Canadian Contractor

Plumbers, mechanical contractors make their case in Ottawa

Legislation to mandate "prompt payment" on federal contracts has reached second reading in the Senate.


May 18, 2016
By Steve Payne
A press release from the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada, below, details their recent annual meeting with politicians and bureaucrats in Ottawa. Prompt payment legislation and codes/regulations were on this year’s agenda.
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCA Canada) jointly held another highly successful Parliamentary Day of Awareness on May 9-10, 2016 in Ottawa. Key executives of both associations met with numerous senior officials and Parliamentarians to enhance the profile of the industry in government circles and discuss two key items of mutual concern, specifically Prompt Payment Provisions in Federal Contracts, and Uniform and Harmonized Model Codes and Regulations for Energy Efficiency in Canada.

Left to right (both front & back rows): Kevin Ernst (OS&B), Bill Palamar (Weil McLain Canada), Peter Dunlap (Plan Group Inc.), Eric Truskoski (Bradford White), Del Pawliuk (RF Contracting), Paul McDonald (Bradford White), Siân Smith (Noble Corp), Senator Donald Plett, Gaetan Beaulieu (Beaulieu Plumbing & Mechanical), Richard McKeagan (MCA Canada), Dave Holek (Lekter Industrial Services), Mary Gauthier (MCA Ottawa), Dave Hammond (A.O. Smith Enterprises), Ralph Suppa (CIPH).

Parliamentarians and other key officials that were met with included:
  • Patricia Fuller, Director General and team, Natural Resources Canada
  • Robert Carberry, Treasury Board Secretariat and team, Regulatory Cooperation Council
  • Phillip Rizcallah, Director, Canadian Codes Center and Doug Crawford, Chairman of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, National Research Council
  • Marco Mendicino, MP Eglinton-Lawrence
  • Marwan Tabbara, MP Kitchener South-Hespeler
  • Kelly McCauley, MP Edmonton West
  • Omar Alghabra, MP Mississauga Centre
  • John Brassard, MP Barrie-Innisfil
  • The Hon. Judy Foote, PC, MP Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Irene Mathyssen, MP London-Fanshawe
  • Kelly Block, MP Carlton Trail-Eagle Creek
  • Erin Weir, MP Regina-Lewvan
  • Ken Hardie, MP Fleetwood-Port Kells
  • Yasmin Ratansi, MP Don Valley East
  • Matt Jeneroux, MP Edmonton Riverbend
  • Dan Ruimy, MP Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge
  • Bob Bratina, MP Hamilton East-Stoney Creek
  • Shaun Chen, MP Scarborough North
  • Katie Locke, Manager, Stakeholder Relations and Senior Advisor; Stephanie Delorme, Stakeholder Relations Advisor; Virginie Bonneau, Policy Advisor; Kaisha Bruetsch, Tour and Events Advisor, Office of the Hon. Rona Ambrose
  • The Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, PC, MP Edmonton Mill Woods, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Mike Burton Director of Parliamentary Affairs
  • Bev Shipley, MP Lambton-Kent-Middlesex
  • The Hon. Ed Fast, MP Abbotsford
  • Alexandra Mendes, MP Brossard-Saint-Lambert
  • Daniel Blaikie, MP Elmwood-Transcona
  • Jennifer O’Connell, MP  Pickering-Uxbridge
  • The Hon. Lisa Raitt, MP Milton
  • Jamie Schmale, MP Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock
  • Geng Tan, MP Don Valley North
By engaging with so many influential officials and elected representatives, CIPH and MCA Canada were able to drive home our positions on Prompt Payment Provisions and Uniform and Harmonized Model Codes and Regulations as well as further reinforce the status of both associations as the “go-to voice” for regulators, government officials and other key influencers who deal with issues affecting our industry.
Bill S-224, the Canada Prompt Payment Act, reached second reading in the Senate on April 19th.
“This initiative is a powerful demonstration of the strength of CIPH in representing the Voice of the Industry in front of those making important regulatory decisions that impact all of us.  This year’s event resulted in new contacts, fresh, innovative ideas and tangible progress on several priority issues for CIPH and MCA Canada.  An outstanding ‘Day on the Hill’!” – CIPH Chairman, Siân Smith (Noble Corporation).
The CIPH/MCA Canada Parliamentary Day of Awareness is a joint event held annually on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.


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