Canadian Design and Construction Report staff writer
A new daily newspaper serving Ontario’s construction industry has achieved economic success just months after its launch on May 1, defying trends in the publishing industry in the digital era.
Ontario Construction News, published by the parent company which also publishes Canadian Design and Construction Report (CADCR) is the nation’s first daily digital construction newspaper.
It has been designed to comply with Ontario Construction Act regulations that require contractors to publish Certificate of Substantial Performance (CSP) notices in an Ontario daily construction newspaper to protect their lien/holdback rights.
“Until we launched OCN Daily, there was only one publication which could meet the specific legal designations established by the Ontario Construction Act and its predecessor Construction Lien Act,” said publisher Mark Buckshon. “This effectively resulted in a truly exceptional business situation – a legally mandated monopoly benefiting a privately-owned business.”
The relatively new Ontario construction legislation allows the publication to be in an electronic as well as printed format, but otherwise it must be a full-scale newspaper with solid independent editorial content, tender ads and bidding information. And it needs to be published daily, Monday to Friday, throughout the year (except on statutory holidays.)
“We’ve covered many stories and saved our advertisers thousands of dollars,” Buckshon said. “We are maintaining editorial standards and provide construction leads information in co-operation with DataBid.com.”
Unlike the other publication, virtually all content on the daily digital publication (including the PDF file with the eight page tabloid) is accessible without cost. You can learn more by visiting www.ontariconstructionnews.com.