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  • How to Acquire Free Rapid Test Kits September 3, 2021

  • Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings September 1, 2021

    Premier Doug Ford, today announced a proof of vaccination program starting September 22nd.

     As of this date, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:

    • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
    • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
    • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
    • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
    • Sporting events;
    • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
    • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
    • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
    • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).

    These mandatory requirements would not apply to outdoor settings where the risk of transmission is lower, including patios, with the exception of outdoor nightclub spaces given the risk associated with the setting. In addition, these requirements will not apply to settings where people receive medical care, food from grocery stores, medical supplies and the like. Aligned with public health measures currently in place, indoor masking policies will continue to remain in place.

     

    The complete news release is below and can be found online at https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000779/ontario-to-require-proof-of-vaccination-in-select-settings

     

     

  • New Career Portal August 24, 2021

  • Ontario Makes COVID-19 Vaccination Policies Mandatory for High-Risk Settings (including contractors) August 18, 2021


    Employees, staff, contractors, students, and volunteers at hospitals and home and community care settings will, at a minimum, have to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, have a medical reason for not being vaccinated, or complete a vaccination educational session. 

    Vaccination policies will also be implemented in other higher-risk settings such as:

    • Post-secondary institutions;
    • Licensed retirement homes;
    • Women’s shelters; and
    • Congregate group homes and day programs for adults with developmental disabilities, children’s treatment centres and other services for children with special needs, and licensed children’s residential settings.


    The new vaccination policies must be implemented in high-risk settings no later than Sept. 7

  • City of Sarnia Fair Wage Policy July 22, 2021

  • City of Windsor COVID-19 Service Updates - Effective July 19, 2021 July 15, 2021

    City of Windsor COVID-19 Service Updates - Effective July 19, 2021 

    Effective July 19, 2021, the City of Windsor will enter Stage 3 of the COVID-19 three (3) stage re-opening framework. As the City begins to move towards re-opening its office, the Building Division will continue to remain open for business and maintain strategic modifications that are in place for the Building Division operations. Beginning Monday, July 19th we will begin accepting in-person inquiries by appointment only.
     Please see the attached document for details on our current processes and service model.
     We will continue to keep you informed of any changes of updates.

  • Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen July 9, 2021

     
    Step Three of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions;
    • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
    • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancing;
    • Indoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect;
    • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities to open subject to a maximum 50 per cent capacity of the indoor space. Capacity for indoor spectators is 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less. Capacity for outdoor spectators is 75 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 15,000 people, whichever is less.
    • Indoor meeting and event spaces permitted to operate with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect and capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity or 1,000 people, (whichever is less);
    • Essential and non-essential retail with with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
    • Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
    • Museums, galleries, historic sites, aquariums, zoos, landmarks, botanical gardens, science centres, casinos/bingo halls, amusement parks, fairs and rural exhibitions, festivals, with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors;
    • Concert venues, cinemas, and theatres permitted to operate at:
      • up to 50 per cent capacity indoors or a maximum limit of 1,000 people for seated events (whichever is less)
      • up to 75 per cent capacity outdoors or a maximum limit of 5,000 people for unseated events (whichever is less); and up to 75 per cent capacity outdoors or a maximum of 15,000 people for events with fixed seating (whichever is less).
    • Real estate open houses with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres; and
    • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

    Face coverings in indoor public settings and physical distancing requirements remain in place throughout Step Three. This is in alignment with the advice on personal public health measures issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada, while also accounting for Ontario specific information and requirements. Face coverings will also be required in some outdoor public settings as well.
     
    Please view the regulation for the full list of public health and workplace safety measures that need to be followed.
    I look forward to continuing to work with you. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
    Best regards,
    Jenna Bendayan
    Director of Stakeholder Relations
    Office of the Premier of Ontario

  • Ontario to Move to Step One of Roadmap to Reopen on June 11 June 7, 2021

  • Construction - Roadmap to Reopening May 21, 2021

  • Province has released a three-step economic plan for reopening Ontario. May 20, 2021

  • Vaccination Schedule Update May 4, 2021

  • Updated Health and Safety Guidance April 27, 2021

    updated to include recent changes to the Reopening Ontario Act that require the wearing of eye protection when a worker is working within 2 metres of another worker (both inside and outside).

  • Update: essential construction defined April 19, 2021

  • Vaccine Rollouts in Individual Public Health Units & Provincial Antigen Testing April 16, 2021

  • Workplace Inspectors to Visit 1,300 Construction Sites Beginning This Week April 15, 2021

  • Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order April 7, 2021

  • Ontario Implements Provincewide Emergency Brake April 1, 2021

  • 2021 Capital Budget Overview, City of Windsor March 31, 2021

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  • County of Essex 2021 Capital Budget March 30, 2021

  • 2021 Annual Capital Budget Presentations, Enwin March 18, 2021

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    As we are unable to host our annual Capital Budget Presentation Meeting, we will be posting them to the HCA site as we receive. 

    Attached is the 2021 WUC / Enwin one

     

  • City of Windsor Building Fees Update March 11, 2021

    Fees Update Document

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    The WCA has received notice from the City of Windsor:
    The City of Windsor Building Department sends this  as notification of the upcoming changes to the Building Permit Fees as approved by City Council during the 2021 Budget Meetings. The new Fee Schedule will take effect on April 1, 2021.
     If you have any questions regarding the interpretation of the fee schedule, please email buildingdept@citywindsor.ca.

  • COVID-19 Temporary Services Updates- Effective April 8, 2021 , City of Windsor March 1, 2021

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    Effective April 8, 2021, the Province will move into a 4 week ‘Stay at Home Order’. City Hall will remain closed to the public until further notice.

     The Building Division will continue to remain open for business and maintain strategic modifications that are in place for the Building Division operations.

     Permits will continue to be reviewed, issued and inspected for all types of construction. Please review the attached documents for more information.  

     We will continue to keep you informed of any changes of updates.

     Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

  • Covid 19 Update, Feb. 8/21 February 8, 2021

    Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order across Most of the Province to Save Lives

  • Safety Plan and Covid Safety January 15, 2021

    Please see from the Government

    https://mailchi.mp/wca/safety-plan-covid-safety

  • Construction Update for January 2021 Covid Update January 13, 2021

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    The attached document has been posted on the Government website.  Construction specific information starts on page 23 and confirms the list of essential construction services that was circulated earlier to members.

     

    Please note that the information contained in this document is intended to communicate a summary of information about measures proposed to come into effect in Ontario or in areas of Ontario between Tuesday January 12, 2021 and Thursday, January 14, 2021. The material is not legal advice and does not purport to be or to provide an interpretation of the law. In the event of any conflict or difference between this summary information and any applicable legislation or regulation, the legislation or regulation prevails.

  • Daily COVID-19 Screening Now Required in Ontario Workplaces - September 26 2020 September 28, 2020

    On Friday, September 25, 2020, the Government of Ontario amended O. Reg 364/20, effective Saturday September 26, 2020.  This Regulation sets out the Rules for Areas in Stage 3.  
     
    The amendment imposes a requirement that “the person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening individuals.”
     
    The same day, the Ministry of Health issued its COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces (Business and Organizations). Please click here for this.  The Tool provides screening questions for any worker or essential visitor (defined in the Tool) seeking to enter the work environment.  The Tool does not apply to patrons of a workplace, essential workers who travel outside of Canada for work, or emergency services or other first responders who may enter a workplace for emergency purposes.  
     
    Bottom Line:  Effective September 26, 2020, each Ontario workplace is now required to pro-actively screen employees for COVID-19-related symptoms and risk factors prior to entry into the work environment, each day the employee seeks to enter the work environment (this would not apply to an employee working at home that day).  The screening tool should include, at a minimum, the questions identified in the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces (Businesses and Organizations).
     
  • COCA Advocacy April 21, 2020

    The Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) has been lobbying on behalf of the industry on four main issues stemming from the CORVID19 pandemic:

    1. WSIB – To ensure that claims stemming from COVID19 are not attributed to a individual employers, but if approved they should be spread over a larger class
    2. Exempting the Construction Act from Regulation 73/20, which in effect extended lien rights for the duration of the state of emergency, and inadvertently froze the release of holdback
    3. Lobbying the government to make a statement that would protect contractors from delay claims and their attendant costs (and possible litigation)
    4. Asking the provincial government to come up with a cash recovery program for contractors to improve liquidity and mitigate the costs incurred while working under an unprecedented set of conditions

     No.’s 1 & 2 have been addressed.  COVID19 related cases will be attributed to all Schedule 1 employers, and not to any individual firm.  And late last Thursday the Construction Act was exempted from Regulation 73/20, which means your lien rights will rely on the Construction Act and will expire in 60 days after CSP or last day on the job.  And since they now will expire, the owners can determine if the title is cleared and if it is, release the holdback.

     The last 2 points continue to be the focus of discussions with the Ontario Government (as well as the Federal Government, through NTCCC).  Below is a link to a letter writing campaign to raise the awareness of these concerns across all MPP’s.  It will take you 5 minutes to fill in your name, address and email and hit send.  Anyone can send this letter, so you can circulate to family, friends or anyone else who may support this.  This link will be shared with all 30 of COCA’s member organizations.

     Every letter helps, especially when it comes from members of the MPP’s own riding.  Thank you for taking the time to do this.

     https://www.coca.on.ca/contact-your-mpp/

     
  • The Link2Build Layperson's Guide to the Construction Act October 23, 2019

    The Link2Build Layperson's Guide to the Construction Act

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    This guide helps you understand and adapt to Ontario's new Construction Act, which came into full effect October 1st. 

  • New City of Windsor Standard Specs and AS Drawings June 26, 2017

    New City of Windsor Standard Specs and AS Drawings

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