1. Our Annual General Meeting is being held at the Centurion Conference and Event Center on Wednesday, April 10. Sponsorships are still availble for any members who may still be interested in helping to make this event a success.
Time: 5:00 to 6:00 Cocktails, 6:00 Business Meeting, 7:00 Dinner
Cost: $125 per Member + HST
Registrations: Please register online at www.nchca.ca (E-Commerce menu tab). Tables of 8 or 10 are available upon request. Please use the special comment box online for any table reservations or dietary restrictions.
Deadline for reservations: Wednesday, April 3rd AGM Key Note Speaker will be…Mr. Brock Carlton, Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Thank you to the generousity of our sponsors who help make our AGM such a successful event:
Clean Water Works Inc. Platinum Sponsor
Toromont Cat Platinum Sponsor
The Guarantee Company of North America Gold Sponsor
Bradley’s Commercial Insurance Gold Sponsor
Nortrax Canada Gold Sponsor
Tallman Truck Centre Gold Sponsor
Aquatech Pump and Power Inc. Silver Sponsor
Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company Silver Sponsor
Anchor Concrete Products Limited Silver Sponsor
Goldie Mohr Ltd. Silver Sponsor
Travelers Insurance Company of Canada Silver Sponsor
AON Reed Stenhouse Inc. Silver Sponsor
See you on the 10th!!
2. 2013 NCHCA – Clean Water Works Inc. Education Series
The Education Series continued in March with approximately 130 attendees at the March 21stEnvironmental Impacts Education Session which included:
Obtaining Permits to Take Water for Construction Dewatering – Stephen Wilson, P.Geo., Senior Hydrogeologist and Associate, Golder Associates Ltd.
The PTTW Program – and Water Quality Monitoring – Bruce Kilgour, PhD, President, Kilgour & Associates Ltd.
Species at Risk – Jeffrey King, B.Sc., C. Tech., Senior Biologist, McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers
3. 2013 Federal Budget
The 2013 Federal Budget included a new ten-year Building Canada plan to build roads, bridges, subways, commuter rail and other public infrastructure in cooperation with provinces, territories and municipalities. The new Building Canada plan includes over $53 billion in new and existing funding for provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure. In addition, over the next 10 years, the Government will make significant investments in First Nations infrastructure and in federal infrastructure assets. Overall, the new Building Canada plan, combined with other federal infrastructure investments, will result in the largest and longest federal investment in job-creating infrastructure in Canadian history.
4. FEDERAL INVESTMENTS IN JOB-CREATING INFRASTRUCTURE
Economic Action Plan 2013 delivers a new Building Canada plan to build roads, bridges, subways, commuter rail and other public infrastructure in cooperation with provinces, territories and municipalities. The new Building Canada plan includes over $53 billion in new and existing funding for provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure. In addition, over the next 10 years, the Government will make significant investments in First Nations infrastructure and in federal infrastructure assets. Overall, the new Building Canada plan, combined with other federal infrastructure investments, will result in the largest and longest federal investment in job-creating infrastructure in Canadian history.
A NEW BUILDING CANADA PLAN
Following on the success of the 2007 Building Canada plan, Economic Action Plan 2013 introduces a new 10-year funding commitment to provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure, starting in 2014—15, through three key funds:
Community Improvement Fund—$32.2 billion consisting of an indexed Gas Tax Fund and the incremental Goods and Services Tax (GST) Rebate for Municipalities to build roads, public transit, recreational facilities and other community infrastructure across Canada.
New Building Canada Fund—$14 billion in support of major economic infrastructure projects that have a national, regional and local significance.
Renewed P3 Canada Fund—$1.25 billion to continue supporting innovative ways to build infrastructure projects faster and provide better value for Canadian taxpayers through public-private partnerships.
In addition, about $6 billion in federal support will be provided to provinces, territories and municipalities under current infrastructure programs in 2014—15 and beyond. This brings total federal investments in provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure to approximately $53.5 billion from 2014—15 to 2023—24.
COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT FUND
This initiative provides stable, predictable funding for Canadian municipalities of $32.2 billion over 10 years consisting of an indexed Gas Tax Fund and the incremental GST Rebate for Municipalities. This funding will support community infrastructure projects such as roads, public transit and recreational facilities. Funding starts at approximately $2.9 billion in 2014—15 and increases to over $3.6 billion in 2023—24. The new Community Improvement Fund will provide municipalities with greater flexibility to allocate federal support toward a broader range of infrastructure priorities.
BUILDING CANADA FUND
Economic Action Plan 2013 provides $14 billion over 10 years to support infrastructure projects of national, regional and local significance. The new Building Canada Fund will have two components:
A $4-billion National Infrastructure Fund that will support investments in projects of national significance, such as highways, public transit, and gateway and trade corridor-related infrastructure.
A $10-billion Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Fund that will support projects of national, regional and local significance in communities across the country in a broader range of categories including highways, public transit, drinking water, wastewater, connectivity and broadband, and innovation.
P3 CANADA FUND
Public-private partnerships (P3s) can improve the delivery of public infrastructure for Canadians, provide better value for money, and reduce risk for Canadian taxpayers. Under P3 arrangements, governments continue to own the infrastructure assets while the private sector plays a larger role in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of public infrastructure.
Building on progress achieved, Economic Action Plan 2013 provides $1.25 billion over five years on a cash basis to renew the P3 Canada Fund.
INVESTMENTS IN FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE
In addition to the new Building Canada plan, the federal government will invest over $10 billion on a cash basis on federal infrastructure assets. This includes:
Up to $124.9 million to build a bridge-causeway between Nuns’ Island and the Island of Montreal, as part of the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence that will replace the Champlain bridge.
$25 million over three years to advance the Windsor-Detroit International Crossing project.
$248 million over five years to strengthen Canada’s meteorological services, which includes new investments in federal infrastructure.
$19 million in 2013—14 for improvements to highways and associated bridges that pass through Canada’s national parks.
$54.7 million in 2013—14 to support VIA Rail’s operations and $58.2 million over five years to maintain passenger rail services for remote communities.
Investments in other federal infrastructure assets, including bridges, small craft harbours, ports, military bases and departmental accommodations across the country.
5. Presentation of Revisions to Standard Tender Documents for Unit Price Contracts, 2013 Updates
The 2013 Specification Update Presentation is scheduled for Thursday, April 4th in the Chambers at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, starting at 8:30 am for networking and 9:00 am until noon for the presentation.
Please mark this date in your calendars and try to attend.
6. WSIB Claims Management Training Series
When a worker is injured on the job it sets in motion comprehensive and often complex WSIB policies which are often the source of employer’s frustration. Every business should be prepared for the day when a worker is injured on the job and what steps need to be taken to mitigate un-necessary surcharges.
This course provides participants with key information on how to recognize and reporting doubtful claims to WSIB.
It also provides innovative and progressive solutions on controlling losses associated with WSIB injuries. By understanding the fundamentals of WSIB, participants will learn to assess areas needing improvement within their own claims management practices.
When: April 16th from 8:30 to 12:00 pm
Cost: $150 per participant
Where: Ottawa Construction Association, 196 Bronson Avenue
7. Mark these dates in your Calendars
April 3 Mayor’s Breakfast, General Lawson
April 9 City of Ottawa Specifications Update
April 10 AGM, Centurion Center
April 16 WSIB Claims Course @ OCA office
April 18 Mayor’s Breakfast, Bernard Lord
April 19 City Liasion Meeting
April 23 Dig Safe Event @ CRS office
May 27 Pothole Open, Kanata Lakes Golf Courses
July 11 Summer BBQ, 1299 River Road
August 20 Manhole Open, Grey Hawk Golf Course
8. NCHCA/City of Ottawa 2013 Meeting Schedule
All meetings are posted on our website under the Calendars of Events. Dates are as follows: January 11, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20.
NCHCA 2013 Board Meeting Schedule
Dates are as follows: January 9, February 13, March 20, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 10, November 13.
9. OCA elects Paul McCarney as 2013 Chairman
One of our NCHCA Past Preidents has been elected as the OCA’s Chairman for 2013. Paul also has recently been recognized for his commitment as the Chair of the Major Gifts Cabinet of Christie Lake Kids where he organized a major improvement to their Kids camp in 2011.
Our Strength Comes our Members
I am very happy to serve as your Chair for the upcoming year, more so knowing the talents, experience and depth of knowledge of the members of the Board of Directors. Most have long experience working on the Board of this association and understand the issues facing OCA and our industry at large perfectly. In particular, I want to say a word of thanks to our outgoing Chairman, Dean Drevniok. He did a marvellous job of leading this association last year and few people in our industry are as knowledgeable on the issues that affect us all as he is.
These are exciting times for our local industry. Business is booming. Building-permit volumes are higher than they ever have been, the light rail project is poised to begin, and our municipal government has shown a strong commitment to funding the development and maintenance of local infrastructure projects. These great-news developments are due at least in part to the hard work of the men and women of this association. We’re not only designing and building these great projects, we’re also working behind the scenes, via OCA, to ensure owners understand the business climate that we all operate in. These are the kinds of big-picture initiatives that the OCA routinely addresses but which aren’t as obvious for all to see.
Our work will continue in 2013. In particular, I want to make sure that government—here in Ottawa, across the province and around the country—recognizes the ominous and growing infrastructure deficit. It’s imperative that every municipal government within Canada adopts a long-term and continuous approach to infrastructure renewal. It’s incumbent on all provincial governments and our federal government to work together on improving the state of our infrastructure.
The other big issue before us is the College of Trades. It’s one of the most important issues our industry has faced in generations. Maybe ever. As a member of the Ontario Construction Employers Coalition, OCA will continue to voice its opposition to the college. We firmly believe that if the Government of Ontario is not prepared to demonstrate the real value of the college to employers and workers everywhere, then the initiative does not deserve our support. Stay tuned on this front.
OCA is a respected association because of its strength. Last year, we surpassed 1,100 members. We’ve grown every year for the past 14. And as we grow, we get even stronger. But growth alone isn’t the reason behind our strength. Member participation is. So please: get involved with OCA. Join a committee. Sponsor an event. Volunteer for an activity. Play a part in shaping the future of the industry. OCA is always looking for bright and eager people to share ideas in any way possible: on education, on industry practices, on entertainment events, on the role and future of young professionals. The more diverse voices we bring to the table, the more we speak for the whole of the industry and the stronger our voice.
I look forward to serving.
The NCHCA is holding a Life Size Hands On Construction Theme Park on June 15th at the Lafarge Moodie Quarry.
Builder for a Day is a unique event that gives youngsters, their parents and anyone exploring new career options the chance to see, come in contact with and discover the many different facets of the world of construction and, who knows, maybe a hidden passion. The event is as educational as it is entertaining, with games like the giant sand bag in the boom lift, and “Where’s Waldo ?” in the scissor lift. Young people get to test their technical skills in hands-on workshops such as plumbing, electrical work, carpentry, bricklaying and many others. And on top of it all, youngsters get to safely access mini-shovels, skid steers and backhoes. Builder for a day, the life-size hands-on construction park, promotes and showcases jobs in construction, shows the benefits of professional and technical training, and encourages students to stay in school. A tangible way to help young people build their future. Fun for the whole family!
And for training courses and scheduling, please visit http://www.oca.ca/training/
12. Scholarship Award Winners
The recipients of the National Capital Heavy Construction Association Sewer & Water Buarsary for 2012-2013 were award @ $1500 and $1300 respectively, both from Bachelor of Engineering: Civil department.
Hope you had a Joyous and Blessed Easter Weekend!!