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January 6, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Events
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
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Member Update
2015 should prove to be an exciting and productive year for your national association! Here are some of the highlights of the activities we have planned for the next 12 months. 

  • Working with the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC), MCA Canada will continue to push forward the concept of prompt payment legislation federally as well as working with the provincial MCAs and trade organizations with their goal of introducing prompt payment legislation provincially.
  • We will address the acceptability of change orders by the design community and owners as well as the current state of project documentation (plans and specifications) or lack thereof through our involvement with the NTCCC. This will involve discussions with public- and private-sector owners, architects, consulting engineers and general contractors, together with the newly formed Canadian Construction Innovations.
  • Last year, the provincial and national MCAs were successful in addressing the harmonization of the apprenticeship systems across the country. We brought this matter to the attention of the provincial labour market ministers this past June in Charlottetown, PEI. Recently we gathered and provided information on employer support and attitudes regarding the hiring of apprentices. We will take our findings to the provincial labour market ministers when they next meet in 2015.
  • March 2015 is the completion date of an 18-month pilot project focusing attention on the Pipefitting/Steamfitter trade. MCA Canada is working with the United Association, the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship and Employment and Social Development Canada on this project – the goal of which is to enhance the national standard, optimize the Red Seal exam, and suggest alternate forms of skills assessments that would be acceptable to the industry.
  • This month marks the start of a 12-month activity plan that addresses the needs of MCA Canada’s service contractor members. The plan involves such things as building owner partnerships, service contractor certification recognition, increased educational opportunities and assessing provincial MCAs’ membership campaigns.
  • This year sees the newly formed MCA Canada Construction Education Council (formally the Canadian Mechanical Contracting Education Foundation) take shape. There will be a new governance structure, new terms of reference, new ways of offering education and new programs. At the same time, the council will continue to deliver educational programs such as the upcoming project management course in Waterloo, Ontario. A brand-new course catalogue with those additional courses has been developed and was recently circulated to the general membership. Following on the heels of a very successful inaugural student chapter summit last year, the second annual Canadian student chapter summit will take place on February 27 and 28 in Waterloo.
  • Members will see their association’s new 2015 Information Catalogue and Membership Directory within the next few weeks.
  • March 15 is World Plumbing Day. MCA Canada will work on enhancing its exposure to the industry and the general public in the weeks and months ahead.
  • 2015 will see a continuance of our active involvement as a member of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance. We are working to provide clarity in the allocation of certain federal deductibility rules to enhance and broaden energy conservation by building owners in the industrial, commercial, institutional and rental sectors. This will provide building owners with financial incentives to move forward with building renovations and/or retrofits that will provide more business opportunities to our members.
  • Members can expect to receive more association and industry information this year through our weekly electronic newsletters, our annual year-end review magazine, the addition of a seasonal National Bulletin, and our monthly mailings that feature the association’s membership advantage programs. Service contractor members will also continue to receive the ever-popular Dispatcher newsletter.
  • Our annual joint meetings with the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating – combined with a Lobby Day on Parliament Hill – are scheduled for the spring.
  • Next month, your National Board of Directors, Provincial and Zone Association Chief Operating Officers and MCA Canada committee and council members will hold their annual winter meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are a number of proposed initiatives on the agenda for their review. Following these meetings, we will make the results of their deliberations available to you.
  • Throughout the year, MCA Canada will continue to represent you and your interests at the conferences and meetings of such partner associations as: the Canadian Construction Association, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, the International Alliance of Mechanical Contractors Associations, the provincial mechanical contractors associations, the World Plumbing Council and the National Trade Contractors Council of Canada.
  • This year, the active involvement and support offered by MCA Canada’s associate members will continue to inject more quality into our membership programs. Please continue to support those who support your association!
  • And of course, MCA Canada’s flagship event of the year – the 74th Annual National Conference – will be held this year at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Palm Springs, California, from November 16 to 19. Planning for this fantastic event is already underway and we expect a large turnout. See you there!
So there you have it: a snapshot of your association’s activities in 2015. It promises to be an exciting year!
 
The 2015 National Education Program Catalogue is hot off the press. Our annual catalogue lists the vast array of courses available to you through the Construction Education Council (CEC), formerly known as the Canadian Mechanical Contracting Education Foundation. With over 75 new courses ranging from in-class, half-day programs to our cornerstone 10-day Project Management Program, there is something for everyone: estimators, foremen, supervisors and project managers.

CEC has taken great care to find the very best industry instructors who offer a unique combination of real world experience and educational training. CEC makes every effort to have all qualifying courses Gold Seal courses certified.

If you find something that interests you or one of your employees, contact your provincial or local MCA and they will work with CEC to bring the program to your city. If your firm has enough employees to offer its own course, contact CEC directly and they will take care of all the arrangements.

For more information on the available courses, or to download the full catalogue, visit www.constructioneducation.ca, contact the CEC office at 613-232-0492 or email Tania@mcac.ca.
 
MCA Canada is pleased to offer a Membership Advantage Program with Park’N Fly Canada. As an MCA Canada member you, your employees and families are entitled to a number of incentives including 25-percent discounts off parking rates, 24-hour shuttle services and so much more!
 
Jonas Software is the leading provider of enterprise management software solutions to the Club, Leisure Fitness & Sports, Salon & Spa, Foodservice, Construction, Attractions, Metal Service Centers, Moving & Storage, Education, Radiology/Laboratory Information Systems, Consumer Product Licensing and Retail industries. Within these 12 vertical markets, Jonas boasts 52 distinct brands, all of which are respected and longstanding leaders within their own domain.

 
Industry News
A few months ago, many industry leaders were bullish on the prospects for work in 2015. Major resource projects across the country, combined with a national appetite to build infrastructure suggested good things ahead.
Yet much has changed in the past six months. In particular, the price of oil has dropped and experts are no longer confident of the construction market’s strength for 2015.



 
A report released by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) states 91 percent of educators are convinced skilled tradespeople will always be needed, creating a case for connecting students to activities and accurate employment data.



A survey of 715 teachers across Canada revealed that 93 percent are encouraging students to consider a career in the skilled trades. But while teachers are overwhelmingly in support, only 13 percent of parents and 18 percent of youth agree, which shows the gap among the three groups when it comes to career pathways after high school, states CAF.



 
A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for commercial building automation systems, including global market forecasts through 2023.




The devices and systems that control a building’s lighting, maintain its climate and ensure the security and safety of its occupants were, until fairly recently, rudimentary. Today, these commercial systems are increasingly embedded with computing and digital communications tools that have transformed their capabilities to improve energy efficiency and optimization and enhance occupant comfort and health.



 
In a special article submitted to The Financial Post, Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, criticizes the federal government for its reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker program. He suggests that even businesses that run afoul of the program by mistake will be treated as systemic abusers.



 
Organizers of the annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition have issued a call for abstracts. Abstracts for an oral presentation, panel discussion or workshop at this event are due by February 2, 2015. The purpose of this conference is to broaden the knowledge of innovations in urban water efficiency including products, policies, techniques and ideas. All topics related to innovations in water conservation will be considered.




The conference is scheduled for October 7 to 9 at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas, NV.



 
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Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Events
Book November 16 to 19 in your calendar for MCA Canada’s 74th Annual National Conference.
 
This year, it will be held in magnificent Palm Springs, California. An oasis of outdoor recreation and old Hollywood glamour, Palm Springs has something for everyone, including loads of sunshine. Your host hotel is the amazing Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa. Only 11 miles from the airport, the newly renovated resort sits on 240 lush acres and features four dining areas, a 20,000-square foot spa, 27-hole golf course, a two-acre water park for the kids, a Cliffside Jacuzzi, three pools, two 100-foot water slides and a beautiful sandy beach.
 
See you there!
 
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AB&I Foundry
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
"Our donors are incredible!"

We cannot count how many times a member of our staff uttered those words this past year. Day after day, we are blown away by the generosity and commitment of our donors. Whether you’re a first-time donor, a monthly donor or a longtime friend of Operation Eyesight, we want you to know just how much we treasure your support.

Thank you for a wonderful year, and all the best to you and yours in 2015!

Please consider contributing to Operation Eyesight. Visit www.mcac.ca, call the office at 613-232-0492 or email mcac@mcac.ca for your copy of the Operation Eyesight Pledge Package.

 
 

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