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June 14, 2016 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Associates Corner
Innovation and Technology
By The Numbers
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
Member Update
If you've been on the fence about whether to register for the Construction Education Council golf tournament, may we suggest you act soon? The tournament is now just a little more than a month away – and spaces are filling up fast!
The annual fundraiser is an important initiative for the CEC, and a great way to hit the links and have fun. Mark July 13 on your calendars and join us at the Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario! 

Player and sponsor registration are now online. Register today!

For further information, contact Tania Johnston at 613-232-5169 or tania@mcac.ca
If you are self-employed or the spouse or common-law partner of someone who is, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) reminds you that the deadline to file your 2015 income tax and benefit return is midnight on June 15. Any balance owing must have been paid by April 30, 2016. However, as this date was a Saturday, the CRA will consider your payment to have been made on time if the CRA received your submission or it was postmarked by midnight on May 2, 2016. A late-filing penalty on amounts owing may apply to returns received after the June 15 deadline.

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Industry News
When the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) launched the Strengthening the Red Seal initiative, one of its top priorities was to achieve an improved Red Seal occupational standard. After all, quality standards are the backbone of the Red Seal Program. They provide all partners with industry’s guideposts for describing the trade, for designing useful and consistent apprenticeship training tools and for developing fair and consistent tools for assessment.

The federal government is transferring billions in gas tax funds to cities with little idea of what happens to the money, according to a new report from the environment commissioner.

Commissioner John Pecman has announced that the bureau is taking aim to combat a possible escalation of bid-rigging in the construction sector as the federal government boosts infrastructure spending.

Have a look at the national association’s latest newsletter.

Read the Canadian Design-Build Institute's latest newsletter.

Hiring a young person can be an enriching and performance-boosting act. Young workers under the age of 25 account for around 8 percent of the construction workforce. Youth are enthusiastic and eager to learn and contribute to the team. They can be a true asset to a business.

The construction industry is the largest consumer of raw materials globally, yet less than one-third of construction and demolition waste is recycled or reused, says a new report by the World Economic Forum. Using closed-loop circular design principles—reusing discarded asphalt products as road-building materials and waste lumber as wooden flooring material, for example—is one of the approaches that could, and should, shape the sector’s future.

Energy inefficient and substandard construction in developing countries will lock the world into high greenhouse gas emissions for decades, warns Fatih Birol.

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.
The Construction Education Council and MCA Manitoba would like to invite you to the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, from October 19 to 21 to partake in three days of intense training by some of North America’s most talented and well versed instructors. At our Building Tomorrow’s Construction Leaders Today conference, you will have the opportunity to learn a little more about yourself as a leader, manager and supervisor—all of which are key components for building strong relationships and effective leadership.

Attendees will also explore how to embrace conflict and see it as a valuable resource, as well as other topics such as working with a multi-generational workforce, ethics in construction, time management, trends in construction contracts, construction contract interpretation, future trends in construction technology, learning how to draw presence to yourself, and understanding liens on government-owned lands.

Registration is now open. Register by September 16 for early bird rates.
Associates Corner
Edward H Pope Ltd. has been providing the highest quality industrial tools and supplies to the Canadian industry since 1951. They offer hand tools, material handling products, loc-line, marking products, machine shop materials, fans, electrical and a large assortment of additional items. They have a network of distributors from coast to coast and well established connections in a wide range of markets.
For more information visit www.ehpope.com, call 888.879.7673 or email ehpinfo@ehpope.com.
Innovation and Technology
Cyber criminals who hack the back end of a construction business network can often access the company's payment system with disastrous consequences.

The construction industry is one of the leading users of unmanned aerial vehicles, but the full potential of drones is nowhere near exploited.

By The Numbers
Confidence is back. Surprised? Don’t be. It came back three years ago. What should shock, though, is that despite this, activity is anemic, and has been for long enough to call into question those confidence scores.

The report says resource-dependent economies such as Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador will see real GDP shrink next year.

The Fort McMurray wildfire and capital spending cuts will inhibit Canadian growth, but the U.S. and other advanced economies will help to fuel expansion.

The value of building permits issued by municipalities edged down 0.3 percent to $6.9 billion in April. The value of residential permits declined 1.8 percent to $4.3 billion. In the non-residential sector, the value of building permits was up 2.5 percent to $2.5 billion, following a 21.4 percent drop the previous month.

The value of institutional building permits was up 15.4 percent to $695 million, after posting a 10.5 percent decline the previous month. In the commercial component, the value of permits was up 2.5 percent to $1.5 billion, following a 26.9 percent decline in March. The value of industrial building permits fell for a third consecutive month, down 16.5 percent to $346 million, the lowest level since October 2013.

This year’s edition of the Canadian Design-Build Institute’s annual conference runs from October 12 to 14 in Winnipeg. Early bird pricing is available before September 12.

Important Dates
  • 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 13–16: CEC Computerized Mechanical Estimating Course, Vaughan, Ontario
  • September 26–29: CCA Meetings, Fort McMurray, Alberta
  • October 5–6: CanBIM regional session, Toronto, Ontario
  • October 13–14: Canadian Design Build Institute Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • October 19–21: CEC Education Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • November 14–17: MCAC 75th Annual National Conference, Orlando, Florida
  • November 30–December 2: Construct Canada, Toronto, Ontario 
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
As you know, Operation Eyesight and MCA Canada have partnered together to help eradicate blindness caused by trachoma, a completely curable disease. Since 1963, Operation Eyesight has prevented more than 35 million people from facing the tragedy of needless blindness. The most heart-wrenching fact about trachoma is that it can be eradicated with accessible clean water and basic sanitation, something near and dear to our heart. To donate to this worthwhile cause, call 613-232-0492 or email mcac@mcac.ca.


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