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December 22, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
By The Numbers
Important Dates
Important Links
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Member Update
The holiday season is upon us once again. My wife Karen and I would like to personally wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.

Having begun my Presidency of MCA Canada in November, I have already seen firsthand the tremendous support and effort of all the volunteers and staff involved in our association. Over the next two years, I will endeavour to meet as many of you as I can through my travels across the country. I look forward to the discussions we will have and projects we will work on together.

Having served on the national board for a number of years, I know that this will be a very busy time. We have a lot of important  business to attend to in 2016. My first priority will be to continue the substantial groundwork already completed regarding the implementation of prompt payment legislation. We are determined to change the culture of an industry, which is a significant challenge, but there has been substantial progress on the provincial and national fronts and I fully intend to keep the pressure on until we get this done.

Our Strategic Planning Committee will come together soon to develop a new strategic plan for MCA Canada. This is a unique opportunity to guide the association towards a more successful future and I am very proud to be involved. 

Our education division has recently rebranded itself, as you know, and is now named the Construction Education Council (CEC). As the leading delivery mechanism for education and training in the construction industry, CEC has embraced its new future and is now rededicated to providing the very best in construction-based, management-level education. 

MCA Canada’s other division, the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada (MSCC), now has close to 200 members, after welcoming 20 new members this year. MSCC has expanded its board, created an entirely new education curriculum, and is refocused on promoting its National Certification program. I look forward to working with everyone to continue building this component of MCA Canada. 

Some of the other projects and organizations I’m looking forward to working with are the National Trade Contactors Coalition of Canada on prompt payment legislation; the design community as we hope to increase the quality of plans and specifications along with trying to establish a national standard on change orders; the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance in seeking incentives to accelerate energy efficiency investment; and there’s the ongoing work to strengthen the Red Seal program. We have completed the pilot project on a new occupational standard for the gasfitter/steamfitter trades and I’m looking forward to the next steps in that project. 

It is an honour to represent your interests with other industry-related organizations such as the Canadian Construction Association, the Canadian Standards Association, the National Research Council, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, the World Plumbing Council, the International Alliance of MCAs, the Gold Seal Certification Committee, BuildForce Canada, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating, and the Mechanical Contractors Association of America—to name a few.

I won’t go through all of the projects MCA Canada is involved in—there are simply too many to mention here—but I do want to remind you of all the work that the volunteers and staff of this association do for us all every day. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members, the members of our executive committee and board of directors, our association managers and their staff, as well as the staff at MCA Canada’s national office for all their support and hard work. I look forward to working with you all over the next two years. 

Warmest wishes for the holidays!

Del Pawliuk
President
MCA Canada
 
MCA Canada's office will be closed at noon on December 24 and will reopen on January 4. From all of us to all of you: best wishes for a warm and happy holiday season and for an exciting and prosperous new year ahead. See you in 2016!
 
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Remember, your WebLEM password is sent only to your company's primary contact, so please share it with other WebLEM users in your company to ensure uninterrupted access to this valuable member benefit.
 
The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement (OSME-SE) would like to take a few moments to thank you and your members for your many contributions on important government procurement initiatives and your interest in improving access to government procurement for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through the past year. Your input and advice are instrumental in helping us recognize the challenges SMEs face and helping OSME-SE advocate for changes to the federal procurement process.

I look forward to working with you in 2016 to help more small and medium businesses participate in federal government procurement, and to ensure that our products and information services meet your members’ needs.

On behalf of the entire OSME team, please accept our best wishes to you and your membership for a wonderful holiday season and a new year filled with peace, happiness and success!

Desmond Gray,
Director General, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement
Public Services and Procurement Canada
 
Industry News
The Financial Post recently released its Charities of the Year report card. It named Operation Eyesight as among the top 25 Canadian charities that meet the highest standards of accountability, transparency and efficiency.

Operation Eyesight announced this significant achievement in an email to its donor partners.

This is an incredible honour for all of us – and for you! We all should be proud of the great strides we’ve made together in our work to eliminate avoidable blindness in India and Africa. As an Operation Eyesight donor, you truly are making a difference in the world. By saving someone’s eyesight, you are not only changing the life of one individual, you are also transforming their entire community. By giving the gift of sight, you’re telling children, women and men in Africa and India that their lives matter – and you’re giving them, and their community, hope for a brighter future.

While we’ve successfully eliminated avoidable blindness in many communities, the need is still great, and we hope you will continue to give generously this holiday season. You can rest assured that your donations will be used in the most efficient way possible. And we hope you’ll feel good about giving to an organization that has been recognized, among almost 2,500 Canadian charities, as one with a proven track-record and real impact. Together, we will continue to do great things for Canada and the rest of the world to see! Thank you for your support!

Please continue donating to MCA Canada’s charity of choice. This message is proof positive that a great deal of the money you give goes to support people in need.
 
To learn more, call the MCA Canada office at 613-232-0492, email mcac@mcac.ca or visit mcac.ca/about/charity.
 
The Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) is pleased to announce that phase 1 of the Level Best Women's Advancement Project has concluded. While women in the industry are optimistic, gender inclusivity continues to be a work in progress.

With the invaluable input from employer partners (who combined employ approximately 10,000 workers) and female participants during the research phase, the Level Best team has delivered a comprehensive needs assessment of industry women targeting Ontario, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador. Key challenges and obstacles have been identified, effectively highlighting the various issues faced by women in the industry.

Some of the most commonly reported challenges include lack of appropriate personal protective equipment, inadequate washroom facilities, difficulty sourcing mentors, and substantive issues sustaining a positive work environment with male colleagues. That said, 94 percent of female participants believe they have the potential to have a successful career in construction. A further 85 percent would recommend work in construction to other women. In addition, 87 percent of employer partners would be prepared to pay for tools to increase hiring, retention and advancement of women at their organization, if the cost were reasonable. The results of this assessment demonstrate that while there is still significant work to be done to improve inclusivity and promotion of women in the industry, women are optimistic about their potential for career advancement, and their employers are looking for ways to support them accordingly.

In phase two of the project, through collaboration with industry stakeholders, the Level Best team will develop specific, measurable and realistic actions. CAWIC invites further support from industry stakeholders in this critical stage. The input of industry insiders is key to generating practical, tangible solutions. If you are a construction employer or a female working in construction, please join us.

For more information on CAWIC and its activities, please visit cawic.ca.
 
Did you know you can make your Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) installment payments online? It’s easy and secure.

Simply choose the electronic payment method that’s right for you:
  • Pre-authorized debit – Using My Business Account, you can pay installments directly from your bank account or set up a tax payment in advance. You choose the bank account, the amount, and the date or dates of the transaction.
  • Online banking – Through your financial institution’s online banking, add the Canada Revenue Agency or Revenue Canada as a payee, and look for the "tax instalments" payment option. 
  • Interac – The CRA’s My Payment service lets you pay with your debit card through participating financial institutions. 
  • Third-party service providers – You may be able to make a payment through a third-party service provider who will send your business payment and remittance details online to the CRA for you. Third-party service providers may offer different payment options, including credit cards.
Carefully enter your business number as your account number to help the CRA apply your payment to the intended account. 

Pay online. It will save you time and money.

For more information, watch our video No more cheques: Pay your business taxes online, and visit canada.ca/payments.
 
Maintaining cooling towers can put you at risk of a respiratory infection by Legionella bacteria. This advisory contains a checklist for inspecting cooling towers and a list of key information to ask building owners.

 
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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.

 
By The Numbers
Analysts say the gap between the Canadian and U.S. rate will remain through 2016 if Canadian economic data continues to disappoint.

 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
QuoteSoftware
Important Dates
  • February 25–27: MCA Student Chapter Summit, Toronto, Ontario
  • March 6–10: CCA Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • March 11: World Plumbing Day, Worldwide
  • March 15–17: MCAC Winter Meetings, Orlando, Florida
  • March 16–18: CMPX Trade Show, Toronto, Ontario
  • March 17–24: MCAA Convention, Orlando, Florida
  • March 31–April 4: Project Management – Part 1, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
  • April 10–16: MCA Ontario Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • April 21–25: Project Management – Part 2, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
  • April 29–30: MCA British Columbia Conference, Okanagan, British Columbia
  • May 4: MCA Manitoba Annual General Meeting, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • May 9–16: CEC Estimating Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • June: Eastern Regional Meeting, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • June 15–17: CCA Meetings, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • June 26–28: CIPH Annual Business Conference, Banff, Alberta
  • July 13: CEC Golf Tournament, Waterloo, Ontario
  • September 26–29: CCA Meetings, Fort McMurray, Alberta
  • November 14–17: MCAC 75th Annual National Conference, Orlando, Florida
 
 

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