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ECAO is preparing the speakers line-up for next year’s conference in Nashville, so save the date September 25-29, 2019.


JW Marriott Hotel Nashville


End of the Bill 148 Era: Ontario Bill to Reverse Employment and Labour Reforms

On October 23, 2018, the Ontario government introduced Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 (Bill 47), new legislation that if passed in its present form would effectively “undo” many of the key changes to workplace laws implemented by Bill 148. The range of changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (LRA) proposed in Bill 47 will significantly impact your business, and all employers need to be aware of what the government has introduced.

ECAO Contractors are strongly encouraged to read this article to learn more about how Bill 47 will affect Personal Emergency Leave and Scheduling.


Ontario Announces Intentions to Modernize Apprenticeship System


Ontario’s new government says it is taking steps to modernize and transform Ontario’s skilled trades and apprenticeship system.

The current regulatory framework for employers and apprentices creates barriers to apprenticeship, the government says, making it difficult for Ontario to keep up in training the skilled tradespeople that will be required by the economy. About one in five new jobs in Ontario in the coming years are expected to be in trades-related occupations.

The government has proposed a number of changes, including:

  • setting all ratios at one-to-one.
  • implementing a moratorium on trade classifications and reclassifications.
  • winding down the Ontario College of Trades.

Without providing specifics, the government also says it will propose further improvements to the apprenticeship system that would promote the skilled trades in Ontario and to improve access to the apprenticeship system for both apprentices and employers.


Making Ontario Open for Business Act Bill 47

Ontario's Government for the People is taking concrete measures to make Ontario open for business, grow the economy and help create and protect good jobs across the province.

Jim Wilson, Ontario's Minister Responsible for Red Tape and Regulatory Burden Reduction, joined Laurie Scott, Minister of Labour and Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, to announce a series of regulatory and legislative changes that, if passed by Ontario's Legislature, will make it easier for Ontario employers to hire and make it easier for workers to find jobs and grow their careers in Ontario.


 Ministry of Labour Update

Ontario's Government for the People cutting red tape in order to help create and protect jobs

To Read Full MOL Newsletter Click Here 

 Industry News

Canada’s First Near Net-Zero Supermarket Initiates a Clean Energy Future


The federal government will invest $1.44-million to help build Canada’s first near net-zero supermarket. To be located in Stouffville Ontario, the 40,000 sq. ft. Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc. store will use 35% less energy than other supermarkets and produce 65% of its own energy through renewable technologies.

In partnership with Neelands Group Limited and s2e Technologies Inc., this first-of-its-kind supermarket in Canada aims to reduce between 1,500 and 2,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year by integrating energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy systems, and other sustainable technologies.


 Training and Education

ECAO Webinar November 14,  Hosted by Construction Services Canada (CSC) Consulting Inc.

Commercial Management and Maintaining Notification Entitlement in Claim Situations

Not all commercial issues on construction projects should be referred to a lawyer. A significant gap exists between a contractor and a lawyer that many larger contractors fill with a commercial manager of some sort, to manage impacts to the schedule, change orders, notice letters and contract negotiations and the like.

It is not cost effective for all contractors to retain a full-time commercial manager to oversee these items, so how best to deal with them? And how do we prioritize these issues?

In order to help our members in managing the commercial management minefield and specifically preserving their entitlement to a claim should the worst happen.

ECAO is offering a complimentary 45-minute webinar on Wednesday, November 14 at 10:00 am.

This webinar will be hosted by one of our Affiliate Partners, CSC Consulting Inc. CSC Consulting has broad and in-depth operational experience in the construction industry, specifically in the Electrical sector. We specialize in the prevention and management of construction disputes and the commercial and risk management of construction projects.

If you are interested in registering in this webinar, please CLICK HERE.

For more details contact Cathy Frederickson at 

 ECAO Upcoming Events - Save the Dates

ECAO Annual Conference Nashville, September 25- 29, 2019


Mark your calendars for next September to join us in Nashville. ECAO is currently planning several activities for attendees to enjoy the best events in Nashville, including the Grand Old Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

NETCO National Training Committee meeting – October 25, 2018 via teleconference

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum – AGM and Pre-apprenticeship Roundtable – October 18, 2018, Ottawa

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum – Supporting Women in Trades Symposium – November 6 & 7, Halifax – NETCO Executive Director attending

NETCO Board of Directors meeting – November 28, 2018, Toronto

Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) Town Halls on Risk Based Assessment

You're Invited: ESA Town Halls Are Coming To Your Area!

ESA is moving to Risk-based Oversight (RBO) for electrical wiring by 2020. We'd like your input on how these changes could affect you, your customers and your business. We will also like to review decisions made about the Authorized Contractor Program (ACP) in light of feedback received from the industry.

  • JOIN US at one of our Town Halls and provide feedback directly to ESA. Help us shape the future of electrical safety in Ontario
  • REGISTER for a RBO town hall in your area at
  • FREE There is no cost to attend the workshop. For those who are unable to attend, materials and information will be available online
  • ASK A TECHNICAL ADVISOR Q&A will be available to all RBO participants

Make sure to register today for a town hall near you by visiting!

Thursday, November 1, 2018
10 am - 12:30 pm 
Tudor Hall
3750 Bowesville Road N.
Monday, November 19, 2018
9 am - 11:30 am 
425 Bingemans Centre Dr.
Monday, November 5, 2018
10 am - 12:30 pm
Ramada Kingston Hotels & Conference Centre
33 Benson St.
Mississauga (2 sessions):
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
9 am - 11: 30 am OR 6 pm - 8:30 pm 
Mississauga Grand
35 Brunei Rd.
Monday, November 5, 2018
6 pm - 8:30 pm 
Edward Village Hotel 
50 East Valhalla Dr.
St. Catharines:
Thursday, November 22, 2018
9 am - 11: 30 am 
Best Western
2 North Service Rd.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
10 am - 12:30 pm
Best Western Otonabee Inn 
84 Lansdowne Street E.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
9 am - 11: 30 am
Best Western Lamplighter Inn 
591 Wellington Rd S.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
9 am - 11:30 am
Holiday Inn and Conference Centre 
20 Fairview Rd.
Friday, November 30, 2018
9 am - 11: 30 am
Holiday Inn Ambassador Bridge 
1855 Huron Church Rd.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6 pm - 8:30pm 
Holiday Inn 
1696 Regent St.

ESA will be looking for input from ECAO members on the Electrical Licensing of Contractors. ESA is planning to look to make changes in the upcoming years to make it more streamlined and efficient for contractors to get approved and renewed. If you have any comments please either send to Joe Kurpe or to Cathy Frederickson at | | Media Kit | Archive
Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario

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