Employers' Advocacy Council - E-Newsletter
August 2016

Safe Youth - New CME Program in partnership with Ministry of Labour

CME Ontario will bring together the young worker and manufacturing community to showcase the importance of health and safety in the workplace. Plant visits bring the young worker and teachers face to face with the health and safety aspects with in the manufacturing business environment. Awareness for the young worker is paramount in instilling early health and safety practices among young workers. Awareness for educational entities will compliment what they are already teaching in the classroom around health and safety. To open your doors to host a visit, please conact Donald Grant at donald.grant@cme-mec.ca.

Ministry of Labour new and young worker blitz runs July to September 2016

Have you hired summer students or seasonal workers, or moved staff to unfamiliar positions? Then your workplace may be visited by a Ministry of Labour inspector during the July 18th to September 2nd blitz.

Inspectors will be looking for adequate training, orientation and supervision; joint health & safety committee / health & safety representative; safety measures and procedures.

To help members prepare for a possible Ministry of Labour visit WSPS is presenting a complimentary awareness webinar being held on June 23rd, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. This is your opportunity to gain insight into what MoL inspectors will be looking for during this blitz and what you can do to ensure your workplace is in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Space is limited so we encourage you to register early so you don’t miss out. Click here to register.

To stay informed about the latest occupational health and safety news that will help you keep your employees safe and productive, we encourage you to connect with WSPS on Twitter and Facebook.

WSIB’s new Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Brian Jarvis has been appointed as the new Chair of the WSIB. He will assume his new role on August 1st.

Originally from Toronto, Mr. Jarvis is returning from Vancouver where he led the claims division of the Insurance Corporation of B. C. It is a provincial Crown Corporation providing universal auto insurance to B. C. motorists. As V. P. he managed a $2.8 billion annual claims spend as well as all technical and operation aspects of claims‎.

He led IBC's claims transformation which included the organization's move to Guidewire (the platform on which ACES is built). He has both public and private sector experience‎ and worked at Zurich Insurance . He is a McMaster University graduate where he was captain of the football team.

Amendments to the Construction Projects Regulations (O.Reg. 213/91)

Amendments to the Construction Projects Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to strengthen and clarify existing requirements relating to the use of suspended access equipment have been approved. The amendments are consistent with the changes proposed by the Ministry of Labour in the Summary of Proposal document that was posted on the government’s Regulatory Registry for a 90-day public consultation from March 20 to June 22, 2015. Key amendments include:

• Introducing a requirement for notifying the Ministry of Labour prior to putting suspended access equipment into service for the first time at a project;
• Introducing requirements for roof plans and site-specific work plans;
• Introducing training requirements for workers who may use or inspect suspended access equipment;
• Enhancing existing design, operational, technical and engineering requirements;
• Strengthening and enhancing existing inspection, testing and maintenance requirements by prescribing more prescriptive provisions for the regulated party; and
• Miscellaneous amendments to clarify certain requirements.

Amendments relating to the use of suspended access equipment will come into force on January 1, 2017. For more information on the amendments including the coming into force dates for the miscellaneous amendments, please visit the Source Law section of the e-Laws website.

• Amendments to O. Reg. 213/91: O. Reg. 242/16
• Construction Projects Regulation: O. Reg. 213/91

Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)

The Board of Directors of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, has announced the creation of the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO) – a new provincial entity established to manage Broader Public Sector (BPS) investment funds – including those of the WSIB, together with its Employees’ Pension Plan Investment funds.

As you know, the WSIB has made great strides recently in becoming a more financially sustainable organization. Central to our success has been a robust investment program that has seen our Investment Funds grow from $14 billion to over $26 billion since 2009. We have a fiduciary responsibility to Ontario workers, employers and other WSIB stakeholders to carefully build on these recent investment successes to further strengthen the system’s financial viability.

On July 1, 2016, The Investment Management Corporation of Ontario Act 2015 was proclaimed into force. IMCO will “pool” BPS investment funds. The WSIB and the Ontario Pension Board (OPB) have voluntarily agreed to become the first two participants in IMCO. Other BPS investment funds are expected to join in the foreseeable future.

In addition to the proclamation, a Chair and Board of Directors for IMCO were also named. The provincially-appointed Chair is David G. Leith. WSIB Board appointees are Robert Bertram and Jacqueline Moss. OPB appointees are Vincenza Sera and Hugh Mackenzie. Other provincial government appointees are Eric Tripp and Colleen McMorrow, FCPA, FCA.

Benefits for the WSIB

This is an important step for the WSIB to strengthen investment performance and asset management capabilities, to sustain and protect benefits for workers and maintain stable premium rates for employers.

Participation in IMCO will enhance risk management and provide for more predictable returns with less volatility – while enabling access to a broader spectrum of international investment opportunities such as infrastructure and real estate. Enhanced risk-adjusted performance can also be expected over time. Our involvement will further benefit the WSIB by enabling the optimal use of internal versus external management.

Governance

Ownership of the WSIB’s Investment Funds will not change. As well, we will continue to set strategic asset allocation and work with IMCO to establish principles, policies and procedures on how IMCO will invest these funds in a prudent, risk-attentive manner. The WSIB and OPB investment funds will remain separate from each other and any other future participants of IMCO. Each organization will continue to independently administer their respective funds.

We can further assure you that strong corporate governance – with a focus on risk management – will ensure that the WSIB and the Board of Directors’ fiduciary responsibilities continue to be met in our involvement with IMCO.

Background

Pooled Asset Management (PAM) was first recommended in early 2012 by the Drummond Report on government reform. Later that year, leading pension expert (and now federal Finance Minister) Bill Morneau endorsed the concept following extensive public consultations. It has been referenced in successive Ontario budgets through to 2015, when legislation enabling PAM was passed into law.

Bring Safety Home: A Breakthrough Resource on Talking to your Kids about Safety

Bring Safety Home, a timely new initiative launched by WSPS and the Ministry of Labour, is the first website that helps parents of young workers play a positive, proactive role in their safety at work. Young people are more likely than any other age group to be injured at work. The website guides users through a series of simple steps that build their understanding and offer tips on having meaningful conversations. Read more

Join us for a Good Cause!
One of the issues that we hear about is the pending skills shortage in Ontario. Here is one way to help!

Join CME on August 17th for a day of fun on the links at Royal Ontario Golf Club for a good cause at our 22nd Annual Golf Scholarship Classic Golf Tournament!

Part of the funds raised through the golf activities goes toward supporting our Skills Scholarship Program. The purpose of the scholarship fund is to increase the awareness of one of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Ontario’s key priority issues: Canada’s growing skills shortages. By providing scholarships to CME members, their children and immediate family pursuing post-secondary education in skilled trades, health and safety, or export and trade, CME hopes to foster stronger support and incentive for skilled individuals in Canada. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the individual who meets the scholarship criteria. These are open to CME/EAC Members and their immediate family.

AND - Have some fun in the sun while you are at it!

Registration starts at 10am with an 11am BBQ Lunch on the Patio.

12pm will bring on a best ball, shotgun start - scramble.

And end the day with networking and dinner!

Early bird pricing of $299 has been extended, so hurry and get in on the good deal. After July 31st pricing goes up to $329!

For more information on the scholarship and how to apply or register for the tournament, click here.


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