Troubled Waters at Environment and Climate Change Committee Meeting

The Stormwater Pond proposed for Baseline and Woodroffe received considerable public and Councillor opposition of the Environmental Assessment Report presented at the June 20th Environment Committee. Councillor Rick Chiarelli attacked infrastructure staff about consultation and project justification. Justification seems to have started with Ottawa River Action Plan and switched to LRT. The potentially $18-million project was eventually approved 9 to 1 after Transportation boss John Manconi and LRT Stage 2 planner Chris Swail were summoned to the Environment Committee by Transportation Chair Keith Egli to point out the importance of the project to the $3-billion stage 2 rail plan. The report passed at Council the following Wednesday with Councillor Rick Chiarelli dissenting.

Federal Infrastructure Committee Spending

Questions continue to be raised regarding taxpayer risk with the federal government’s infrastructure bank.  The Big City Mayor’s Caucus called on provincial governments across the country to match the billions the federal government has committed for up to 40 per cent of major infrastructure projects.

The federal government plans to invest $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 fund announced July 4th 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.

At the June City Liaison Meeting, the NCHCA noted that only approximately half the proposed projects had been approved for funding under Canada’s Clean Water and Waste Water Fund.  The City has been actively pursuing the Federal government for funds and is moving forward with projects that have received funding.  Other contacts are being tendered “subject to”.  Contracts that are tendered “subject to” will not be awarded until funding is received.  The NCHCA noted that it is concerned that this ties up contractors resources/commitments for a project that may not go forward.  The City noted that it is up to the contractors if they want to bid on the “subject to” tenders and that “subject to” tenders are clearly identified in the tender documents.

Summer Heat

Although our Summer season has been unfavourably wet it is extremely important to stay hydrated on those hot days.  The average person sweats .8L to 1.4L hourly during exercise. If we don’t have enough water in our body it becomes more difficult to function.  Some symptoms of dehydration are fatigue, dizziness, dry mouth and confusion.

Some strategies to combat dehydration are taking small frequent breaks to drink water, try to provide shade to your work area and have a place to cool off close by.

Foods can also help you stay hydrated such as watermelon, yogurts, cucumbers and strawberries. Potassium in bananas will also help with muscle cramping.


Check out photos from the event here

Manhole Open – August 14th, Eagle Creek and Loch March GCs

Registrations for our 39th Manhole Open are now available on line under E-Commerce -> Events or at the following link:

The NCHCA is providing all sponsors an advance registration opportunity.  Every sponsor will be recognized in the upcoming registration notice, at the golf tournament and in a post-tournament notice. You also get advance golf registration privilege as well at either the Eagle Creek or Loch March golf course.

Sponsorship Opportunities and the Advanced Registrations are now available on line at under our E-Commerce menuà Events menu headings or at the following link after you have logged into the members’ only secured site

General Registration will open on Wednesday July 26th, for non-sponsors.

Here are the sponsorship categories and what is available (besides what is offered in the attached sponsorship form):   Platinum Sponsors are allowed to register up to 5 foursomes, Gold Sponsors can register up to 4 foursomes.

Platinum Sponsorship 3 Available $2000
Gold Sponsorship 3 Available $1000
Silver Sponsorship 3 Available $500
Bronze Sponsorship 18 Available $300

Registration details are as follows:

Time:                   10:30 Registration

                             11:00 – 12:00 Complimentary BBQ lunch

                             12:00 TEE OFF – Shot Gun Scramble


Cost:                Golf & Dinner $175/golfer

                          Golf & Dinner after August 7th $185/golfer

                          Dinner Only (Commencing at 6:00 pm)  $70/person

N.B. Please use the special comment box to indicate whether you wish your foursome to remain together or be divided amongst other players.

If you have any questions, please contact:                 

  • Perry Crozier at 613.762.4151 or
  • Dave McClure at 613.791.3280 or

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 Founder’s Award – Robert Kimberley (financial need)
  • The Harley House Consultant Inc. Award (highest grade point average)
  • 2 x  The National Capital Heavy Construction Association Industry Related Award

The candidates must be:

  • The son, daughter or legal ward of persons who work for member firms OR
  • An employee of a member firm OR
  • The parent or guardian of applicant must have a history of employment with a member firm.

The applicant must be:

  • Registered full time at a Canadian Post-Secondary Institution
  • In good academic standing and a minimum average of 75%
  • Entering at least the 2nd year of an undergraduate program or the 1st year of a graduate or professional program
  • Financial need
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Preference may be given to those enrolled in courses related to industry

NCHCA Safety

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


Construction Sector Blitzes

Focus Date
Falls May 16, 2016 – July 15, 2016
Mobile Cranes and Material Hoisting August 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016
Electrical Hazards November 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 June

While paving at night, supervisor Brad Steege observed workers walking under the back boom of the shuttle buggy while the asphalt was being transferred to the paver. Mr. Steege immediately stopped activities and spoke to the crew about the action he observed. This type of complacent activity could have resulted in a struck by accident, pinch point hazard, burning material hazard, or a worker being struck by traffic. Worker safety around moving equipment is a major concern for all employees in construction.

Redblack Tailgate Party – Save the Date, Septebmer 29!

We will be hosting our first ever RB Tailgate Party sponsored by Lafarge Canada on September 29th at TD Place. Mark this date in your calendars.  Details to follow shortly online.

Job Opening

The National Capital Construction Association, also known as the NCHCA, is seeking a dynamic

leader to assume the role of EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

See full job description here