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ConstructConnect partners with MasterSpec – and what this means for our OPCEA Members


ConstructConnect now partners with MasterSpec, a product of the American Institute of Architects and the leading software that houses specifications for various products and companies for architects to access and complete the writing of their own specifications.

For example, Wolseley can sign up for an enhanced listing that will list the specs and details of a butterfly valve. If an architect is looking to design a WasteWater Treatment Plant and is need of writing in butterfly valve, then a list of companies would be brought up matching his requirement. This leads to having a products in front of over 10,000 architects without having to reach out to them on a regular basis. Combined with ConstructConnect data, listing your products in MasterSpec will allow you to get in front of architects and engineers earlier, find specific projects where you are specified, and track your success.

This is typically meant for companies that have the ability to sell across Canada and US.

PDF Attachments: 2021 Q1 CC Construction Starts Forecast Report for and the MasterSpecSolutions-QuickInfoSheet.

ConstructConnect partners with MasterSpec – and what this means for our OPCEA Members2021-02-21T20:46:12-05:00

CanaData 2020 Speaker Slides and Recordings


The 35th edition of the live, three-day economic conference was held virtually Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of this year’s conference was The Perfect Storm and it focused on forecasts against an unknown COVID-19 backdrop.

Webinar Videos and Presentations are now available to our OPCEA members only, and are password-protected. Should you wish to view them, please send an e-mail to opcea@opcea.com for the password.

Link to Videos and Presentations is available here.

CanaData 2020 Speaker Slides and Recordings2020-11-03T01:07:58-05:00

Water for People Canada


OPCEA strives to support Water for People at all of our yearly events, as was mentioned on the 1st Tee at the Golf Tournament.  Please take a moment to review their message below, and your donations are always appreciated!

Water for People Canada would like to thank OPCEA Members for your ongoing support. Although we could not be with you this year to put your putting skills to the test, we’d like to remind you of Water for People’s ongoing efforts in developing sustainable sanitation. As you know, access to hand washing is one of the most effective measures in managing disease, including COVID-19. Please take a glance at our website to see the latest in WFP’s work and if you are able to, a donation would be most welcome. Thank you!


Water for People Canada2020-10-30T00:55:00-05:00

COVID-19 Screening Now Required in Ontario Workplaces


COVID-19 Screening Now Required in Ontario Workplaces- Sherrard Kuzz LLP

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).  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 environmenteach 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).

COVID-19 Screening Now Required in Ontario Workplaces2020-09-30T00:28:37-05:00

2020 OPCEA Golf Tournament


Thank you all for participating in the 2020 OPCEA Golf Tournament. It was a refreshing experience to see customers and colleagues in the flesh after a strange and stressful 6 months of COVID-19!

We had a fantastic turnout of 94 players split between 22 foursomes and 2 threesomes, and even Mother Nature decided to participate while holding off the rain.

Congratulations to David Pearce, Mike Martins, Manny Baron and Bradley Young of the Veolia Group for winning the 2020 OPCEA Golf Tournament **COVID-19 edition**!!!

OPCEA would like to extend a special thank you to all our tournament hole sponsors, and to Lime Green for sponsoring the most honorable golfer this year.  Please see ‘Sponsor hole WINNER List’ attached for a full list of hole competition winners, and congratulations to Brian Kelly for winning 3 separate hole prizes!

Please contact john.devlin@aquafy-wt.com to arrange prize deliveries.

Thank you again for your support during these uncertain times, we look forward to seeing everyone at the 2021 OPCEA Golf Tournament.


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2020 OPCEA Golf Tournament2020-10-19T00:57:56-05:00



OPCEA Members:

July 14, 2020

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders

Province Maintains Flexibility to Protect Public Health as Economy Gradually Reopens

The Ontario government, in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force that were made under s.7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 22, 2020. The extension was made to ensure the province maintains the necessary flexibility to protect public health and safety as more businesses reopen and people go back to work.

The government intends to extend emergency orders to align with the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, if passed. This proposed legislation is part of the government’s plan to cautiously reopen Ontario in a way that recognizes the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 even after the provincial declaration of emergency has ended. The bill, if passed, would allow Ontario to continue its path to recovery by easing restrictions where appropriate, while maintaining important select tools to address the ongoing threat of this deadly virus and protect Ontarians.

A full list of emergency orders can be found on the e-Laws website under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and at Ontario.ca/alert.

Click here to read the complete news release.


COVID-19 AND CONSTRUCTION UPDATES (3)2020-07-22T22:31:40-05:00

COVID-19 OPCEA Information Update


Dear OPCEA Member

Thank you for your patience in this unique time and for your support as we attempt to zig & zag with the unusual situations we are all  facing.

As you know, the 2020 WEAO conference and OPCEA tradeshow was  cancelled, due to Covid 19 restrictions.

In addition to the tradeshow, we had also scheduled our  2020 Annual General Meeting at this event, for the convenience of OPCEA members. As per our OPCEA constitution, OPCEA members were advised January 21, 2020 of our upcoming 2020 AGM Sunday April 26th. However, due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of our conference,  we will be holding our AGM virtually.

The revised date  and time for the OPCEA 2020 Annual General Meeting will be Monday, May 25th at 9:30 AM EST.

Details on a Zoom call/presentation will be sent to all members shortly,  so all can participate virtually.

Please advise me if you (or an alternate staff member) would like to participate. I will insure proper login information is sent to your or their email address.

Rebecca Alexander
Executive Administrator
Ontario Pollution Control Equipment Association
PO Box 72070,
Toronto, Ontario
M4C 0A1

COVID-19 OPCEA Information Update2020-04-22T23:20:42-05:00



OPCEA Members:

May 15, 2020

Construction gets the green light to get back to work effective Tuesday, May 19, 2020

On Thursday, May 14, 2020, The Ontario government announced the retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers who will be permitted to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve as part of the first stage of the government’s reopening framework. The workplaces opening as part this stage are well-positioned to put workplace safety measures in place and get more people back to work, while not overburdening public transit and other services.


COVID-19 AND CONSTRUCTION UPDATES (2)2020-07-22T22:33:16-05:00



OPCEA Members:

Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario Government has amended its emergency regulations to exempt the Ontario Construction Act from a suspension on limitations, an action which will free owners to release 10 per cent construction lien holdbacks.

“The suspension will be lifted on April 16, 2020, to give the industry time to prepare for these changes,” attorney general Doug Downey wrote in a memo on Thursday, April 9, 2020. “Once lifted, parties will have the same amount of time to meet a deadline that had been remaining before the suspension began on March 16, 2020.”

Holdbacks to be released: Provincial government amends emergency limitations regulations for construction industry

Special to Ontario Construction News

April 13, 2020

The provincial government has amended its emergency regulations to exempt the Ontario Construction Act from a suspension on limitations, an action which will free owners to release 10 per cent construction lien holdbacks.

“The suspension will be lifted on April 16, 2020, to give the industry time to prepare for these changes,” attorney general Doug Downey wrote in a memo last Thursday, just before the Good Friday holiday weekend. “Once lifted, parties will have the same amount of time to meet a deadline that had been remaining before the suspension began on March 16, 2020.”


COVID-19 AND CONSTRUCTION UPDATES (1)2020-07-22T22:34:25-05:00

OPCEA welcomes new EA


The OPCEA Board of Directors is  pleased to welcome Rebecca Alexander as the new Executive Administrator for OPCEA.  Rebecca is part of the Tracy Blyth & Associates Association Management Company and  has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 25 years.

Her experience with Associations comes not only from working with not-for-profits but also assisting with events, education while volunteering on membership, sponsorship, recruitment and events committees. Rebecca has been awarded numerous awards for her dedication and vision.

Rebecca can be reached by email at:  opcea@opcea.com, or by  telephone at 416-524-8988.  Please note  that the new mailing address for OPCEA is: 

Coxwell-Danforth P.O.
P.O. Box 72070
Toronto, Ontario  M4C 0A1

OPCEA welcomes new EA2020-03-02T00:25:02-05:00