1. Ten reasons why there will be record attendance at the 2012 NCHCA Clean Water Works Heavy Construction Conference and Showcase. The timing of the event has been moved from the fall (contractors rushing to complete construction projects) to April 4th (construction season has not started and contractor managers and staff have the flexibility to attend). An exciting addition to this year’s event is a series of training and education workshops taking place in four separate conference rooms that will attract traffic to the show. This year’s event is being held in conjunction with the NCHCA AGM which attracts 250 heavy construction industry leaders annually and is being held at the exciting new CECENTRE. The Conference component has been developed in close cooperation with the City of Ottawa which will help increase City of Ottawa staff participation. We will be holding a showcase competition, with the best overall booth and small booth being recognized at the AGM dinner. The showcase will include a job fair component for those exhibitors that are interested in meeting with job seekers and university/college students considering a career in heavy construction. All registrations for the AGM/Conference Showcase can be found under the E-Commerce menu item, once members’ have logged onto the secured site.
2. Out-of-town conference attendees and guests needing to book accommodations for the 2012 NCHCA Clean Water Works Heavy Construction Conference and Showcase, are asked to contact the Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport. The rate is $159.00 plus tax per night for a standard room on April 4th. Rooms must be booked by Sunday March 4th at midnight, after which time the rate expires and the rooms are no longer guaranteed. To make a reservation attendees can call the hotel at 613-288-9001 and speak with myself (extension 7005) or anyone at the front desk. The group code that must be quoted at the time of booking is NCHCA. This code can also be used on our website, www.ottawaairport.hgi.com, please enter it after choosing the arrival and departure dates, under special accounts and rates in the group code box.
3. In efforts to better improve internal communications for our members, please submit any additional email addresses for NCHCA correspondence to the association office.
4. The Dig Safe Kick – Off is being held on April 2nd at City Hall. Members are being asked to come out and support the efforts ORCGA and their kick-off event. Details are available on our website at www.nchca.ca. Our president, D. Mohr-Caldwell, John DeVries (OCA) and Jim Douglas (ORCGA) will be speaking at this Kick-Off event.
5. The Draft Rate Supported Budget was tabled January 30th. Delegations will be heard February 21st starting at 1:00 and the budget is approved February 22nd. Marty White and Lyall Steele attended on NCHCA’s behalf. The Draft 2012 Rate Supported Budget was great news. McRae in her opening remarks stressed that they were listening to peoples demands that they take care of the $18 Billion in water and sewer infrastructure. Fix it now or pay more to fix it later. LRFP IV was introduced first by the Treasurer. $2.135 B in water and sewer infrastructure investment required over the next 10 years. Only spending $1.6 B. They are front ending their investment with the $178 M Ottawa on the Move program. The increased capital expenditure is mostly financed by debt. $75 M in new debt this year. $460 M over the next ten years. 2012 Budget Presentation by Dixon Weir. 2012 water and Waste Water expenditures $278 M Operating Budget with $110.8 contributions for capital. Capital Budget $389.7 M in 2012, $186.4 2013, $317.9 in 2014 and $216.5 in 2015. Rate increases of 6% this year, 7% in 13-14, 6% in 15-16 and 5% every year after that. All in all, it is obvious the City has heard our message of renewal and using debt to make it happen.
6. The announcement the Premier made on Monday was that his government will not move forward this year on creating such a new fund. Officials from the office of the Minister of Infrastructure and the Minister of Transportation told ORBA on Tuesday that: “Municipal roads and bridges are essential components of Ontario’s transportation network. We’re continuing to work on a broad-based municipal infrastructure strategy to support municipal roads and bridges. Our strategy will focus on the most critical needs and on building capacity for municipal asset management.” At the same time, the Minister’s office assured ORBA that this announcement about municipal roads funding does not change the government’s 2011 budget commitment to $35 billion for provincial infrastructure programs over three years (including the MTO Budget). The government’s announcement of the postponement of plans to create a new, permanent fund for municipal roads infrastructure comes, obviously, within the context of the province’s $16-billion plus deficit and the need to take drastic measures to cut spending. The announcement is a disappointment to ORBA as long-term, stable infrastructure funding is one of the association’s major objectives. ORBA will continue to work toward this objective with both the provincial and federal governments and will also be advocating for infrastructure assistance for municipalities despite the postponement of plans for a permanent funding plan. Of particular concern to ORBA is the Premier’s clear message that health care and education may not feel the immediate sting of deficit-fighting measures, but infrastructure has been earmarked for a broadside hit. See the following link for further information
7. The NCHCA has been invited to attend Ottawa’s 4th Annual J.O.B.S. (Journey Out Beyond School) Fair, hosted by the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, the Ottawa Catholic School Board and the Ottawa Network for Education, held on April 2, 2012 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am at the Confederation Education Centre. This is a 2 hour fair that will provide local businesses and organizations with the opportunity to network with over 200 graduating high school students, with resumes in hand.
8. Join OSWCA for an IMPORTANT information session on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. These OSWCA-sponsored seminars will be offered across the Province, as noted below, to assist our member firms in complying with the provisions of this legislation. OTTAWA SEMINAR DATE AND LOCATION Tuesday, March 20 9:00am – 12:00pm, Southway Hotel & Conference Centre, 2431 Bank St S, Ottawa, ON
9. The Association office will be closed for March Break.
10. Book these dates in your Calendar:
ORCGA Dig Safe Kick-Off, April 2nd
2012 NCHCA/CWW Heavy Construction Conference and Showcase, April 4th