COCA’s Construction Lien Act Review Task Force was extremely active providing advice that helped shape the direction of the Reynolds/Vogel Report on Construction Lien Act reform in a very significant way. Many long held COCA positions on Lien Act reform found their way into the Reynolds/Vogel Report as a result of the Task Force's efforts.
The Reynolds/Vogel Report also recommended a payment regime to ensure general and trade contractors are paid in a fair and timely way for work completed without dispute. COCA has been advocating for such a solution to delayed payments through the construction payments chain since 2011.
COCA’s influence can also be seen in the WSIB’s new Rate Framework. The new classification system, prospective experience rating program and employer-centric rate setting process will balance rate responsiveness and collective liability. It will be implemented not earlier than January 1, 2019.
COCA pressed the WSIB to make some accommodation for non-exempt construction executive officers in the new Rate Framework and the provincial compensation agency has agreed in principle with our request.
COCA pushed the WSIB for more competitive premium rates for construction employers, and the WSIB responded with reductions for every construction rate group with some reductions for the best performing rate groups of as high as 14%
COCA promoted enhanced maintenance and expansion of the province’s public infrastructure, and the government responded with an increased commitment to public infrastructure investment of $160 B over the next 12 years
COCA’s College of Trades Committee continued to keep close watch over the province’s self-governing body for the skilled trades and kept the membership well-informed, including the Bill 70 amendments to the OCTAA
COCA convened a highly successful Annual General Meeting at the Royal Canadian Military Institute in downtown Toronto. In addition to the election of directors, approval of the audited financial statements and the presentations of awards, the meeting featured a keynote address by the Leader of the Official Opposition in the Ontario Legislature, Ontario PC Party leader Patrick Brown.
COCA held a planning retreat at the Brantford Golf and Country Club in August. 23 COCA members volunteered two days of their time to collaborate under the guidance of facilitator Erin Roberts from Zzeem Inc.and developed 26 recommendations that form a blueprint to guide COCA into the next few years.
At COCA’s December 5th Board of Directors meeting, Erin Roberts returned to facilitate discussions that produced a new Vision and Mission for our provincial federation. They read as follows:
Vision Statement “COCA is the most influential and respected advocate in Ontario for the non-residential construction industry.”
Mission Statement -“On behalf of our members, COCA advocates for a public policy environment that supports the success of Ontario’s non-residential construction industry.
Member Relations and Communications
Through the year, COCA maintained its extensive communications and outreach programs. These included monthly newsletters, monthly government relations reports exclusively for members, semi-annual updates to the boards of directors of member associations and the full-colour Year in Review publication.
COCA representatives attended 31 member events to strengthen relationships with our members. These included presentations at members’ AGMs and board of directors meetings as well as attendance at awards dinners, membership appreciation events and golf tournaments.
COCA at Queens Park
COCA’s industry lobby day Construction Day at Queen’s Park was held on February 29th and it proved to be a record breaker for COCA. Thirty-eight volunteers from 17 member associations participated in 48 meetings with cabinet ministers, PAs, MPPs and senior political staffers to advance the need for prompt payment legislation for construction projects in Ontario.
COCA’s Construction Season Reception at Queen’s Park was held on September 26, coincidentally the same day that the Reynolds/Vogel Report was publicly released. Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, in his remarks at the event, underlined the government’s commitment to introduce legislation pursuant to the Reynolds/Vogel Report in the Spring 2017 session of the Legislature.