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March 30, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
Member Update
MCA Saskatchewan named its board of directors for 2015–2016 at its annual general meeting on March 12.

Serving as president is Luc Kadziolka of Mr. Plumber, Prince Albert; first vice-president is Scott Kerr of C & E Mechanical Inc., Moose Jaw; and second vice-president is Kim Skjonsby of Mid City Plumbing & Heating Inc., Estevan.

The board’s directors at large are John Baker, LUK Plumbing & Heating Ltd., Kindersley;  Mike Berkes of Ace Plumbing & Heating Inc., Saskatoon; Glenn Harbaruk of Core H.V.A.C. Services Inc., Saskatoon; Brett Schmautz of Heat Tech Heating and Cooling Ltd., Saskatoon; and Ken Swann of Interwest Mechanical Ltd., Saskatoon.

National directors are Dave Flamand of Peak Mechanical Partnership Ltd., Saskatoon, and Ryan Tynning of Swift Plumbing & Heating Ltd., Swift Current. The board’s affiliate representative is Dean Olsen of Pace Chemicals Ltd., Saskatoon. Ex-officio is Syed Asif Ali, P.Eng. of Chief Gas Inspector, SaskPower, Regina. Carolyn Bagnell continues to serve as association executive director.
 
Water is the most important resource on our planet. On World Plumbing Day, together as an industry, we elevated this important message while saluting those who produce, design, sell and install plumbing systems, the backbone of our modern society. 
 
MCA Canada was thrilled to hear so many stories of members, and others, engaging their communities, online and off. Here are some highlights you might not have been aware of: 
  • MP Brad Butt recognizing World Plumbing Day in the House of Commons (watch the YouTube video)
  • Senator Don Plett making a statement in the Senate Chamber
  • Special Message from the Chair of the World Plumbing Council
  • Amazing social media traction: Happy #worldplumbingday had more than 1.4 million impressions
  • MCA provinces and zones having World Plumbing Day proclaimed in several cities across Canada
  • Several MCA offices and members spearheading sales events, contests, fundraising and more.
Thank you to everyone who did a little extra in 2015. March 11 was an opportunity to remind Canada and the world that plumbing matters. We look forward to your support leading up to March 11, 2016.
 
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has formed a task force to provide input for Ontario’s Construction Lien Act review. The decision came as discussion of prompt payment legislation became a dominant topic of many meetings at the CCA 97th annual convention in San Antonio, Texas.


 
Industry News
Did you receive an email from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) asking for personal information or to click on a link to get your refund? Did you see an ad in the paper that claims you don't have to pay taxes because you are two different people for income tax purposes? Did someone sell you a donation receipt for less than the donation amount shown? These are all scams.
 
If you fall for a tax scam, you risk your financial security and your identity. Also, you may not be meeting your obligations under Canada's tax laws. The consequences of your action could range from embarrassment, to inconvenience, to serious legal trouble.
 
Keep these facts in mind
  • The CRA does not use email to ask for personal information. Even though an email asking for personal information may look authentic, such email does not come from the CRA. This type of email is phishing, and it contains special coding or downloadable forms that are designed to steal your personal or financial information. For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/fraudprevention.
  • The natural/legal person argument does not hold up in court. Promoters may try to convince you to treat yourself as two people—a natural person of flesh and blood and a legal entity created by government. Promoters argue that your income belongs to the natural person who is not subject to Canadian income tax law. These are false claims that do not hold up in Canada's courts. For more information, go to Tax Alert – Don't buy into illegal tax protester schemes.
  • You are responsible for the information on your return, even if someone else prepared it. Be aware of who you are dealing with at tax time and what their credentials are. Stay away from tax preparers who offer you false, fictitious or fraudulent tax claims such as charitable donations, false child care expense claims, or false business expenses or losses. If you're not sure if your claim is legitimate, get a second opinion from another tax professional, or contact the CRA's Individual Income Tax Enquiries line at 1-800-959-8281 for more information.
  • You can correct a past mistake. The CRA offers a second chance to make things right through its Voluntary Disclosures Program. If you make a valid disclosure before you are aware that the CRA has started any compliance action against you, you may only have to pay the tax owing plus interest, but not the penalties. For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/voluntarydisclosures
Even though scams may sound compelling and convincing, they are scams. In addition to high fees you may be asked to pay, scams are not legal and can cause serious tax consequences for you. If you make false claims on a return, the CRA can reassess it to determine correct amounts and you will have to pay interest on outstanding amounts. Also, you may be charged penalties and be prosecuted for tax evasion. Don't become a victim, find out more at www.cra.gc.ca/alert.
 
CRA's online services make filing easier and getting your refund faster
The CRA's online services are fast, easy, and secure. You can use them to file your income tax and benefit return, make a payment, track your refund, receive your notice of assessment, and more. Did you know that the Government of Canada is switching to direct deposit for payments that it issues? This includes your tax refund and benefits payments. Sign up for direct deposit today! For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/getready.
 
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is closer to defining its role in delivering formalized lean construction education materials and resources, reports its incoming chair.


"We would like to be the purveyors of that information and make sure that it stays under our belt," explained Anibal Valente.


 
The work of stakeholders to improve the perception of careers in the skilled trades has improved over the past decade, says the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum’s (CAF) executive director, but there is still work to be done.



"They (youth and parents) were more likely to pursue information about careers in the skilled trades than they had been a decade earlier," says Sarah Watts-Rynard. "That really is a reflection, I think, of the last decade's worth of work that stakeholders have done. We see across the board improvements. I think that the question is, so what do you do next and where are the gaps."


 
Representatives of the British Columbia construction industry were recently on hand at the construction keynote panel at Buildex Vancouver to look into pressing issues facing the industry. Amongst the topics covered were: the difficulty of finding skilled labour, the importance of promoting construction as a viable career choice to young people, and the growing role of technology in the industry.



 
The Canada BIM Council (CanBIM) recently announced the creation of The First Annual National CanBIM Awards to coincide with the organization’s annual general meeting in Calgary this fall 2015.


 
The construction industry is well known to be male dominated. Statistics Canada reports that women represented nine per cent of its workforce in 2011. This number includes all types of construction employers.


However, the number of women in senior and executive management in the largest general contractors is lower, accounting for less than five per cent in those ranks. With these statistics, the industry is defined as 'heavily' male dominated.



Stakeholders in the industry, including employers, unions, government and educators are making efforts to address the imbalance. But given the statistics, it's fair to say that these efforts are not succeeding.


 
When one looks at the numbers, there's no doubt that Edmonton-based Women Building Futures (WBF) is making a difference when it comes to attracting, informing and training women to work in the construction, industrial and trades sector. According to WBF president and CEO JudyLynn Archer, the number of women contacting the organization over the past five years has skyrocketed.


 
This article cites three factors that contribute to transit projects’ cost overruns: 1) Complexity of transit builds, 2) "Optimism biases" and 3) Politicians low-balling transit costs to gain approval in their jurisdiction and from higher levels of government.


 
Municipalities are increasingly turning to P3s to update aging transit infrastructure.

 
Smaller local authorities are looking to P3s to finance infrastructure but misconceptions how they actually work abound.

 
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)
 
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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