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March 23, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
Member Update
Some of the key findings of the national report include:
  • While the 2011–2014 national growth was 62,400 jobs, 2015–2024 national growth will be just 81,000 jobs
  • New construction jobs driven by expansion demand are small compared to the looming increase in retirements, which will add 250,000 hires in replacement demand
  • Meeting these demands from unemployment, moving the workforce across markets and provinces, and attracting Canada’s youth into construction will not be enough. An additional 100,000 new workers from outside construction—and likely from outside Canada—will be needed.
Download the national or provincial reports from www.constructionforecasts.ca/en/highlights.
Federal funding for job training is just an application away for construction sector companies in Canada. The Canada Job Grant program provides funding for training programs offered by eligible third-party trainers, such as community or career colleges, trade union centres or private trainers. Gold Seal certification courses have qualified in the recent past.

Industry News
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) is conducting a national survey of certified journeypersons who completed apprenticeship training and may or may not currently work in the trades.
Shared views on career pathways in the skilled trades will shape future career awareness resources to inform youth and parents as they explore potential careers.  
The survey will take 10 minutes to complete and results are anonymous. All surveys must be complete by March 31, 2015.
If you are or know a certified journeyperson who would be interested in participating, please share the survey link below.
For more information, email Emily Arrowsmith.
A study of small and midsized construction company owners shows that only one in 20 get their business to work for them: enjoying the benefits of business ownership, becoming highly profitable, building net worth and establishing financial independence.

The three main categories of construction firms affected by the labour shortage are architecture and engineering firms, general contractors and specialty trades.

This guide will help employers understand what they can do to reduce these barriers, helping to level the field, so equally qualified women get a chance. It does not promote hiring women over men, but rather looks at employment practices that will help you find and keep the best qualified person for the job.

N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
The Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada, in partnership with the Construction Education Council (CEC), is pleased to present an exclusive webinar series called Introduction To Mechanical Service.

The program is a series of four webinars of approximately 45 minutes each that are specifically designed for anyone new to the mechanical field. It covers everything from service terminology to why contractors charge the rates they do.

Each course is only $75 plus tax, but if you buy three, CEC will give you the fourth one free!

To find out more or to register, click here. Or visit www.servicecontractor.ca, email tania@mcac.ca or call 613-232-0492.
Module 1: April 6 (12:00pm – 12:45pm EDT)
Module 2: April 20 (12:00pm – 12:45pm EDT)
Module 3: May 4 (12:00pm – 12:45pm EDT)
Module 4: June 1 (12:00pm – 12:45pm EDT)
Technical training, which in most cases is delivered in rotation with hours spent gaining on-the-job experience, requires apprentices to forego their paycheque for several weeks while they attend training at a post-secondary institution or union training centre.
The Canada Apprentice Loan gives Red Seal apprentices access to up to $4,000 per block of technical training as an interest-free loan, money which can be used to offset living and educational expenses.
Join us on Wednesday, March 25 at 1pm ET to learn about the new loan program and ask your questions.

Innovation and Technology
China’s Broad Sustainable Building built the two million-square-foot building from pre-fab, saving time and money—and ensuring a safer construction process.

Today’s most innovative projects rely on smart preplanning, as early preparation and collaboration on concepts, designs, coordination and prefabrication lead to a higher probability of increased productivity and meeting of deadline demands.

The discipline-agnostic tool enables users to assess BIM’s use in 25 areas to build-up a comprehensive view of its implementation within a project. The data generated can then be used to identify gaps in an enterprise’s BIM implementation strategy and shape future investment decisions.

The Toronto CanBIM Regional Session will bring together our members and guests with emerging software and hardware innovators and developers. These emerging technology companies will outline where their rapidly evolving products are going and the powerful impact these tools are having on the building industry.

This session will provide attendees the opportunity to meet the developers behind the systems they use in three areas of focus: design & engineering, building & detailing and operations & maintenance.

Hear directly from leading software developers and industry experts with respect to the latest technology trends in: 
  • Mobile technology for construction
  • Drones, UAVs, photogrammetry
  • Next generation surveying systems & BIM
  • Toronto-based case studies featuring emerging technologies & BIM
  • MEP trade detailing systems and case studies
  • BIM integration with project management software 
  • Cloud based document management systems
  • BIM & CMMS for facility management
  • Cloud computing & processing
  • BIM energy-modeling systems & sustainability 
  • 3D detailing for electrical & mechanical systems for trades
  • The potential of business intelligence & big data for construction
  • Innovative startups and emerging tech for the building industry
  • Virtual reality systems and BIM integration
For more information and to register, visit www.canbim.com/canbim-events-0/2011-39/toronto-95.
Wolseley Canada will be holding its inaugural ONE Tradeshow, combining more than 70 plumbing and HVAC/R vendors under one roof on April 1 at the Mississauga Convention Centre. The event, which runs from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., will feature vendor displays, product showcases, a variety of vendor-led training and certification sessions, networking opportunities, and a western-themed smokehouse barbecue.

Miura Canada
AB&I Foundry
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
Important Dates
  • April 9-19: MCA Ontario Conference, Sicily, Italy
  • April 22: CMMTQ AGM, Montreal, QC
  • April 22-23: MCEE Trade Show, Montreal, QC
  • April 30-May 3: MCA Alberta Conference, Invermore, BC
  • May 1-2: MCA British Columbia Conference, Victoria, BC
  • May 20: MCA Western Regional Meetings, Winnipeg, MB
  • May 21-24: MCA Manitoba Conference, Elkhorn, MB
  • May 30-June 1: CCA Meetings, Prince George, BC
  • June 2015: MCA Eastern Regional Meetings, Charlottetown, PE
  • June 14-16: CIPH National ABC Conference, Québec City, QC
  • October 18-20: CCA Meetings, Thunder Bay, ON
  • November 16-19: MCA Canada's 74th National Conference, Palm Springs, CA
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice

As you know, Operation Eyesight and MCA Canada have partnered together to help eradicate blindness caused by trachoma, a completely curable disease.

Since 1963, Operation Eyesight has prevented more than 35 million people from facing the tragedy of needless blindness. The most heart-wrenching fact about trachoma is that it can be eradicated with accessible clean water and basic sanitation, something near and dear to our hearts.

To donate to this worthwhile cause click here, call 613-232-0492 or email mcac@mcac.ca.



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