MCABC is the only association dedicated to British Columbia’s mechanical trades.
With a voting MCABC membership, contractor members automatically become members of MCA Canada – which respresents them at a national level – and have the option of joining the MSCC (Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada) at no extra cost.
MCABC members enjoy enhanced professional reputation through their affiliation with MCABC. Before any membership is granted, applicants are considered carefully and vetted by our elected Board of Directors, which represents the best of the mechanical industry. References are required and checked. Members must adhere to the highest industry standards and business practices and, as such, are considered leaders of the industry.
Members benefit from referrals through our office as well as from association colleagues who believe in supporting fellow members.
Advocacy and Dialogue with Industry Groups
MCABC executive, board members and committees advocate on behalf of our members and the mechanicals industry, both unionized and open-shop. We network with all levels of government and the construction industry on issues important to our membership such as prompt payment, apprenticeship training, and building code changes.
MCABC has an extensive network of construction industry associations with which we work closely. We partner with groups such as ECABC (Electrical Contractors Association of BC), SMACNA-BC (Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ Association), BCICA (BC Insulation Contractors Association), CIPH BC (Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating of BC) as well as many others on advocacy issues, education, and events so our members are represented and their voices are heard, and they are kept up to date on important issues.
With their MCABC membership, voting contractor members automatically become members of MCA Canada which represents members’ interests at a national level. Members receive the option of joining the MSCC (Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada) at no additional cost. All MCABC members receive representation by COCA (Council of Construction Associations), which acts on behalf of the construction industry in all WorkSafeBC matters.
In addition, MCABC works with other organizations — Industry Training Authority (ITA), BC Construction Industry Training Organization (CITO) and educational and vocational institutions — to ensure mechanical training standards.
Networking within the Mechanical Contracting Industry
As the only BC association dedicated to the mechanicals industry, MCABC is the best way to meet and network with mechanical contractors. Make new connections and stay connected with colleagues and friends through MCABC events that combine both business and pleasure, such as our annual conference, social events, chapter meetings, and lunch-and-learn sessions.
Enjoy deep discounts on MCABC networking events such as golf tournaments (for example save approximately $120 to $200 per foursome and $70 per person at our annual Texas Holdem Poker Tournament.
MCABC offers a catalogue of courses specific to the mechanical sector. Some courses were developed exclusively for MCABC and others are run in partnership with MCA Canada’s CEC (Construction Education Council) and other associations. Our classes are well regarded within the industry, taught by seasoned professionals, and most come with Gold Seal accreditation. We also offer ten online courses through BuildForce Canada that are also Gold-Seal accredited and can be completed at the learner’s convenience.
Members receive deep discounts on our courses. For example, save $575 on each staff member who takes Project Management and save $400 for each staff member who takes Estimating 101 or 201. New in 2019: register more than two people at the member price and save 12% on each additional registration.
A library of valuable documents – such as manuals and procedures – is available at preferential pricing or for free to MCABC members. This includes a COR-compliant MCABC Safety Manual Template, available only to our members.
Members are welcome to borrow our meeting space at 3989 Henning Drive, Burnaby, free of charge, subject to availability. This includes a boardroom, classroom space ideal for training, DLP projector, and training videos available to borrow from our library.
Job postings are listed for up to three months on the Careers section of the MCABC website at no charge for members.
MCABC Educational Award
BCIT’s Mechanical Contractors Association of BC Award is a $500 award presented annually to the graduate of BCIT’s Mechanical Systems program who has achieved the top overall grade in the final two terms of the program. For more information on this award, please contact BCIT Student Financial Aid and Awards at tel. 604-432-8555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Memberships for Students
MCABC now offers free memberships to students attending a mechanical-related education program, pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship program full time at an accredited institution (including high school). By joining MCABC, students will gain access to numerous resources that can help them in their studies and kick start their career in the mechanical trades. Student members are invited to all MCABC events at member pricing —invaluable opportunities to network with potential employers! Apply for membership here: https://www.mcabc.org/student-membership-application-form/.
Stay current with MCABC communications:
- MCABC.org – Our regularly updated website is a hub of information including a searchable membership directory with links to member websites. Also at MCABC.org, find articles pertinent to the industry, an event calendar, job postings (free for member companies) and résumés, as well as other industry resources.
- MCABC Plumbing and Mechanical – Glossy magazine published twice per year features member projects and member company profiles. We also contribute to the Western Journal, published annually by the four western provincial MCA chapters, and MCA Canada’s annual National Bulletin.
- The Informer – Digital newsletter delivered monthly right to your email inbox.
- eBlasts – Announcing courses, events and important news items delivered twice per week via email to members and subscribers.
- Stay social! Social media presence through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Members can gain publicity for no charge through submission of company news to MCABC Plumbing and Mechanical magazine and the Informer newsletter. These publications, as well as the website, also provide advertising opportunities to members at reduced rates. Find out more about these opportunities, metrics and rates.
Risky Clauses Program
Voting MCABC members can obtain access to a proprietary library of standard construction industry contracts that have been analyzed by a specialist lawyer. The clauses that pose risk to subcontractors are flagged and alternative clauses are suggested that could be used to make the contract less risky for the mechanical sub-trades. Non-Voting Affiliate Contractor members can purchase access to the program for an annual add-on fee of $500.
Membership Advantage Program
Save money! MCABC has partnered with numerous companies to bring you discounts and preferential pricing with its Membership Advantage Program. For example, PetroCanada SuperFleet Program saves 2.7 cents/litre. The average participating member saves more than $250 per year (some save over $800 annually, depending on volume). Also, discounts are available on fleets, travel (hotels, car rentals, airport parking), office supplies, work wear, welding and cutting products.
Captive Insurance Program
MCA Canada is partnering with Aon to launch a group insurance captive for MCA contractor members. The captive has the potential to reduce insurance premiums by capitalizing on the good risk profiles of mechanical contractors and also because it has lower overhead costs than traditional insurance companies. Captives can provide broader coverage than often available in the insurance market, and allow members to share any profit that would normally go to the insurance company.
All of MCABC’s networking events, including six annual golf tournaments, raise funds for a variety of worthy charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, Coast Mental Health, Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation, Victoria Hospice and Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. MCABC’s charitable donations in 2017 totaled more than $17,500.
Who can join MCABC?
Almost any licensed contractor in the mechanical trades can join, once their application has been approved by our board of directors. MCABC also offers Associate Memberships to suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and service providers who want to connect to mechanical contractors. Additionally, Affiliate Members work in affiliated trades (e.g. sheet metal, insulation) and Professional Members include engineers, architects, lawyers, accountants and others.
Which category of membership would my company be in?
What are the membership dues?
As part of ongoing efforts to reduce barriers to membership, MCABC reduced dues for Voting Contractor members (that is, Contractor and Voting Affiliate members) by an average of 21% for 2019.
For Contractor and Affiliate members, membership dues are based on annual business volume. Associates, Non-Voting Affiliates and Professionals pay a fixed annual rate. As mentioned above, Student memberships are free.
If you are a union contractor in BC, please contact our office to find out if the union can pay most of your membership fees.
Is MCABC for unionized or open-shop contractors?
Our membership consists of both unionized and open shop firms. In fact, both open shop and union contractors are represented on our committees and Board of Directors.
MCABC believes in furthering the mechanical contracting industry for all mechanical contractors in BC.
How do I apply for membership?
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