December 2017
 
The voice of the 
mechanical contractors 
industry in Alberta.
Association News
Coaching and mentoring

Are you or is someone in your company seeking a mentor? Or would you like to learn more about how you can coach and mentor others in your business or industry? MCA has a series of events happening that will allow for both those things. We want our members to have opportunities to build relationships within the mechanical contracting community and meet the individuals that will help build and support your career goals and aspirations.

Learn more.
Giving back to the community

The MCA 2017 charity of choice was the Calgary Food Bank. The Calgary Food Bank (CFB) is often the first-line of emergency food support for families and individuals in crisis. So far, this year the CFB has distributed 68,084 emergency hampers. 

Throughout 2017, at the golf tournaments and curling bonspiels MCA collected $3,319.00 from 50/50 draws, the coin toss and balloon popping games. This will be donated to the CFB before Christmas. If you would like to top-up this donation please contact the MCA.

A big thank you to everyone who participated in these events. If you would like to make an additional contribution to this worthy cause, please contact the MCA office this week and we can include your donation along with the MCA cheque. The Edmonton Food Bank will be our charity of choice for 2018.
2017 Old Timers event

Thank you to the great group of members who came out to celebrate the three new inductees to the "Old Timers Group" Darrel Hilman from SAIT, Darryl Reinhart from the City of Calgary, and Alan Jaskolski from Merit Mechanical. Celebrating those who gave so much to the industry over the years is so important.

We saw a lot of new faces attend this year as we opened the event up to spouses and employees to take advantage of the fun money casino and low rates to stay over at the Fairmont Palliser hotel.

We hope to see more members attend next year!
Education and Training
November review

Our Edmonton Young Executives hosted a mechanical tour of Rogers Place this past month. It was a sold-out event where we toured the front and the back of the house. A huge thank you to Jason, Director, Engineering and Ice Operations who shared so many interesting facts about the building and ice. The photo to the right is taken in front of the Oilers 30,000 square foot change room! We look forward to organizing a second tour date as we had so much interest.

Continue reading about the Calgary Young Executives information night and our "how to become a trusted advisor" course recap.
Learning Opportunities
December 15: Lean principles and continuous improvement seminar. Click here for all information and registration.
December 20: Product specific gastite certification. Click here for all information and registration.
January 18: Product specific wifi controls. Click here for all information and registration.
January 19: Conflict resolution seminar. Click here for all information and registration.
February 1 & 2: Construction project management course.  Click here for all information and registration.
February 7: Communications and email etiquette seminar. Click here for all information and registration.
February 21: Product specific pumps. Click here for all information and registration.
February 23: Communications 101 seminar. Click here for all information and registration.
Save the Date
December 13: Edmonton Young Executive annual bowling with mentors.
January 11-14: Annual curling bonspiel. Learn more.
January 17: Edmonton member meeting on an economic update and successfully adapting to unwanted change. Learn more
May 31-June 3: MCA 2018 Conference at Delta Kananaskis. Learn more.
Industry News
Prompt payment legislation gets a big nudge

On the morning of December 6, 2017 a first was achieved in Canada; the Ontario Legislature unanimously passed Bill 142: An Act to amend the Construction Lien Act. This is legislation which incorporates and implements a system of prompt payment and adjudication processes. Ontario is now the first Canadian jurisdiction to address long-standing trade contractor concerns around the practice of unjustified payment delays in construction contracts.

Learn more.
Legalization of cannabis
 
The legalization of cannabis will have many impacts. Cannabis will become a part of Alberta's economy, it will be regulated through federal and provincial laws as well as in some City bylaws. You may also see it being produced and sold in Alberta. 

All cities in Alberta need to prepare for legalization by hearing from the public. You can find the Alberta cannabis framework  here and provide your feedback through the links below:

Edmonton, please click 
here and  Calgary, please click  here .
Employment standards

Overview of changes to employment standards are now available in a webinar.   This information session provides a general overview of the upcoming changes to employment standards that become effective on January 1, 2018. 

Find a date that works for you   here  or watch a pre-recorded session   here.
Zero increase for 2018 fee rates

City Council has approved our recommendation to keep our fee rates the same for 2018. The 2016 fee rates used for 2017 will remain in effect for next year, while maintaining the services that are important to Calgarians. View the draft fee schedule here.
Environmental Safety
STANDATA updates

The following STANDATA are now available on the Municipal Affairs website. Follow the links below to view or print copies.
 
Interpretation:
Application of the Alberta Building Code for structural insulated panels.
Wind turbines.
Fire alarm and fire suppression system verification and testing certificates.
Hydronic heating systems (Joint building/plumbing).
Insulation for attached garages.
 
Variance:
Oil and gas processing facilities.
Natural gas regulating and metering station buildings.
 
To view all Building Code STANDATA click here.
 
Introduction of administrative penalties.
 
New information is available regarding the introduction of administrative penalties under the Safety Codes Act. To view this information on the Municipal Affairs website follow the links below:
 
Notice - Introduction of administrative penalties.
 
Further information related to administrative penalties.
Health and Benefits
Benefit renewal 2018

Effective January 1, 2018: We are pleased to advise your plan had minimal changes to keep your rates low. We have sent all of the information to your plan administrator on how this will affect you and your employees. Please ensure this is passed on to all your covered employees as action may be required.

MCA has a plan that is competitive, flexible and comprehensive. If your rates keep skyrocketing where you currently are now, contact Vicky for a no obligation quote today.

Call Vicky at (403)250-7237 or vicky@mca-ab.com.
Homewood Health newsletter

Homewood Health EFAP is pleased to release the December 2017 edition of their Life Lines newsletter, "10 Steps to Work-Life Balance." This newsletter provides information on the benefits of having balance in your life and the methods that can support your work-life balance efforts.
Discount program

GoodLife Fitness has clubs across Canada and has given MCA members a 15 per cent discount on a National All Access membership. For all information click here.

To find all of the special discounts and application forms please visit our website.
Important Links
MCA Alberta

MCA Canada

Construction Education Council

MSCC - Service contractors

MCA-AB - Contractor membership

MCA-AB - Associate membership (wholesale and suppliers)

MCA-AB - Affiliate membership (construction trade)

Provincial and zone MCA's

MCAC Canada coming events

MCA Canada's charity

Ontario Prompt Payment

National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada NTCCC
About the MCAA

Since the early 1900's, Alberta's plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, gasfitters and mechanical contractors have utilized the united voice, programs, information, service and social network of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Alberta (MCAA).

Today, the MCAA strives to create value for its members by identifying and mitigating  issues that affect the industry, the development and delivery of high-quality education programs, providing a competitive group health insurance benefit plan, facilitating member benefit programs and services, and providing opportunity for social and professional networking.