As you may have heard, Bill S-224, the Canada Prompt Payment Act, unanimously passed third reading in the Senate of Canada on May 4. This is a huge win for our industry! The bill now goes on to the House of Commons for review and consideration by Members of Parliament. MCA Canada, together with the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada, has been working hard to get this bill passed in the Senate. We now need your help to get it passed in the House of Commons.
We are asking you to again write to your Member of Parliament to seek their support for this very important piece of legislation. And we’ve made the job as easy as possible. Just go to www.promptpayment.ca, fill in your personal information (name, address, company name) and click send. It’s as easy as that!
MCA Canada and the NTCCC will continue to lobby on your behalf on Parliament Hill. We aim to meet with as many Members of Parliament as possible, many of whom will have received your letters soliciting their support for small businesses in Canada.
Let’s work together to ensure the Canada Prompt Payment Act becomes a reality.
MCA Alberta President Tim Padfield is pleased to announce the association's new board of directors.
MCA Alberta has officially launched its MCA Gold Standard Service Contractor Program, a designation for recognizing service excellence, awarded to an elite group of mechanical service contractors and individual technicians. For the launch, MCA Alberta has arranged for MSCC to waive the $75-test fee that is normally charged. To be eligible, your company and your service technicians must meet the criteria established by the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada program.
Do you have an employee who has a son or daughter currently studying to be in the mechanical contracting industry? Are you a member of an MCA student chapter? If so, we’ve got good news: CEC and Federated Insurance can help offset the financial burden. We are accepting applications for our annual scholarship until June 30. This is the 12th year that Federated Insurance has generously sponsored the scholarship. For further information please contact Tania Johnston at 613-232-5169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Canadian Construction Association has been working with Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and Defence Construction Canada (DCC) to explore potential solutions aimed at improving prompt payment. Their websites are now online. Learn what PSPC and DCC are doing in cooperation with the CCA to improve payment practices throughout the construction industry. The second phase of their websites will feature information regarding payments issued by PSPC and DCC to construction contractors such as the name of the company, the date of payment as well as the contract and project numbers.
Kevin Page's team at the University of Ottawa says the Trudeau government hasn't shown a solid business case for its new infrastructure bank, which is designed to attract private dollars to finance public goods.
Check out the following programs offered by the CEC and our local MCAs in the months ahead!
It’s back! The Construction Education Council is pleased to announce fall dates for its always-popular Project Management for Contractors course. The highly acclaimed, Gold Seal and Blue Seal accredited program is offered in partnership with the University of Waterloo. It takes place over a 10-day period and is split into two five-day sessions. To date, nearly 900 managers have graduated from the program.
Week one of the program is scheduled for November 16–20; week two is booked for December 7–11.
This program always sells out, so don’t delay. Register today.
1770: Marie Antoinette marries future King Louis XVI of France.
1817: Mississippi River steamboat service begins.
1836: Edgar Allan Poe (aged 26) marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm.
1860: Republican convention selects Abraham Lincoln as candidate.
1868: US Senate fails to impeach President Andrew Johnson by one vote.
1869: Cincinnati Reds play their first baseball game.
1888: CP opens Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, BC.
1920: Joan of Arc is canonized a saint.
1929: First Academy Awards: "Wings", Emil Jannings & Janet Gaynor win.
1944: First of 180,000 Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz.
1965: The Campbell Soup Company introduces SpaghettiOs.
1971: The cost of a first class postage rises to 8 cents (from 6 cents).
1981: "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 and stays there for nine weeks.
1985: Michael Jordan is named the NBA's Rookie of the Year.
1986: "Top Gun", directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise, premieres.
2013: Human stem cells are successfully cloned.
Since 1919, VICTAULIC has been the world's leading producer of grooved mechanical couplings and pipe-joining systems. Over the years, Victaulic has continued to develop innovative solutions focused on ensuring efficiency, reliability and safety. To find out more, please visit www.victaulic.com.
This year’s Annual CEC Fundraising Golf Tournament has moved to an exciting new venue, the Royal Ontario Golf Club in Milton, ON. The Royal Ontario is a prestigious course that everyone will enjoy. The tournament will take place Wednesday, July 12. Enjoy an amazing golf course, a great BBQ lunch, on-course games, a prime rib dinner, prizes, trophies and much more. Registration is now open and there are plenty of exceptional sponsorship opportunities still available. Learn more on our website or by contacting email@example.com.
The Construction Education Council’s annual fundraising golf tournament couldn’t proceed every year without the generous support of our sponsors. Thanks to all the companies that have lent their support for this great cause. They are listed below. And if your firm would like to become a sponsor, we still have plenty of opportunities available.
Ontario Pipe Trades
Beat the Broker
Bibby Ste. Croix
- May 25: CANS Golf Tournament, Halifax, NS
- May 26-28: CCA Meetings, St. John’s, NL
- May 31-June 3: Skills Canada National Competition, Winnipeg MB
- June 6: MCA Canada Western Regional Meetings, Saskatoon, SK
- June 15: MCA Sask/Ron Young Memorial Golf, Moon Lake Golf and Country Club, SK
- June 22: MCA Sask/ASHRAE Golf Tournament, Deer Valley Golf Club, SK
- June 23: MCA Eastern Regional Meeting, St. John’s, NL
- June 25-27: CIPH Annual Business Conference, Ottawa, ON
- July 12: CEC Golf Tournament, Royal Ontario Golf Club, Milton, ON
- July 13: CANS Developing Executives Meet and Greet, Halifax, NS
- September 21: CIPHEX Roadshow, St. John’s, NL
- September 29: CANS 155th AGM, St. Andrew's By-The-Sea, NB
- September 29-October 1: MCA Toronto AGM, Collingwood, ON
- October 2-4: CCA Meetings, Niagara Falls, ON
- October 15-18: MSCA Educational Conference, Boca Raton, Florida
- October 17: CIPHEX Roadshow, Edmonton, AB
- October 19: CIPHEX Roadshow, Regina, SK
- November 6-9: MCA Canada’s 76th National Conference, Maui, Hawaii
AON Reed Stenhouse is the leader in Canada’s construction insurance business. It’s true that they are the world’s largest insurance broker, but don’t let that fool you. Their more than 59,000 colleagues are local people from your city who will be there to take care of your needs. Save money on premiums, expand your coverage and work with someone in your neighborhood. Learn more at www.mcac.ca.
We still need your help! Operation Eyesight has prevented more than 35 million people from facing the needless tragedy of preventable blindness. Their work is focused in places where blindness can be deadly, especially to those who are very young, old or poor. MCA Canada's members, offices and staff have made significant contributions to help in this worthwhile cause but we still have a long way to go.