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July 5, 2016 In This Issue
Multimedia Information Program
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.
Multimedia Information Program
The MCAC Member Multimedia Information Program delivers timely and valuable information to our entire membership 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 month's program is brought to you thanks to the generosity of our featured associate member, Wolseley Canada.
Here’s what’s in July's Multimedia Information Program kit:
  • Summer National Bulletin – The summer edition of MCA Canada’s National Bulletin includes updates on important association and industry programs, services, projects and events. Save the dates for upcoming Construction Education Council programs and see what’s coming up next for the Mechanical Service Contractor Division.

  • Membership Advantage Program – Commercial Credit Adjusters Ltd. is the preferred supplier of debt collection and receivable management solutions to MCA Canada members. Commercial Credit Adjusters is one of Canada’s most respected suppliers of debt collection services, and is licensed and bonded in all provinces and territories in Canada. MCA Canada members receive preferred pricing on Commercial Credit Adjusters' full suite of receivable management tools.
This month's program brought to you by Wolseley Canada – Wolseley Canada is the country’s leading national distributor of plumbing, hydronic, HVAC/R and PVF products and solutions to professional contractors, retailers and industrial users. With a network of over 220 branches coast-to-coast, and a national team of sales and service specialists, the Wolseley team is known for their knowledge and expertise that customers have come to rely on for their ever-changing needs. Visit www.wolseleyinc.ca to learn more.
Member Update
The next time you read this article, it may be too late to register for the Construction Education Council golf tournament. Play tees off on the morning of July 13. That's next week!
Join us at the Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario for this one-of-a-kind tournament. Your entry fee goes to support the CEC and help it deliver world-class programming. It's also a great way to get out onto the links and hit a few balls with your colleagues.

For further information, contact Tania Johnston at 613-232-5169 or tania@mcac.ca
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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As you likely know, MCA Canada is a proud sponsor of the annual Skills Canada National Competition. This year's event was held in Moncton, New Brunswick and attracted hundreds of competitors in more than 40 disciplines.

Skills Canada sent a letter of thanks to MCA Canada, acknowledging our contribution to this important event.

Industry News
Carlos Leitão, minister of finance for Quebec, announced last month that his government would implement recommendation 15 of the Charbonneau Commission report, which calls for prompt payment to be enacted on construction projects, by spring 2017.

The original draft of the news release issued by the Coalition contre les retards de paiement dans la construction and announcing the change appears here in French. MCA Canada has obtained a version of the document that was translated into English using Google Translate.
Canadians are demanding safer, healthier and more accessible construction where they live, work and play. To address these demands, some 600 changes were introduced in the National Model Construction Codes, now known as Codes Canada. The 2015 editions of the Codes respond to the changing needs of Canadians and to new technologies, materials, and research.

The CCA Civil Infrastructure Council has published a new brochure that can be used to discuss standardization of construction specifications and contract language with municipal officials.

Powering ahead of both the U.S. and Mexico in renewable generation, Canada could benefit from exporting more electricity south.

Supporting clean technology will improve the environmental performance of Canada’s oil and gas sector and will help address climate change while Canada transitions to a low-carbon economy over time.

Naming rights for professional sports venues are a big deal, so much so many of the businesses that own naming rights become synonymous with the team. As far as we can determine, though, no construction job site has ever been sponsored by a company in exchange for naming rights...until now.

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, considering ethics in construction, using effective time management, identifying trends in construction contracts, interpreting construction contracts, spotting 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.
Innovation and Technology
Experts says engineers and architects are reworking how they build as an increasing number of severe weather events take their toll.

It’s no secret that Canada’s construction industry has been taking a beating for lagging in innovation. Major global studies have flagged the country as an innovation laggard, and the construction sector has been further singled out as underperforming even those weak national statistics.

By The Numbers
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 April. In the non-residential sector, the value of building permits was up 2.5 percent to $2.5 billion in April, following a 21.4 percent drop the previous month.

The value of institutional building permits was up 15.4 percent to $695 million in April, 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 in April, 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 in April, the lowest level since October 2013.

Parker Canada Division
Important Dates
  • 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
Here’s a great opportunity to make your donations to Operation Eyesight work twice as hard.

MCA Newfoundland & Labrador is planning to participate in this year’s Tely 10 Mile Road Race on July 24. This is an event that attracts more than 4,500 runners from across the Atlantic provinces. The association has set a target of raising $20,000 and will donate the money it raises to MCA Canada’s charity of choice, Operation Eyesight.

In addition, if MCANL raises more than $20,000, an unnamed national partner has agreed to match its total donation. That’s at least $40,000 raised for Operation Eyesight!

Here’s how you can help: if your provincial or local MCA is planning an Operation Eyesight fundraiser this summer, please consider getting involved with MCANL. Every dollar you and your members raise could be worth two.

For more information, contact MCANL directly and check out their fundraising page.


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