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 ECAO News


Attention all ECAO Members, Affiliate Partners and Industry Partners!! 

ECAPfeb5_1.jpgThe ECAO Conference Early Bird Contest closes on February 28, so register today by clicking here. Your registration will be included in a draw to receive 1 of 2 executive suite upgrades during the conference.

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 ECAO Professional Training Events


Professional Development Seminar with Dr. Awad Hanna

ECAOfeb6_1.jpgDr. Awad Hanna is holding his seminars once again in March. A 2 day Construction Project Management Course on March 27 & 28, and Change Order Pricing on March 29.

To register or view more details click here.

For more information you can contact Cathy Frederickson at cfrederickson@ecao.org 


iCinfo Webinar Series: Top Ways to Improve Your IT Implementation

Get your ducks in a row! iCinfo will be holding a 5-part webinar series on the basics of adopting and managing information technology. The series will be presented by Claudia Mamros who has extensive experience and knowledge in helping small and medium sized businesses manage their information technology issues.


The webinars will be held as follows:

  • March 13, Wednesday
  • March 26, Tuesday
  • April 10, Wednesday
  • April 23, Tuesday
  • May 01, Wednesday

For more information you can contact Cathy Frederickson at cfrederickson@ecao.org 


 Industry News


2019-2022 Principal Agreement Negotiations Concluded

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The Electrical Trade Bargaining Agency (ETBA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario (IBEW/CCO) concluded provincial bargaining the week of February 11, 2019. 

As the legal representative of the ECAO in all matters relevant to labour negotiations in Ontario, the ETBA and its representatives had been preparing for bargaining since October 2017. Joint Proposal (no strike, no lockout agreement) discussions began with the IBEW/CCO in February 2018 and an agreed-upon Joint Proposal was signed on October 1, 2018. There were three (3) distinct, albeit related, phases of this round of negotiations.  Local bargaining took place from November 2018 to January 2019, across the Province.  Early February was when bargaining for Line (Yellow Pages) and Communications (Green Pages) took place.  Finally, the week of February 11 saw the provincial agreement (Blue Pages) negotiated. 

An important goal for this round of bargaining was for local areas to have meaningful language changes; and in most areas favourable changes were made.  

ECAO Members are encouraged to contact their local electrical contractors association for more details on your local agreement.


Occupational Health and Safety

The City of Markham plans to use Internet of Things (IoT) applications to improve efficiency of municipal operations.

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The City of Markham, Ont., has launched the Smart City Accelerator Research Program, in partnership with a telecommunications firm. The program will deploy several Internet of Things (IoT) applications to improve the efficiency of municipal operations and enhance city services for residents.

Markham aims to create a ‘frictionless city’ through innovation and adoption of emerging technologies that will better the overall quality of life for its residents. The initiative provides an opportunity for the city to test various sensor technologies in different business areas.

“Markham will serve as a living lab and an incubator for innovation,” said Frank Scarpitti, mayor of Markham.

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Apprentice Electrician Pay by City

How does your apprentice compare to others across Canada? Read the full survey details here

The median apprentice electrician's pay in Fort McMurray is $26,000 above the national average, while at the opposite end Saskatoon is $10,000 below.

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Ministry of Labour Analysis of Fatalities

The Data Management Branch at the Ministry of Labour recently conducted an in-depth review of the 92 workplace fatalities resulting from falls from heights that occurred between 2009 and 2016. Here’s some of the results:

  • 60 of the 92 fatalities occurred in construction
  • Of the 60 construction fatalities, 32 of the deceased workers had fall prevention training; among those 32 construction fatalities where training was evident, the most common factors were wearing PPE improperly, lack of worksite instruction and not wearing PPE
  • 35 fatal accidents occurred in the summer months
  • Fatalities by age were distributed in a bell curve with nearly equal occurrences in the 15-24 age cohort as the 65+; there were 9 fatalities in the 65+ cohort
  • 21 fatalities were in roofing
  • 13 were in residential
  • 28 fatalities were from roofs, 21 from ladders
  • The most common contributing factors to falls were lack of worksite instruction, not wearing PPE and lack of falls training
  • 52 fatalities were on worksites with less than 4 workers
  • 3 workers were killed in their first day on the job, 7 in the first week, 14 in the first month, and 29 had less than one year of experience
  • 26 fatalities resulted from falls from 1 to 3 metres, 31 from 4 to 6 metres, 12 from 7 to 9 metres and 9 from 22 to 75 metres.

Electrical System Changes Will Benefit Northwest – Common Voice

Following a successful conclusion to the construction of the East-West Tie Line, the Common Voice Northwest Energy Task Force is now celebrating a decision by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to correct a historical barrier to getting power to new mines and mills in Northwestern Ontario.

For many years, the Energy Task Force has advocated to the Ontario Government and the OEB to change the assignment of costs for the upgrading of distribution and transmission lines to reflect a fair share approach.  This week, OEB announced a number of cost allocation changes including four areas that the Energy Task Force identified to reflect the specific needs of the Northwest.

The Energy Task Force, through the Northwest Associated Chambers of Commerce and with the financial backing of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (the NOACC Coalition) engaged the legal firm of Weilers Law to represent the region before the Ontario Energy Board. The process to review the Transmission and Distribution System Code has been ongoing since 2016, with a decision rendered this week. It is expected that all costs for the intervention will be recovered through the OEB.

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Electrical System Changes Will Benefit Northwest – Common Voice

ECAO6_02202019.jpgHave you encountered electrical safety hazards or identified safety issues that, if not addressed, could have posed a serious threat to a homeowner, a family, or the community? Or perhaps you or someone you know has created an initiative or program that helps keep people safe from electrical harm.

If you have a story to tell, Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority wants to hear from you. ESA wants to celebrate and recognize contributions that make Ontario a safer place to live, work and play — in the workplace or in the community.

Submissions are accepted from February 1 – May 24, 2019 in the following three categories:

  • powerline safety
  • worker safety
  • consumer and home safety 

Nomination deadline: May 24, 2019. The awards will be handed out at the annual Ontario Electrical Safety Awards in Mississauga on Sept. 26, 2019. Either download the nomination form or fill out the online version here.

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 Industry Events


ESA 2019 Safety Awards Call for Nominations Now Open! We want to Hear Your Story This Year! 

Have you encountered electrical safety hazards or identified safety issues that, if not addressed, could have posed a serious threat to a homeowner, a family, or the community? Or perhaps you or someone you know has created an initiative or program that helps keep people safe from electrical harm.

If you have a story to tell, ESA wants to hear from you! We want to celebrate and recognize your contributions that make Ontario a safer place to live, work and play - in the workplace or in the community.

Submit your nomination today! 

Submissions are accepted from February 1 – May 24, 2019 in the following three categories:

  • Powerline Safety
  • Worker Safety
  • Consumer and Home Safety

The awards will be handed out at the annual Ontario Electrical Safety Awards in Mississauga on Sept. 26, 2019.

Here’s how to submit a nomination:

Click here and either download the form or fill out the online version.  ESA is here to support you with the entry process. If you need clarification on how to enter or for anything regarding the submission process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at: esa.awards@electricalsafety.on.ca.

Nomination deadline: May 24, 2019



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Leader of the Year: Congratulations Rob Lister, President and CEO of Oakville Enterprises

ecaofeb5_4.jpg.pngFor over 37 years, Rob has served and provided leadership in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Under Rob's leadership, OEC has become a leading energy and infrastructure services organization. Rob’s commitment to innovation and people at OEC is well-known. His participation and input on a wide range of provincial and national boards shows the respect he has garnered from peers, as well as his commitment to the industry overall.

Join Electricity Human Resources Canada, business leaders, and human resource professionals to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of those individuals and organizations at the forefront of industry HR best practice and leadership.

When: Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Where: Vantage Venues in Toronto, Ontario.


Powering Tomorrow

Held in advance of the Awards luncheon, EHRC's Director of Programs, Mark Chapeskie will host an interactive panel discussion that explores the importance of shaping the future of our most important resource: Our people.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Kevin Weaver, Vice President, International, Workforce Development and Partnerships, Georgian College
  • Nicole Parsons, Senior Manager, HR Corporate Services, Nalcor Energy
  • Nicole Miller, Assistant Director, Learning and Professional Development, University of Ottawa
  • Robyn Simpson, Talent Acquisition Associate, FortisBC
  • Aisling O'Doherty, Policy Analyst - Safety Risk, Policy & Innovation, Electrical Safety Authority

To register click here.


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