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Member Update
With new innovations and technologies continuing to emerge in Canada’s construction industry, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) is holding its inaugural conference on innovation in Toronto April 15–16. The conference will showcase new areas of innovation, and how all industry stakeholders can work to implement innovation and create new realities for the industry.

CEC is pleased to announce that our inaugural Advanced Project Management course has sold out!

Thank you to everyone who registered. We look forward to seeing you in Waterloo, ON on February 7. If you'd like to learn more about the course, please email Tania Johnston or

Another Student Summit is in the books! Based on what we saw last week, our industry is going to be in great shape. Dozens of students enrolled in mechanical education programs across the country learned a great deal about careers and technology in our industry. Contractors benefitted, too. Our members use the opportunity to network with future employees.

Thank you so much to our sponsors. Without your support, these events would not be possible. You believe in what we are doing! Thank you to MCAO, UA, MCAT, MCAHN, MCAKW, MCAM, MCAC, Victaulic, Trimble—and to Kyle Getty and Plangroup for an amazing site visit to the Vaughan Hospital. There are many individuals that donated their time ... they believe in what we are doing, too!

See you in 2020!

Source: BuildForce
Designed to help industry-training providers and government decision makers manage their workforce environments, BuildForce Canada's annual Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward offers a 10-year outlook on the workforce supply and demand by province and region.
Source: Government of Canada
The government of Canada announced that its 2018 budget will include a new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W) that will supply $3,000 cash funding per year ($6,000 maximum) to all women entering, progressing or completing training in Red Seal trades.
Source: Daily Commercial News
With a focus on mental health, construction industry leaders have been hosting panel discussions, conferences and events to encourage workers and employers alike to discuss mental health issues and learn about the tools available to help.
Source: HPAC
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Canada Awards. The award recognizes those companies that have "demonstrated excellence" in promoting energy-efficient products. Eligible companies must be in good standing and have a signed Participant Arrangement with ENERGY STAR Canada to apply.
Source: Daily Commercial News
The annual Construction Institute of Canada’s 2019 Simulated Student Bid Competition is now open to third-year students from across the country. 
Source: Journal of Commerce
The Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) announced it will establish a $25,000 grant to fund a new initiative aimed at increasing the present of women in the trades sector.
Source: Daily Commercial News
Identifying six categories of potential risk to investments and development, a new report by the Lawrence National Centre for Policy focuses on the economic risks associated with public and private infrastructure projects in Canada.
Source: On-Site
Focusing on more than a dozen projects for serious consideration, officials with the Canada Infrastructure Bank are now tasked with finding ways to secure private money to pay for revenue-generating public projects such as toll roads, transit systems and trade portals.
Source: HPAC
Revealing a positive but restrained optimism, PLANT Magazine’s recent Manufacturers’ Outlook 2019 shows that U.S. protectionism and renegotiation of the NAFTA accord has increased Canadian manufacturers' concerns for the coming year.  

Have you registered for CEC's Estimating Conference? This latest edition takes place in Calgary, Alberta from February 27 to March 1.

As always, the conference focuses not on how to estimate, but rather project procurement and strategies. Sessions  will include deal breakers, project risk and go/no-go strategies, putting together a proposal and what a general contractor looks for in its selection process to name a few.

Don't delay. Register today!

By popular demand, the Construction Education Council is once again offering its 10-day, Gold Seal- and Blue Seal-accredited Project Management Program. Over the course of this highly acclaimed program participants will learn to improve how they plan and control projects, take ownership over a project from bid to final payment, improve their company’s project-management processes and more!

This session will be held in partnership with the University of Waterloo. The first five-day session will be held February 28 – March 4, and the second will be held April 4 – 8.

For more information and to register, visit the CEC website.

Source: The Chronicle Herald
Winner of the recent Spring Competition in Nova Scotia, Construction AI is negotiating licensing deals with two companies for its software that helps plan excavation site work, in particular the pain points associated with spot elevations.

Click below for the latest prompt payment in the construction industry payment tables.

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Join CAF-FCA on February 28 at the Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel in Richmond, BC for its first regional roundtable of 2019! Apprenticeship stakeholders will gather to gain insights and share perspectives on how to create welcoming workplaces. Hear best practices and learn how to encourage those not traditionally represented to pursue and achieve success in skilled trades careers.



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