MARCH 2017
Clarification on the definition of Regulation 834: Critical Injury

The HHCA office has received some enquiries from members about changes to the definition of a Critical Injury. THE DEFINITION HAS NOT CHANGED, but the way the Ministry of Labour interprets the definition has.  The following information regarding critical injury has been provided by the MOL on their website.

Clause 1(d) of Regulation 834 stipulates that an injury of a serious nature is a "critical injury" if it involves the fracture of a leg or arm but not a finger or toe. The Ministry of Labour interprets this provision as including the fracture of a wrist, hand, ankle or foot – i.e. any such fracture would constitute a critical injury if it is of a serious nature. While the fracture of a single finger or single toe does not constitute a critical injury, the ministry takes the position that the fracture of more than one finger or more than one toe does constitute a critical injury if it is an injury of a serious nature.
Clause 1(e) of Regulation 834 stipulates that an injury of a serious nature is a "critical injury" if it involves the amputation of a leg, arm, hand or foot but not a finger or toe. While the amputation of a single finger or single toe does not constitute a critical injury, the ministry takes the position that the amputation of more than one finger or more than one toe does constitute a critical injury if it is an injury of a serious nature.
A critical injury must be reported under s. 51 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act if there is a connection between the hazard that gave rise to the injury and worker health and safety.
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City of Hamilton Building Permits for January 2017

In January 2017 the City of Hamilton issued $139.57 million in building permits. There were 531 permits and 164 zoning verification/property reports issued.

For the month the residential component was strongest accounting for 63.17% of the month's total and valued at $88.16 million. The commercial component accounted for 3.24% or $4.52 million, industrial activity accounted for 2.78% or $3.89 million and institutional activity accounted for 27.08% or $37.80 million.
On February 27, the Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) held it's Annual General Meeting in Woodbridge.  HHCA Board Member Jim DiNovo of BML Multi Trades was presented with the Chair's Award in recognition of his service to COCA as Treasurer and a key member of COCA's Construction Lien Act Reform Task Force.  Congratulations Jim!
The HHCA's 97th Annual General Meeting & Dinner was a great success! On February 23 over 240 guests were on hand to celebrate Amanda Convery of Lancaster Group receiving the Young Leader Award, the induction of Charlie Bennett of Bennett Group of Companies into the Construction Hall of Fame and over 30 members receiving recognition of safety within their businesses. 

HHCA Member Profile - Lancaster Group

The HHCA would like to thank Lancaster Group for being a sponsor of Family Skate Day.  Company profile opportunities are a new component of the HHCA's sponsorship offerings.

Established in 1955, the Lancaster Group Inc. is a privately owned, local, multi-trade Contractor, providing fabrication, sheet metal, HVAC and mechanical services for industrial, commercial, institutional (ICI) and residential clients.    

Lancaster Construction Services specializes in the supply and install of HVAC/R systems, mechanical systems and architectural metals within the ICI sectors and across Canada.  We are a multi-disciplined contractor, with the capacity to support owners and customers on design, maintenance and capital projects for any magnitude of job. We are committed to providing value added services while performing work safely, on budget and on schedule.

Lancaster Sheet Metal Fabrication specializes in the production of numerous and diverse components required on ICI construction projects. We are CWB certified for all our welding requirements and work with various material types, up to ½” steel plate. We also work with local companies, in various industries, providing quick turnaround on custom fabricated items.

Lancaster Heating & Cooling offers a wide selection of heating, ventilation and air conditioning products and services to residential customers. We are proud to partner with Trane® and Carrier®, leaders in home comfort, which offer the best quality products covered by some of the best warranties in the business. Count on us to sell, install and service your HVAC system. Visit us at:

In a never ending endeavor to better serve our customers, Lancaster Group acquired HK Construction Services (previously operating as HK Sheet Metal Ltd.) in 2015 and BCG Electrical in 2016.

At HK Construction Services, our certified tradesmen are experts in HVAC, Refrigeration Piping service & controls, and sheet metal contracting for the Industrial-Commercial-Institutional (ICI) sector.  In a recent initiative to provide full Industrial service to our clients, we have added Boilermakers, Ironworkers and Millwrights to our highly skilled team.  Through our association with Lancaster Group we have access to first rate fabrication shop and now electrical services.

For BCG Electrical there is no job too small, big, or out of our reach! Whether it is as small as changing a light fixture in a residential house to constructing and maintaining retail stores, installing industrial machinery or repairing your 50 ft. parking lot lights; our specialized team of trained licensed electricians can handle it all. As part of the Lancaster Group, BCG Electrical looks forward to enhancing Lancaster’s client service while offering our current clients access to a multi-trade, full service Industrial, Commercial and Residential contractor.


Reduction in the Employment Insurance Waiting Period and the Potential Implications for Employers
In March 2016 the federal government announced changes to Employment Insurance (EI) rules in Canada. Effective January 1, 2017, the EI waiting period has been reduced from two (2) weeks to one (1) week by way of amendments to s. 208 of the Employment Insurance Act, SC 1996, c 23. The EI waiting period change will only impact benefit periods starting on or after January 1, 2017. The reduction of the waiting period applies to all types of EI benefit—regular, sickness, maternity, parental, compassionate care, parents of critically ill children, and special benefits for self-employed individuals.

While claimants are still entitled to the same maximum number of weeks of EI benefits, the waiting period may have indirect implications for employees and employers who have top-up arrangements that supplement EI. Reducing the waiting period shifts forward the period during which EI benefits are payable. In some cases, employer payments that supplement EI maternity and parental benefits may be aligned to the two-week waiting period and the reduction of the waiting period may have impacts for employees or employers.

Click here to read more and the full Labour Notes Newsletter from LexisNexis.

HHCA Member, McGowan Insulations Ltd., is in the News!

Ronald McDonald House in Hamilton announced on February 28 that renovations on the Ronald McDonald Family Room to paediatric families is complete and the space has re-opened. McGowan Insulations was credited as a supporter of the renovation.

Thanks to McGowan Insulations for supporting an important local charity.


The HHCA's Annual Curling Bonspiel is sold out but you don't have to miss out!  

Join us for dinner and networking or get on the waiting list by emailing  Stephanie.  

Thanks to Kemp Construction for continuing their Trophy Sponsorship.
Labour Market Information - Looking Forward, 2017-2026

BuildForce Canada has released their Labour Market Reports and in 2017 things seem to be unchanged from the current climate. The report states that non-residential investment, ICI building, engineering and maintenance are set to increase by 4.4% or less. 

The report also looks at the construction workforce over the next 10 years with 86,100 retirements taking place and 80,000 new entrants to the construction workforce. 

To read the full report click here.
Upcoming Training at the HHCA

Working at Heights - March 10 - limited space available
Working at Heights - March 16
Understanding Your Return to Work Obligations - March 22 - FREE; presented by RMG Consulting
Demystifying Surety Underwriting - how is your bonding amount calculated? - March 29 - FREE; presented by Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company
Working at Heights - March 24
Gold Seal Information Session - March 28 - FREE
Microsoft Excel for Construction (Advanced) - April 19 - worth 1 Gold Seal Credit
Basics of Supervising - April 25 & 26

The deadline to have your employees trained under the new Working at Heights training is April 1 - email Alana to arrange training for your team!

Looking for some online training? BuildForce Canada offers a variety of management and safety courses that can be worked on at your leisure. Click here for a complete list of courses available. To obtain a PIN number for any course email Alana.

HHCA Members are Hiring

Is your company hiring? Let the HHCA help! Just send the job opportunity to Alana and have it posted on the HHCA website for free.
Senior Estimator - Niran Construction
Selections Coordinator - Shane Renovations
Full-Time Licensed Plumber - Guest Plumbing & Heating
Safety Coordinator - Alberici Constructors
Carpenter Foreman, Superintendent, Project Manager - Barclay Construction
Carpenter, Tiler - Average Joe's Contracting

Roofing and Renovation Sales Professional - Avenue Road Roofing
Site Superintendents & Carpenters - Hall Construction Inc.  
Tri-Star Disaster Recovery is hiring various positions - CLICK HERE to see them all!
In the News
Watch the RBC Canadian Open in PERSON!

The HHCA has secured discounted general admission tickets and two 18th hole experiences for the RBC Canadian Open taking place from July 24 to 30 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville.  

Click here to review the discounted packages that are available!

We'd love to hear from you.  For Safety Group information and events contact Stephanie; education, membership and Plans Room contact Alana, for plans room contact Joann and for billing and operations inquiries contact Judith.  For everything else please contact me, Sue.

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