September 28 – October 1, 2022
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, 1919 Upper Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada is pleased to be holding its 79th Annual National Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia from September 28 to October 1, 2022!
Join MCAC in the beautiful maritime city of Halifax as we RECONNECT in 22! We have a great program of networking, education, and social events planned, and we can't wait to RECONNECT with members from coast-to-coast-to-coast!
Visit https://conference.mcac.ca/register to register, or the conference website to learn more!
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MCAC President Wayne Davidson had the honour of presenting MCA Canada’s annual report to the MCA Manitoba membership on the occasion of their 50th Annual General Meeting.
It was a pleasure to meet the Manitoba members in person and share the activities of the national association.
MCAC’s Board of Directors offers their congratulations to MCAM and looks forward to what the next 50 years will bring to the mechanical contracting industry in their province.
An event co-hosted by MCA Manitoba and MCA Canada was held in Winnipeg on April 21 to explore current industry issues, as well as strategies to mitigate those "mechanical contractor migraines." This program featured a stellar lineup of speakers and covered issues such as labour force demand, supply chain issues, supplementary general conditions in contracts, net zero and its impacts, and collaborative contracting methods.
We would like to thank the sponsors of the event — Victaulic, M.A., Stewart & Sons Ltd., and McMillan — who were able to join the event, as well as MCAM members. The day was full of takeaways offered by industry experts, Bill Ferreira, BuildForce Canada; Geza Banfai, McMillan LLP; Branden Kotyk, Victaulic; Dale Liske, Westlund; Scott Hammond, SMS Engineering; and Brennan Laidlaw, Mikkelsen Coward.
This program will be taken on the road across Canada. Watch for future announcements and locations.
Source: CBC News
More than 3,800 workplace-related deaths in Canada from 2017 to 2020, workers' compensation figures show.
Source: The Hamilton Spectator
For years, construction tradespeople have been prohibited from deducting their travel expenses when they had to relocate for work, Sean Strickland writes.
Source: Construction Links Network
The non-profit organization points to numerous government incentives and commitments recently outlined in the 2022 federal budget as reasons to act now. In addition, rising energy costs and increased climate events have made the case for investing now in our aging buildings even more urgent.
Click below for the latest prompt payment in the construction industry payment tables.
Are labour estimates taking too long and reducing your productivity and profitability? You can increase your profitability by utilizing a streamlined, systematic approach for labour estimating.
MCA Canada Members will have access to the MCAA WebLEM, which streamlines labour estimating by allowing your estimators to access labour estimates that have generated hundreds of millions of dollars for mechanical contractors everywhere!
- You can quickly search and retrieve data with our search engine, which will look for any text that is found across the entire database and provide links to relevant information.
- Download any labour table as soon as data is exported into Microsoft Excel or CSV.
- Up-to-date labour units are available on our website on the latest products and joining methods. When items are new or changed, they will be highlighted in yellow over the next 12 months.
WHAT IS IT?
- A new online program administered by the MCAA, intended to be a precursor to their Institute for Project Management, overseen by the same committee that manages the IPM.
- A 12-week curriculum, taught as a series of 90-minute classes, covering topics fundamental to project management at an introductory level.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Individuals on the project management track, who have relatively little (0-3 years) experience in the field.
- Assistant Project Managers;
- Project Engineers;
- New Hires;
- Those transitioning to office from the field.
Click through for more information and to register.
Source: The Conversation
The pandemic and the aging population are both partially responsible for the current labour shortage.
Week 1: November 10-14, 2022
Source: BuildForce Canada
Construction has been a major driver behind Canada’s recent employment boom. Data from Statistics Canada’s March 2022 Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows that in the six months since September 2021, when all-industry employment returned to its pre-pandemic level, construction has accounted for nearly one quarter of the new jobs created.
0757: Stephen II ends his reign as Catholic Pope.
1514: Copernicus makes his first observations of Saturn.
1564: William Shakespeare is baptized.
1610: Samuel de Champlain arrives at Tadoussac on his fourth voyage to Canada.
1778: Captain James Cook sets sail from Nootka Sound in HMS Resolution and HMS Discovery, heading north west and tracing the coast of British Columbia and Alaska.
1900: A chimney fire spreads in high winds, causing a massive conflagration that levels two thirds of Hull, Quebec; spreads across the river, destroying most of the Ottawa lumber yards in LeBreton Flats; kills 7, causes $10 million in losses, with 15,000 people losing their homes; called the worst fire in Canadian history.
1912: Grand Trunk Railway opens the Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa.
1918: Women in Nova Scotia awarded the right to vote and hold provincial office.
1929: The first non-stop flight from England to India is completed.
1931: New York Yankee Lou Gehrig hits a home run but is called out for passing a runner, the mistake ultimately costs him the home run record.
1983: The Dow Jones Industrial Average breaks 1,200 for first time.
1986: The world’s worst nuclear disaster occurs at the Chernobyl power plant in the Soviet Union.
1994: Nelson Mandela wins the presidency in South Africa’s first multiracial elections.
2009: First cases of the 2009 H1N1 (Swine Flu) confirmed in Canada; declared a pandemic by the WHO on June 11.