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October 27, 2015 In This Issue
National Conference News and Information
Member Update
Industry News
Innovation and Technology
By The Numbers
Events
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
National Conference News and Information
The HEAT Is On 2015—Join MCA Canada members and friends in beautiful Palm Springs, California for our 74th Annual National Conference at the amazing Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort from November 16 to 19.

We have organized North America’s top trainers, engaged world-class speakers and booked top entertainers to ensure you have a great time. You can also take in the latest in tools and technology at the Supplier Innovation Showcase. Learn the ins and outs of Jonas Software and take advantage of our numerous other educational and informative programs.

Don't delay. There's less than a month left before the conference begins. Register today at mcac.ca.
 
See you in Palm Springs!
 
Member Update
All of us at the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada extend our sincere congratulations to all the Members of Parliament that were elected or re-elected on October 19. We look forward to working with everyone involved as the new government begins to implement its election platform, and we wish all MPs well as they rise to meet the new challenge before them.
 
Unable to find candidates with the skills they need, many employers are struggling to fill in-demand positions. According to a new survey from CareerBuilder.ca, half of employers feel there is a shortage of skilled workers in Canada. In an effort to overcome such challenges, many are taking matters into their own hands by training workers on the job.

 
Did you know that October 18 to 24 was Small Business Week in Canada? Held annually, it is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the contribution small businesses make in communities across the country. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) understands that small businesses face unique challenges.
 
Maybe you’ve been in business a long time, and you manage your tax obligations yourself. Maybe you’ve just started out and partnered with a tax professional. Either way, you’ll want to know about these online services for businesses:
  • With My Business Account you can update banking information, view direct deposit transactions, and even submit documents to the CRA. The services are free, convenient, and easy to use.
  • You or your authorized representative can choose to receive most of your CRA mail for your business online. For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/businessonline.
  • The "View mail" service lets you view answers to common enquiries and submit account-related enquiries using My Business Account.
  • Representatives can now access the Business Registration Online service directly through Represent a Client at www.cra.gc.ca/representatives.
    • Using Represent a Client, representatives can send a request to get access to their client’s business accounts and delete the authorization of a client that they no longer represent.
 
Want to know more? Subscribe to the Businesses - Tax information newsletter.
 
Industry News
At its meeting on October 19–20, the Canadian Construction Association’s board of directors passed the following motion:
 
"That CCA work with its partner associations, interested stakeholders, and federal contracting authorities to educate the federal government on the importance of prompt payment and cash flow on federal construction projects, and work together to resolve any concerns, which may include the enactment of federal prompt payment legislation acceptable to the industry."

This motion was partly in response to a request by the National Trade Contractors’ Coalition (NTCCC) to support its initiative to seek the enactment of federal prompt payment legislation. The motion is also in response to the outcomes generated through consensus at the CCA Industry Summit held September 29 in Toronto.
 
CCA has published a comprehensive overview article on the issues discussed at the summit.

Download the minutes highlights for more information on this and other items discussed at the CCA board meeting.
 
Now that the Liberals have secured a majority government, there’s some building to do both inside and outside the walls of Parliament Hill.

 
Running deficits to fund infrastructure projects was a main plank of the Liberal election campaign.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Innovation and Technology
In a letter to CanBIM members to provide direction and clarification on the current state of BIM in Canada, CanBIM takes the lead and lays the groundwork for unifying BIM in Canada.

 
By The Numbers
The drop in gas prices mitigated inflation, yet prices for groceries, restaurant meals and other consumer goods pushed higher.

 
Bank says the rebound is supported by long-awaited "signs of strength" in non-resource sectors and solid U.S. growth.

 
Events
With five months left until the doors open on CMPX 2016, the show floor is already nearly sold out. Just a few spaces remain, so if you intend to join us, do so now!

Jointly presented by the mechanical industry’s leading associations, CMPX is Canada’s national show for the latest in air-conditioning, heating, plumbing, industrial, waterworks, water quality, piping, refrigeration and ventilation technologies. CMPX offers a wide range of show features to address the needs of technicians, contractors, architects, engineers, specifiers, building managers and other professionals in the mechanicals industry.

Learn more at cmpxshow.ca.
 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
QuoteSoftware
Important Dates
  • October 28: CIPHEX Roadshow, Brandon, Manitoba (Hosted by CIPH Manitoba Region)
  • November 16–19: MCA Canada's 74th National Conference, Palm Springs, California
  • November 18: CIPHEX Roadshow, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (Hosted by CIPH Newfoundland Region)
  • November 18: MSCC Forum For Service Contractors , Palm Springs, California
  • November 19–23: Computerized Estimating Conference – Part 1, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
  • December 2–4: Construct Canada, The Buildings Show – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Ontario
  • December 10–14: Computerized Estimating Conference – Part 2, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
 
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
If you're reading this, then you're among the fortunate. Many people in the world's poorest countries suffer from blindness caused by trachoma—a completely curable disease.
 
MCA Canada has partnered with Operation Eyesight, a charitable organization that helps provide people around the world with access to clean water, and eradicate trachoma as a result.
 
MCA Canada members have graciously donated more than $155,000 to this important cause. The money you have raised has helped the charity drill nearly 30 wells. But there is still more work to be done. You can help by donating.
 
Learn more by visiting mcac.ca, calling 613-232-0492 or emailing mcac@mcac.ca.
 
 

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