COCA has two types of members. Primarily, our members are construction associations – local mixed trade, single trade and prime contractor/builder associations. We also have a small number of associate members - businesses related to the construction industry like lawyers and health and safety training providers.
Our members are involved in a range of important issues impacting the ICI (industrial, commercial & institutional) and heavy civil construction industry - from supporting recruitment of skilled workers to creating a level playing field for WSIB costs.
Individual companies can become COCA members in one of two ways; by joining one of our member associations (to see a membership list click on the Membership), or by joining as an associate member.
By Joining COCA
You have a powerful conduit to directly influence decisions that impact the construction industry in Ontario. On your behalf, COCA builds and fosters influence and relationships with decision makers.
You have a forum to exchange information, ideas and best practices on construction industry issues in Ontario. This enables you to inform and protect your members and to provide leadership for your association.
You receive easy to understand, timely, relevant, credible, leading-edge information that is contextualized for the construction industry. This means you are always on top of the issues and their impact on the industry, enabling you to increase the value you deliver to your members.
You benefit from the power of the only voice representing the Ontario construction industry as a whole. COCA provides you with the resources, credibility, relationships and expertise that increase the influence of your organization and help the construction industry in Ontario grow and prosper.
- Entitled to one seat on the COCA Board of Directors
- Participation by most senior staff person in the COCA Chief Operating Officers Committee where association leaders discuss industry concerns and share best practices
- The opportunity for participation in COCA sub‐committees that are struck to review issues of public policy and determine COCA’s position
- Advice and support from COCA staff on issues of concern specific to your organization
- The opportunity to take part in COCA’s Annual Construction Season Reception and Construction Day lobby day at Queen’s Park
- Issue/policy articles and updates provided for member publications upon request
- Legislative and COCA activity briefings available for Member Board of Directors
- Listing in online directory (link to website if applicable)
- Profile in Annual Report which is distributed to government
- Monthly newsletter
- Members Only News, Policy Bulletins and monthly Government Relations Update
- The opportunity to attend government fundraisers at COCA purchased tables (generally seats are distributed on a first come first served basis)
- Annual and semi‐annual updates to present to your organization outlining COCA's achievements during the specified time frame
Value of Membership
Your association’s membership in COCA is worth more than $125,000 a year – here’s why:
Focused & Effective Government Relations
COCA is a strong and effective government relations organization – serving as the strategic policy development and advocacy arm for ICI and heavy civil construction employers in Ontario. We develop and maintain positive relationships with senior officials and key decision makers at Queen’s Park. This takes time and effort, its valuable. Government relations firms do the same; and charge $10,000 a month or more as a retainer. They also represent multiple clients, speaking to the government about a variety of industries and issues. Not so with COCA, we are tightly focussed on the issues that matter to construction employers and only those issues. $120,000
Yet COCA is so much more than an advocacy organization….
Queen's Park Events
Our receptions at Queen’s Park and full industry lobby day provide COCA members with the opportunity to meet directly with MPPs and Ministers, opportunities to build their own personal relationships. Most importantly these events are expertly facilitated by COCA staff, strategy, speaking points, introductions – they’re all provided. $7,000
Expert Guest Speakers
High profile guest speakers who make presentations at regular Board of Directors meetings provide timely updates and answer questions. This valuable information can be shared with your membership and can contribute to your success as an association leader. $1,000
Association Leaders Committee
Our association leaders’ committee meetings provide professional development opportunities on a variety of topics and the chance to share association management best practices to help strengthen your organization. Though other organizations may provide these services, COCA offers construction specific information for a fraction of the cost. $2,500
Our regular communications, including a monthly newsletter and government relations update break down the issues and clearly explain what they mean to construction. Again there are other organizations that might provide legislative development information but none are designed specifically for the construction employer. In addition to these publications, COCA provides member associations with half year updates and an annual, full colour Year in Review. $2,500
Exclusive Access to TwoGreySuits (TGS)
TGS is a comprehensive on-line Human Resources Department specifically designed to meet the people management needs of small and medium sized businesses. It includes forms and direction on everything from recruitment and compensation to performance management and administration. Through COCA’s exclusive agreement, member associations have access to a discounted licence fee schedule and can offer the TGS service to their member companies on either an Association Pay or a Member Pay (revenue stream) basis. $1,500
Personal & Professional Growth
COCA affords the opportunity for personal and professional development by serving as a committee member or Chair, or as a member of the Board of Directors. Share your knowledge and learn from the experience of others – test your leadership, learn and grow as a construction industry professional. Priceless!