February 12, 2019 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
Member Update
The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) is holding its first national innovation conference in April focused on converting innovative ideas and opportunities into reality.
As a supporter of World Plumbing Day on March 11, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating is always looking for new ways to engage our members and the community to celebrate the impact plumbing has on our daily lives. This year, we are encouraging elementary school students to tell us what water means to them. For every submission CIPH will donate $5 to WaterAid Canada, an organization dedicated to increasing access to clean water and sanitation around the globe. Please encourage the students in your home, and your life, to participate in this meaningful program.
Source: Construction Canada
Offsite construction is growing more common due to its increased efficiency on jobsites, labour shortages and tight project timelines. The pre-fabrication market is expected to grow as more sustainable building standards are put in place, since offsite building creates less waste and uses less energy. As well, factory-based building construction techniques make panelized or volumetric systems more attractive due to inherent cost savings.

With the release of two documents from the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC), owners and consultants are gaining a powerful tool to create procurement and contracting documents for their projects.

Source: On-Site
Newly-released documents show that many small construction transit and water system projects funded through the first phase of the Liberal government’s infrastructure program slowed approval processes and put construction and spending on hold.

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 to March 4, and the second will be held April 4 to 8.

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

The annual JBKnowledge survey adds electrical subcontractors’ perspectives, but the prevailing use trends remain the same.

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

Source: Canadian Manufacturing
Both the services sector and private-sector saw job increases with economists expecting an additional 8,000 jobs. 

1294: Kublai Khan, the conqueror of Asia, dies at the age of 80.
1554: Lady Jane Grey, the Queen of England for thirteen days, is beheaded on Tower Hill.
1709: Alexander Selkirk, the Scottish seaman whose adventures inspired the creation of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, is taken off Juan Fernandez Island after more than four years of living there alone.
1818: Chile gains independence from Spain.
1836: Mexican General Santa Anna crosses the Rio Grande en route to the Alamo.
1909: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is formed.
1921: Winston Churchill of London is appointed colonial secretary.
1924: George Gershwin’s groundbreaking symphonic jazz composition Rhapsody in Blue premieres with Gershwin himself playing the piano with Paul Whiteman’s orchestra.
1966: The South Vietnamese win two big battles in the Mekong Delta.
1972: Senator Edward Kennedy advocates amnesty for Vietnam draft resisters.
1980: The Lake Placid Winter Olympics open in New York.
1987: A Court in Texas upholds a $10.53 billion fine imposed on Texaco for the illegal takeover of Getty Oil.
1999: The U.S. Senate fails to pass two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. He had been accused of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives.





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