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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for the password.
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!
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 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).
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!
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.
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,
COVID-19 AND CONSTRUCTION UPDATES (2)
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.
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.”
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: email@example.com, or by telephone at 416-524-8988. Please note that the new mailing address for OPCEA is:
OPCEA celebrated 30 years of membership directories
First published for distribution at the 1988 WEAO/OPCEA conference and tradeshow, OPCEA’s Membership Guide was the idea of Larry Madden of C&M Environmental and current WEAO Treasurer. The first edition profiled OPCEA’s 60+ members and was a mere 24 largely black and white pages in size.
Since that time, the association has grown to over 170 members and the directory has followed suit. The current edition is 84 full colour pages in size, and is “book bound” for added prestige and durability.
2018 marked the 30th edition of the OPCEA Membership Guide.
It provides the name, contact information, and equipment, products and services provided for each member company. This directory enables you to source vendors from among OPCEA members, by searching the manufacturer’s name or product trade names or trademark. Copies are distributed to thousands of key environmental professionals across Ontario and at the annual WEAO/OPCEA conference and tradeshow. It is a most useful guide available for sourcing pollution control equipment and services for both municipal and industrial applications.
You can’t blame business owners for feeling like they’re being bombarded by government.
Increased EI premiums, new environmental levies, minimum wage hikes: announcements about new taxes and regulations became a common occurrence in 2017. But perhaps the most significant tax announcement of the year — maybe the most significant in decades — came in the dead of summer, when Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced a series of proposals that would dramatically change the way small businesses in Canada are taxed.
A great opportunity exists for A great opportunity exists for Young Professionals in our industry to get involved, learn and network. Our associate organization WEAO (Water Environment Association of Ontario) has an excellent program for helping new professionals get involved.
This Committee represents WEAO members with 5 or fewer years in the industry, and under the age of 35. Its primary goal is to recruit, develop programs for, and encourage the participation of Young Professionals in the activities of the Association.
Visit the WEAO YP webpage for contact information. in our industry to get involved, learn and network. Our associate organization WEAO (Water Environment Association of Ontario) has an excellent program for helping new professionals get involved.
This Committee represents WEAO members with 10 or fewer years, or under the age of 35, in the wastewater industry. Its primary goal is to recruit, develop programs for, and encourage the participation of Young Professionals in the activities of the Association.
Visit the WEAO YP webpage for contact information.