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May 10, 2016 In This Issue
Multimedia Information Program
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
By The Numbers
Events
Membership Advantage Program
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
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Multimedia Information Program
The MCA Canada Member Multimedia Information Program delivers timely and valuable information to our members via email (Just The Fax), the Internet (www.mcac.ca) and direct mail. The program's goal is to provide every MCA member with regular information on upcoming events, programs and projects. In addition, each communication will feature one of our Membership Advantage Programs, which can save you thousands of dollars each year. This program is brought to you by the generosity of our featured associate member.
 
May's Multimedia Information Program includes:
  • Bill S-224, Canada Prompt Payment Act—As a member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada, and the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada, you will be pleased to hear that we have been successful in having Bill S-224, the Canada Prompt Payment Act, introduced in the Senate of Canada. The bill passed its first reading on April 13 and was scheduled for second reading on April 19, but debate was adjourned before the senators could vote.

  • While the introduction of the bill is a huge step forward, we still need your assistance. Contact your local/regional/provincial construction association and ask them to support the Canada Prompt Payment Act. For more information, visit www.mcac.ca.
  • Member survey—We are updating our information regarding MCA Canada’s membership (contractors only). We use this information when communicating with industry, media and governments, and we will keep all the data we receive in strict confidence. To help us obtain an accurate estimate, please complete this short survey.

  • AON Reed Stenhouse—As a premier Membership Advantage Program partner, AON Reed Stenhouse is the leader in Canada’s construction insurance business. It’s true that they are the world’s largest insurance broker, but don’t let that fool you. Their more than 59,000 colleagues are local people, from your city who will be there to take care of your needs. Save money on premiums, expand your coverage and work with someone in your neighborhood. Find out more at www.mcac.ca.
This month's program brought to you by Victaulic—Since 1919, Victaulic has been the world's leading producer of grooved mechanical couplings and pipe-joining systems. Over the years, Victaulic has continued to develop innovative solutions focused on ensuring efficiency, reliability and safety. To find out more, visit www.victaulic.com.
 
Member Update
MCA Canada’s Board of Directors has agreed to provide funding to the Canadian Red Cross in support of those displaced and suffering as a result of the wildfires in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta.

We would encourage any and all of our MCA offices, contractor members and associate members to join us in donating (either corporately or individually) to the Alberta Fires Emergency Appeal. Please keep MCA Canada apprised of any support you provide.

Let’s work together to support everyone who needs us during this extremely difficult time.
 
UA Canada is donating $500,000 to the Fort McMurray Relief Fund to support the thousands of Alberta residents facing loss and devastation from rampant wildfires spreading across the province. The fund was established by UA Local 488 in Edmonton, Alberta. All donations received will be forwarded to the Canadian Red Cross in Alberta.

 
The Mechanical Contractors Association of Kitchener-Waterloo’s President, Terry Walker is pleased to announce the members of the association’s 2016–2017 Board of Directors.
 
President, Terry Walker, Roberts Onsite; Vice-president, Mike Hobson, Nelco Mechanical Ltd.; Secretary-Treasurer, Mark DePass, Trade-Mark Industrial Inc.; Directors, Tim Austin, Aecon Industrial; Mike Forristal, Conestogo Mechanical Inc.; Steve Lane, Dean-Lane Contractors Inc.; Terry McCaskie, Energy Controls & Mechanical Services Inc.
 
Please take a few moments to complete a short survey about your company’s use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology. We’d like to hear about any obstacles you face, and any needs you have with regard to deployment and use. CanBIM and the Trades Committee, in which MCA Canada participates, will use the results to align future efforts and tasks to satisfying these specific needs.
 
If you want to keep up with the latest industry news and goings-on at MCA Canada, please join us on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. 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
Alberta Infrastructure has made four key changes to its contracts to address concerns over prompt payment in the province's construction industry.

 
The Canadian Design Build Institute’s Risk Management Committee has published a new bulletin titled Avoiding Pay When Paid Pain. To deal with the uncertainties caused by cash flow issues, some parties have begun to insert "pay when paid" clauses into their contracts. Essentially, if the payor on a contract gets paid by its client (i.e. someone further up the contract pyramid), the payor will then, and only then, pay money owed to its payee. These clauses are not new, and given current economic uncertainties, these clauses have enjoyed a resurgence.

 
Canada’s Ministry of Natural Resources, James Gordon Carr, announced proposed updates to the Energy Efficiency Regulations for 20 HVAC, refrigeration and lighting products on April 30.

 
In 2015 the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) embarked on a series of "Quality of Documents" workshops across Canada to explore and discuss the issue of poor quality documentation, its potential causes, and, perhaps most importantly, potential solutions to address the issue. CCA is pleased to publish a summary report of both the workshops and the surveys conducted.

Its Standard Practices Committee is seeking feedback on the report, as well as solutions that could be considered to address the issue. Please send any comments to cca@cca-acc.com.
 
Despite contracting by 1.7 percent in 2015, the construction industry in Canada is forecast to improve over the next five years—to reach US$321 billion by 2020—according to a report by Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Centre.

 
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Education and Training
Service, when managed properly, can help specialty contractors drive consistent revenue and profits. Learn how to avoid the most common causes of service inefficiency for specialty contractors and how the right mix of people, processes and technology can effectively position your service business for rapid growth and increased profits.

Learn more about this free, members-only webinar on May 18 from 11 to noon EST, and register here.
 
The Construction Education Council’s Computerized Mechanical Estimating course provides participants with an opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to estimate mechanical project costs using Trimble Accubid estimating and graphical takeoff solutions. Participants will learn to apply proven principles and methodologies of mechanical (piping) estimating in an instructor-led, hands-on approach. The topics covered focus on key tasks of proven estimating method such as; creating and applying estimate breakdowns, takeoffs of common systems and items, such as fixtures, equipment, drainage waste and vent, pressure and process piping. Participants will use Accubid Enterprise Estimating and LiveCount software tools during the course.

By the end of the course, participants will submit a bid along with their peers. The course is delivered over four consecutive days and blends face-to-face instruction with internet based instruction.

Registration is now open for the September 13 to 16 course in Vaughan, Ontario. But act now. Class size is capped at just eight. Download the registration brochure.
 
Innovation and Technology
Sheikh Mohammed described the 3D agenda, launched only this month, as an "integrated and comprehensive strategy to exploit 3D technology to serve humanity." Within the construction portion of the plan, lighting manufacturing, humanitarian buildings, retail space, art galleries and homes will all be 3D printed. Officials said 3D printing takes 10% of the time that standard construction methods take.

 
Two researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have developed a tool that will help the province's utilities in small and medium-sized communities prioritize water system construction and rehabilitation projects.

 
By The Numbers
The total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities was down 7 percent to $6.9 billion in March, marking the second decline in three months. The value of permits for commercial buildings was down 27.7 percent to $1.5 billion in March, partially offsetting the 56.6-percent increase in February. In the institutional component, the value of permits was down 12.2 percent to $591 million in March, after posting an increase of 17.5 percent the previous month. The value of industrial building permits was down 17.1 percent to $395 million in March, a second consecutive monthly decline. Construction intentions for multi-family dwellings rose 12.1 percent to $2.0 billion.

 
Events
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
 
The 2016 Modular and Offsite Construction (MOC) Summit is taking place this fall in Edmonton, Alberta. Registration is now open! Visit the MOC Summit website for more information about this conference and to take advantage of early-bird registration. This year's event will be held on the beautiful University of Alberta campus in the heart of Edmonton's river valley, from September 29 to October 1.

 
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Membership Advantage Program
As part of MCA Canada’s national partnership with Chrysler Canada, members can save even more with the Commercial Association Spring Bonus Program. Each new Ram vehicle delivered in May will be eligible for further discounts up to $1,000.
 
For more information, login to the members section of www.mcac.ca.
 
Important Dates
 
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
How much do you actually know about MCA Canada's charity of choice? Operation Eyesight's SightLines newsletter contains interesting information about projects abroad and the great work being done by Canadians to support an important cause.

 
 

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