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May 19, 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
On May 12, representatives of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) held their third annual Parliamentary Day of Awareness in Ottawa.

The day involved meetings with Members of Parliament, senators and senior policy advisors on the subjects of prompt payment provisions at the federal level, and uniform and harmonized model codes and regulations for Canada.

Prompt payment
The MCAC is working with the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada to enact prompt payment provisions at the federal level. Such changes would affect federal government projects and ensure that contractors and suppliers get paid in a timely manner. CIPH is a vocal and active supporter of this initiative.

The heart of the problem is not outright default on payment, but rather late payment. Currently, there is no effective remedy to address late payment. As a result, late payment practices have increased. This leads to widespread use of contingent payment clauses in contracts which allow a party to delay payment, pay no interest or late payment, and in many cases, get contractor to continue working even when payment is delayed.

Uniform/harmonized codes
MCAC and CIPH encouraged the federal government to help facilitate the true harmonization of the standards, codes and regulations. The national code development has failed to keep pace with emerging technologies. The code cycle is slow. What’s more, certain provinces further exasperate the issue by their lagging adoption of the National Code which often references outdated standards or does not include new standards. This leads to misalignment and disharmony of codes and regulations, including uneven application of enforcement rules, potential dumping of noncompliant products, reduced productivity for all stakeholders, reduced competitiveness, and barriers to innovation for Canadian manufacturers and suppliers. It also leads to confusion and limited choice in the consumer marketplace, as well as construction delays and added costs.
 
If you have a son, daughter or legal ward who wants to enter the mechanical contracting business, then the Construction Education Council may be able to help. Each year, Federated Insurance sponsors a scholarship through the CEC. Participation is open to MCA Student Chapter members and the children of employees of MCA Canada member companies.


 
The annual Construction Education Council golf tournament is coming up on July 8. If you haven’t already registered, do so today. The event is a lot of fun and a great networking opportunity. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available.

 
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.
 
Industry News
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has created a new process, ‘Express Entry’, to manage the applications for Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class and the Federal Skilled Trades Class.


Express Entry is a fairly complex points system which ranks qualified candidates from the above three programs. There is no initial application fee.

 
Canada’s residential construction industry is not immune to a looming retirement situation, with more than 129,000 new skilled workers needed over the next decade.

 
Governments and developers love issuing press releases announcing the opening of shiny new schools, rec centres and office buildings. Chances are good these days that building will be LEED silver, gold or even platinum.


The U.S. Green Building Council created LEED in the 90s and it came to Canada in 2002. Its goals are simple: it wants to create resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy, cost-effective buildings.


LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and over time it become the most used green building rating system out there. According to Tanya Doran of the Green Building Council, Alberta Chapter, Canada has over 5,000 buildings that are registered for a LEED rating and 2,000 LEED certified buildings.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
Even though the first three modules of the MSCC/CEC Introduction To Mechanical Service webinar are now complete, you can still sign up for our last module. And there's still lots to learn!
 
The 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 4: June 1 (12:00pm – 12:45pm EDT)
 
The Construction Education Council's Computerized Mechanical Estimating course is an introductory course that provides participants with an opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to estimate mechanical project costs using estimating software.


CEC has partnered with Trimble Accubid for the delivery of this program. It is not a course that will teach the ins and outs of the software program but rather how to do a proper take off.


The course is scheduled for September 15 to 18 in Vaughan, Ontario.

 
The Construction Education Council and the University of Waterloo partner annually to offer a 10-day Gold Seal Accredited Project Management Course. To date nearly 1,000 students from across Canada have completed the course. The program qualifies for 70 PDUs towards PMI certification and 10 points towards Gold Seal Certification. It is also Blue Seal Certified in Alberta.


Each course topic is taught by a specialist. Topics include project administration, scheduling, managing individual differences, safety, change orders, construction law, job cost controls, meetings and communication, dispute avoidance and claims, labour relations/due diligence, and project completion.


This year’s program is scheduled for November 19 to 23 and December 10 to 14 at the University of Waterloo. There are only 24 spaces available, and the course sells out quickly. Don’t delay!

 
Innovation and Technology
More than one-third (36 percent) of construction firms used more than five mobile business applications last year, while nearly seven in 10 (69 percent) were able to build a mobile business app in one day or less, according to Canvas’ Second Annual Mobile Business Application Survey of business and IT decision-makers.

 
Events
The Toronto CanBIM Regional Session will bring together 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.

 
Registration is now open for Canadian-Design Build Institute’s national design-build conference taking place in Toronto, from October 14 to 16.

 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
Important Dates
  • 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 17: 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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