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The Hammer Podcast

Ontario MOL to cap WSIB premiums, allow NL working-at-heights certifications

In a call with Canadian Contractor, Ontario Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Monte McNaughton, laid out the ministry’s plans to cap Workplace Safety and Insurance Board premium hikes and to recognize working at heights training certificates held by workers from Newfoundland and Labrador.

HCRA releases new licensing fees and conduct guidelines

In preparation for its launch early next year, the Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA) has posted new licensing fees along with guidelines for builder conduct and consumer complaints.

StatsCan Building Permits reports: October 2020

Municipalities issued building permits worth $8.2 billion in October, down 14.6% from the previous month. September’s peak was the second highest value on record, with October’s results more in line with recent months.
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Refer to the law when asking for deposits

In response to “Why does a contractor need a deposit at all?”, Frank makes the good point that many provinces have laws about how much deposit a supplier can ask for. However, the section of law he references here appears to apply only to “direct sales contracts” where a single service or product is bought on the spot. » Read more

It’s not the boogeyman

Karen is relieved to find out from John Bleasby that the noises her flat roof is making in the night are not some malevolent creature trying to get in. » Read more

Good goal, bad timing

Nathan feels the timing is bad for Ontario to be insisting businesses make major website changes. » Read more