The pursuit of Construction LienAct reform and prompt payment legislation for construction projects in Ontario will remain COCA’s very highest priority for 2017. COCA will press the government to introduce and pass legislation that is aligned with the recommendations of the Reynolds-Vogel Report.
In the wake of the Bill 70 amendments to the OCTAA, COCA’s College of Trades Committee will continue to keep close watch over the province’s self-governing body for the skilled trades and keep the membership well-informed.
Ontario must have a workers compensation system that serves the need s of employers and workers effectively and efficiently. In this regard:
- Ensure COCA members are well informed about Ontario’s new approach to workers compensation in order to avoid any unexpected surprises and to ensure stability when the new Rate Framework is implemented in January 2019. COCA will work with the WSIB to help our member companies understand how the new Rate Framework will classify their operations and where they will be placed in the new rate structure and where they could be headed in terms of future rates.
- COCA will continue to press the government for the elimination of the WSIB provision that automatically locks-in an injured workers benefits at 72 months duration
- With respect to Claim’s Suppression, COCA will work with the WSIB delivering information, education, advice and training to employers identified by their analytics to be at high risk of non-compliance.
- If the government legislates benefits for workers suffering from chronic mental stress, COCA will ensure that such benefits are in proportion to the work relatedness of the disease .
Working with the Chief Prevention Officer to improve the performance of the province’s occupational health and safety system and specifically working on:
- The development and implementation of the Construction Health and Safety Action Plan
- The development and implementation of mandatory entry level training for construction workers
- The development of Accreditation program standards that work for r the construction industry
- Strategically shifting the focus of health and safety training towards the small business sector, vulnerable workers and on high hazard activities
- The possible merger of the IHSA with WSPS, WSN and PSHSA; there must be a compelling business case that improves the performance of the province’s health and safety system and there must be a workable plan
Additional priorities will be identified and approved by the board of directors as they arise