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May 25, 2016 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
Events
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
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.
 
Each year, Federated Insurance sponsors a scholarship through the Construction Education Council. This scholarship is awarded to a member of an MCA student chapter or the son, daughter or legal ward of persons who are full-time salaried employees of a mechanical contracting firm. The scholarship was created to assist those in post-secondary education programs seeking to enter the mechanical contracting industry. 

The deadline for submittal is July 31.

Check out constructioneducation.ca for a complete list of eligibility requirements, and to download the application form. For more information, please contact CEC at 613-232-5169.
 
Dear members, we are updating our membership information (contractors only, please). We use this information only when communicating with industry, media and governments and it will remain confidential. To help us obtain an accurate estimate, we ask that you please complete this short survey.
 
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Industry News
The Canadian Construction Association recently released two new standard documents.
  • CCA 26 – 2016: A Guide to the Construction Management Project Delivery Method
    CCA 26 is a guide explaining what Construction Management is and the two fundamentally different forms of Construction Management contracts: "for Services" and "for Services and Construction". Download the one-page promo flyer.

  • CCA 53 – 2016: A Trade Contractor's Guide and Checklist to Construction Contracts
    A guide document outlining certain contractual provisions and other issues which can adversely affect the trade contractor’s rights and obligations. It includes a checklist for trade contractors. Download the one-page promo flyer.
You can order each from approved CCA document outlets.
 
The Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) has launched the following new documents: CCDC 2MA (Master Agreement between Owner and Contractor), CCDC 29 (Guide to Pre-Qualification) and CCDC 44 (Guide for the Use of CCDC 14 and CCDC 15).

The committee has also launched the following revised documents: CCDC 3 (Cost-Plus Contract), CCDC 11 (Contractor’s Qualification Statement), CCDC 21 (A Guide to Construction Insurance) and CCDC 24 (A Guide to Administrative Support Documents).
 
Order any of the new documents from CCDC document outlets.

Visit CCDC’s new website
The new design allows featuring CCDC documents and related information in a more user-friendly way. Visit ccdc.org.
 
Subscribe to CCDC’s updates
Be among the first ones to learn about new CCDC documents and events. Subscribe today!. 
 
CCDC will run seminars in 14 cities in May and June. The seminars are split into morning and afternoon sessions. The morning sessions will cover the new CCDC 2MA, CCDC 3, CCDC 24 and CCDC 29 documents; the afternoon focuses on CCDC 21.
 
During this seminar, CCDC members will explain to you the key philosophy behind these new documents and instructions on their correct use.
 
Visit the seminar website for more information, and a calendar of dates across the country. 
 
If you are an employer who provides your employees with a short-term disability plan and your plan meets certain requirements, you may be entitled to pay your Employment Insurance (EI) premiums at a rate that is lower than the standard employer rate of 1.4 times the employees’ EI premiums.

 
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is redesigning its external correspondence, including the PD7A, Statement of Account for Current Source Deductions for businesses. CRA has made changes to make the information easier to read and understand.

What does this mean for you as an employer?
Starting in May, the CRA will begin sending a new, simple and easy-to-read PD7A. The re-designed statement of account will have the most important information on the first page, set out in a clear and simple format. This makes it easier for you to understand your tax obligations.
  • The first page will display the most important information: remitter type, due dates, and year-to-date remittance account balance.

  • The remittance account transactions and arrears account transactions will be separated in table format on the second page followed by explanations as needed.

  • Additional CRA services you may be interested in are highlighted. This includes online services, direct deposit, My Business Account, and operator-assisted relay services to help persons with hearing or visual impairments.
 For more information regarding these changes, visit cra.gc.ca/mybusinessaccount.
 
The College of Carpenters and Allied Trades, located at Carpenters’ Local 27’s training centre in Vaughan, Ont., has set up a mentorship program that gives women entering the trade an opportunity to share their experiences in the male-dominated field with experienced female carpenters.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
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
It’s no secret that it’s much easier to create heat than to remove heat, which is probably why no one has created a "reverse microwave" yet. It’s also one reason why there is only a small amount of clothing and accessories built around cooling people off outdoors, especially those who work in the construction industry. Sure, you can install some fans around the job site, but they only help workers when it’s blowing directly at them. Now, a Japanese company is releasing their personal cooling jackets and hard hat fans to US customers and targeting the construction industry.

 
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
 
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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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