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March 29, 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
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
Member Update
Last week, the federal Liberals announced their first budget. With it, the government officially abandoning its commitment to balance the books and forged ahead with plans to spend billions aimed at revitalizing the economy. Significant investments are being made in infrastructure, maintenance projects and tax breaks. The government is also working with the provinces and municipalities to expedite the delivery of projects funded under the New Building Canada Plan. Although no changes have been made to the funding formula, the government will increase its contribution to half of all eligible costs.

As a member of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA), MCA Canada would like to see the Income Tax Act reformed to qualify more equipment and building upgrades for tax breaks that in turn would encourage building owners to upgrade their old equipment to newer, more energy efficient equipment. While our tax proposal was not mentioned specifically, the budget did recognize tax mechanisms that are inefficient—a development that opens the door further for our proposal.
The government has promised to review the tax system to determine whether it works well for Canadians, with a view to eliminating poorly targeted and inefficient tax measures.
John Warnica, chairman of the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada (MSCC), is extremely pleased to introduce the MSCC’s board of governors for 2016–2017. They are:

Chairman John Warnica, Lowe Mechanical Services, Winnipeg, MB; MCA Canada President, Del Pawliuk, RF Contracting, Sault Ste. Marie, ON; MCA Canada CEO, Richard McKeagan, MCA Canada, Ottawa, ON; Directors: Wayne Davidson, Davidson Brothers Mechanical Contractors, Burnaby, BC; Tim Padfield, Pad-Car Mechanical Ltd., Medicine Hat, AB; Ryan Tynning, Swift Plumbing & Heating Ltd., Swift Current, SK; Dennis Carrier, ES Fox Ltd., Niagara Falls, ON; Derek Ermen, Ermen Plumbing & Heating Ltd., Moncton, NB; and Associates Council Chairman, Dan Milroy, Bradford White Canada, Mississauga, ON.

The MSCC executive director is Daryl Sharkey. 
The Career Centre on the MCA Canada website is a single source for members looking for talent or individuals looking to find work. Employers can email available positions to daryl@mcac.ca in MS Word or pdf format. Job seekers should email their resumes in MS Word or pdf format to daryl@mcac.ca. We encourage you to post any open position you may have.
MCA Canada is now on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Follow us for up-to-date information on our latest initiatives. We'll post updates and insight on the latest industry trends, our newest educational programs, and our upcoming events.
Chat with us, give us feedback and help spread the word about the great work we do!
Industry News
At its March 2016 meetings, the board of directors of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) agreed to the following courses of action on prompt payment.
  • Appoint a task force to develop a clear policy position for CCA on payment and payment practices.
  • Establish and maintain a special section on the CCA website that will serve as a hub regarding prompt payment information/legislation and best practices.
  • Update A Guide to Improving Cash Flow in the Construction Industry with a view to include best practices, and a listing of available rights and remedies for subcontractors and suppliers.
Read more about this and other developments at the CCA's annual conference.
The report card assesses the state of municipal roads and bridges, public transit, buildings, sport and recreation facilities, storm water, wastewater and potable water infrastructure. It shows that current reinvestment levels are not meeting infrastructure needs, and warns that continuing down this path will result in a gradual decline of physical condition levels that will impact municipal services and increase repair costs in the future.

The Canadian Construction Association’s (CCAs) annual awards recognize the important contributions of individuals, organizations and projects that promote and enhance the Canadian construction industry, whether through innovation, projects, or dedication to the industry. MCA Canada is delighted to announce that two of our own members won awards at the CCA's annual conference in New Orleans earlier this month.

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
If we knew exactly how well a building performed, from the cutting of the ribbon to the swing of the wrecking ball, we could accurately charge for its use by the hour. Very smart buildings, made possible by pervasive data and real-time analytics, may change the property business model, and render traditional contracting obsolete.

A University of Illinois team has developed a predictive analytics tool called "Flying Superintendent" to automate the monitoring of large construction projects.

By The Numbers
Municipalities across the country issued building permits worth $6.4 billion in January, a decline of 9.8 percent from the previous month. The value of residential building permits fell 12.5 percent to $4.0 billion in January, following an 11.5 percent increase the previous month. Municipalities issued $2.4 billion worth of non-residential building permits in January, down 4.8 percent from a month earlier. Institutional construction intentions were down 20.2 percent to $573 million in January, the third consecutive monthly decline. The value of commercial permits fell 7.1 percent to $1.3 billion in January, following a 12.5 percent increase in December. Industrial construction intentions were up 30.6 percent to $521 million in January, following a decline of 12.9 percent in December.

A study by human resources services firm Robert Half says common technology problems may cost more than you think.

Miura Canada
Important Dates
  • March 31-April 4: Project Management Part 1, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
  • April 10-16: MCA Ontario Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • April 13: CanBIM regional session, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 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 1-2: CanBIM regional session, 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
  • October 5-6: CanBIM regional session, Toronto, Ontario
  • 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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