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Will the private member’s bill in Ontario, aiming to reduce WSIB premiums for independent operators, eventually become law?

After mandatory WSIB was stuffed down the throats of many self-employed Ontario construction contractors almost a year ago, there is still a glimmer of hope that many of these independent contractors will soon get some relief on the amount they are forced to pay.

A private member’s bill, Bill 155, was introduced last December by Laura Albanese, Liberal MPP for York South-Weston. It passed first reading before the Ontario election. Now that Queen’s Park is back at work after the recent election, Albanese is hopeful the bill will make it past 3rd reading and be enacted into law in the near future.

The bill calls for an additional amendment to the WSIB Act that would… Read More


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Tony Dean, former head of Ontario Public Service, to “review” College of Trades

Article by Steve Payne Editor Canadian Contractor magazine

The Ontario Government has yet again done what most governments do when they get very heavily criticized for a policy – they’ve appointed a “review” through an “advisor.”

The heavy criticism has been from contractors re: The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT). The “College” demands you make payments to it, simply to maintain the C of Q you already earned through another regulatory body, and it is building itself a giant bureaucracy on Bay Street, some of the most expensive real estate in North America, and looking to rope in nearly every trade out there, it appears.

The “review” will be… Read More


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Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

WHMIS training is legally required for all employees who are exposed or likely to be exposed to a hazardous material or controlled product at the workplace. The system was designed to keep workers and employers informed of the dangers and hazards associated with the chemicals and substances that they may come into contact with while on the job. Through CARAHS, you and your employees can complete this online course when and where you want, keeping you safe and compliant.


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