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October 12, 2016 In This Issue
National Conference News and Information
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
By The Numbers
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
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Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
National Conference News and Information
This year’s edition of the MCA Canada Annual National Conference is the 75th, and it is scheduled for November 14 to 17 on the grounds of Walt Disney World in Florida at the amazing Disney Yacht Club Resort.

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 registration information.

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.
 
The Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada has booked its annual Service Contractor Forum for November 13, as part of the MCA Canada 75th Annual National Conference. Join your fellow service contractor members for an afternoon of education and open discussion about trends in our corner of the industry.

Again this year, the keynote speaker will be Kevin Dougherty. Kevin will lead three sessions on our forum theme, Accelerating Your Service Team.

For more information and to register, download our information kit, or check out the Events page on www.mcac.ca
 
Attention associates: Want to demonstrate your newest wares at this year’s MCA Canada Annual National Conference? Then check out the all-new format for the Associates’ Happy Hour and New Product Showcase.

This year’s showcase takes place on three days: November 14, 15 and 17. Each day’s event will last for approximately one hour prior to the day’s major MCA Canada event and will be complemented with an open bar to give members the chance to mix and mingle.

Check out the information kit for details, or visit the Events page on www.mcac.ca
 
Member Update
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 Canadian Construction Association held its most recent board meeting on September 27 and 28 in Fort McMurray, Alberta. There, members arrived at a series of decisions on a number of policy issues.
 
Chief among those was a new policy statement on payment:

"CCA advocates contractual payment and related terms that are fair, reflecting the industry consensus expressed in CCDC and CCA standard documents. Further, CCA advocates that project owners, prime contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, payment certifiers and other stakeholders in the payment chain comply with all statutory/legal requirements and honour commitments and contractual obligations on time, and in the spirit of the following general principles:

1. Contracting parties, both payers and payees, should be responsible for understanding all agreed contractual terms affecting obligations to make and entitlement to receive payment; and

2. Project owners should share with others in a project payment chain the dates on which they make payments to prime contractors to enable parties to comply with and benefit from contract payment provisions with confidence.

While CCA supports free competitive enterprise and individual freedom (CCA policy statement 1.1 http://cca-acc.com/en/about-cca/policy-statements), CCA does not object in principle to the use of effective regulation and legislation where there is broad industry consensus that this is necessary in specific circumstances in order to correct imbalances or preserve an efficient and productive economic and commercial environment for the benefit of the whole construction industry."
 
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.
 
Did you know you can make your tax installment payments online? It’s easy and secure.

Choose the electronic payment method that’s right for you:
 
Pre-authorized debit – Make a payment using My Business Account. You can pay installments directly from your bank account or set up a tax payment in advance. You choose the bank account, the amount, and the date or dates of the transaction. 

Online banking – Make a payment through your financial institution’s online banking. Start by adding the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or Revenue Canada as a payee, and look for the "tax installments" payment option. 

Debit card – Make a payment with your Visa Debit or Interac Online debit card through participating financial institutions  using the CRA’s My Payment service.

Third-party service providers – Make a payment through a third-party service provider who will send your business payment and remittance details online to the CRA for you. Third-party service providers may offer different payment options, including credit cards.

Carefully enter your business number as your account number to help the CRA apply your payment to the intended account. 

Pay online. It will save you time and money.
 
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Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
Looking for training, but can’t afford to let your employees off the construction site for days of seminars? CEC can help.

Through eLearning programs developed by BuildForce Canada, CEC offers the following online courses: National Construction Safety Awareness Training, Confined Spaces Safety Awareness Training, First Level Supervisor Training, Introduction to BIM, Communication, Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, Introduction to Construction Estimating, Construction Law, Construction Project Management and Construction Industry Ethics.

For further information, visit www.elearning.buildforce.ca or contact Tania Johnston at 613-232-5169 and tania@mcac.ca.
 
Join us in Winnipeg from 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
 
By The Numbers
Quebec and Ontario led the way on job creation in September, while B.C. faltered.

 
A new BMO analysis finds B.C.'s economy will expand by three percent this year, more than double the Canadian average of 1.2 percent.

 
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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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