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First Notice: Phase 2 vaccines; construction uptick; Ford’s back

First Notice: Phase 2 vaccines; construction uptick; Ford’s back


Construction activity rose in February

Statistics Canada reported today that national construction activity rose two per cent in February, building on increases in the previous two months, as all subsectors were up. The numbers were part of a new gross domestic product report by industry.Residential building construction jumped 4.7 per cent as all types of construction recorded growth, led by home alterations and improvements and by single-family home construction. Repair (plus 0.5 per cent), engineering and other construction activities (plus 0.2 per cent), and non-residential building construction (plus 0.3 per cent) were all up in February. 


OGCA present forum on Phase 2 vaccinations

The Ontario General Contractors Association today announced an online forum to help guide contractors through Ontario’s Phase 2 vaccinations, which includes construction as an essential service. The session, called Guidance for Construction and Establishing Your Workplace Vaccine Policy, will be held May 12 at 10 a.m. on Zoom and will feature Chief Prevention Officer Ron Kelusky and Norm Keith, partner at Fasken LLP. 


AI firm hired to harmonize national geoscience data

Artificial intelligence developer Minerva Intelligence Inc. this morning announced it has signed a contract with Natural Resources Canada to develop systems for geoscience information and databases integrationThe project is titled Review of Stakeholder Data Needs for Geological Data and the Assessment of Data Readiness for National Distribution, with work to be completed by the end of Q2 2021. 


Building Diversity Awards set for May 13 

The latest Ontario Construction Secretariat newsletter highlights the upcoming Building Diversity Awards, which will recognize contractors, unionsowners and industry supporters who are leading in diversity, equity and inclusion. The awards celebration will take place May 13. 


Ford returns with news conference 

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has scheduled his first virtual news conference in a week for this morning. The event will place via Zoom at 11 a.m. Ford has been isolating after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. 

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