs into the province.
Third Party Verification
Ontario contractors and industry suppliers have expressed concern about the increasing use by buyers of construction services of third-party verification services and their impact on administrative costs and client relationships.
It is generally agreed that:
- Buyers use third parties to offload their responsibilities for health and safety
- The cost of a single annual subscription to just one of these verification services is significant and many construction companies have to subscribe to multiple verification organizations in order to bid work from multiple owners
- In addition to the subscription costs, the administrative burden they place on contractors is substantial; many construction companies have to dedicate significant staff resources to support the demands of the verifiers
- Their systems are paper-based and lack an audit to demonstrate performance
- Third-party verifiers do not improve the health and safety performance of construction projects
- Third-party drive the cost of construction up
At its September 22, 2015, COCA’s Board of Director’s passed a motion stating that COCA is not in favour of third party verification.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) became law on June 13, 2005. Under this landmark legislation, the government of Ontario has developed mandatory accessibility standards that identifies, removes, and prevents barriers for people with disabilities.
Accessibility rules for businesses and non-profits
The rules and deadlines businesses and non-profits must follow to meet accessibility standards in Ontario. The rules you need to follow depend on the type and size of your organization. You are exempt if you are self-employed and do not have employees.
As of January 1, 2016 every private sector organization will have new obligations under the Integrated Accessibility Standards (“IAS”) of the AODA.