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Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act Passes First Reading

Bill 148 Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017 passed 1st reading and was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on June 1st. The Committee held public hearings across the province in July and last week conducted a clause by clause review of the Bill.

A number of amendments proposed by opposition party members of the Committee were squelched by the Committee’s Liberal majority. One government amendment giving up to 10 days unpaid leave to victims of sexual or domestic assault and their parents was approved. The Bill is expected to be reported back to the Legislature early in the fall session and receive speedy passage.

In opposition, NDP leader Andrea Horwath has taken the position that Bill 148 does not go far enough. In spite of opposition to the Bill from small business groups, Tory leader Patrick Brown has remained relatively silent.
From COCA’s Government Relations report

For more details on the proposed changes, Hicks Morley has reviewed the key changes on their website.


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National Labour Market Intelligence for the Canadian Electricity Industry
Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) 

Over the next 2 years the EHRC will be working with Employment and Social Development Canada to produce an updated National Labour Market Intelligence Report for the Electricity Industry.

The overall goal is to build a body of knowledge which will inform and improve the electricity industry's capability in workforce planning and regulatory filing; organizational business planning for both employers and educators; and, for strategic human resources' planning purposes. The newly collected data will also provide government stakeholders with validated data to assist in the development of policy at the municipal, provincial or federal level.

The EHRC has been the voice of the Canadian electricity industry since 2005. They work to strengthen the ability of the industry to meet current and future skilled work force.

To learn more about EHRC go to www.electricityhr.ca.


Bid to Win: What to include in large infrastructure Construction Projects
Powering Communities-Joint Electrical Promotion Plan (JEPP)

Does your firm measure up?

Powering Communities has released important information on what electrical contractors need to do to ensure their bids are successful in infrastructure construction projects. These days, the most common method of submitting a project bid is through a general contractor. Often, however, there is a pre-qualification process. 

This useful link provides detailed guidelines on how to present your company in the best way to get pre-qualification with general contractors. Detailed information on pricing, safety records, apprentice ratios, past project history and worker certifications are all provided in developing a resume for your company to help you secure more infrastructure contracts.

No matter what system you’re using to bid on a contract, there are some common winning strategies that help ensure your company gets the work.

For full details please go to the Powering Communities website by clicking here.


WHMIS is now Globally Harmonized System (GHS)- Guide
Ministry of Labour

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is adopting new international standards for classifying hazardous materials, and providing information on labels and safety data sheets. Effective this spring, WHMIS will be referred to as the Global Harmonized System (GHS). The ministry has updated its WHMIS Guide to reflect this transition.

Employers need to be aware of their responsibilities in training their employees on the new classification of hazardous materials. For more details on what employers need to know click here.


On line training is available from the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety, www.ccohs.ca.

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Q&A: Better Quality Control Through Mobile Tech

Smartphones, tablets, and cloud-based software are becoming standard in the construction field. And while these mobile technologies are beneficial at all stages of a project, they are particularly vital to ensuring the quality of the final product.

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The latest issue of IHSA.ca Magazine is now available
Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA)

Issue 17, Volume 1 of IHSA.ca Magazine is now available to download or order. In this issue, you will find the following articles including:

  • Safety Talk: Distracted driving
  • Spring into spring start-up
  • How everyone gains from COR™
  • Guideline for Health & Safety Representatives (Pull-out)
  • Managing health & safety
  • Ministry of Labour blitzes on their way
  • Together we can stop falls from killing Ontario workers
  • Keep your momentum going with COR™ workshop program.

To read the articles or subscribe to the printed version, visit the IHSA.ca Magazine web page.


IHSA announces Annual General Meeting
Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA)

IHSA will hold its Annual General Meeting at 8:45 am on October 4, 2017, at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga.

Guest speakers will include Christine Plumley and Mark Elias of IHSA to speak about extending IHSA’s reach with the “Keep Your Promise” Campaign and the Kingston Regional Labour-Management Health and Safety Committee Co-Chair(s).

The meeting will feature an overview of the past year by IHSA staff and board members. IHSA will also be presenting several awards from our various award programs.

A keynote speaker will discuss a current safety topic that's on everyone’s minds. Norm Keith of Fasken Martineau, will present “Clearing the haze of marijuana and other drugs in the workplace.”

To learn more about the event, visit the IHSA AGM web page.


New job skills program to help Ontario’s indigenous
Daily Commercial News

The Government of Canada has announced funding that will help indigenous people in Ontario receive job skills and experience.

Up to 72 participants will take part in a new project called the Skilled Employment Energy Stream, which will be delivered by the Metis Nation of Ontario thanks to $2.2-million in funding through the Government of Canada's Skills and Partnership Fund.

Participants will receive training in the energy sector and in the fields of electrical, welding and industrial maintenance. The project also brings together multiple partners from the industry, post-secondary institutions and First Nations.

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ESA License Holder Meetings
Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)

The ESA is holding their annual Licensed Electrical Contractors & Master Electricians meeting this fall.  This is a great opportunity to get updated on ESA’s yearly strategy and to ask any relevant questions regarding contractor licensing.

There are 2 dates to choose from:
October 17 − North Bay
November 21 – Mississauga

Download the 2017 Licence Holder Meeting Invitation

This year’s Agenda highlights:

  • Transitioning to a risk-based oversight system for wiring — ESA’s plan and what it means for you
  • Cracking down on the underground economy — an update on ECRA/ESA enforcement activities including Kijiji pilot results
  • An investigator’s first-hand perspective on the underground economy and how to tackle it
  • Overview of the Designated Master Electrician role, consumer protection issues and compliance activities

To review locations and time or to register for one of the dates click here for the registration form.


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. 


Electrical Business Magazine- Nominations for Canadian Electrical Safety Champions Awards

This annual award recognizes Canadian companies and individuals who are passionate about promoting electrical health & safety of Canadian electrical workers.

The awards program recognizes this commitment across several categories listed below:

  • Industrial
  • Commercial
  • Institutional
  • Electrical Safety Champion

The deadline for nominations is September 15, 2017, so don’t put it off any longer. 

For more details on nomination please visit EBMag.com/awards


Mohawk Receives $1.2M Gift for Apprenticeship 

The Hamilton, Ontario family of the late Gerald Marshall recently made a commitment of $1.2M towards Mohawk College’s apprenticeship programs at its Stoney Creek Campus. According to the news release from the College, Mohawk is the largest trainer of apprentices in Ontario, with more than 4,500 apprentices and students enrolled in 17 apprentice programs and 19 certificate and diploma programs at the Stoney Creek campus. This is the second major gift to Mohawk from the Marshall family. More information is available here


ECAO hosting open house on Sept. 20

Please join us for our open house on Wednesday September 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m at our office located at 10 Carlson Court, Suite 702. 

Appetizers and drinks will be served. All ECAO members, associate members and industry partners are invited. Please RSVP to ecao@ecao.org.


The Boss Man – Nic Bittle – to Speak at ECAO in September

As part of its 2017 Professional Development Series, ECAO is pleased to welcome Nic Bittle on Sept. 28. He will be presenting A FOREMAN’S FIELD GUIDE TO DEVELOPNG YOUR WORKFORCE – What Smart Leaders are doing to Develop Their Workforce.

Nic Bittle is the founder of Work Force Pro and works with contractors that want to prepare and develop their workforce to lead with impact, act like a pro, and perform at their best on a daily basis. Nic is author of three books, Small Business, BIG Mistakes, Perform Like the Boss! & Good Foreman; Bad Foreman.

Cost for each seminar is $525 tax included. Seminars run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.  Space is limited so register today. Please visit ECAO website for more information or to register.


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