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April 19, 2016 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
Membership Advantage Program
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
Member Update
The first session of the 42nd Parliament saw the introduction of Bill S-224, the Canada Prompt Payment Act, in the Senate of Canada. It was introduced on April 13 by The Honourable Senator Donald Plett. As stated, "The purpose of this Act is to strengthen the stability of the construction industry and to lessen the financial risks faced by contractors and subcontractors by providing for timely payments to them under construction contracts involving government institutions."

As one of the founding members of the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada, MCA Canada has been a driving force behind the implementation of prompt payment legislation in Canada. For the past several years, together with like-minded, construction-based associations and the provincial MCA offices, MCA Canada has dedicated itself to solving the industry’s problem of delayed payments. On behalf of the provincial MCA offices, our partners and affiliated organizations, we were extremely pleased to see a prompt payment bill tabled in the senate last week. We will monitor its progress closely.
MCA Canada members and representatives of Canada’s trade contract communities came together in Ottawa on April 18 to discuss the urgent need for federal and provincial governments to adopt prompt payment legislation. The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada Prompt Payment Summit allowed members to highlight progress that has been made at the provincial level and to discuss the next steps for seeing these initiatives through. The summit also focused on strategies to follow up with the federal government’s introduction of Bill S-224, the Canada Prompt Payment Act.
James Ross Ltd. Specialty Manufacturing Services Division uses some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment to produce high-precision products. With five axis machining centres, advanced turning stations and a 38-foot bed supporting a four-axis CNC unit, they guarantee superior tolerances and finish for all sizes of component requirements.

The Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada is pleased to welcome its newest members.
S & T Group
158 Sackville Rd
Sault Ste. Marie, ON   P6B 4T6
Contact: Phil Strickland   Tel: 705-942-3043

Impact Energy Services Ltd.
Box 907 – 806 Loken Road
Rosetown, SK   S0L 2V0
Contact: Kelly Kardash   Tel: 306-882-7600
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.
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Industry News
In 2015, CCA embarked on a series of workshops across Canada where participants discussed the poor quality of construction documents: its potential causes and solutions. CCA has now published a summary report of the its findings. In it, readers will find the top five identified causes with the greatest impact on document quality, as identified from more than 400 survey results.

Changes to the purpose and scope that reflect advances in green buildings over the last 10 years are proposed for the high performance building Standard 189.1 from ASHRAE, the International Code Council, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society.

Check out the newly revamped Gold Seal website. It’s easy to use and designed to get you to the information you need as quickly as possible.

While you’re there, you can also hear stories from four people who’ve achieved their certification and put it to good use in the industry. If you would like to become a Gold Seal success story, start by completing this short survey.

Finally, Gold Seal has published its exam and application dates for the remainder of 2016. The application date for the October 21 exam is September 30, and the application date for the January 20, 2017 exam is December 16.
Lean construction is known in the industry to enable organizations to achieve major improvement in terms of productivity and levels of innovation through more collaborative approaches. However, implementing lean is not an easy task for organizations and often requires fundamental changes. Read more on the Lean Construction Blog.

For more information from the Lean Construction Institute of Canada’s conference that was held April 6–8, visit www.lcicanada.ca.
A new study commissioned by Canadian Construction Innovations suggests that short-term thinking and cost-first contracting models stifle productivity and innovation in construction.

Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
If you were looking for a seat at the CEC's Estimating Conference next month, you're in luck. Five more were just released. But act now. This event is always popular and has already sold out once this year!

Innovation and Technology
"You make a better door than a window!" I’m sure your parents hollered that at you all throughout your childhood as you were unaware that you were obstructing their view of their favorite TV show. That phrase may surprisingly not make sense to future generations with the recent discovery of a process that can make wood transparent.

The annual golf fundraising event for the Construction Education Council is now open for registration. Come out and enjoy a day of golf with industry colleagues while supporting your own education delivery body. Mark July 13 on your calendars and join us at the Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario! 

For further information, contact Tania Johnston at 613-232-5169 or tania@mcac.ca
CIPHEX West and BUILDEX Express are co-locating at the Vancouver Convention Centre for their November 2016 shows.

Miura Canada
Membership Advantage Program
Praxair Canada Inc. is the preferred supplier of gas products and welding supplies for MCA Canada members. For more than 100 years, Praxair and its 26,000 employees have been assisting contractors worldwide. For more information, visit www.mcac.ca.
Important Dates
  • 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 5–7: CAF Apprenticeship: Hands on the Future conference, Vancouver BC
  • 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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