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May 20, 2014 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
Events
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Hood Chemical
Reliance Worldwide Canada Inc.
Member Update
 
   

Help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of CMCEF's Fundraiser Golf Tournament. This year's event is heading back to the very popular Grey Silo Golf Club, home of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Tournament. A truly pristine and magnificent venue, the Grey Silo location always sells out... so get your registration forms in early. This year's tournament is scheduled for July 9th, 2014. The cost is still only $200 and your participation includes golf, cart, BBQ lunch, steak dinner, door prizes, a silent auction, and much more. Each year this tournament raises more than $20,000 for your Education Foundation. For those who need to book a room, there are two hotels are available just down the road. Visit www.cmcef.org to register.

 

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Industry News
 
   
By now, municipalities and small communities across Canada had expected to see thousands of infrastructure projects taking shape. That hasn't happened. The federal government's $14-billion construction program began last month, when the money earmarked for roads, bridges and many other new or crumbling services was supposed to land in local hands. Or, so they had thought. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) says crucial data needed for the funding application process were dropped on the provinces at the last-minute - and that has delayed the approval of projects and threatens to push them into next year
 
 
   
A national program to promote, support and mentor women employed or considering employment within the unionized skilled construction trades was launched today at the 2014 Canadian Building Trades Legislative Conference in Gatineau, Quebec. "Journeyman" is represented nationally by female representatives who are apprentices or journeymen, each a member of one of the 14 Canada's Building Trades Unions (CBTU) affiliated trade unions. These women are responsible for mentoring trade workers and aspiring male and female workers, as well as attending various regional and local events on behalf of CBTU, including networking functions, mentorship events, high schools, charity and media events, trade shows and career fairs
 
 
   
THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Are you an employer keen to hire help from abroad, but nervous about the controversy dogging Ottawa’s temporary foreign worker program? The government of Canada may have a solution for you. Under the International Experience Canada program, as many as 20,000 workers aged 18 to 35 will soon be coming to Canada — just as Canadian youth begin pounding the pavement in search of summer jobs.
 
 
   
Minister MacKay launches Canada Summer Jobs 2014 employment period - Students across Canada will have access to summer jobs to help them gain valuable skills and work experience, announced the Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development. Minister MacKay highlighted that up to 35,000 young Canadians will benefit from summer employment while helping employers address skills shortages.
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
 
   
For too long, Canadian employers have neglected the essential role and responsibility they have in training the skilled workforce necessary to enhance business performance and economic competitiveness. Canada boasts world-leading rates of college and university graduates, but for too many workers, learning and skills development end at the office or factory door. Not surprisingly, Canada continues to experience chronically weak performance in innovation and productivity. We need employers to step up training investments to help produce the smart, skilled, and well-trained people Canada needs to enhance innovation, productivity, and competitiveness.
 
Innovation and Technology
 
   
Design jobs are shifting overseas, construction is moving offsite, skilled labour is becoming more robotized and skill requirements are shifting to the digital - these are some of the conclusions of recent studies into the future of building industry employment. A new study from UK's Oxford University suggests in the future many skilled trades are also likely to fall victim to the trend of offsite and increasingly robotized construction. 'The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerization?' report measured the vulnerability of 702 occupations in terms of their likelihood to be replaced by various forms of computerization, including within robotics, sophisticated data-scanning software or autonomous vehicles.
 
Events

"New Found Opportunities" is the theme of MCA Canada’s 2014 Annual National Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland, September 24-27, 2014.

MCA Canada Chairman, Gaetan Beaulieu, invites you to join him and his wife Carol to experience  the splendor and rugged beauty of Newfoundland, as well as the world's friendliest people. Become immersed in all that Newfoundland has to offer along with the educational and social events hosted by MCA Canada. To help you plan your stay, a hard-copy edition of our 2014 Conference Pre-Planning Guide is coming your way and should arrive in your inbox this week. A downloadable version is now available for download at www.mcac.ca, along with the opening of our ‘Early Bird’ Online Registration. So please join us in St. John’s and experience the world’s friendliest people at Canada’s premier national conference.

 
May 22-24, 2014: CMMTQ Conference, Quebec City, QC
May 29-30, 2014: MCA Saskatchewan Conference, Cochin, SK
June 1-3, 2014: Skilled Trades Summit, Ottawa, ON
June 3-5, 2014: Estimating Conference, Vancouver, BC
June 4, 2014: Skills Canada Competition, Toronto, ON
June 6-7, 2014: MCAC Eastern Regional Mtg., Moncton, NB
June 8-10, 2014: Canadian Construction Association Meetings, Victoria, BC
June 22-24, 2014: CIPH Conference, Kelowna, BC
July 9, 2014: CMCEF's 10th Annual Golf Tournament, Waterloo, ON
September 24-27, 2014: MCA Canada's 73rd National Conference, St. John's, NL
October 3-5, 2014: CANS AGM, Brudenell, Prince Edward Island
 
Miura Canada
AB&I Foundry
FastEst, Inc.
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Preventable blindness is a serious global health issue, affecting more than 325 million people worldwide. The vast majority of those affected live in low income countries like Zambia, where poverty prevents access to basic care and treatment. MCA Canada and its Charity Committee Chairman, Brad Diggens, are fully committed to helping eradicate Tracoma, a preventable eye disease brought about by a lack of clean water and sanitary conditions. Please consider contributing to our charity, which literally saves lives and betters the world. Visit the MCA Canada website at www.mcac.ca, call the office at 613-232-0492 or email mcac@mcac.ca for your copy of the "Operation Eyesight Pledge Package."
 
Important Links
 
   
Is it time to review your insurance program? Do you need binding? If so, MCA Canada has partnered with the world's largest insurance broker, AON. They are also construction specialists with local representation across the entire country. MCA Canada has partnered with AON to provide a mechanical contractor package exclusive to our members, with reduced rates and expanded coverage to ensure your risk is minimized. As contractors, your level of risk is unlike any other business owner. That's why the AON Insurance program was created, to cover your bases or, at least, to examine all the options. To have a look for yourself, visit the Members Only section of MCA Canada's website, www.mcac.ca or contact the MCA Canada office.
 
 

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