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Electric vehicle charging stations coming to a store near you

The ECAO applauds the provincial government’s announced intention to install up to 500 electric vehicle charging stations across Ontario. Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced on July 13 that the government would partner with the private sector to install more than 300 electric vehicle charging stations in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas and nearly 200 more across the rest of Ontario.

Imperative in rolling out this new, cutting edge infrastructure technology will be the need to ensure that these charging stations are installed by properly trained and licenced electricians to ensure public safety.

With this in mind, ECAO has reached out to Del Duca, Labour Minister Kevin Flynn, and new Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Deb Matthews to implore them to impose minimum mandatory training and certification standards for the electricians who will be installing these charging stations.

One of our industry partners, the National Electric Trade Council (NETCO) has already helped develop and bring to Canada an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP), adapted from standards first introduced in the United States.

We expect to meet with all three cabinet ministers and staff in the near future to discuss the merits of NETCO’s program and how it would serve and protect the public interest to adopt this curriculum as a minimum training requirement.


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ECAO Industry Conference in September 2016

It’s not too late to register for our annual conference taking place this September at the beautiful JW Marriott Muskoka Rousseau Resort and Spa. We have a few spots left so if you are interested in attending, please visit our registration page.

If you already have registered and want to sign up for optional events, please contact Jane Elliott at jane.elliott@3inc.ca


ECAO Annual General Meeting, September 24, 2016

All ECAO members are invited and welcome to attend our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 24, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at the JW Marriott Muskoka Rousseau Resort and Spa.

Rooms are available if you require overnight accommodation.

Additional information on this event was sent out to all members. If you did not get the email that included proxy details, please contact Dorothy at dknapik@ecao.org


SAVE THE DATE: 2017 Annual Industry Conference in Munich, Germany

Please mark May 21-27, 2017 in your calendars for the 2017 ECAO Annual Industry Conference, taking place in Munich, Germany! 

Everything that’s great about Munich is within reach of The Charles Hotel – built in 2007 and named in honour of Sir Rocco Forte. A place with true Bavarian service, warm, personal and with attention to detail. https://www.roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/the-charles-hotel/

Business Sessions daily with workshops and keynote speakers – Look out for your registration package to be sent under separate cover soon.


Ground Program: Free for ECAO members!

GroundTM is an Occupational Health and Safety Program available exclusively to ECAO member firms. Based on legislated requirements and the latest standards of Health and Safety, the GroundTM Program provides a strong foundation to protect your business, your workers, and achieve your Certificate of Recognition (CORTM) from the IHSA.

Approximately 10% of ECAO members are currently enrolled in the COR Program, and this number is steadily increasing as COR is becoming a pre-qualification on bidders’ lists. If you are not interested in COR certification, Ground can still help you develop or enhance a safety program.

GroundTM has helped members update and improve their OH&S management systems and in many cases for those who choose to pursue it, achieve their CORTM. Funded through the Joint Electrical Promotion Plan (JEPP), GroundTM Program is free of charge for ECAO member contractors.

For more information on GroundTM, visit www.groundprogram.ca  and contact Jen Mei Fisher at jen@groundprogram.ca


Musculoskeletal hazards and controls for ICI electricians

IHSA created a new hazard profile for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) to help companies and ICI electrical workers identify and control the MSD hazards in their jobs.

Please be sure to review this profile to see if it fits with your company’s health and safety program and meets the needs of your specific work duties.

Additional documents are available at no charge as part of the Free Product Downloads section of the ihsa.ca website.


Registration is open for NECA’s 2016 Convention in Boston, October 7 – 10, 2016

NECA 2016 Boston is bringing back many events from years past and adding a few new ones that will help electrical contractors stay competitive in today's market. NECA 2016 Boston has shifted to a Friday-Monday schedule this year and will be offering a series of custom tours and excursions in and around Boston for guests during NECA 2016 Boston.

For more information and to register for NECA 2016 Boston, visit www.necaconvention.org.


Construction Health And Safety Awareness Training: Feedback to MOL due shortly

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) released documents for public consultation on Construction Health and Safety Awareness Training (CHSAT). The MOL is seeking public and stakeholder feedback, which is due on August 12, 2016.

The proposed amendments would require employers to ensure that workers complete a construction  hazard awareness training program if their work falls under the Construction Projects Regulation. You may provide your comments directly to the MOL or send them to the ECAO, attention Jeff Koller at jkoller@ecao.org


Changes at ECAO Office

As many of you know, Lyndsy Miceli’s last day at the ECAO was last Thursday. We will be recruiting in the near future. In the meantime, here is our updated contact information:

Jeff Koller, Executive Director: 416-675-3226 ext. 311; jkoller@ecao.org

Jodi Travers, Labour Relations Manager: 416-675-3226 ext.314; jtravers@ecao.org

Dorothy Knapik, Receptionist and Office Assistant: 416-675-3226 ext. 300; dknapik@ecao.org

Grace He, Accountant/Bookkeeper (temp): 416-675-3226 ext. 315; ghe@ecao.org

If you have questions about anything Lyndsy was responsible for, please contact Dorothy and she will help you. 


WSIB Executive Officer Premiums – Are you covered?

The Office of the Employer Adviser (OEA) has received a number of inquiries from construction employers who have been assessed retroactively for unpaid executive officer premiums. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act requires all executive officers or partners to pay premiums on their insurable earnings. If an executive/partner is issued a T4 or a T5 or paid in some other manner, the company must pay premiums on their earnings.

If the WSIB audits the company and realizes that premiums have not been paid, the company will be retroactively assessed for the current year plus two prior years. This site provides information about who needs coverage in your company: www.needwsibcoverage.ca. You can also call the OEA for information at 1 (800) 387-0774.


     
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Upcoming Changes to Occupational Health and Safety Act: Sexual Harassment

Bill 132 passed earlier this year and will take effect on September 8, 2016. Bill 132 expands OHSA’s definition of workplace harassment to include workplace sexual harassment. In addition to being a violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code, it will also be a workplace safety issue.

There are a few items Employers need to address before September 8, including making sure your current workplace harassment and violence policy addresses workplace sexual harassment. There has to be a clear mechanism for employees to make a complaint, a process to investigate those complaints and a duty to provide written results of an investigation. Additional details can be found here: http://www.ontarioemployerlaw.com/2016/07/18/the-deadline-is-fast-approaching-top-5-items-to-prepare-for-bill-132-ohsa-compliance/

ECAO members will have access to a draft policy on our Member’s section of our website shortly.


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