NEWS AND UPDATES – AUGUST 2017

City of Ottawa

NCHCA has worked with Rob Wilkinson from the City of Ottawa to develop a series of commercials to be run on LiVE 88.5 and HOT 89.9 to promote safer roads. The 13 week campaign that also includes social media and live on location events, has a value of $38,034 that will cost $12,643 to be split between the NCHCA and two other sponsors. Sample messages include:

  • Safer roads start with safer thinking, and safer thinking, starts with you! Speed limits in construction zones are not suggestions and should ALWAYS be respected. What’s the point of getting there faster, if you never get there at all? Slow down and drive with care. Brought to you by the National Capital Heavy Construction Association and Safer Roads Ottawa.
  • Safer roads start with safer thinking, and safer thinking, starts with you! When driving, cycling or walking in a construction zone follow the signage and the flag person.  It’s the law. Brought to you by the National Capital Heavy Construction Association and Safer Roads Ottawa.
  • Safer roads start with safer thinking, and safer thinking, starts with you! Please Drive with care when entering construction zones or areas where road work is occurring.  Let’s ensure that all workers get home to their families. Slow down and drive with care. Brought to you by the National Capital Heavy Construction Association and Safer Roads Ottawa.

Road surface/pothole related service request calls to the City of Ottawa between January and June totaled 24,658.  That’s more than three times as many as the 7,908 requests for pickup of organics the second most common call and over 52% of the approximate 47,000 top five complaints [parking for above allowable limit – 5,309, vehicles in designated areas – 4,678 and garbage pick-up – 4,500]

The City of Ottawa will resurface seven extra roads this year, thanks to an additional $500,000 approved by council in July. At the July 12 meeting, Coun. Eli El-Chantiry put forward a motion to take the money from the capital reserve fund. In total, the city will complete 69 resurfacing projects on roads this construction season.

Federal

On July 4th the federal government plans to sink $2 billion into trade and transport infrastructure, including trade routes along the border with the United States that have become clogged and are in dire need of expansion. The $2-billion will go to projects that will have the biggest impact on more easily moving goods and people around the country and over borders. Proponents will be able to provide their proposals by Sept. 5, with funding to start coming out early next year.

On July 25th, 21 new projects were announced in Ottawa that were approved under the Canadian government’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The funding for these projects will be split between the three levels of government, with the federal government paying 50 per cent and the province and the city each paying 25 per cent of the costs. This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, which was announced in September 2016. These 21 projects are in addition to 18 wastewater treatment and storm water infrastructure projects the city announced in May, which received over $45 million in joint federal-provincial funding. Combined, the city is receiving more than $69 million for 39 projects.

Redblack Tailgate Party – TD Place, Septebmer 29!

We are hosting our first ever Redblack Tailgate Party on September 29th against Saskatchewan!

Tickets are $120 pp (includes 2 drinks and all the food you can eat) available on line at www.nchca.ca or http://www.nchca.ca/ecommerce/4  

Game tickets will be delivered prior to the day of the game ( 7:00 pm start)

The Log Cabin is an exclusive section behind the West End zone of TD Place for groups to mingle and enjoy some exciting football action. With your ticket, you will have access to a casual cabin like feel with access to high top tables as well as an all you can eat food and beverage menu. The food will include some great BBQ fare and salads, and the drinks will be a wide array of cold and warm non-alcoholic beverages. You will also have access to a cash bar at arms-length to purchase a variety of beer and liquor if you so choose.

Please join us for our inaugural tailgate party!

New Aggregate Fees

Please note that there will be a new aggregate fee change by MNR, regulations are coming January 1, 2018. This is beyond the contractor’s control as it is a provincial law change, and will affect existing contracts that extend into 2018. The City should see increased costs on their projects in 2018 so they might want to adjust their estimates.  Members should know that granular, asphalt, and concrete prices will be going up to cover these new fees. It is recommended that contractors bid the increases into their new tenders.

NCHCA Manhole Open 2017

Check out photos from the event here

 

NCHCA would like to thank this year’s sponsors…….

NCHCA Bursary Program

The NCHCA offers all member companies and their employees the opportunity to apply for the following four bursaries – each with a value of $2500.  The bursaries were awarded at the Manhole Open to the following recepients:

  • The Founder’s Award – Robert Kimberley (financial need)  – Awarded to Samantha DeVries
  • The Harley House Consultant Inc. Award (highest grade point average) – Awarded to Colette Koopman
  • 2 x  The National Capital Heavy Construction Association Industry Related Award – Awarded to Keaton Kenny and Lakmal Herath

Congratulations to the winners!  Pictures of the students are in the Manhole link above.

NCHCA Safety

This year’s construction blitz topics from the Ministry of Labor will be:

2016-2017

Construction Sector Blitzes

FocusDate
FallsMay 16, 2016 – July 15, 2016
Mobile Cranes and Material HoistingAugust 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016
Electrical HazardsNovember 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

The Ministry of Labour has created a simple and easy to understand checklist to help businesses meet health and safety requirements in Ontario. The checklist includes questions that will guide you as to how well you’re complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

The checklist is organized into four parts:

  1. Roles and responsibilities – to help employers and workers understand their responsibilities in the workplace
  2. Reporting and records management — to help employers understand reporting requirements when there is a workplace incident such as an injury
  3. Hazards in the workplace — ensuring procedures are in place to control hazards
  4. Training — ensuring all workers complete mandatory health and safety awareness training, including specific training on hazards found in the workplace

NCHCA monthly safety award winner for July

On Saturday, July 22, 2017 Ms. Fraser was not working but was travelling in Arnprior when she noticed that job site fencing Cavanagh had erected around the perimeter of the job site was down.  She telephoned Cavanagh worker (Mr. Konnor Fraser) who was also not working and they both put the fencing back into place.  Ms. Amanda Fraser performs traffic control and Mr. Konnor Fraser is a sewer worker with Cavanagh. Crews on this site were not working on Saturday, July 22, 2017.  Example of hazard recognition and prevention.

The fencing that was down was in the downtown sector which is quite busy on weekends and especially on Saturdays. The actions by Ms. Fraser and another Cavanagh worker, Mr. Konnor Fraser, prevented injuries as one of the areas that Cavanagh is working in Arnprior is downtown.

It is especially noteworthy that Ms. Fraser took the time to call a Cavanagh worker and help put the fencing back into place when she was off duty so that the general public, including children, could be protected.

Association of Municipalities of Ontario meeting in Ottawa this week pushing for increased funding

Members of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario are meeting in Ottawa the week of August 14thin hopes of convincing the provincial and federal governments to increase funding to local governments. Nearly 2,000 delegates from 444 municipalities in Ontario have descended on the downtown for their annual general meeting.

There will be many opportunities to make their views known. Delegates will be able to question Premier Kathleen Wynne and members of her cabinet on Monday. Opposition Leader Patrick Brown and provincial NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will also meet with participants, as will federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi.

The conference wraps on Wednesday.

AORS Annual Trade Show in Belleville

The Association of Ontario Road Supervisors is hosting their Annual Trade Show in Belleville, ONJune 6 & 7, 2018. This Trade Show features not only roads, but also municipal services, engineering services, and municipal products as a whole.

We expect next year’s Show to be the biggest the AORS has ever held; in a prime location along the 401 and centrally located in Eastern Ontario.  With over 2000 visitors expected over two days, it’s a great opportunity to showcase your services to the Municipal and Road Maintenance professionals.

If interested in displaying, booths are selling fast; don’t miss this opportunity!

Visit the website below for more details, registration forms, and layout maps.

http://aors.on.ca/events/aors-trade-show/