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April 27, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
Events
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
Member Update
MCA Canada's new website—at www.mcac.ca—is now live! The site offers quick and easy access to essential information on MCA Canada and is part of the association’s ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information to members and industry stakeholders Canada wide.

Utilizing the latest development technology, the website boasts a unique and modern design that includes improved functionality, enhanced rich content, simplified access to programs and services, and advanced search capabilities. It is divided into three sections representing the parent organization, MCA Canada, the education division, the Construction Education Council (CEC), and the service division, the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada (MSCC). 

The all-new website offers several distinct features including access to publications, apps and member resources, online registration for education courses, supplier and service contractor searchable databases, an advanced conference interface including online payment processing and a members-only segment, to name just a few.

"We are excited about our new website launch and the robust information it provides for members, affiliated organizations, partners and media to better understand and access MCA Canada’s best-in-class service offerings," said Richard McKeagan, President and COO of MCA Canada. "We believe that this new site will allow our members, and all visitors, to enjoy a very informative experience as we continue to grow and increase our Association's resources.

MCA Canada’s new website will be updated on a regular basis with news of program launches, industry activity, educational content, association milestones and important events. Members requiring access to the ‘Members Only’ section of the website are asked to contact the MCA Canada office at mcac@mcac.ca or call 613-232-0492. Check us out at www.mcac.ca.
 
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.

 
Training your workers can cost a lot of money, but what if there were an opportunity to help offset such an expense? Now there is. The Canada Job Grant is a new, nation-wide program that pays up to $10,000 per employee to help cover the cost of training and certification.

There are only two catches. First, as an employer, you’re expected to pay up to one-third of the total training cost (although the program will allow some businesses with 50 or fewer workers to make in-kind contributions to help offset their shares of the money). Second, training has to be delivered by an eligible third-party supplier (such as the Construction Education Council).

The Canada Job Grant is a fantastic tool that construction companies can use to get their employees trained to new standards—and become more productive. For more information, check out the program in your area.
 
The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) would like to invite all MCA Canada members to join us at our forthcoming MCAA Technology Conference. It takes place June 8 and 9 at the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s University in Oak Brook, Illinois.

MCAA would also like to extend member pricing ($495 US) to any MCA member who wishes to attend. Please note that to register, MCA members will have to fill out and send in the paper version of the registration form to receive the member rate.

Download the program brochure and the registration form for more information.
 
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is pleased to launch a new video that provides easy-to-understand information about what you should know if you owe money to the Government of Canada and how you can get back on track.

The revenues collected by governments help to support your community and the quality of life that all Canadians enjoy. The CRA works with Canadians who have tax and other government programs debt to help them pay the amount they owe. If you owe money, the CRA’s collections webpage and video give you helpful information about the options you have to pay your debt.

Get some peace of mind like the nine out of 10 individuals who owe tax and pay it on time. Any amount you owe must be paid in full as soon as you are notified that you have been assessed or reassessed. The CRA makes it easy for you to pay online; you can make your payment anytime, from anywhere.
 
If you cannot pay the full amount you owe, get in touch with the CRA right away or visit their collections webpage for more information. Ignoring your debt does not make it go away. Those who do not pay in full and on time or do not work with the CRA to resolve their debt may face legal and financial consequences.
 
For more information or to watch the CRA’s new collections video, visit www.cra.gc.ca/collections.
 
Defence Construction Canada (DCC) is a federal Crown corporation that provides innovative and cost-effective contracting, construction contract management, and full lifecycle support for infrastructure and environmental services required for the defence of Canada. It holds a public meeting annually that is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

When
Monday, June 1, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Where
Constitution Square, 350 Albert Street, 2nd Floor Confederation Room A, Ottawa, Ontario   

Who
  • James S. Paul – DCC President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Robert Presser – DCC Chair of the Board of Directors 
  • Daniel Benjamin – Vice-President, Operations, Corporate Planning and Service Delivery 
  • Randy McGee – Vice-President, Operations, Business Management   
  • Mélinda Nycholat – Vice-President, Operations, Procurement 
  • Angelo Ottoni – Vice-President, Corporate Services, Chief Financial Officer
To register, send an email to APM-APA@dcc-cdc.gc.ca. Copies of DCC's most recent annual report are available at www.dcc-cdc.gc.ca.
 
It is with sadness that we share with you the passing of John Demos, past member of MCABC and long-time member of the industry.

Devoted and loving husband, father, uncle and grandfather, passed away peacefully on April 8, surrounded by his caring family.

John is survived by his loving wife Despina and their children Tony, Melissa and Johnny (Susan) and his grandchild Elaina. He is also survived by his brothers Richard and Leonard as well as many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his father Anthanasios, his mother Stella and his sister Marina.

John was born in Montreal, Quebec, and moved to Vancouver in 1954 to work as a pipefitter, then became a mechanical estimator and worked his way up to be Manager of Mechanical Trades Division at Canem Systems until retirement. He married Despina on May 15, 1960 and raised his family in East Vancouver for most of his life.
 
MCA Canada’s own Director of Marketing and Events, Ariel Shortt, has recently achieved her certificate in Marketing Strategy from Cornell University. The course is designed for working professionals seeking to increase their marketing skill set. The MBA-level content in this program provides a foundation in key marketing concepts and practice applying these using today’s modern marketing toolkit. We are very proud of Ariel’s achievement. Congratulations Ariel!
 
Industry News
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has not yet taken a formal position on whether prompt payment legislation is appropriate at the federal level but will probably be discussing the issue at its upcoming board meeting in May.


"We have also decided that for the expert review in Ontario, we wanted to be registered as a stakeholder, primarily to get all the information," explained CCA president Michael Atkinson.


 
The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) today welcomed the federal government's continued commitment to the skilled trades sector in Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2015. EAP 2015 includes several initiatives that will strengthen Canada's skilled trades training system, support small businesses, and create jobs in Canada's construction industry and across the economy.

"Today's budget strikes an appropriate balance between fiscal responsibility and continued investment in the skilled trades, resources industry, manufacturing and other sectors at the heart of Canada's economy," said PCA president Paul de Jong. "The federal government clearly recognizes that investments to improve labour mobility and better align skills training with employer needs are important ingredients for a strong economy."

PCA member companies and their employees will benefit from a number of specific measures announced in EAP 2015, including:
  • several initiatives to better support and encourage the mobility of Canadian workers
  • reducing the small business tax rate from 11 percent to 9 percent by 2019
  • extending support for harmonization of provincial and territorial apprenticeship training and certification requirements
  • investing $65 million over four years to help business and industry associations work with post-secondary institutions to better align curricula with employer needs
  • retooling federal-provincial labour market development agreements to enhance employer engagement and better align training to market needs
  • supporting further responsible development of Canada's liquefied natural gas and mining industries  
"PCA members will welcome the substantial new tax relief for small businesses in today's federal budget," said PCA Federal and Ontario vice-president Sean Reid. "We look forward to working with the federal government to refine and strengthen these new initiatives."
 
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) applauds the announcement in the federal budget of additional funding for infrastructure. This new Public Transit Fund will provide Canadian cities with greater flexibility and predictability permitting them to move transit projects forward from concept to construction in a timely manner.

"Congestion in urban areas has become a significant problem in many of Canada’s largest cities," said CCA president Michael Atkinson. "This new permanent funding source will provide municipalities with the funding certainty they need to proceed with long-term public transit planning."

CCA was also pleased with the following announcements in the budget:
  • Creation of the new Canada 150 program that will support the development and reconstruction of existing cultural and shared heritage projects across Canada as part of the sesquicentennial celebrations; 
  • Commitment to introduce accelerated capital cost allowance measures to support the construction of an LNG industry in Canada; 
  • Reaffirmation of the government’s commitment to harmonize apprenticeship standards across provinces and territories; and
  • Commitment to reduce over four years to the small business tax rate 11 percent to 9 percent.
Click through for the CCA's complete budget summary
 
Over the next three years, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum will implement a project focused on engaging employers to train women in the skilled trades.  
 
We are seeking your best practices for hiring and retaining women in the trades and employer champions who are willing to share their experiences.

If you are interested in providing insights, please email Emily Arrowsmith.
 
Many suggest that good workers are few and far between but there are places to look and options to find them. These include looking at different demographics for potential workers to using specialty employment firms to taking advantage of innovative services like programs abroad.

 
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)
 
Pre-employment programs are a win-win for companies and young people interested in pursuing a career in the trades.

 
Innovation and Technology
Two reports into the efficiencies of the Australian construction industry have identified and detailed the need for the industry to better embrace the use of off-site manufactured products.

 
Events
Canada’s apprenticeship community consistently ranks youth engagement among its top priorities. At our next regional roundtable, we go to Saskatoon, SK, to learn more about youth apprenticeship programs in different parts of the country and how apprenticeship stakeholders can best support them.



Join the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum on May 28 at the Delta Bessborough to gain insights into various youth programs and learn how you can support youth transitions to the skilled trades workforce. When the workshop wraps up at noon, plan to tour the Skills Canada national competition at Prairieland Park.

 
Join FOCUS Management for a special—and free—executive round table session aimed at business leaders who want to take their companies to the next level.


The event takes place on May 20 at the Sheraton in Mississauga and features special guest Brent Cornelissen, president and CEO of Oakville Stamping and Bending, who will speak to the highs and lows of expanding his business into new markets.

 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
Important Dates
  • 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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