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If you haven't registered yet for the 2019 MCAC Annual National Conference, you should act soon. Early-bird registration for #MCACInMusicCity ends Wednesday at midnight.

Take advantage of great savings, and join us in Nashville from October 2–5 for what promises to be another exceptional conference.

Register today at

Member Update

Attention contractors, students and parents: tomorrow is the deadline for applications to the Richard McKeagan Scholarship Series. There is a combined $26,000 worth of funding available to qualifying students. If you haven't already got your application in, act now!

This program is possible thanks to the generous support of our scholarship partners:

  • Bradford White
  • Delta Faucet-MASCO
  • DMS Industrial Constructors Ltd.
  • Federated Insurance
  • Franke Kindred
  • MCA Canada Associates Council
  • Reliance Worldwide Corporation
  • OS&B - R.J. (Bob) Evans Memorial Scholarship
  • TACO
  • UPONOR-Dan Kirkpatrick Scholarship
  • Wolseley Canada
  • WMC - sponsored by Lowe Mechanical and MCA Hamilton Niagara

We will announce our 2019 recipients by the end of August. Stay tuned!

Source: American Express
If you're a construction contractor, you've no doubt struggled with shortcomings in payment collections, late payments and unpaid construction liens. According to a new report from American Express and EY, managing cash flow remains a challenge for general contractors and their subcontractors. Thanks to new legislation and increased efforts to streamline the processes that can expedite payments, however, relief—and cash—could be within reach.
Source: CAF-FCA
As part of an ongoing project, CAF-FCA is inviting members of the apprenticeship community to participate in a one-day consultation session on pre-apprenticeship best practices, reviewing evaluation tools for measuring success in pre-apprenticeship and reflecting upon how we can build stronger partnerships.
Source: Daily Commercial News
An executive order signed by U.S. President Donald Trump requires 95 per cent of steel and iron used in federal infrastructure contracts to be sourced from American firms. The Canadian Steel Producers Association says this is a step in the wrong direction. 
Source: Daily Commercial News
This table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in June 2019 accompanied by the latest trend graph on starts, which analyzes 12-month moving totals of the civil and non-residential building categories in Canada.
Source: Canadian Manufacturing
Federal officials wrestle with how to limit disruptions for workers as we transition to a more digital economy. At this time, it's unclear what Canada might do to address this.

The Construction Education Council is pleased to present the exclusive Dispatcher Training Program. In it, participants will learn about the role of the dispatcher in their organizations and their impact on profitability, communications skills for dispatchers, partnering with service technicians, serving customers, managing the service manager and how to work with the entire team.

The program was originally by the Mechanical Service Contractors of America, and has since been updated and adapted specifically for the Canadian market.

Join us on October 17 and 18 at the MCA Toronto Classroom.

For more information and to register, visit

MCABC and the Construction Education Council (CEC) proudly present the exclusive Gold Seal Accredited Project Management Program.

This course is designed to help you:

  • improve the planning and controlling of your projects, thereby improving your company’s bottom line.
  • take a business view of projects and take ownership of a project from bid to final payment.
  • increase your own project “lessons learned” by learning from experiences of other participants.
  • be able and willing to contribute improvements to your company’s project management process.
  • be better prepared to take the gold seal examination, if you choose.
  • enjoy your projects!

Dates in British Columbia and Ontario

For our Western audiences, the course will be hosted at the Executive Plaza Hotel, in Coquitlam, B.C. The first week of training runs from October 24–28, and the second week runs from November 14–18.

For Ontario personnel, the course will be hosted at the University of Waterloo. The first week of training runs from November 14–18, and the second week from December 12–16.

Don't delay. Space in either program is limited to just 24 attendees.

CEC’s Advanced Project Management course will prepare seasoned project managers for future advancement and increased responsibilities. The new program was created to build off the highly successful 10-day program. The course will provide 28 hours of Gold Seal accredited industry-specific, advanced level project management training.

Graduates of the program will bring back to their companies’ strategies for making their projects even more successful. Senior project skills that will be covered include:

  • The Art of Facilitative Leadership
  • Organizational Planning – Portfolio Management
  • Financial and Basic Accounting Principles for Project Managers
  • Principles of Lean for Construction

This program is designed specifically for the mechanical contracting industry. 

Our first week of training runs from November 29–December 2 at the University of Waterloo.

Registration is limited to just 24 participants. Don't delay!

Source: Daily Commercial News
A new study on digital transformation in the workplace indicates that, when compared to other industries, the construction industry is slightly ahead in its workplace transformation.
Click below for the latest prompt payment in the construction industry payment tables.

1787: The French parliament refuses to approve a more equitable land tax.
1799: The French garrison at Mantua, Italy, surrenders to the Austrians.
1919: Federal troops are called out to put down Chicago race riots.
1938: George Eastman demonstrates his colour motion picture process.
1940: A bombing lull ends the first phase of the Battle of Britain.
1960: Over 60,000 Buddhists march in protest against the Diem government in South Vietnam.
1965: President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Bill into law.
1967: General William Westmoreland claims that he is winning the war in Vietnam, but needs more men.
1975: Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears, last seen coming out of a restaurant in Bloomingfield Hills, Michigan.
1988: King Hussein dissolves Jordan's Parliament, surrenders Jordan's claims to the West Bank to the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
1990: Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent forces George Steinbrenner to resign as principal partner of the New York Yankees.
2003: The last of the uniquely shaped "old style" Volkswagen Beetles rolls off the assembly line in Mexico.
2012: Blackout in India as power grid failure leaves more than 300 million without power.


MCA Canada's Charity of Choice

MCA Canada recently named the ALS Society of Alberta as our Charity of Choice for 2019.

This charity was chosen to honour past MCAC President David Flamand‘s sister Patsy Brooks. The ALS Society of Alberta is dedicated to making each day the best possible day for people living with and affected by ALS. It is the only charitable organization in Alberta that provides support to families affected by the disease.

Learn more about this great organization, and how you can help support this important cause.




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