The Generals - Spring/Summer 2014 - (Page 9)
s you read through this issue, you will
note we have a theme dealing with
safety. This year, we are facing the
single largest upheaval to hit the safety
area in a decade.
WSIB reform, which has been underway for
some time, threatens to take a very dangerous
turn by trying to reinvent the entire rate group
and current financial strategy that has existed for
a very long time. The battle over Retrospective
and Perspective rating systems is happening.
The OGCA is in the thick of these discussions
which will, in our opinion, derail all the positive
work that has been accomplished so far and end
that progressive march to a better WSIB. Why?
Because the WSIB will have to divert so many
resources to this one endeavour, it will put at
risk all that we have worked for.
Changes proposed by the government to
several pieces of legislation will impact the way
we deal with temporary workers and affect the
cost of insurance. The possibility that full indexing of claims, as advocated by labour, will be
implemented, will wipe out the positive march
towards eliminating the unfunded liability, adding billions in costs before the WSIB reaches
David Frame has addressed these and several other key changes including those being
launched by the new Ministry of Prevention.
You will read several articles on steps that
OGCA is taking to assist you to meet these new
challenges and ensure you are not only prepared
but ahead of the curve.
This year we are seeing the largest reduction in available projects in some time: not the
multi-billion dollar projects but those that sustain the small and mid-size firms that are the
backbone of both the industry and the OGCA.
Compounding this, we see owners moving further away from the industry system of bidding
and tendering. Private openings, negotiated
deals, post-tender addendums and more are
appearing every day. New supplementary conditions that are, without question, ugly and transfer unacceptable risk to the contractor are also
on the rise. The intervention of third-party paper
gatherers and overseers has arisen to clog the
system with debatable value to owners. The
OGCA has a strong record of dealing with these
challenges, but in tough times, that becomes
ever more difficult as even the largest of OGCA's
members decide not to rock the boat.
As well as facing these contract challenges,
we are facing a province deep in debt with an
election coming or here already, and what are
we doing to ensure there is change, that the
province moves away from the brink of being
a have-not province back to one that leads?
What are we doing to ensure that real leaders
are elected and will make change? In short, what
are OGCA members prepared to do to address
In the year of our 75th Anniversary, perhaps it
is fitting that we take time to remember why the
OGCA was founded. We exist not for the benefit
of any one member, but for the benefit of all.
We came into being to give contractors a
voice, to stand up for better conditions in contracts, on the site and in safety. We stood for
a better industry for all. We are that voice and
we work alongside our partners in this industry
(CDAO) to make a better, safer industry. In the
past years, we have become a proactive proponent of what is right and necessary to ensure
a better, safer industry. Whether it is contract
agreements, standing up against unfair tenders,
creating Procurement Day to reach owners, or
bringing CoR to Ontario, the OGCA is an effective
advocate for the industry and for its members.
But to ensure we succeed, we need to
remind ourselves of why those industry leaders came together 75 years ago, how they put
aside their competitiveness and rivalries and
their self-interest to create a force that would
make things better for everyone, regardless of
In the year of our
75th Anniversary, perhaps
it is fitting that we take
time to remember why the
OGCA was founded. We
exist not for the benefit
of any one member, but
for the benefit of all.
size or affiliation, an organization of leaders
who would stand for what needed to be done
and get it done.
We are facing a major tipping point in our
history. The challenges politically, economically
and contractually are growing and we are one
of only a few voices saying no, this can be done
better. But it is you, the leaders of your firms,
who will or will not make it happen. You and you
alone must decide whether we move forward
and lead the efforts for change, accountability,
fiscal responsibility or whether we sit back and
hope to ride it out.
As your President, I am proud to lead a
great staff and I know we can make a difference, but with your support, we can do so much
more. In this 75th year of our organization, I
ask you to think about what can be done if we
return to our roots and take a stand together,
regardless of our personal agendas, and let's
make a difference.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Generals - Spring/Summer 2014
Government Relations Report
Index to Advertisers
Partnering: The Deliberate Creation of Culture that Supports Collaboration
75th AGM and Conference – Scottsdale, Arizona
2014 Conference: Las Vegas
OGCA Affinity Program
OGCA 75th Anniversary Gala
The Winds of Change Help Transform the WSIB
COR Designation Provides Safety to Construction Workers and Buyers
Thinking, Working, Growing: Ledcor Group
Bill C-45: Ten Years Later
Workshield Health and Safety Solutions Inc. Formed to Meet the Requirements of New Legislation (297/13)
The Generals - Spring/Summer 2014