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April 20, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
Member Update
Representatives of Canada’s trade contractor communities came together in Ottawa on April 8 to discuss the urgent need for federal and provincial governments to adopt prompt payment legislation. The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) Prompt Payment Summit allowed members to highlight progress that has been made at the provincial level and to discuss the next steps for seeing these initiatives through. The summit also focused on strategies to engage other concerned stakeholders who operate regionally and at the federal level.

"The lion’s share of construction in Canada is done by trade contractors and the money is supposed to trickle down from the top," said John Blair, NTCCC Director and Executive Director of the Canadian Masonry Contractors Association. "Trade contractors have a high dependence on cash flow and right now the money isn’t trickling down to pay people who’ve completed work even when there is no dispute about the work that’s been done." 
 
Trade contractors perform more than 80 percent of all construction work in Canada. They routinely receive late payments from general contractors, which has resulted in cash flow problems that discourage hiring, investments in capital, and in some cases even bankruptcy. This has a very real impact on the economy as fewer contractors can bid on projects, thus driving employment down and preventing apprentices from opportunities to train. The adoption of prompt payment legislation would stimulate the construction sector at no direct cost to government, while bringing Canada in line with all other comparable jurisdictions.

"This issue is hurting families, young people looking for work, and costing small businesses money all across the country," said Richard McKeagan, President of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada. "Governments should be aware that the lack of prompt payment legislation in Canada is a barrier to prosperity, and we’re proposing a painless fix."

South of the border, 49 of the 50 states have adopted prompt payment legislation. Globally, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand have also enacted these laws. Most recently, the European Union has adopted a prompt payment directive which all of its member states are required to translate into domestic law. Canada is the clear outlier.

"It is great to see how many organizations are committed to resolving this issue across jurisdictions," added Blair. "This group is incredibly motivated and we’ll be engaging groups and governments at all levels to ensure prompt payment becomes a reality across Canada."
 
Watch for your CEC Golf Tournament registration form in the MCA Canada monthly mail out. Join your colleagues for a great day of golf on the Manulife LPGA Championship Course, the Grey Silo Golf Club, in Waterloo, Ontario.

This year’s tournament will take place on Wednesday, July 8. The tournament is held each year to raise funds for CEC to aid in the development and delivery of education to the mechanical contracting industry.

For further information, please contact Tania Johnston at 613-232-5159 or tania@mcac.ca.

 
It’s easy to correct your income tax and benefit return if you realize after filing your return that you made a mistake.

You will have to wait to receive your notice of assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) before you can make a change to your return.

There are three ways to correct your return once you’ve received your notice of assessment:
  • use the change my return option found in My Account, one of the CRA’s secure online services;
  • send a completed Form T1-ADJ, T1 Adjustment Request, to your tax centre; or
  • send a signed letter to your tax centre asking for an adjustment to your return.
If you send a letter, make sure to give your name, address, and social insurance number and state which tax year you want to adjust. You will also need to provide any supporting documents for your change. For example, if you want to change the amount you claimed for charitable donations, you have to submit all your charitable donation receipts to support your claim.

My Account lets you track your refund, view or change your return, check your benefit and credit payments and your registered retirement savings plan deduction limit, set up direct deposit, and more. It allows you to transact with the CRA from the comfort of your home or the convenience of your office 21 hours a day, 7 days a week. To register, go to www.cra.gc.ca/myaccount.

Get instant access to your CRA records. Sign up for online mail!

You can have instant access to your tax records anytime, anywhere. Register for online mail and you’ll receive an email notification that your notice of assessment or reassessment is available online. Provide us with an email address on your T1 return or register directly online at www.cra.gc.ca/myaccount.
 
Ready to start a business? Visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s website to learn all about whether or not you need a business number. If you do, use our upgraded Business Registration Online service to register for it. You can also use the service to register for your corporation income tax, goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST), payroll, and import/export accounts!
 
Our upgraded service:
  • is more user-friendly
  • lets you complete multiple business registrations
  • lets a business register for more than one account of the same type—for example, a business can register for two payroll accounts if it wants to divide its payroll
  • records the business owner’s social insurance number (SIN), name, and telephone number when registering for a program account
  • uses a new service to authenticate the person registering
  • allows the registration of a GST/HST account to an existing business number (except for a sole proprietorship) if the business owner’s SIN is missing
To get started, go to the Business Registration Online service.
 
Please note that the MCA Canada website is under construction and will be temporarily unavailable as we transition to our new site. This applies to the MCA Canada and Construction Education Council websites. We are very excited about the new website, which you can expect to see the site shortly.

If you require any assistance while the new site is being finished, please contact the MCAC office directly by phone at 613-232-0492 or email at mcac@mcac.ca
 
Industry News
The upcoming federal budget will reaffirm the Conservative government's commitment to infrastructure spending, Industry Minister James Moore says, adding that a number of major infrastructure announcements are on the horizon.


 
Jamie McMillan and Pat Williams say there is an iconic symbol behind the red and white polka dot ribbon used in the Workplace Equality Awareness campaign: Rosie the Riveter.

 
Quick snapshots about the major political, industry and economic news from provincial and territorial construction associations across the country.


 
The Blacklist is a popular program on television, but in the world of Canadian construction contracts, some municipalities are creating their own real-life blacklists.


 
In a recent case, the Supreme Court of Canada found that the concept of good faith is an "organizing principle" underlying Canadian contract law, and that according to this organizing principle, a duty of honesty exists between parties to all commercial contracts.

 
While systems, bureaucracies, policies, rules, regulations, laws and other individuals impact a business, it is up to the business leader to choose how he or she wants to define the company’s values and culture through client relationships, strategic development or mentorship.


 
Visit the conference website for presentations on industry outlook, claims, productivity, ethics, IPD, infrastructure, succession planning, etc.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
Even though the first two modules of the MSCC/CEC Introduction To Mechanical Service webinar are now complete, you can still sign up for any of the remaining modules. And there's still lots to learn!
 
Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes and is specifically designed for anyone new to the mechanical field. It covers everything from service terminology to why contractors charge the rates they do. MSCC members pay only $75 to enrol.

To find out more or to register, click here, visit www.servicecontractor.ca, email tania@mcac.ca or call 613-232-0492.
 
Module 3: May 4 (12:00pm – 12:45pm EDT)
Module 4: June 1 (12:00pm – 12:45pm EDT)
 
Innovation and Technology
Report shows fall in business preparedness, while failure to analyze trends creates dangerous blindspot for organizations.


 
Hungarian architect Matyas Gutai believes that water is the perfect material for keeping a house at a comfortable temperature.

 
An increasing number of drones are being adapted for use on construction job sites, introducing builders to an unprecedented level of data mobility, visualization, access and efficiency on projects. This article lists some drone projects of interest to the construction industry.

 
Miura Canada
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
Important Dates
  • 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, call 613-232-0492 or email mcac@mcac.ca.

 
 

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