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ECAO Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Registration is now open for the ECAO Annual General Meeting being held on October 24th at the Hilton Niagara Falls. We are in the process of finalizing our program and list of speakers for both the educational sessions on October 23rd and the Annual General Meeting on October 24th.

To register and book your hotel accommodations please click here.

Remember, this year’s theme is the Great Gatsby. We want to thank all our sponsors for supporting this unique event.

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ECAO Day at the Races


The ECAO Board Invites all ECAO Affiliate Partners and all local ECA Contractor Association management for a free night of fun, networking and racing. Please feel free to bring a companion as well.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Audrey Iozelli at

 Industry News

Canadian Construction Association appoints new Chair of Board

ecao-june402.jpgThe Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has appointed John Bockstael as 2019 chair of its board of directors at its annual general meeting. John takes over the position from Zey Emir, president of Revay and Associates Limited.

John is president & chief executive officer of Bockstael Construction Limited, a fourth-generation company and one of Manitoba’s largest regional general contractors. He is a professional engineer, Gold Seal Certified and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Feature Spotlight

Electrical Engineering Technician and Technologists Ready to Hire

The next generation of Electrical Engineering Technicians and Technologists are being trained right now at Centennial College. Our co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program is the only one of its kind in the province offering both apprenticeship training and a college diploma. To learn more Call: 416-289-5000, ext. 2356 | Email:

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Ontario Building a Skilled Workforce: Supports for Apprentices and New Governance Model

As part of Budget 2019, the Ontario government is transforming and modernizing the apprenticeship and skilled trades system across the province. Measures include:

  • A new governance framework for the skilled trades and apprenticeship system
  • Enhance supports for apprentices
  • Promote apprenticeship and skilled trades as a pathway of choice for students from kindergarten to grade 12
  • Eliminating or reducing Ontario College of Trades membership fees
  • Building on the success of the Making Ontario Open for Business Act


Gower speaks on 'thriving in a changing world' at TCA Members' Day

ecao-june4-3.jpgFollowing his keynote speech at Toronto Construction Association’s 25th annual Members’ Day on May 8, Chris Gower (right), Chief Operation Officer, buildings, PCL Construction, had a conversation with TCA president John Mollenhauer on how new trends will impact the construction Industry.


Why safety in construction won't change until we change the way we position it

Safety is no longer just inspections and incident management.

It’s so much more. In fact, it’s operational, and that puts safety management into a different business vertical than it’s been traditionally housed. Top companies are integrating safety and operations because they recognize the need to match the natural motions of the way job sites operate and infuse safe practices throughout. Safety, when integrated into pre construction and daily operations, improves operational efficiencies and reduces risks.


Working Outdoors


If you employ workers and they work outdoors, it is your responsibility to protect them from outdoor hazards including:

  • ultraviolet radiation from the sun
  • heat stress
  • cold stress
  • adverse weather conditions
  • hazardous plants
  • Lyme disease and West Nile virus
  • wild animals and pests


Ontario’s construction safety performance sees improvement according to WSIB index

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) recently released the 2019 Health and Safety Index which indicates Ontario’s workplaces are 1.9 per cent safer than last year, including construction which had the second highest score and was the only sector that saw a year-over-year increase two years in a row.

Construction is the only industry to be positive both years of the index, but to a lesser degree in 2019, indicates a release, adding last year the only negative area was injuries, but this year, it was joined by enforcement.

“In 2018, construction saw an increase of 3.7 per cent and construction was the only sector that saw an increase again in 2019 of 1.9 per cent,” explained Terrance D’souza, executive director, advanced analytics at WSIB.


Ontario Government Announces Review of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

On May 23, 2019, the Government of Ontario announced the appointment of two special advisors to conduct a review of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”). The WSIB is an independent agency that administers compensation and no-fault insurance for Ontario workplaces. The review will assess the WSIB’s operation in three key areas:

  1. Financial Oversight. Sustainability of the WSIB insurance fund and controls over it.
  2. Administration. Effectiveness of the current WSIB governance and executive management structure.
  3. Efficiency. The cost-efficiency and effectiveness of operations, including comparisons to competing jurisdictions and private sector insurers. 

The two appointed advisors, Linda Regner Dykeman and Sean Speer, will commence the review immediately and issue recommendations to the government by the end of 2019.

Green Jobs Program

Electricity Human Resources Canada’s (EHRC) Green Jobs Program supports companies in providing youth with work experience (via internships and on-the-job training) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) positions in Canada’s green economy.

What is a Green Job?

STEM jobs linked to the green economy can be classified two ways:

  1. Positions that require environmental skills, knowledge, experience or competencies in order to produce products or services that have an environmental benefit
  2. Positions that may not require specialized environmental skills but result in an environmental benefit.

Placements and Subsidies

EHRC provides 50% wage subsidies to a maximum of $15,000 for employers hiring youth between the ages of 15 and 30. For those employers with placements in northern and remote communities and youth furthest from employment, EHRC will provide a 50% wage subsidy to a maximum of $20,000. To encourage employers to proactively place youth from under-represented groups, EHRC is reserving 50% of placements for youth self-identifying in the following categories:

  • Women
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Visible minorities
  • Persons with disabilities

Placements must be a minimum of six months and ending by March 31, 2020

More details and application forms here.

ABB creates state-of-the-art solution for CO2-neutral and energy self-sufficient factory of the future

ABB has an extensive portfolio of eco-efficient solutions and services that can help decouple economic growth from environmental impacts. In fact, over half of ABB's worldwide revenues are generated by technologies that combat the causes of climate change. The company’s goal is to increase this contribution from 57 percent in 2018 to 60 percent by 2020.

The company’s commitment to combatting climate change includes limiting the environmental impact of its own operations. ABB’s current target for climate action is to reduce its own GHG emissions by 40 percent by 2020 from a 2013 baseline.

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ECA Ottawa past chair Wayne Crawford passes away

ecao-june5-1.jpgK. Wayne Crawford, past chair of the Electrical Contractors Association of Ottawa (ECA Ottawa), passed away on May 24.

Born in 1944, Crawford built a reputation as a leading local electrical contractor in the Ottawa market. In 1963, he founded C&M Electric, a family business now operated by his children in nearby Carp, Ont.

In addition to chairing ECA Ottawa in 1998, Crawford was chair of the Ottawa Construction Association (OCA) in 1997 and 1998 and sat on the Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA’s) board of directors from 2000 to 2003.

For full details, click here.

Member Training Norm Keith June 27

Norm Keith will be delivering a one hour webinar/seminar on Occupational Health and Safety Legal Enforcement on June 27, at the ECAO Offices, 10 Carlson Crt, Suite 702.

Norm will be reviewing some recent trends in OHS law enforcement, trends in Court and Tribunals and outlining some suggested OHS Risk Management strategies.

If you are interested, please advise Cathy Frederickson, at 

Let us know if you wish to attend in person or via webinar.

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