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November 24, 2015 In This Issue
National Conference News and Information
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
By The Numbers
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
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Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
National Conference News and Information
Thanks to everyone who attended this year’s 74th annual MCAC National Conference. We had four action-packed days of speakers, education sessions, receptions, social events and networking opportunities. This was certainly one of the best conferences on record, and we're thrilled to have been joined by some many members from across the country.
 
Thanks also to all our sponsors. Your contributions help make this event a success every year. 

Keep your eyes peeled for a full wrap up of the conference in future issues of Just the Fax, and in our forthcoming issue of the National Bulletin. And if you missed us in Palm Springs, make a note to join us at Disney World in Orlando, FL, next November for our 75th annual conference. We'll have a few surprises planned, as well as a wide selection of can't-miss educational programs and networking events.
 
Member Update
The Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Self-Assessment and Learning Tool (SALT) is designed to help you understand the eligibility requirements of the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program.

The SALT is divided into two standalone interactive PDF files. It can help you determine if your project includes SR&ED work, and which refunds and tax credits you can claim based on eligible expenses. No information is transferred to the CRA through this tool. To submit a SR&ED claim, fill out Form T661.
 
For more information about the SR&ED tax incentive program, go to www.cra.gc.ca/sred.
 
November 19 was World Toilet Day. The event is an opportunity to raise awareness of the millions of people worldwide who do not have access to toilets, despite the human right to water and sanitation.

This year, World Toilet Day focused on the link between sanitation and nutrition drawing the world’s attention to the importance of toilets in supporting better nutrition and improved health. Lack of access to clean drinking water and sanitation, along with the absence of good hygiene practices, are among the underlying causes of poor nutrition.

Check out worldtoiletday.info for more information, and to see the many events that took place around the world in recognition of this important occasion.
 
Industry News
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and BuildForce Canada continue to work towards producing the first-ever national construction industry ethics course.

 
The Canadian economy should start gaining momentum over the next couple of years, as the impact of new federal infrastructure spending starts flowing through, say Bank of Nova Scotia economist.

 
The federal government, for the first time ever, has released publicly the mandate letters that will guide Canada's new government over the next four years. The letters, 30 in total, outline the specific priorities that each member of Cabinet and their ministry will focus on for the next four years. Mandate letters are essentially the objectives each minister must achieve in the lead up to the next election.

 
The latest issue of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum's Apprenticeship News includes updates on a number of new reports, including one on Aboriginal involvement in the skilled trades and another entitled Employer Hiring Preferences in the Skilled Trades.



It also includes updates on CAF's forthcoming national conference from June 5 to 7 in Vancouver, as well as several regional conferences across the country.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
The Construction Education Council recently announced new dates for its popular Gold Seal and Blue Seal Accredited Project Management Program.



The program will be offered over 10 days this spring: from March 31 to April 4 and April 21 to April 25. As always, it will be run in partnership with our friends at the University of Waterloo.



Make a point to check out this great session. It's incredibly popular and filled with all kinds of valuable insight.

 
Innovation and Technology
Canadian Construction Innovations recently released its booklet on the use of drones in the Canadian construction industry. Learn about drones’ sizes, capacity, peripheral equipment, data expectations, applications, regulations, insurance, risks and pitfalls.


 
BIM creates certainty spatially in the built environment, so that material and equipment can be pre-assembled or pre-fabricated, to minimize material storage and eliminate manually handling as well as to minimize frequency of the work at heights in the construction space.

 
By The Numbers
"Risks to the Canadian outlook remain tilted to the downside," according to the Liberal's fiscal update; Feds say the discrepancy is fueled by weak commodity prices and global instability.

 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
QuoteSoftware
Important Dates
  • December 2–4: Construct Canada, The Buildings Show – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Ontario
  • March 31–April 4, 2016: Project Management – Part 1, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
  • April 21–25, 2016: Project Management – Part 2, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
 
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
MCA Canada’s Charity of Choice is Operation Eyesight Universal, an initiative that aims to wipe out trachoma, a disease that causes blindness. Since 1963, Operation Eyesight has helped save the vision of more than 35 million people—simply by providing them with access to clean water and basic sanitation.

To date, MCA Canada and its members have generously raised enough money to build 30 wells through Operation Eyesight. Let’s keep up the great work. Consider giving to Operation Eyesight this holiday season.

For more information, call 613-232-0492 or email mcac@mcac.ca.
 
 

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