Strengthening Industry and Government Partnerships – Government decisions affect our industry and the individuals within it therefore information must be provided to them in order to produce informed decisions. That is why MCA Canada and our industry partners present our points of view to the legislators and government officials on Parliament Hill each year.
Along with it’s individual efforts, MCA Canada engages in joint collaborations with the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & the Heating, the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance and the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada. The major topics for these awareness days include:
- Prompt Payment
- Bi-National Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) and Streamlined Standards
- Interpretation of existing rules that provides clarity in repairs and maintenance deductibility rules in the Income Tax Act to enhance and broaden investment in energy conservation by building owners.
Late payment from construction work, specifically to the trade contractors, is a very serious and ongoing issue in the construction industry. It has an adverse effect on all aspects of the industry and as a result, the economy. In no other industry is it an accepted business practice to withhold payment without cause. Most jurisdictions in the industrialized world have adopted Prompt Payment legislation/regulation.
Bi-National Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) and Streamlined Standards System Proposal
Canada and the United States each have well-developed, independent regulatory regimes and agencies for technical standards development, product certification, and codes implementation and enforcement. While the respective regulatory systems are very similar, unnecessary duplicative actions such as duplicative testing impact consumers, businesses and both economies with higher costs and less-efficient supply chains.
Broaden Repair and Maintenance Rules
The deductibility rules, or interpretations, that relate to the repairs and maintenance deductibility rules in the Income Tax Act have not been updated since 1985. Since that time there have been significant changes to energy efficient products in most building products and materials. MCAC proposes an interpretation of existing rules that provides certainty and clarity in the administration of the repairs and maintenance deductibility rules in the Income Tax Act to enhance and broaden investment in energy conservation by building owners.
2017 Day on the Hill
The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating once again held another highly successful Parliamentary Day of Awareness on April 10-11, 2017 in Ottawa sponsored by Senator Donald Plett.