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How to start a construction business in Ontario
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Resources for contractors
http://www.toronto.ca/building/building_permits.htm
 
Construction information
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Health and safety forms
http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/forms/index.php
 
MERX (Canadian electronic tendering service)
http://www.merx.com/
 

Relevant Organizations

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC):
http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/
1-800-668-2642
Canada’s national housing agency, provider of mortgage loan insurance, mortgage backed securities, housing policy, programs and research.
 
Canadian Construction Association
http://www.cca-acc.com/
(613) 236-9455
A member’s association, the CCA is in charge of industry relationship and practices, standards for business ethics, education and labour matters.
 
The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CSIC)
www.cisc-icca.ca
(416) 491-4552 
This “is the national industry organization representing the structural steel, open web steel joist and steel plate work fabricating industries.
 
Buildforce Canada              
www.buildforce.ca/en/about
(613) 569-5552        
Financed by government and industry, the CSC is “a national organization committed to the development of a highly skilled workforce” for the construction industry.
 
Consulting Engineers of Ontario
www.ceo.on.ca
(416) 620-7400
This non-profit organization represents and promotes the Consulting Engineering Industry.
 
Council of Ontario Construction Association (COCA)
www.coca.on.ca      
(416) 968-7200
Representing the industry at Queen’s Park.
 
Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario
www.ecao.org
(416) 675-3226
Founded in 1948, the Association represents the interest of its members.
 
Electrical Safety Authority
www.esasafe.com
1-877-682-8772
A non-for-profit corporation responsible for enforcing the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, and appointing inspectors.
 
Office of the Worker Adviser (OWA)
www.owa.gov.on.ca
(416) 325-8570
An independent agency of the Ontario Ministry of Labour, providing “free services to non-unionized injured workers and their survivors in the workplace insurance matters”
 
Ontario General Contractors Association
www.ogca.ca
(905) 671-3969
Representing both union and open-shop contractors” for the last 65 years, this is the Provincial Association for general contractors.
 
Ontario Home Builders’ Association
http://ohba.ca/
(416) 443-1545        
“Voluntary Association whose primary goal is to positively impact provincial legislative, regulatory and tax policies that affect the industry”
 
Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS):
http://iciconstruction.com/
(416) 620-5210        
A partnership of 25 organized trade unions and employers of the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction.
 
The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
www.ospe.on.ca     
(416) 223-9961
As the “voice of the engineering profession in Ontario” the Society advocates with government, offers career services and professional development programs.
 
Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario
www.ontariobuildingtrades.com
(416) 670-8887
 
Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)
www.peo.on.ca
(416) 224-1100
PEO is the licensing and regulating body for engineering in the province.
 
Tarion Warranty Corporation
www.tarion.com      
(416) 229-9200        
A private corporation established “to protect the rights of new home buyers and regulate new home builders.
 
Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)
www.tssa.org
(416) 734-3300
This not-for-profit organization “administers and enforces public safety laws in various sectors under Ontario’s Technical Standards and Safety Act.

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
www.wsib.on.ca
(416) 344-1000
WSIB “promotes workplace health & safety, and provides a workers compensation system for the employers and workers of Ontario".
 
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