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May 25, 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
Further to last week’s Just The Fax article on the MCAC/CIPH Day on the Hill event on May 14, Senator Donald Plett served official notice to the Senate of Canada that he will launch an inquiry on the issue of prompt payment for the construction industry and specifically how the federal government can implement effective legislation to deal with this. A full explanation will be addressed this week in the Senate.
Watch for further information in future editions of Just the Fax. Also look for ideas on how you can get the message across to MPs and candidates during the upcoming federal election.
Each year, construction industry businesses experience payment delays totaling more than $7.2 billion, or roughly 15 percent of all annual construction spending in Quebec. The problem has gotten worse in recent years and is becoming more and more critical.

This revenue shortfall has a negative impact of more than a billion dollars on businesses, most of them smaller companies. Above all, it undermines the competitiveness of the construction industry as a whole, concludes an analysis by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton conducted on behalf of Coalition contre les retards de paiement dans la construction (the broad-based coalition fighting construction payment delays).

"More than three-quarters of construction businesses declined to bid on at least one contract in 2013 due to possible payment delays," said Coalition spokesperson Marc Bilodeau. "Studies show that reduced competition and fewer bidders drive up bid prices."

MCA Canada is proud to be a supporting sponsor of this year’s 2015 Skills Canada National Competition that takes place from May 27 to 30 in Saskatoon.

The event brings together more than 550 young Canadians who have successfully competed at the provincial and territorial levels to vie for the title of National Champion.

MCA Canada has been a long-time supporter of this exceptional event. We sincerely hope that all competitors take away something important from this event that will stay with them the rest of their careers.

Learn more about the Skills Canada Competition 2015 at www.skillscanadasask.com.
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
The Canadian Construction Association is releasing a bulletin that supports the naming of subtrades in the bidding process, but the Ontario General Contractors Association opposes the creation of this best practices document.

The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) has launched the call for nominations for the third biennial Red Seal Award of Excellence. This award honours the contributions of provincial/territorial/federal apprenticeship and trade certification staff to the Red Seal Program. The deadline for nominations is June 24, 2015.

The award will be presented to an individual working within the apprenticeship system as a staff member/technical training provider who has demonstrated inspirational leadership in the development and promotion of apprenticeship and trade certification. The recipient will be honoured at the CCDA Fall Meeting planned for November 2015 in Ottawa.

Taking the proper safety precautions with power tools is essential to workplace safety. Unfortunately, so much emphasis is put on staying safe while working with power tools, many times workers fail to recognize the pitfalls of working with hand tools.

The evolving role of value-for-money analysis in supporting project delivery selection.

Two years ago, the Council on Tall Buildings published a report on what it described as "vanity spire" amongst supertall (over 1,000 foot) buildings. By the council’s calculations, spire height has increased by 400 percent since the 1970s. 29 percent of the Burj Khalifa is "non-occupiable" spire height. 31 percent of the New York Times Building is. If you lopped off the spires of all the supertalls in the world, 60 percent of them wouldn’t even qualify as supertall anymore.

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
The construction industry is getting social in order to reach more homebuyers. As a result, social media is quickly becoming more prevalent for commercial contractors as well as residential homebuilders.

Although they're unlikely to ever be realized, each provide solutions for issues surrounding urban development, population control, affordable housing, and sustainable building.

Miura Canada
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
Important Dates
  • 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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