1. WSIB Proposed Rate Group Premium Info Session, Monday, July 20th, Centurion Center
The NCHCA would like to invite all members to attend a FREE info session on WSIB’s proposed rate group premiums. This session will allow WSIB to provide an overview of the proposed preliminary model and to answer any questions our members may have. In attendance will be J.S. Bidal, Executive Director of the Funding Modernization Office, and possibly one other. This will be confirmed closer to the meeting date.
WSIB is planning to replace the current rate group method of assigning employer premiums with the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS). This change will consolidate the current 155 rate groups into just 20 – 25 groups. The proposed NAICS will classify an employer’s business activities, with no distinction for size or the employer’s ability to segregate earnings into just one group. CAD-7, NEER and MAP experience rating plans will be replaced with “Risk Adjusted Premium Rate Setting” which will group employers by risk and accident costs into three bands (high risk bands = higher than average class rate premiums, average class rate = average premiums and lower risk band = lower than average class rate premiums). Based on individual accident experience employers will move up or down on these “bands”.
When: Monday, July 20
Where: Centurion Center, 170 Colonnade Road South
Time: 9:00 to 11:00 AM
If you are interested in attending this info session, please register with Alison Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, July 13th.
2. Construction Lien Act Review now underway
Bruce Reynolds, a construction law expert and senior partner at Borden Ladner Gervais, has been selected to Chair the provincial review of the Construction Lien Act which will focus on prompt payment and effective dispute resolution, including around timely payment for services and materials, and making sure payment risk is distributed fairly. The initial phase of the review is set to conclude, with the Phase Two focussed on stakeholder consultations to launch by the start of July.
3.WSIAT Decision on Premium Rebates and the WSIB Fatal Claim Policy
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) recently issued a decision dealing with the WSIB fatal claim premium adjustment policy that penalizes an employer by removing its rebate in the year the employer has a fatal accident. This decision removes any future opportunity for an employer to argue that the WSB’s fatal claim policy allows for relief from forfeiture of a rebate when the employer has been convicted for a breach of the OHSA.
As you may be aware, Ontario One Call currently outsources its contact centre for phone and web requests to a third party.
As of January 1, 2016, Ontario One Call will be moving the contact centre function in-house. This decision by the Board of Directors was made after careful consideration of the future needs of Members, excavators and stakeholders.
The current vendor, Accu-Link Call Centres Inc., will provide service until the end of the current agreement in December 31, 2015.
The NCHCA reserves the right to determine in its sole discretion how many, if any, recipients there will be in any given year. Further, the group reserves the right to determine whether or not there are any applicants who meet the criteria required. NCHCA will select the bursary receipents by Friday, August 14th, 2015 and will award bursaries at the Manhole Open Golf Tournament Banquet, being held at Greyhawk G&CC, on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015. Bursary receipients are requested to attend this event to receive their award.
7. NCHCA Director Profile
2015 NCHCA President
Chair- Specifications Committee, Executive Committee, Strategic Planning Committee
Perry has been active in the Ottawa Area construction industry for more than 25 years.
• Graduated Civil Engineering/Technology at Algonquin in 1989
• 1997-Present- Ipex Inc.- Technical Sales/New Product Development
Perry, born and raised on a farm in the Ottawa Valley, near Douglas, lives in Carp and is married with three sons and has worked for IPEX for 18 years. Ipex Inc., a Canadian managed company, designs and manufactures one of the world’s most diverse lines of integrated thermoplastic piping systems. With more than 50yrs experience in the industry and with efficient local distribution centres in Ottawa, Ipex remains a proud member and supporter of the NCHCA.
Perry says the most interesting part of his position with Ipex is his involvement in the development of new products for the industry. In addition to sales, Perry has had the opportunity to team up on a number of projects that have taken product ideas from inception through to the marketplace. In Ottawa, three of the more notable products being used today that evolved from these ideas are biaxally oriented pvc pipe, PEX water services, and thermoplastic flow control units for sewers.
Perry says that by far the most rewarding part of his job and involvement in the NCHCA is the ability to interact with so many industry professionals not only from the Contractor side but from the Engineering and Municipal sectors as well.