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September 27, 2016 In This Issue
National Conference News and Information
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Associates Corner
Innovation and Technology
By The Numbers
Events
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
National Conference News and Information
November seems like a long way away, which means there's plenty of time to start planning for the MCA Canada Annual National Conference.

This year’s edition is the 75th annual National Conference, and it will take place between November 14 and 17 on the grounds of Walt Disney World in Florida at the amazing Disney Yacht Club Resort.

Plan to bring the whole family. In addition to our usual schedule of courses, meetings and speakers, there will be plenty to do for the whole family. Tour the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and several water parks. Shopping, restaurants and nightlife are all available right outside the door.

Check out mcac.ca for further details and for registration information, and watch this space for regular conference previews and teasers.

Be a sponsor!
MCA Canada’s conferences are recognized as world-class events in large part due to the generous contributions of our exceptional sponsors. If you would like to become a sponsor, check out this year’s sponsorship brochure, or contact Daryl Sharkey at 613-232-0492 or daryl@mcac.ca.
 
Member Update
It’s been a long time coming, but it appears as though Ontario’s review of the Construction Lien Act was worth the wait.
The provincial government released Bruce Reynolds’ and Sharon Vogel’s report, Striking the Balance: Expert Review of Ontario’s Construction Lien Act on September 26. The document is a comprehensive and detailed study of the act. Its findings and recommendations support, among other things, the need for a prompt payment regime in Ontario.

As a result, the provincial Ministry of the Attorney General has proposed to introduce legislation in spring 2017 that addresses three main provisions in the document:
  • modernizing the construction lien and holdback rules
  • introducing rules around prompt payment
  • creating a new process to speed up dispute resolution
"Ontario’s construction industry is a driving force of Ontario’s economy, and modernizing our construction laws will support the more than 400,000 people who work in the industry through a new prompt payment system," said Attorney General Yasir Naqvi. "Mr. Reynolds’ and Ms. Vogel’s report is a fair and thoughtful assessment of the complex challenges faced by today’s construction industry. I would like to thank them for their work, and I look forward to working with industry groups as we draft legislation that reflects their needs."

Early reaction to the news has been positive. Prompt Payment Ontario, a coalition of contractor associations, unions, suppliers, general contractors and other stakeholders, congratulated the government on the release of the report.

"Late payment is one of the biggest risks to trade contractors, their employees and suppliers," said a PPO release. "We are glad to see the report’s recommendation to legislate a prompt payment regime for the public and private sectors. Putting this legislation in place will ensure that we can build Ontario. Prompt payment is simply doing the right thing."

Precisely what shape Ontario’s prompt payment laws and lien act reforms will take is yet to be seen. The Attorney General’s office plans to launch a new series of consultations with industry and stakeholder groups this fall to gather input into any proposed legislation.

Stay tuned.
 
Big news for service contractors: BOMA Canada has agreed to promote the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada's National Certification Program to its members. As a result, building owners and managers across the country will have lists of pre-qualified companies they can draw from to perform work on their buildings.
 
Your job: Get certified. Undoubtedly there will be a big rush among MSCC members to be among the first to earn this important certification. The sooner your company earns its credentials, the greater the competitive advantage it will have over those that haven't.
 
To learn more about this MSCC-exclusive certification program, visit servicecontractor.ca, call 613-232-0492 or email dsharkey@servicecontractor.ca.
 
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 satisfy 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 insights on the latest industry trends, our newest educational programs and our upcoming events.
 
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Industry News
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is inviting small- and medium-business owners and accountants to share feedback during a series of Serving You Better face-to-face sessions with CRA senior officials in October.

Small and medium businesses can register for the following sessions:
Accountants can register for the following sessions:
Come share your views on the service improvements the CRA has made to date and on new initiatives to help meet the needs of small and medium businesses. 

We want as many participants as possible to come to these sessions; but, if you can't attend in person, or if you want to share your feedback right away, the CRA invites you to give us feedback online.

The CRA recognizes the important role the small and medium business community plays in developing and maintaining collaborative efforts to ensure that CRA programs and services are fairer, more helpful and easier to use. We look forward to hearing from you.
 
A new report suggests the establishment of an advisory agency is needed to inform the federal government about big decisions for large-scale infrastructure projects across Canada over the next decade.

 
Even with some 100 federal agencies doling out over $18 billion in federal contracts each year, the office received only 399 contacts in the 2015–2016 reporting year.

 
Sustainable Development Technology Canada invests in 14 new projects, increases funding for trio of others.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
Join us in Winnipeg on October 19–21 for the Construction Education Council's newest education program.
 
Delivered in conjunction with MCA Manitoba, the conference features three days of intense training by some of North America’s most talented and well-versed instructors. Participants will learn about themselves as leaders, managers and supervisors — 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.
 
 
Every year, the Construction Education Council and the University of Waterloo partner to offer the hugely popular, Gold- and Blue-Seal accredited Project Management Program.

This year’s session marks the 39th time the program has been offered, and to date nearly 1,000 people have taken the training. The program takes place over a 10-day period and is split into two five-day sessions. The first runs from November 24 to 28; and the second, between December 15 and 19.

Topics include project administration, scheduling, managing individual differences, safety, change orders, construction law, job cost controls, meetings and communication, dispute avoidance and claims, labour relations/due diligence and project completion.

Attendance is limited to just 24 people, and this event always sells out. Don’t delay. Register today.
 
Provincial and zone MCAs have booked the following courses for the fall season. Click through for further information. Registration cutoff is two weeks prior to the start date of the course.
 
Dispatcher Training

Developing Frontline Leadership

Supervisor Training
 
Associates Corner
The construction industry isn't taking full advantage of new technologies for workflow management and building performance monitoring, including advanced data and analytics, automation, robotics and mobility, according to consulting firm KPMG's annual report.

 
Innovation and Technology
Russia will require contractors on government-funded projects to use building information modeling starting in 2019.

 
By The Numbers
The think-tank says it expects the Canadian economy to grow by 1.2 percent this year, half a percentage point lower than its outlook in June.

 
Events
Join Peter Norman, chief economist at Altus Group, as he shares his views on current economic conditions in Canada and key trends likely to impact construction spending in 2017 and beyond.

 
Taco (Canada) Ltd.
Bibby-Ste-Croix
Parker Canada Division
Important Dates
 
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
In 2010, MCA Canada joined forces with Operation Eyesight to help eliminate trachoma, a completely preventable disease that leads to blindness.

Since 1963, Operation Eyesight has prevented more than 35 million people from facing this needless tragedy. Their work is focused in places where blindness can be deadly, especially to those who are very young, old or poor.

Trachoma is an eye infection transmitted by flies and exacerbated by cultural and environmental factors. The most heart-wrenching fact about trachoma is that it, and many skin and respiratory diseases, can be eradicated with accessible clean water and basic sanitation.

MCA Canada continues to appeal to our members and the industry for contributions to help eradicate this curable situation. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far in 2016. Your dollars are making meaningful changes in the lives of people in the developing world.

For more information, visit mcac.ca, call the MCA Canada office at 613-232-0492 or email daryl@mcac.ca for your copy of the Operation Eyesight pledge package.
 
 

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