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  • 2021 GTSWCA Scholarship Program

    23/07/2021

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 GTSWCA Scholarship Program. GTSWCA will provide a total of 10...

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  • GTSWCA Working with ‘Building Up’ to Address Labour Supply Shortages

    13/07/2021

    An issue that GTSWCA receives consistent feedback on from members is the need for more workers in the sewer and...

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  • Tender Alert - New Training Requirements for City of Toronto Contractors

    07/07/2021

    The City of Toronto is considering implementing mandatory underground infrastructure damage prevention training for all...

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  • Massive amounts of drinking water being wasted due to leaky pipes

    23/06/2021

    According to a study by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) and the University of...

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  • Ontario Prevention Council Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination

    16/06/2021

    Getting vaccinated is critical to protecting yourself, your family and those who are most vulnerable in your community....

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  • Ontario Arbitrator Upholds COVID-19 Rapid Testing on Construction Sites as Reasonable

    14/06/2021

    EllisDon Construction Ltd. required all persons entering affected job sites to provide a negative Covid-19 rapid...

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  • Registering Complaints for Late Locates

    03/06/2021

    The OSWCA continues to encourage members to lodge complaints for their late locates through the Ontario One Call online...

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  • Covid-19 Ontario Income Protection Benefit Reimbursement Application Available Now

    01/06/2021

    On April 29, 2021, the Ontario Government amended the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to require employers to provide...

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  • Ministry of Environment Temporary Allowance of Series 007 Double Check Valve Backflow Prevention Devices Amid Supply Chain Shortages

    01/06/2021

    In 2021, the Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Park watermain disinfection procedure was amended to require...

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  • Crosslinx v. Ontario Infrastructure: Schedule Relief due to the COVID‐ 19 Pandemic

    27/05/2021

    A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice's decision in Crosslinx v. Ontario Infrastructure, 2021 ONSC 3567, finds...

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  • Roadmap to Reopen Ontario

    20/05/2021

    The Government of Ontario has announced its plans for reopening the province and gradually lifting the current economic...

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  • Peel Region Now Requiring Contractors to Offer Additional Paid Sick Leave as a Condition of Contract

    14/05/2021

    The Region of Peel has informed the GTSWCA that it will be requiring contractors bidding on its projects to have a paid...

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  • Rapid Testing Screening Kits Available For All Companies Employing Essential Workers

    13/05/2021

    To help stem the tide of the third wave and prevent workplace outbreaks, the government of Ontario has launched a new...

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  • Ontario Extends Stay-at-Home

    13/05/2021

    The Provincial government has extended the Stay-at-Home Order (O. Reg. 265/21) until June 2, 2021. All public health...

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  • Addressing OPS127 Rates Issue on Municipal Projects

    12/05/2021

    In January 2020, the MTO established a new methodology for how it calculates its OPS127 Equipment Rental Rates. Due to...

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  • Ontario Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccination

    11/05/2021

    As of May 11th 2021 individuals with at-risk health conditions, as well as Group Two (which includes Sewer and...

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  • Global Supply Chain Disruption Causing Construction Prices to Soar

    06/05/2021

    A major disruption is occurring in the construction supply chain across all sectors and all geographic regions of the...

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  • Provincial Government Announces New Paid Sick Days Benefits

    28/04/2021

    The provincial government has introduced a new provincial paid sick day's benefit program.

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  • Federal Government Plans to Reform Express Entry for New Canadians

    23/04/2021

    The 2021 federal Budget has introduced several changes to Canada's immigration system that will have implications for...

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  • OSWCA Applauds Canada’s Commitment to Strengthening Climate Resilient Infrastructure

    22/04/2021

    Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association applauds the federal government's plan to get Canadians back to...

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  • S&W Construction Sector and Site Servicing Remains Open Under Strengthened Lockdown Order

    17/04/2021

    The Ontario government is strengthening enforcement of the province's Stay-at-Home order while imposing new travel...

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  • COVID-19 INSPECTION BLITZ BEGINNING TOMORROW

    15/04/2021

    The Ontario government will begin targeted provincewide inspections of construction sites beginning Friday, April 16th,...

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  • Ontario Announces Province-wide Stay-at-Home Order Effective April 8 at Midnight

    07/04/2021

    The Ontario government is immediately declaring a third provincial emergency under s.7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency...

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  • IHSA Racial Discrimination in the Workplace - Toolbox Talk

    01/04/2021

    In an effort to help employers to educate their workforces on racial discrimination in the construction industry, the...

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  • Ontario Announces Provincewide Emergency Break

    01/04/2021

    The provincial government will be imposing a 4-week emergency break for all 34 Public Health Unit Regions. This...

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  • Bill 257 – Supporting Broadband and Infrastructure Expansion Act

    31/03/2021

    The OSWCA provided the attached submission, recognizing that part of this Act seeks to expedite the delivery of utility...

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  • Statement on Ontario's Budget

    29/03/2021

    The OSWCA applauds the Provincial governments commitments to continue building sewer, watermain, and stormwater...

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  • New Manager of Government Relations and Public Affairs

    25/03/2021

    GTSWCA welcomes Steven Crombie to its staff as the new Manager of Government Relations and Public Affairs. He will work...

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  • Construction Industry Workers Included in Phase 2 Priority List for COVID19 Vaccine

    25/03/2021

    The Government of Ontario has added construction industry workers to their phase 2 priority list for COVID-19 Vaccines....

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  • Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy

    25/03/2021

    On March 24, the Government of Ontario tabled its 2021 budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and...

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  • Federal and Provincial Governments Announce Major Funding Initiatives for Municipalities

    11/03/2021

    Since the beginning of January, the OSWCA has met with dozens of federal and provincial politicians, Ministerial staff,...

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  • Chief Medical Officer of Ontario has launched a new screening tool for business

    11/03/2021

    All employers must update their screening policies and practices to account for new questions to be asked as part of...

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  • Updated Provincial Vaccine Rollout Plan – Phase 2

    11/03/2021

    The province has updated its vaccine rollout plan as new vaccines have now been approved for distribution in Canada....

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  • Global Resin Supply Shortages Causing Cost Pressures on Municipal Pipe

    05/03/2021

    Due to manufacturing disruptions in the United States and Mexico, there is a major global shortage of resin which is...

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  • GTSWCA Study on Use of Excavated Soils and Recycled Materials in Construction

    18/02/2021

    GTSWCA commissioned an excess soils study through WSP to help establish the benefits of reusing excess soils and...

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  • Understanding Ontario’s New Excess Soil Regulation: Best Practices, Presentations, Training Materials & Templates

    05/02/2021

    In response to the new Ontario Regulation 406/19, On Site and Excess Soil Management, the Ontario Environment Industry...

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  • Health and Safety Guidelines for Meal and Break Periods at Work During COVID-19

    28/01/2021

    The Ministry of Labour has updated Occupational Health and Safety guidelines for construction companies operating...

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  • Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Policies for Employers

    26/01/2021

    The federal and provincial governments have publicly stated they will not, at the present time, make inoculation with...

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  • YouTube Channel – What you need to know about the Excess Soils Regulation

    21/01/2021

    Check out our latest video on the new Excess Soils Regulation touching on what to watch for in your contracts. All in...

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  • Campaign to Secure Municipal Capital Works Funding

    18/01/2021

    We have partnered with the RCCAO on an intensive lobbying campaign to secure funding for municipalities to help balance...

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  • Ministry of Labour Updated Health and Safety Guidelines for Construction

    15/01/2021

    The Ministry of Labour has updated its Occupational Health and Safety guidelines for construction companies operating...

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  • Province Announces Enhanced Lockdown Measures

    12/01/2021

    On Tuesday, January 12, the Government of Ontario announced that it would instituting enhanced lockdown measures across...

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  • Provincial Survey – Youth in the Skilled Trades

    05/01/2021

    The province has appointed three Youth Advisors to help to attract more youth into careers in the skilled trades. To...

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