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June 22, 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
The HEAT Is On 2015 – MCA Canada invites you to join us in magnificent Palm Springs, California, for our 74th National Conference, November 16–19.
 
Our host hotel is the beautiful Omni Ranchos Las Palmas Resort and Spa. The conference committee has been hard at work planning yet another world-class event for our delegates. Business by day, party at night! Enjoy our Opening Night "California Dreaming" party, the Victaulic Opening Breakfast with former NHL All Star Clint Malarchuk, our annual John Bradshaw Memorial Golf Tournament at Desert Willow Golf Resort, and our all new Awards Gala Event. You’ll remember this conference forever!
 
You can check the Conference Pre-Planning Guide for event information and sponsorship opportunities. You can register online through www.mcac.ca, or through to the conference registration page. See you in Palm Springs!
 
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.

 
This year’s Skills Canada National Competition was an extremely successful event and MCA Canada is very proud to be an active participant. The event is not only a Canada-wide competition, but also an opportunity to promote the value and availability of skilled trades to Canada’s youth.
 
MCA Canada would like to congratulation Justin Fischer from Alberta as the 2015 gold medalist in the plumbing category, and to wish everyone on Team Canada all the very best of luck at WorldSkills in Brazil in August.

Read the letter of thanks sent to MCA Canada from Skills Canada.

View photos from the competition.
 
Watch a video of event highlights.

 
The World Plumbing Council (WPC) Chairman, Mr. Sudhakaran Nair, has officially launched the WPC Education and Training Scholarship Program for 2015.

This is the second year that the two scholarship opportunities will be offered, one for applicants from developed countries and another for developing or least developed countries. The introduction of two scholarships presents more opportunities for those applying and takes into account the particular circumstances of candidates. 

All members of the plumbing industry are invited to apply for these industry scholarship programs. Each of the scholarships provides up to US$10,000 in funding to cover expenses for the duration of the program.
 
The scholarships are intended to provide for an educational exchange between countries focusing on plumbing industry training, while at the same time exposing the participants to new technologies and innovations in training systems. They also provide an opportunity to increase awareness of the contribution plumbing has made to global health and the environment. Participants have an opportunity to gain knowledge of the industry, technology, training and systems that can be applied to improve standards in their home countries.

The program also enables participants to experience the culture, language and work practices of other countries and provides a platform for networking and relationship building.

"These scholarships deliver life changing opportunities for applicants to gain invaluable skills and knowledge of plumbing practices around the world," said Mr. Nair.

Applicants are encouraged to focus on the following areas during their scholarship program:
  • identification of emerging vocational training needs and trends
  • plumbing training and education to address the environment and sustainability issues
  • the value of water efficiency to the community and the plumbing industry
  • the ways in which plumbing training or lack of training affects public health
Applications close on August 31 and the WPC would like to encourage candidates from all areas of the plumbing industry worldwide to apply.

To apply for a scholarship, download the application form from worldplumbing.org/scholarship.
 
The WebLEM subscriber password changes every three months. The next scheduled change will be on or about July 6. The new password will be sent by email to MCAA members' primary WebLEM contact. To ensure the password message moves through your spam filter, request that your IT Department add "mcaa@weblem.org," "support@weblem.org" and the "MCAA LEM Committee [support@weblem.org]" on the spam filter's "accept" list. The password is only sent to the primary contact, so be sure to share it with other WebLEM users in your company to ensure uninterrupted access to this valuable and free MCAA member benefit.

 
Industry News
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating held its annual business conference in Québec City from June 14 to 17. The highly successful event saw the election of its youngest—and first female—Chair, Sian Smith, Senior Director of Strategic Procurement with Noble Corporation. MCAC would like to congratulate Mrs. Smith and everyone involved in making the conference a wonderful experience for all in attendance.
 
Since launching its red tape reduction initiative in 2012, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has made a wide range of improvements aimed at minimizing the burden that businesses face in meeting their tax obligations. How much do you know about the many ways that CRA have cut red tape for businesses? Here are 10 our red tape reduction highlights.
  1. Simplified payroll remittance: CRA made a simple change to tax administration that allows more than 50,000 small businesses to file their payroll taxes less often.

  2. The Business Tax Reminders app allows businesses to create custom reminders and alerts for dates related to installment payments, returns, and remittances.

  3. My Business Account lets businesses interact with the CRA like never before! Through this self-serve tool, businesses can receive certain correspondence and submit documents to the CRA online. Businesses can now complete 50 different kinds of simplified transactions online with the CRA.

  4. Businesses now have more freedom to manage their affairs online: update direct deposit information and change their address through My Business Account.

  5. Enhanced auditor training was developed and the CRA created a dedicated team to address the needs of small and medium businesses. This is to ensure that the CRA considers the small and medium business perspective before making changes to programs and policies.

  6. It’s now easier for businesses to find clear and understandable information—My Business Account Enquiries Service allows businesses to ask tax questions related to their account online, and receive information they can rely on, in writing.

  7. Telephone service agents working with businesses are now required to provide an AgentID. This AgentID increases accountability by ensuring a consistent and user-friendly experience for callers and makes it easier for business owners to give feedback on CRA services.

  8. The Business Number allows businesses to be identified by one number with several federal, provincial, and municipal government programs. The CRA, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Industry Canada, Canada Border Services Agency, and six provinces all have programs that utilize the one business one number system.

  9. The recently introduced Liaison Officer Initiative reduces the administrative burden by helping businesses to meet their tax obligations and "get it right from the start". The initiative provides in-person support to businesses when they need it most at key points of their business cycle.

  10. CRA is committed to consulting with businesses every two years to ensure the CRA’s action plans align with the priorities of small and medium businesses. These ongoing discussions provide a positive opportunity for small businesses to share their thoughts and ideas.
 
Want to find out what’s new? Go to www.cra.gc.ca/redtapereduction.
 
The Conservative government is preparing an infrastructure spending spree in the runup to the fall election, as federal and provincial sources confirm work is heating up to announce new projects under the New Building Canada Fund.

 
The Lean Construction Institute—Canada has been established by the Canadian Construction Association in order to deliver formalized education and best practices about lean construction to the industry.

 
The Canadian Construction Association is looking to take a more active role in educating its members on the growing issue of corporate social responsibility. The shift is the result of a report prepared by a task force struck by the association's business and market development committee.

 
In many areas of Canada, the levels of potentially pathogenic microbes can flourish and overwhelm our water treatment system leading to boil water orders or worse, outbreaks. These moments are thankfully rare thanks in part to the addition of a particular chemical, chlorine.


Chlorine is a known disinfectant and is the major killing agent in bleach. For decades, this chemical has been used to keep drinking water safe and is standard practice in many parts of Canada and the world. But it's not a perfect system and faces many hurdles. The most important of these is ensuring water is safe over the tens to hundreds of kilometres of pipes from the facility to the tap.

 
Canada has never needed more skilled tradespeople. Demand for skilled workers has been increasing steadily for more than a decade, and over the coming decade, more than 250,000 tradespeople will be retiring from the construction industry alone.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
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!

 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
Important Dates
  • July 8: CEC Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Waterloo, ON
  • 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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