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Annual General Meeting 2018

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Nominations for the following awards are currently being accepted:
Jordan Abercrombie Memorial Scholarship Award*

The Barrie Construction Association (BCA) is pleased to award a $500.00 scholarship to student(s) entering a post-secondary institution or construction trade apprenticeship. This scholarship will be presented to student(s) who have graduated or are graduating with a minimum of Grade 12 or equivalent and have demonstrated a combination of academic and trade merit and have a financial need. The student(s) must be entering a construction apprenticeship program, construction technology, construction engineering (degree) or any other construction related post secondary program. The selected applicant(s) must provide proof of enrolment in a post secondary program or trades program in order to receive the scholarship funds. The applicant(s) must be residents of Ontario and Canadian Citizens or provide proof of landed immigrant status.

Award of Merit*

This award is given to an individual who is not necessarily an owner or executive with in a company but an individual who may or may not be a manager or superintendent or even just a long time employee who deserves recognition.
Again, he/she must show excellence in their work, be highly respected by their peers and involved in their community. The individual is nominated in the same way as with the Honour Roll and is also voted on by the BCA Board of Directors.

Honour Roll*

The Honour Roll is given in recognition, to persons demonstrating and meeting specific criteria:
 they must be recognized as individual who works within the geographic scope of the Barrie Construction Association
 they must be highly respected by peers
 they must be owner or senior person within a (non-residential) construction industry business
 they must be a recognized leader in the construction industry
 a contributor for the betterment of the construction industry, fellow contractors, clients and or significant contributor to the community at large
 a person who has demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit
 a high degree of employee relations and safety in the workplace
 have perhaps developed a new product, process or technique that impacts positively on quality, schedule or cost within the industry
 and importantly be involved in a process or procedures that respond to the 3R’s – Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

In accordance with the By-Laws of the Barrie Construction Association, nominations to the Board of Directors are also being accepted:
Board Nomination letter*

Deadline for submission of Board/Award nominations is 4pm on March 1st

Being on the BCA Board gets your name out in public, lets you build your business network, increases your business knowledge as it pertains directly to the construction industry and looks great on your resume! The Board meets ten times per year, making decisions that make a difference not only in the community, but in the construction industry as well.

** A motion was passed at the January 12th, 2016 Board of Directors meeting surrounding calling nominations from the floor. The board unanimously decided that It is unfair to nominees who through thoughtful process, submit their intentions and biographies prior to submission deadline and therefore nominations from the floor will no longer be requested or accepted at Annual General Meetings**




DCC Security Clearance & eBidding Presentation

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On January 16th, 2018, Defence Construction Canada held a seminar for the Barrie Construction Association on how to obtain a security clearance to work at CFB Borden, a construction forecast for 2018 and an overview of their ebidding process.  Copies of their presentations are below.  If you have any questions regarding this material, you can contact the Barrie Construction Association office at info@barrieca.com, or visit the Defence Construction Canada website at https://www.dcc-cdc.gc.ca/english/homepage/ .

1 Borden Program Forecast BCA

2 DCC Security Requirements Overview BCA

3 Goods and Services E_tenders BCA

2018 BCA Member Directory

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  • BCA Member Directory

The Barrie Construction Association Member Directory is an annual publication that lists all BCA member companies.  It is distributed to all members as well as key individuals in purchasing departments throughout Simcoe County and beyond.

This handy guide lists all members alphabetically and by division.  Advertisements are placed within your divisional category making your company stand out above the rest! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to showcase yourself to over 350 members and procurement professionals in our region!

Full Page Advertisement (4.75″ x 7.5″)

  1. Colour – $350 + HST

  2. Black & White – $250 + HST

Half Page Advertisement (4.75″ x 3.5″)

  1. Colour – $225 + HST

  2. Black & White – $200 + HST

Business Card Size Advertisement (4.75″ X 1.75″)

  1. Colour – $175 + HST

  2. Black & White – $150 + HST

Artwork must be submitted by February 23, 2018.  Formats accepted are JPEG, PDF and TIFF.

Changes can be made to existing artwork.  The fee starts at $50 but may be higher depending on the scope of work.  Details can be discussed with Bryony prior to confirming ad placement in the 2018 edition.

All new ads will be charged a one time set up fee of $30 + HST

For further details, please contact Bryony at bryonybuchanan@barrieca.com

Huronia Alarm donation-in-kind to Operation Grow

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Huronia Alarm & Fire Security Inc. (HAFS) recently donated an access control security system to Operation Grow.  Operation Grow is an initiative of Huronia Transition Homes.  The program is designed to provide women with low-barrier employment opportunities a chance to gain valuable work experience apprentice-skills, earn a living wage and transition to mainstream employment, by growing fresh produce and herbs year-round, through unique vertical farming and cultivation practices.  The greens will be sold by volunteers from a retail space at their new location; 436 Bay Street, Midland, Ontario.

“Security for the new premises and the safety of the people who work and visit the property is of the utmost importance,” said Kevin Leonard, COO of HAFS.  “Huronia has been long-time supporters of Huronia Transition Homes, and I personally fundraise for this organization through my association with the Midland Y’s Men and our annual Walk a Mile event.  To be able to donate and install security equipment that will help ensure that the women and volunteers at Operation Grow can work safely and securely is a perfect fit to HAFS’s corporate giving policy, and we are thrilled to be involved in this really unique self-sustaining program.”

“There is a peace of mind that these access control products give our staff, volunteers, residents and visitors,” said Kathy Willis, Executive Director at Huronia Transition Homes. “Huronia has been an outstanding community partner and this donation is an indication of their commitment to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our women.”

Huronia Alarm & Fire Security Inc. has been in business for over 45 years and is Central Ontario’s leading provider of home and business security and monitoring services, CCTV, fire and safety, lock, key and safe products and services, home theatre, audio and video consultation and entertainment room design, as well as cabling and smart home wiring for today’s home automation requirements.

 Photo Caption:  Kevin Leonard, Chief Operating Officer of Huronia Alarm & Fire Security Inc. presents a cheque for $3,000 to Kathy Willis, Executive Director at Huronia Transition Homes’ new social enterprise Operation Grow.  This represents the dollar-value amount of the access control security system that Huronia donated to the Operation Grow facility.

Build Your Health & Safety Program

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Earn While You Learn – 5% Rebate on Your WSIB Premium!

Date: February 14, 21 and 28, 2018
Time: 9am to 1pm
Location: BCA, 200 Brock St. Barrie

Business owners can find it challenging to understand their occupational health and safety responsibilities especially when a worker is injured. The WSIB can help.

We invite you to a free health and safety training program which will explain both your occupational health and safety and WSIB requirements. By taking part in the WSIB’s “Building your Health and Safety Program”, you will receive:
✔✔ Information on how to reduce your WSIB costs
✔✔ Hands on training for Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act
✔✔ Free, accessible and easy-to-understand health and safety resources
✔✔ Free ongoing support with a small business health and safety consultant

Through this voluntary health and safety program, your company will receive a one-time 5% rebate on your previous year’s WSIB premiums after you meet all of the following requirements:
✔✔ Attends all 3 in-class training sessions (each class is 4 hours)
✔✔ Completes a self-evaluation,*
✔✔ Completes a health and safety action plan,*
✔✔ Develops an inspection procedure and return to work procedure*

Send your completed registration form directly to WSIB by February 9th, 2018


Executive Year End Message

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Dear BCA Members

December is a time for reflection, and as I look back on 2017 it has to go down in the record books as the most successful year for the BCA. For over twenty years, the BCA has lobbied the Provincial Government for change to the antiquated Construction Lien Act. What does this mean? Year after year, the BCA staff and board met with MPP’s to educate them on the real struggles faced every day by our members. Delayed payments in the construction industry are the norm, not the exception. While MPP’s over the years have sympathized, it was not until the introduction of Bill 142, Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017, that any real hope for revolution was seen.

During three days of hearings at Queen’s Park, the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly heard from many stakeholders – some in favour of the legislative changes and some opposed (those against tight payment timelines). A strong argument for the passing of this Bill was needed. I was proud to address the Standing Committee during these hearings and fight for BCA member’s rights. The right for a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

Under the newly re-named Construction Act, the vital proposed changes fall into three broad categories. Prompt Payment of Invoices – owners will have to pay contractors within 28 days of receipt of an invoice. Contractors will then have 7 days to pay their subcontractors. If all or part of the invoice is in dispute, the payer must give a notice of non-payment along with an explanation. The undisputed amount must still be paid. The Act creates a short-term dispute adjudication process to resolve payment disputes. The Modernization of the Act includes numerous changes including extending the lien period from 45 to 60 days and making the release of holdback mandatory. The BCA is fully committed to educating our members and local municipal purchasers on these sweeping changes.

The BCA alongside the Council of Ontario Construction Associations was involved in the creating of legislation, giving the BCA Members a voice. This is what belonging to the BCA means. I am proud of what our active board, our dedicated staff and you, our loyal members have achieved together.

I invite you to read the attached Year-End Report which highlights the business of the BCA in 2017 and how your membership dollars were utilized and it will give you a glimpse of what the board and staff will be undertaking in the coming year. A complete list of the BCA Standing Committees and the mandates of those committees is included along with our 2018 Calendar of Events. I encourage you to contact the board or myself with any comments or concerns and to let us know how we can help you.

In closing, I along with my staff and the Board of Directors wish all members, your families and employees a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.


Alison Smith, Executive Director

Year End Report     Calendar of Events 2018