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ECAO Annual Conference Prague May 24-30, 2020

2020 is right around the corner and the ECAO 2020 Annual Conference is being held earlier in the year, in May. Registration is now open, so to check it out please go to


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Minister McNaughton Takes on New Role

ECAO looks forward to working with Monte McNaughton on his new responsibilities for Skills and Training from the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. ECAO is working with other electrical industry partners to ensure the scopes of practice for electricians do not get eroded.

Monte McNaughton will be giving the opening address at the joint Annual General Meetings of ECAO and the Joint Electrical Promotion Program in Niagara Falls, October 23-24, 2019.

If you couldn’t join us this year, be sure to follow the happenings on twitter and facebook.

ECAO Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Please see the ECAO Scholarships here.

ECAO 2019 Hugh Carroll Safety Awards 2019
ECAO’s 2019 Hugh Carroll awards for 2019 will be presented at the ECAO Annual General Meeting on October 24.

Please see the ECAO Safety Awards here.


Ontario’s Hydro One sends 25 powerline workers to Manitoba after the snowstorm

Hydro One sent more than two dozen powerline workers to Manitoba from northern Ontario in order to help with the province’s post-storm state of emergency.

The severe weekend storm over the Thanksgiving weekend, caused power outages across the province with an estimated 22,000 customers in the dark, which will mean a chilly Thanksgiving Monday for many.


Ontario electrical fatalities more common at home: ESA

October 14, 2019
By Kavita Sabharwal-Chomiuk

The number of electrical fatalities among Ontario’s general public now surpass those that occur at work, according to the Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA) Ontario Electrical Safety Report.

Historically, occupational deaths generally outnumber non-occupational deaths, but 2018 saw four fatalities occur in the general public, while two fatalities occurred in non-electrical occupations.


Lawyers race to be ready for new construction adjudication system

Ontario’s lawyers need to be at the ready for a new, swift process of dealing with construction disputes, says Sharon Vogel, a partner at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP.

Ontario’s new system, similar to the one used in the United Kingdom, strives to resolve disputes in one to two months and gives adjudicators wide-ranging powers to keep public and private sector construction projects moving and payments flowing, she says.


Henvey Inlet, partner, completes Canada's largest First Nation wind project

PICKEREL — Pattern Energy Group LP, also known as Pattern Development, and Nigig Power Corporation completed the 300-megawatt Henvey Inlet Wind power facility in Ontario. Pattern Development and Nigig Power Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Henvey Inlet First Nation, are joint venture partners in the facility, which is located on Henvey Inlet First Nation Reserve No. 2, on the northeast shore of the Georgian Bay.

“This landmark project is a first on many fronts: largest single-phase wind facility in Canada, largest on-reserve wind installation in the country and the first to develop a First Nation environmental stewardship regime under the First Nations Lands Management Act,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern.


Greenhouse hydro use will soar within five years

Updated: October 15, 2019

Electricity use for indoor agriculture in Chatham-Kent is expected to grow by 455 percent by 2024, according to new research by the Independent Electricity System Operator.

Indoor or covered agriculture includes vegetable greenhouses, the indoor and greenhouse cannabis sector and vertical farming.

Energy consumption in the local cannabis sector is also projected to increase by almost 500 percent by 2024.



On Oct 7, 2020, Ontario Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors (ORAC) will be partnering with Texas-based,, to host a Construction Technology Roadshow “somewhere in Toronto”. This “Roadshow” will actually be a day full of technical seminars combined with a tradeshow that includes about 20 Construction Technology suppliers

ORAC has asked ECAO to reach out to our members to see if they would be interested in attending this event. This will assist them in determining the location of the event. Registration for the event is estimated at $150-$200 per person including lunch. Members who are interested in attending this roadshow are asked to contact Cathy Frederickson at

For more details click here for the flyer.


Latest Statistics Canada Jobs Report

Here’s the key data:

  • Canada’s economy added 54,000 jobs in September; most of the gains were in full-time employment
  • The unemployment rate dropped from 5.7% to 5.5%
  • Employment increased 2.4% from this time last year with 456,000 more jobs
  • The average hourly wage increased by 1.7% from $27.66 to $28.13
  • 41,000 new jobs, mostly full time, we created in Ontario


ECAO Seminar on "Sustainable Tools For Achieving & Maintaining COR™"

ECAO will host another seminar on behalf of our Affiliate Partners, 4S Consulting at the ECAO office on Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019.

This is an opportunity to learn if and how your company can get COR certified.

  1. Get to know more about sustainable options that can be customized to your company's requirements to support you with COR™.
  2. How to choose the right online tools to make COR™ compliance quick and easy.
  3. Understand ways of managing your documentation quick and easy using online tools that integrate with your business flow.
  4. Learn how integrating your JHA with your system can make a difference.
  5. Explore how a built-in LMS coupled with record management can make your COR™ process easy, quick, and effective.

WSIB Health and Safety Excellence Program Hosted by 4S Consulting October 24 

Seminar Date: Thursday, Oct 24, 2019, from 8:00, am to 11:30 am

Seminar Cost: $29.00+HST (Refunded by 4S Gift Voucher)

Get rebates for maintaining H&S compliance & being in due diligence!

WSIB is coming up with a new incentive program for making Ontario workplaces safer. WSIB’s Health & Safety Excellence Program will reward you as an electrical contractor, GC, subcontractor, or road contractor for your efforts for staying in compliance by having a sustainable program.

Key Takeaways

  • Find out how the new program integrates the strengths of WSIB’s three previous voluntary programs such as Safety Groups.
  • Understand how the new program creates a single H&S program with more service and delivery options with rebates & recognition for workplaces.
  • Know more about how the new program connects employers of all sizes with WSIB-approved providers to help in building & maintaining a sustainable program.
  • Know more about other key H&S initiatives of WSIB, MOL, and CPO.
  • Get a sneak peek at the approximate rebates that you can get as an employer.
  • Discover how the new program rewards you for behaviors & activities related to H&S

ECAO will be featuring a Certi-Fire booth at the PM Expo at the upcoming Buildings Show December 4-6, 2019


December 4 - 6, 2019

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

To check out the speakers and educational session go here.

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