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March 15, 2016 In This Issue
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.
Member Update
Last year, MCA Canada initiated a meeting (including representatives from the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association (CECA) and the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC)) with senior representatives from Public Works and Government Services Canada (now called Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)).

As a direct consequence of that meeting, and effective March 7, PSPC implemented a policy requiring general contractors to name the major subcontractors that they used for their own tender submissions to the Crown for federal government projects.

Included in PSPC’s Invitation to Tender (Important Notice to Bidders), the applicable clause will state: "Subcontractors Listing: As per (contract threshold reference of $25,000–$100,000 or for contracts $100,000 and more), you should provide, using Appendix (X) at bid closing, a list of subcontractors that have 20 percent or more of the tendered price value".

General contractors will be required to name all their major subtrades at bid closing (as requested by MCAC/CECA/CISC). If they fail to, they will be given a further 48 hours to provide the information.

MCA Canada will monitor policy implementation in the weeks and months ahead. In the meantime, we are asking members to share any experiences they may encounter with regards to this policy. Please email MCA Canada’s chief executive officer Richard McKeagan directly at rick@mcac.ca.
 
Industry News
New buildings in Canada will become more energy efficient with the introduction of some 90 changes to the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2015.

These changes also harmonize the code with Canada's energy efficiency regulations and industry standards. Updates can be found in standards for lighting, service water, and HVAC systems, such as gas-fired units on rooftops, and for ventilation systems in enclosed spaces like parking garages or warehouses.

The code builds on Canada's commitment to work closely with the provinces and territories on the Canadian Energy Strategy, which protects Canada's energy security and encourages energy conservation. Provinces and territories are free to adopt the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings or adapt it to create a code that meets their specific needs.

The National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2015 is published by the National Research Council and developed by the Canadian Commission of Building and Fire Codes in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada.

Quick Facts
  • New buildings constructed to the updated code will be 27 percent more energy efficient than those constructed in 1997.
  • Energy efficiency in Canada's commercial and institutional sector increased by 33 percent between 1990 and 2012. The energy savings accumulated could power 45.5 million computers for 1 year.
  • The National Model Construction Codes, now called Codes Canada, are published approximately every five years to ensure that the latest innovations are applied safely by the construction industry.
 
Efficiency, timeliness and certainty are imperatives the Canadian Construction Association wants to make sure are in play regarding the federal budget, especially when it comes to rolling out infrastructure dollars.

 
Canadian Construction Innovations has mobilized to ensure it becomes a key stakeholder of the federal government when it comes to its agenda of innovation, infrastructure and technology development.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
CEC will once again offer its highly acclaimed Estimating Conference in 2016. This is a special and highly informative session that covers more than just the basics of pricing a job. Speakers dive deep into strategies you need to know to win more work.

 
Innovation and Technology
The key for contractors to take advantage of the IoT lies in their ability to analyze the mass of data coming in and get creative in their approach to service offerings and customer engagement based on the data.

 
By The Numbers
The bank says Canada’s GDP growth in the fourth quarter was not as weak as expected, and the near-term outlook for the economy remains broadly the same as in January.

 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
QuoteSoftware
Important Dates
  • 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 9-11: CEC Estimating Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • May 12-15: MCA Alberta Annual Conference, Canmore, Alberta
  • June: Eastern Regional Meeting, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • June 5-8: Skills Canada National Competition, Moncton, NB 
  • 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
 
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
You may already know that Operation Eyesight Universal does a lot of fantastic work overseas to help people get access to clean water and basic sanitation. But did you know the charity reports on its work through its social media channels? You can connect with Operation Eyesight on Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
 
Give them a follow and see for yourself how the donations you and your fellow MCA Canada members have made are making a real difference in the lives of people in the developing world.
 
And if the stories on Operation Eyesight's social feeds inspire you, why not donate? MCA Canada is always accepting contributions from members who wish to support this important cause. Get involved today by emailing mcac@mcac.ca or calling 613-232-0492.
 
 

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