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COCA Lobby Day September 25

The Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) held its Annual Lobby Day on September 25, at Queen’s Park. COCA delegates met with over 40 MPPs to urge them to support and pass Bill-142 Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017. Bill 142 modernizes the outdated Construction Lien Act, introduces a payment regime and introduces an adjudication process for the resolution of construction disputes.

COCA has been lobbying for reform of the Construction Lien Act for 20 years, and for prompt payment since 2011.

The ECAO team met with  4 PC MPPs (Toby Smith, Bob Bailey, Toby Barrett) Sophie Kiwala Lib. MPP, Cindy Forster (NDP MPP) and all were in support of Bill 142 and eager to see its passage this fall. The Bill has gone through second reading and is still being debated in the legislature, and is on the agenda for comments on Thursday September 27th, and then returned to the legislature with any amendments for third reading debate and passage into law.

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Ania Paliwoda ECAO,Cathy Frederickson (ECAO), Cindy Forster, NDP MPP Welland, Jeff Koller, ECAO Executive Director.


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ECAO Annual General Meeting Update


Appointment of New ECAO President and Chair of the ECAO Board

Mark Lloyd was appointed the new ECAO President and Board Chair at the 2017 AGM, replacing Dan Lancia. Dan was congratulated for his exemplary 4 years of service as President and Chair.

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Mark Lloyd new President and Chair and Dan Lancia past President and Chair


ECAO Board of Directors: 2017/18

After the AGM, The Board Executive met and confirmed the appointments of Mark Lloyd as President and Chair, Brad Walker, 1st Vice-President, Ken Crawford, 2nd. Vice-President, Doug Dinniwell, Treasurer, Chris Cimek, ETBA Chair and Dan Lancia as Past President.

For full list of ECAO Board Members click here


2017 Douglas J. B. Wright Award Recipient

The Douglas J. B. Wright Award was created in 1992 by the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario and Ontario Electrical Construction Co. Ltd. to pay tribute to individuals who best exemplify the dedication and commitment to the electrical contracting industry as exhibited by Doug Wright through his years of service. Since 1992 this recognition has been bestowed on 19 individuals who, in their time, have left their lasting stamp on our industry.

This year’s recipient was Douglas Wright’s son, John Wright. He is a third generation partner at Ontario Electrical Construction Company Limited (OEC) and currently Chairman of their Board.

John served on the GTECA Board of Directors for 16 years, and was President from 2010-2012. He was a trustee on both IBEW Pension and Health and Welfare Plans from 2000-2014.

He has served on the Local Joint Conference Board, ETBA, Labour Relations Advisory Committee, Local Area Negotiating Committee and was Director of the JAC while with GTECA. John also committed time to serve at the Provincial for the ECAO as a Director for JEPP and a member of the Human Resources Committee.

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John Wright centre, brother Tim Wright, Vice President of Ontario Electrical Construction, left, and nephew Jordan Wright, right.


2017 R. H. (Hugh) Carroll Safety Awards Recipients

At our AGM on September 21, Dan Lancia, Past President, ECAO presented the following contractors with 2017 R. H. (Hugh) Carroll Safety Awards and congratulated them on their exemplary safety record:

  • Grid Link Corporation (Category: Rate Group 704 – up to 50,000 Total Work Hours)
  • S &T Electrical Contractors (Category: Rate Group 704 – 50,001 to 200,000 Total Work Hours)
  • Mellon Inc. (Category: Rate Group 704 –200,001 to 500,000 Total Work Hours)
  • Black and McDonald (Category: Rate Group 704 – over 500,000 Total Work Hours)
  • Black and McDonald (Category: Rate Group 830 – over 500,000 Total Work Hours)

ECAO Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2016 scholarship: Allyson Jugloff, James Lowther, Alexander Powell and Justin Struk.


New ECAO Staff

Jeff Koller introduced the new staff at the ECAO office as follows:

  • Ania Paliwoda-Senior Office Coordinator
  • Cathy Frederickson-Communications Specialist
  • Cristina Pezzente- Receptionist, Administrative Assistant
  • Lou Stanges- Accountant

Contractor associations, PCs and NDP hammer Morneau’s small business tax plan
Canadian Contractor

Income sprinkling and passive investments within professional corporations are firmly in the Department of Finance's cross hairs

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and the Trudeau government have taken a hammering during question period in Ottawa over the last 72 hours over Morneau’s proposed tax changes to small business. Both the PCs and the NDP oppose the plan. Nevertheless, the Liberals, with a majority government, can do what they want.

While the proposals are complex, a simple explanation of Morneau’s small business tax plan is that it aims to close “loopholes” in the tax code that allow individuals  who set up professional corporations (many of them doctors but also farmers, contractors, architects, accountants and others) to shelter income from Canada’s high personal income tax rates.

Entrepreneurs and their advocates argue that there needs to be two classes of taxpayer, since there are two classes of income earners. Self-employed business owners face income risk and uncertainty not usually experienced by salaried employees. And they also lack pensions, benefits, paid holidays, paid sick days, etc. Critics have also pointed out that both Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau personally benefit from tax-sheltering family trusts – which are not being affected by the Morneau tax reform plan.

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What do proposed tax changes mean to small business?

To read more you can click here on an article from Phil Eveden, CEO Integrity Wealth Management Inc.

To view their podcast on the proposed tax reform click here.


CFIB Campaign to Oppose the Small Business Tax Changes

There is a campaign being led by the CFIB called the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness to oppose these changes, which a growing number of other associations and businesses across Canada are joining.

Both ECAO and CECA have joined the coalition. We urge you to take a few moments to click on the following link web post and read more about the proposed changes and individually register your opposition by signing the petition, and filling out the survey to let the government know how these changes will affect you.

The coalition has sent a letter to Minister Morneau about the concerns from small businesses.

Click here for News Release and click here to view the full Coalition Letter.


2018 WSIB Premium Rates

WSIB recently announced 2018 premium rates for employer classifications.

The electrical and incidental construction services premium rate will lower by 7.4% to 3.15 and the rate for power and telecommunications lines will increase by 5.5% to 4.04.

For more information, please visit WSIB’s website


Searchable Principal Agreement

You can now download the current version of our Principal Agreement using Dropbox (iPhones) or Abode Acrobat Reader (Androids) from your phone and/or computer. 

Click here.


Orleans Man Convicted of Electrical Offence
Daily Commercial News

An Orleans, Ont. man was convicted in an Ottawa court and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for advertising for electrical work without a licence.

Yvon Richer, who was convicted Aug. 29, has a history of non-compliance, notes an Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) statement.

In 2014 Richer was convicted by Provincial Offences Court in Ottawa on two counts: working without an electrical contractor's licence and failing to take out a permit for electrical work. He received a fine of $1,000 plus a victim fine surcharge on each count. Richer was also ordered to pay a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge for the recent conviction.

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Latest Industry Appointments


Ontario College of Trades Appoints Walter Pamic to Board of Governors
IBEW Construction Council of Ontario

Earlier in September, the Ontario College of Trades appointed Conservative lobbyist Walter Pamic to its Board of Governors. Mr. Pamic has repeatedly called to abolish OCOT. Trades Coalitions are concerned by this new appointment, since Mr. Pamic has been a long- time critic of the OCOT.

Today, the IBEW joined other members of the Progressive Certified Trades Coalition and the Coalition of Non-Compulsory Construction Trades of Ontario in issuing the following letter.

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ESA Announces Acting V.P. Communications

David Collie, President and CEO, Electrical Safety Authority has announce the appointment of Kathryn Chopp as Acting V.P. Communications and Stakeholder Relations effective September 1, 2017. Kathryn has been with ESA for four years and has been instrumental in the advancement of ESA’s communications and stakeholder relations capacity including high impact safety campaigns, successful stakeholder engagements and research initiatives, and building and leading a highly effective team. She joined the electricity sector in 2000 and has held senior communications roles at Hydro One, the former Ontario Power Authority and the Electricity Distributors Association prior to joining ESA.

Kathryn will be assuming the duties of past V.P. Nancy Evans.


Industry Events


EFC-Ontario Region Breakfast Session

EFC-Ontario Region Breakfast Session
Featuring a Low-Voltage DC Power Panel Presentation

October 5th, 2017
7:30 am - 9:30 am

Pearson Convention Center - Hall F
2638 Steeles Ave E, Brampton, ON, L6T 4L7

To Register go to www.electrofed.ca

Panelists & Presenters:

Gerald Prolas, Legrand Canada
Karen Pugliese, CommScope
Kim Osborne, HH Angus

Session Summary: The shift from electrical to digital systems, and the emerging low-voltage power options to supply them, may be the biggest change the electrical industry has seen in the last 100 years. This transition is having significant impact on every aspect of the traditional electrical channel – from product conception, production, sales, delivery and installation.

Attend this informative session and discover the benefits and opportunities of LVDC technology and how this adoption will impact the widespread integration and use of electrical products.

All audience members will receive a complimentary copy of this latest research report 


ECAO Associate Members


2018 ECAO Calendar – Advertisers Wanted!

The Member Services Committee and the Associate Members’ Executive Council of ECAO are pleased to announce the development of our next calendar.  This calendar is designed to be a handy reference tool for all electrical contractor members providing date reminders, safety tips, and contact information as well as providing an advertising opportunity for the product suppliers and service providers to ECAO members.

Associate Members receive a 20% discount. If you are interested in submitting an advertisement for our 2018 Industry Calendar, please contact Cathy at cfrederickson@ecao.org for the information package. The calendar is sent out to over 1000 contacts. 


Member Benefit Highlight- Petro Canada Superpass

Gasoline and diesel are a significant annual costs for contractors. ECAO Electrical Contractors can save money on the Petro-Canada Superpass Program.

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Significant Savings:

  • 2.4 cents per litre on gasoline
  • 2.4 cents per litre on diesel
  • 20% discount on car washes
  • Discounts apply to purchases at Petro-Canada retail locations

For more details click here. Contact superpasscanada@suncor.com or 1(888) 999-2609 to sign up today.


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