Update on Act R-20
Since 1995, Robert Branchaud (Microtech) and Normand Fiset (Panavidéo) from the Quebec Chapter have been advocating a regulation change to exclude our industry members from Act R‑20. Adopted in 1968, Act R-20, regulates labour relations in Québec's construction industry, and obligates businesses that are subject to the law to operate in compliance with regulations that run counter to the needs of job providers, particularly in terms of the compartmentalizing of trades, union placement and work conditions.
The Quebec Chapter committee, now consisting of five people, met with the Ministère du Travail last June to continue lobbying after the filing of our memorandum in July 2011. The meeting was extremely positive identifying that our request has even more value since the Private Security Act came into force. For the first time in 20 years we may see results in the coming months or years.
If you would like more information on Act R-20, please contact Danielle Paquin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-884-3343.
Important Quebec Chapter Updates
In the May 31, 2011 Cyberbulletin de CANASA –section Québec, all members were invited to submit names of businesses that had received a complaint from the Quebec Bid Depository System (QBDS) or from Corporation des maîtres électriciens du Québec (CMEQ). This request was necessary to document the situation and the extent of measures taken by the QBDS and the CMEQ. You will recall that this situation is the direct result of our industry is, since 1994, subject to Act R-20. Once again, we would like to request information from you.
Over the last 10 years (or more), if your business has been the subject of a complaint on the fact that you have not submitted a bid to the QBDS for the installation of video surveillance or access control systems, we would like to hear from you.
In recent years, this type of complaint was dealt with by the Comité de discipline of the Association de la construction du Québec (ACQ) who would advise you of its decision in writing. We know that many of these complaints received an unfavourable decision from the committee who refused your company's complaint. We want to obtain a copy of this refusal by the committee. It is our understanding that the committee’s decision was based on the fact that it was unable to demonstrate the relationship between our work and the electrical work subjected to the QBDS.
The measures taken by the CMEQ against businesses in our industry seem to be multiplying. CANASA is very active in opposing these measures in order to defend our industry's position that the type of installation we complete uses low voltage and resembles more closely instrumentation work. We are counting on your collaboration to help us document this situation.
Please send, as soon as possible, the copy of the decision rendered by the ACQ’s Comité de discipline to email@example.com or by fax to Cindy Gaudreault at (514) 990-2349
Bureau de la sécurité privée – new subcategories in electronic security systems
The Bureau de la sécurité privée has revised the licence which now allows for new subcategories for the agent license in electronic security systems. Read full story.
CANASA Quebec Chapter member meeting
Understanding the legalities of a well-written contract
Thursday, June 13, 2013
3125, boulevard Hochelaga
Quebec, QC, G1W 2P9
5 p.m. cocktails
5:45 p.m. dinner and conference
9 p.m. conference ends
Topic: Understanding the legalities of a well-written contract
Join us as Ms. Grenier from the Norton Rose Canada cabinet will advise you of your rights and those of your clients! She will also address telemarketing, email canvassing and the rules related to your contracts (mandatory messages, guarantees, cancellation, etc.)
Ms. Grenier will review the recent developments in relation to marketing, email canvassing and privacy of information. She will also discuss the rules related to consumer contracts which have been subject to a specific law since 2010. A representative from the Office de la protection du consommateur will discuss the rules regarding door-to-door business.
Kateri-Anne Grenier, Lawyer, Norton Rose
Kateri-Anne Grenier deals with issues related to access to information, privacy of information and consumer law, as well as commercial litigation and litigation in the construction industry. She represents clients before civil courts, the Commission d’accès à l’information du Québec and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and is often called on to advise businesses regarding their policies on privacy. She drafts access for information requests, responds to these requests and ensures that third party rights are respected.
Ms. Grenier also advises businesses on issues related to consumer law, including credit contracts, publicity, contract inter absentes and e-commerce.
Ms. Grenier will be joined by Miriam Desmarais, from the same office.
Cost: (Includes dinner)
Members: $50 (plus taxes)
Non-members: $75 (plus taxes)
At the door: $75 (plus taxes) (Credit card only)
All payments must be made prior to the event. Refunds will only be granted up to one week prior to the event.
Pre-registration required. Registration deadline is June 10, 2013.
Regional Director, Quebec Chapter
Tel: (514) 884-3343
Toll Free: 1 (800) 538-9919 ext. 321