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Getting taken to the (dry) cleaners

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CINET NEWS: New CINET member: Canadian Fabricare Association

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Gibson's Cleaners celebrating 90 years in business

Congratulations to Gibson’s Cleaners which will be celebrating their 90thyear in business. I was privileged to be invited to their annual Christmas Party and was impressed with the effort and care that went into the preparation of the event. Rob and Nancy McConnell used this format to hand out gifts for length of service awards as well as a special President’s Award, which was a family tradition to a long standing employee.

As well, they added a great deal of fun to the event by getting their staff to participate in games that were designed to add to the company spirit.

Below are some of the pictures from the event.   Everyone had a great time.

Changes to the boilers and pressure vessels regulation

The following letter was sent to our Association, and we share it with you. Be sure to go to the link for full information.

Dear Valued Stakeholder,

Ontario has made changes to its Boilers and Pressure Vessels (BPV) Regulation O. Reg. 220/01 under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000. The changes affect individuals and businesses who own and/or operate boilers and pressure retaining equipment. The changes come into effect on July 1, 2018.

TSSA is a not-for-profit public safety regulator with a delegated mandate from the Government of Ontario to administrator the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000 and its regulations.

TSSA is reaching out to industry to widely communicate these changes ahead of July 1, 2018. The changes may impact a section of your membership and TSSA is seeking your organization’s partnership in circulating the attached communication to your membership via a channel that is convenient to you including a posting on your website, newsletter and email blast among other channels.

Please contact me for more information regarding how TSSA can partner with your organization or visit the link below for updates on the BPV regulation.     

Best regards,

Mike Adams

Mike Adams, M.Eng, P.Eng, PMP, OE 1st | Director
Boilers Pressure Vessels, and Operating Engineers
345 Carlingview  Drive
Toronto, Ontario M9W 6N9
Tel: +1-416-734-3535 | Cell: +1-647-678-5448 | Fax: +1-416-231-6183 | E-Mail:


Sid Chelsky wrote to Mike Adams: A 50 H.P. boiler falls under the Operating Engineers Act and is the sole responsibilty of TSSA. -- Sid

Mike Adams clarified:

Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

The answer is not a simple one, unfortunately.  Recall last October at the OFA conference, where I explained the differences between an OE plant inspection and a BPV boiler inspection?  Plant inspections are the sole responsibility of TSSA (100%).  Boiler inspections are done by TSSA (1%) or an insurer (99%), and result in a Certificate of Inspection (COI).  These are two different inspections.  One looks at the boiler only (COI) and the plant inspection looks at the entire plant to ensure that all ancillary equipment, water treatment, maintenance, operational procedures, etc, are being safely carried out, including ensuring that the boiler has a current COI.  For high pressure boilers, the COI needs to be renewed every year (insurance inspector).  The plant inspections (TSSA) are performed every 6, 12 or 24 months, depending on how well the plant performed in previous inspections.  To further clarify, plant inspections are carried out by TSSA only, independent of insurance inspections.  Again, these are two different inspections.

The change that is occurring on 1 July 2018 is that previously, the COI was supplied by the insurer.  After 1 July 2018, TSSA will issue the COI after the insurer submits inspection information to TSSA and the owner, and the owner contacts TSSA though a new portal to validate the insurer inspection, pay a $40 fee and then receive the COI electronically through the portal. All customer accounts are currently being set up now to minimize the effort for the owner to access the new BPV COI Portal after 1 July 2018.

(Note: this scenario is for high pressure boilers.  COIs for low pressure boilers and unfired pressure vessels have different frequencies and fees: 2 years and 3 years, and $80 and $115 respectively.)

For the Newtex Cleaners example below, the next TSSA plant inspection will occur in 24 months from the last one.  His insurance inspections (COI) will carry on at the regular frequency (assumed high pressure boiler = every year).  If the insurance inspection occurs before 1 July 2018, then no immediate change, other than in 1 year, after the next insurer inspection, the owner will have to go to TSSA for the COI.  If the insurer inspection occurs after 1 July 2018, the owner will have to go to TSSA for the COI.

I trust that this answers your questions.  Please feel free to visit the BPV COI web site for more information.


Members win in Ottawa

In a survey done in 2017, Premier Dry Cleaners was voted the Top Choice Dry Cleaning Service in Ottawa for the year. Congratulations to these OFA members!

The Best in Town!

Congratulations to Barbara and Darlene Jovanovic of Peter’s Drive-In Cleaners Ltd. in London, ON for being awarded the Best Dry Cleaner in London by the London Free Press.  They have been a winner for the past 6 consecutive years and placed 2nd in the first year of the program.  


Deluxe Deals for 2nd Quarter of 2018

Deluxe office supply (formerly NEBS) offers OFA members discounted pricing. To see the deals for the upcoming quarter, click the fliers below.

Grand Re-Opening

Fabricare Cleaning Center suffered a fire, but has risen from the ashes better than ever. Said Clark McDaniel, "Over 18 months after the fire, we had the Mayor of Huntsville share cutting the ribbon with us  at our Huntsville location. Lesson learned: Always read the fine print in your insurance policies and never count on your insurance company to be good project managers." He added, "Our customers, the Mayor of Huntsville being one, are so pleased that we are open again."

Congratulations, Fabricare Cleaning Centers!

Member Receives Award of Excellence for Mentoring

Rejean Decarie of Star Fashion in Carp, Ontario has won an award of excellence for his work in mentoring and training new workers.   He contacted CERC Community Employment Resource Centre.   Through them he hired 3 Syrian employees, Ali as a tailor, Diyaa as a shirt presser and Taysir as a pant presser.  The employment centre covered the salary of each employee differently, Tailor, 1 month salary, shirt presser 2 weeks, pant presser, 4 weeks.   If you wish to congratulate him and learn more about the program, he can be reached on his cell phone at 613-761- 0736.  

Confused about Holiday Pay in 2018?

With the changes in wage rules, you may need to update yourself on how to figure holiday pay for your employees. This link takes you to the relevant section of the regulation.

WSIB Classifications Explained and Clarified

CFA asked the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board for clarification of the WSIB classifications used for dry cleaning plants and depots. The letter linked below (PDF format) gives you the information you need to understand what classification each of your locations receives.

WSIB Classification Letter     

Checklists used by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) enforcement officers

The links below take you to the checklists the enforcement officers are using when they do inspections to verify compliance with the Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations. Please familiarize yourself with the checklist and adhere to the regulation to avoid fines and other forms of censure.

PERC Inspection Checklist - English    
PERC Inspection Checklist - French  

CFA Member in the News

CFA member Clark McDaniel has plenty to smile about with the publicity his company received recently from the Guelph Mercury. (Story by Jessica Lovell, posted July 3, 2017.)

Guelph property management company helps residents live green.

From left, Williams & McDaniel CEO Clark McDaniel, director of operations Zeljka Budjinski, Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie and Federation of Rental-housing of Ontario president Jim Murphy were on hand Thursday to celebrate Williams & McDaniel Property Management's participation in the Living Green Together environmental program. - Tribune photo by Jessica Lovell

New Benefit for CFA Members -- Preferred pricing on cars and trucks!

If you are looking for cars or trucks, you can receive a discount from Policaro Automotive Family in Brampton, ON.  This company can supply you with cars and trucks for your company, family and employees.   Details here.

OFA Members Deluxe NEBS Office Supplies specials  

Two fliers full of offers for you, from business cards and door hangers to brochure printing, gift packaging, and more. Check out the savings!  

The Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, gave the opening address at our OFA Conference 2016 on June 16. The conference was a great success, and we expect further meetings with the Minister and cooperation between our association and the government on issues that concern us both.  

From the meeting, left to right: Rob McConnell, Brad Maxwell, The Honourable Glen Murray, Sidney Chelsky.

Ontario Passes Legislation For Injured Workers

--  Prohibit employers from trying to prevent workers reporting workplace injury or illness to the WSIB by making it an offence to do so.

-- Increase maximum corporate penalties from $100,000 to $500,000 for conviction of an offence under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act such as knowingly providing a false or misleading statement to the Board or willfully failing to inform the Board of a material change in circumstance in connection with an obligation of the employer under the Act within 10 days of the change.

-- In addition, if an employee is injured OFF the job, the employer must accommodate the employee to the point of undue hardship for the business upon the employee's return to work. (This is human rights legislation.)

Check with your legal counsel if you have questions about how you are handling employee injuries on or off the job.

Fair Claims Procedures Now Also Available in French

CFA posts the Fair Claims procedure and information for customer convenience on this website, and now also has it posted in French. Click here to view or refer a customer to the Guide. (Click here for French) 

Customer Service Bulletin

An excellent bulletin about customer service and how you can improve your company's interactions with customers. Used here with permission from Ian Harris of South Africa. Click here to read it as a PDF file.

New Regulation Requires OSHA Training for ALL as of July 1, 2014

A new regulation will require health and safety awareness training for every worker and supervisor under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The regulation comes into force July 1, 2014.  the training is done on an individual basis.

Please visit the website  to begin your training.

This is required by all individuals and subject to audit inspection by the ministry of labour.