March 2018
The voice of the 
mechanical contractors 
industry in Alberta.
Association News
Expert review of prompt payment

The federal government has enlisted lawyers Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel, authors of the Striking the Balance: Expert Review of Ontario's Construction Lien Act, to conduct an expert review of prompt payment issues across Canada. This review has a very tight turn-around time with the final report scheduled to be tabled with parliament on May 1, 2018.

Reynolds and Vogel have confirmed they will be hosting a town hall expert review meeting in Calgary, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., on March 16, 2018.

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Top apprentice awards

Each year MCA sponsors the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board awards for top apprentices. 

These are the winners for 2017:
Neil Adam - Gasfitter A
Jeremy Miko - Gasfitter B
Jordan Leroux - Sprinkler systems installer
Brett DeForest - Steamfitter-pipefitter
James Ellertson - Plumber

We have invited each winner to join us in Kananaskis to receive their award at our AGM. You can congratulate them in person!
2018 golf schedule

Are you sick of the snow? Already looking forward to golfing? Add these dates to your calendar now.

Volunteer to promote the plumbing industry to our youth

MCA is looking for volunteers to help at the Skills Canada provincial and national competitions this year in Edmonton. The Skills Canada National Competition will be held at Edmonton EXPO Centre on June 4 and 5, 2018. The Provincial Skills Competition will be held on May 31 and June 1, also at the EXPO Centre.

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MCA group insurance captive presentation

MCAC is partnering with Aon to launch a group insurance captive for members. We invite you to join us to learn more about the benefits of the captive.

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Education and Training
February review

Thank you so much to Wilo Canada for hosting our product specific training on pumps in February. The technicians learned a lot and had the chance for hands on as well.

We also had 13 participants join us for our project management course for two days where they had the opportunity to discuss issues they face and the possible solutions. They gained gold seal credits in the process and felt that the instructor was knowledgeable and engaging. Thanks Mark!
Don't miss an event

Remember to view our calendar of events for all upcoming training and MCA events so you can plan ahead.

As a member of MCA Alberta, you have access to MCA Canada's courses as well. To see a list of all the e-learning courses click here.
How the Canada-Alberta Job Grant can work for you

Despite fluctuations in the economy, employers will always need a workforce that is well-educated, highly skilled and productive.  The Canada-Alberta Job Grant will help employers develop workers to suit their needs.

Click here to see how the Canada-Alberta Job Grant can work for you and how to get two thirds of your training dollars back. They also have a new grant that covers 100 per cent of training costs for eligible unemployed hires.  
The MCA would like to offer our services and assistance to help you achieve your Gold Standard designation by March 31

The MCA committee responsible for the development of the MCA Gold Standard Service Contractor designation met this week to review progress toward meeting its goal to have 15 MCA member companies achieve their Gold Standard Service Contractor designation by March 31, 2018. 

We are close! But to get there we need your company to complete its final steps toward achieving its Gold Standard designation. If there are obstacles standing in your way, we may be able to help. Please don't hesitate to ask for our assistance!

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Learning Opportunities
March 14: Product specific training - Saniflo preferred installer. Click here for all information and registration.
March 16: How to sell in 2018 seminar. Click here for all information and registration.
April 11: Workplace respect seminar in Edmonton. Click here for all information and registration.
April 16 &17: Construction law course. Click here for all information and registration.
April 18: Ethical best practices. Click here for all information and registration.
April 20: Workplace respect seminar in Calgary. Click here for all information and registration.
Save the Date
May 23: Lobsterfest. Information coming soon.
May 31-June 3: MCA 2018 Conference at Delta Kananaskis. Learn more.
June 4-5: Skills Canada National Competition. Learn more.
November 23: Celebrate the OldTimers in our industry. Learn more.
MCA New Members
Anvil International
Dave Rogne
Address: 3015 Cedar Ridge Drive SW
Phone: 403-703-2511
R. Braun Contracting Ltd.
Matthew Braun
Address: 1625 - 17A Street SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 3W8
Phone: 403-604-4390

Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP
Rajen Shah
Address: Suite 3100 - 111 - 5 Ave SW, Calgary, AB, T2P 5L3
Phone: 403-509-6604

Chemline Plastics Ltd.
Michael McClennan
Address: 55 Guardsman Road, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3A5
Phone: 604-417-3784
Industry News
LEEP Gas Mechanicals Technology Forum

This forum is for builders and renovators, designers and contractors, as well as, building officials. Don't miss this opportunity on March 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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World Plumbing Day

For one day, every year, we focus on how safe, clean water, and access to it, are the backbone of human health and prosperity. It is our industry that makes this essential, a reality! 

Look to see some amazing facts about our most important resource. Plus, please see the signed proclamation for World Plumbing Day from Mayor Nenshi.
Alberta Construction Trade Definitions

The 2018 Alberta Construction Trade Definitions are a complete list of inclusions and exclusions pertaining to scopes of work for the construction trades in Alberta.

The trade definitions are used during the tendering process, specifying which contractors are responsible for specific areas of work and help to coordinate job site activities. 

Download here.
BFI Constructors Ltd.

BFI Constructors Ltd. (BFI) is a multi-disciplined construction contractor supplying construction personnel to large industrial and heavy civil construction projects across Canada. BFI has a diversified portfolio in executing projects that include oil refineries, potash and hard-rock mines, power generating stations, pumping stations, electricity transmission lines, petrochemical plants, and oil sands facilities.

BFI's key strengths are extensive experience, a long track record of productive labour relations, proven negotiating skills, a high-quality workforce, an experienced management team and a superb safety track record over many years of operation.

For three decades BFI has had a significant presence in Western Canada, executing construction projects in the industrial sector. Our company's success has been rooted in our people, our greatest asset. BFI has contributed millions of man-hours to the unionized construction section and continues to explore new opportunities through our union partnerships.
Phone: 1.888.485.2704 | Fax: 1.780.485.2704 | Web: | Email:
HR News
Legalizing and strictly regulating cannabis

Learn about current cannabis laws, how the Government of Canada proposes to legalize and strictly regulate cannabis, and about the health and safety risks of cannabis use.

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Health and Benefits
Homewood Health newsletter

Homewood Health EFAP is pleased to release the March 2018 edition of their Life Lines newsletter, "Importance of Sleep." This newsletter provides information on how sleep can impact an individual's mental and physical health and identifies methods anyone can use to improve their daily sleep. 
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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.