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UPDATES from Manitoba A ccording to the Winnipeg Free Press (September 12, 2012), The Royal Bank of Canada is forecasting a 3.2 per cent increase in 2013. Manitoba was the only province to receive the upgrade, which is noteworthy because the bank said the environment in which provincial economies operate has become more challenging. This optimistic forecast is due in part to a very successful year in Manitoba’s agriculture sector. Construction in Manitoba continues to be aggressive. Hotel construction is booming with at least nine new hotels under construction or in the works. Winnipeg’s Convention Centre is headed for a major upgrade, $180 million worth. The successful bidder must also build a new upscale hotel that can be connected to the convention centre, has at least 250 to 300 rooms, and is part of an internationally recognized chain. In the first ten months of 2012, the value of Manitoba building permits increased 29.0%, the highest growth among provinces and above the national increase of 12.1%. Manitoba residential permits increased (18.3%) and non-residential permits increased (49.1%). Non-residential building permits were supported by institutional permits (60.9%), commercial permits (45.4%), and industrial (45.0%). Total permits in Winnipeg increased 43.8% while outside of Winnipeg they increased 8.5%. 2012 represents the third year of record permit values in the province, eclipsing the $2 billion mark for the first time with a month of calculations still to be tabulated. MCA Manitoba’s members are busy – contractors and associate members alike. Several ad-hoc committees are meeting regularly to ensure the standards of the mechanical trades are not compromised. One working group has been meeting with the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC), which is now responsible for Technical Safety and Inspections in Manitoba. David Schafer, Manitoba’s Fire Commissioner, is listening to what the construction industry is saying. MCA Manitoba and the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Propane Association met regularly in 2012 with members of the OFC and the Manitoba Department of Labour to discuss issues such as: 1. Creating consistent code/regulatory interpretation and inspection standards 2. Improving timelines of regularly scheduled inspections 3. Creating a central booking dispatch system and potential coordination with Manitoba Hydro gas inspector schedules 4. Improving timelines of inspections on start-ups 5. Communicating regulation changes through public/industry focused bulletins and/or other notifications 6. Examining cases for Special Acceptances regarding gas and electrical projects 7. Increasing the number of Provincial inspectors available to clients 8. Creating a mechanism for dispute resolution between clients and inspectors 9. Initiating service improvements/innovations such as adding pre-inspection services if fees for service increase in the future At our January meeting, each of these initiatives showed significant progress. The OFC has also asked for our input on its proposal to combine six acts affecting the mechanical trade and five other trades into one single act, with trade specific legislation dealing with compliance specifics. MCA Manitoba would approve such a move, provided that the Act appropriately governs the mechanical industry and as long as regulations can be implemented appropriately with respect to each technology area. The single act structure has already been successfully implemented in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. And dialogue continues with Apprenticeship Manitoba, which has asked for our input with its 2013 strategic plan and for feedback on an initiative to standardize the wage rate language for apprentices in Manitoba. We are most happy to oblige. MCA Manitoba is in discussion with BOMA Manitoba and the Winnipeg Construction Association regarding collaborating on a trade show, “Build Manitoba.” The event is planned for September 2013 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Meetings on Prompt Payment continued in 2012. The most popular idea is to amend the Builder’s Liens Act of Manitoba. Two areas being considered are The Right to Information (should be mandatory and automatic) and Extending the Lien Period. The aim is for risks to be mitigated and shared among all parties. The next step is striking a small committee (with Mechanical, Electrical and Trade Contractors) and preparing a presentation for the Winnipeg Construction Association. We want consensus on this issue if at all possible. The MCA Canada National Conference will be held in Winnipeg this year, September 25–28, 2013. All of our members are excited for this event and we plan to make it a huge success. The MCA Manitoba Golf Tournament was again sold out. During the dinner afterwards, it was decided that the Tournament be named the Jamie McNabb Memorial MCAM Golf Tournament in honour of Jamie McNabb who passed away June 18, 2012 at the age of 49. ■ Mechanical Contractors Associations of Alberta, B.C., Manitoba & Saskatchewan 2013 MCA Manitoba Events on the Web Visit www.mca-mb.com/calendar.php 21 http://www.mca-mb.com/calendar.php http://www.naylornetwork.com/mab-nxt

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Western Journal 2013

MCA Canada
Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
Saskatchewan
Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
Saskatchewan
Inspiring Innovation with Current and Future Students
Balancing Industry Growth with Environmental Concerns
An Even Greener British Columbia
Saskatchewan Immigration and the Mechanical Contracting Industry
MSCC : Discover Your Service-Specific Association
Helping To Shape the Talent of Tomorrow
A Living Breathing Building: VIDOInterVac
Index to Advertisers

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