January 2020
ASSOCIATION NEWS
UCP Government initiates Prompt Payment and Adjudication Review 

Last month Service Alberta Minister, Nate Glubish announced that his department will be conducting a broad industry review of the need for prompt payment and adjudication processes. They will be hosting four by invitation only sessions, 2 in Edmonton and 2 in Calgary, followed by a stakeholder engagement survey and possibly a few one on one consultations. Both MCA Alberta and the Alberta Trade Contractors Coalition will be attending the sessions in Calgary and Edmonton. Based on the Stakeholder information package received it would appear this government has a good handle on the issues and is serious about resolving construction industry payment issues.

We will keep you posted as things progress. 
Thank you for being an MCA member

Thank for choosing to support your industry association. The MCA board of directors and the MCA staff know it’s a choice and we also know that your support must be continuously earned. We trust you received your membership renewal package in the mail already.
Two things to note, we have added a quarterly, EFT payment option, please contact the office if this method of payment better suits your business. Plus, if you provide a referral that becomes a new MCA member you will receive $100 credit toward your next MCA program or event. 
Call the office if you have not received your membership book and would like one of us to come out to visit you.
SAVE THE DATE
February 20: Member Meeting Edmonton. Register now
February 25: Member Meeting Calgary. More information here
May 20, 2020: Lobsterfest. More information here
June 4-7, 2020 MCA Conference Jasper Park Lodge. More information to follow
New Members

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Hilti Edmonton

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Edmonton, AB T5S 2W2
780-709-9455
EDUCATION & TRAINING

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Ja n 22: Negotiation Strategies & Conflict Resolution seminar in Calgary. Register here
Jan 29: Direct Fired Heating (MTRAC controller) Product Specific in Calgary .
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Feb 5: Project Accounting & Cost Control course in Calgary . Register here
Feb 11: Risk Management seminar in Calgary. Register here
Feb 12: Performance Management & Progressive Discipline seminar in Edmonton . Register here
Feb 20: Project Accounting & Cost Control course in Edmonton. Register here
Feb 21 Negotiation & Conflict Management course in Edmonton. Register here
Feb 26: Indirect Fired Heating (DJM Controller) Product Specific in Calgary.
Register here
Feb 27: Water treatment (closed loop boilers) Product specific training in Edmonton. Register here
Mar 5: Field Scheduling course in Calgary. Register here
Mar 10: Plumbing & Gas Code Seminar Series #1 Mechanical Room . Register here
Mar 11: Intro to Blueprint Reading Course in Calgary . Register here
Mar 18: Quality Management course in Calgary. Register here
Mar 24: Consistent Sales Success seminar in Calgary. Register here
Mar 25: Change Order Management course in Calgary. Register here
March: Quality Management course in Edmonton. More info to follow
April 8: Becoming a Trusted Advisor course in Calgary. Register here
April 8: Boiler Maintenance & Cleaning Product Specific in Calgary. Register now
April 20 & 21: Construction Estimating course in Edmonton. Register now
April 27 & 28 Construction Estimating course in Calgary. Register now
April 22: Orientation & On boarding seminar in Edmonton. Register now
April 29: Packaged Cooling with Heating (CTRAC and DMJ Controllers) Product specific in Calgary. Register here

Please visit our events  calendar   for a full listing of education courses happening in 2020.
INDUSTRY NEWS
Alberta Infrastructure Collaborates with Industry to Develop Vendor Performance Management Program

A new Vendor Performance Management program (VPM) has been announced by Alberta Infrastructure which aims to ensure contractors and consultants do their best work on infrastructure projects for the Government of Alberta.

See the attached news article for information on this new program that is being implemented on January 6, 2020 There will be information sessions offered and will be available on the ACA website a couple days before each webinar date: www.albertaconstruction.net

Please make note of the following webinar dates.
  • Monday, January 27  2:00pm – 3:30pm

The following STANDATA were issued under the National Building Code–2019 Alberta edition.

STANDATA, which include province-wide variances and interpretations, are specific to the version of the Code that they were issued under. Once a new Code comes into effect, all existing STANDATA are deemed to be obsolete and cannot be used for new construction. They are, however, still valid for evaluating code compliance of existing structures by fire services, insurance companies and by building inspectors in consideration of renovations and retrofits.
See here for more details.
Rate reductions, eliminations and freezes in 2020
The City has reduced all business licence fees by 10 per cent for 2020. We’ve also eliminated the fees for relocating a business, printing a business licence and for adding new categories to an existing licensed business.
SAFETY
News Release: Streamlined rules for workplace committees

New rules will reduce administrative burdens for job creators, uphold workers' rights to participate in workplace health and safety and support a consistent health and safety culture across organizations.
Rather than being required at each work site, committees and representatives will be required for each employer regardless of how many sites the employer operates. For example, a school division will require only one committee rather than having a committee at each school in the division.
'We have heard that the current rules around health and safety committees are not working. The new rules for health and safety committees will support healthy and safe workplaces while reducing administrative burdens. Employers are still responsible for ensuring healthy and safe work sites and the new rules provide the flexibility to meet the unique needs of each workplace.'
Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigration

Read full article here
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HEALTH & BENEFITS
Critical illness Insurance
If you have insurance with MCA or not, you are eligible to apply for the attached $25,000 critical Illness insurance for you and your family. The attached provides the appropriate online links for applications. Offer expires February 29, 2020 with no medical questions.  
Please call Vicky at 1-800-251-0620 if you have any further questions.
See attached PDF
Hour Bank Group Insurance – MCA Employee Benefit Plan
MCA Alberta is pleased to offer hour bank group insurance to our members through our MCA Employee Benefit Plan.

C overage includes: Life insurance, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, health care (including eye exam, prescription drug and paramedical services coverage), travel insurance and dental care.

For more information or a free, no obligation proposal for a plan that will best suit your company, please contact Vicky at 403-250-7237 or Vicky@mca-ab.com
Member and Family Assistance Program
Bring info home today!
Did you know that if you are covered by MCA insurance you have access to Member and Family Assistance Program (MFAP)? With this program you have advice, counselling, and coaching 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone, internet or in person. All calls are confidential and private. These services apply to your whole family- spouses and youth!
Please read more here and print off for your break rooms.
Homewood Health TM EFAP is pleased to release the January 2020 edition of our Life Lines newsletter, “Avoiding substitute addictions”.


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FEATURED DISCOUNT PROGRAM
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HR CORNER
Did you know that we offer HR seminars every couple of months in Edmonton? Register yourself or a team member for the following: