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Message from ECAO’s New President, J. Brad Walker, Laframboise Group Ltd.

ecao1nov62019.jpgI am excited about being ECAO’s new President. As many of you know I have been involved with ECAO for many years and my history in the industrial mechanical & electrical contracting industry is extensive.

I would like to thank Past President, Mark Lloyd for paving the way for me to work with our Board and all ECAO members in promoting the union electrical contracting industry. Mark has made a significant contribution towards building the ECAO office to effectively meet the requests and challenges facing them from our members.

With the ECAO Board & Staff, we plan to continue to work on elevating the profile of our members and hope to continue our strong relationships with government, construction industry partners and to support our Affiliate Partners in meeting the needs of our members in the future. This can’t be possible without the input from our members and our local ECAs. I encourage you to reach out to me anytime to raise your concerns or ideas on how we can, together, be the voice of our industry. I look forward to working in a collaborative way with our entire community.

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ECAO Annual Industry Conference Prague, May 24-30, 2020

Next year’s Industry Conference is being held in Prague and we have reserved the entire Mandarin Oriental Hotel for our event. This will create a great environment exclusively for our members and guests. It will also provide great exposure for our sponsors.

The conference program is a great blend of business sessions, with keynote speaker David Meade along with free time and great cultural group activities.

Early Bird Registration deadline is December 20. Register by December 20 and win one of 2 hotel room upgrades.

To register and see the program outline please go to

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cathy Frederickson at

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Prague


ECAO JEPP Great Gatsby Gala

Winner of Best Photo Contest- Kris Ferguson and wife Walden Electrical Inc. While we had a hard time selecting the best photo, we thought this captured the feeling of the night. In traditional style, there was time for a group photo.


The following are the winners of the best-dressed couple, male and female. This year the winners were sensitive to gender identification. Thanks to our judges Zaheer Lakhani from Bandhu Lakhani Campea and Mauro Di Tulio from Federated Insurance.


ECAO & JEPP's charity of choice was “Autism Ontario, Niagara” this year. We raised $1500 through our gift raffle proceeds. Thank you to everyone who contributed.


Hon. Monte McNaughton kickstarted our JEPP AGM by speaking on the future of the construction Labour Legislation of Ontario.


Thank you to our 2018-19 Board Members


Joint OEL and ECAO Submission to the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) on the 5 Year Licensing Strategy

On November 1, a joint submission from the Ontario Electrical League and the ECAO was sent to ESA. The electrical industry’s main concerns center on a recommendation to make ESA more responsive and focussed on the needs of electrical contractors. Over the years the ESA has taken more control over the Electrical Contractor Registration Agency (ECRA) where both OEL and ECAO believe this Agency should be more autonomous and controlled by electrical contractors. To read the full letter click here.

Prompt Payment and Adjudication Seminar

Please join us for a seminar hosted by FCA Insurance in collaboration with WeirFoulds LLP to discuss what the new Prompt Payment and Adjudication rules will mean to you and your business.

Date: November 27, 2019

Time: 10am-12pm

Location: ECAO Office, 10 Carlson Ct #702, Etobicoke, ON M9W 6L2


Prompt payment and adjudication are coming to your construction project soon

Big changes to the Construction Act came into force on October 1, 2019. These changes include a new statutory regime for prompt payment of invoices, and a new dispute resolution process called adjudication to deal with most types of project disputes.

Given the significance of these changes to the Construction Act, we invite you to the must-attend seminar on November 27, 2019. Our speakers will highlight the key features of the changes and share practical advice about how to adjust to the realities of prompt payment and adjudication. The presentation will help you navigate through the transition rules, and suggest how to update your contracts and processes. It will also provide updates on the Authorized Nominating Authority for adjudication, the Ontario Dispute Adjudication for Construction Contracts. Our speakers will guide you through the changes and provide you with practice tips for getting your team ready. They will also refer to Pay Prompt, a web-based software for handling obligations related to prompt payment and adjudication, which is an independently owned business that does not provide legal advice.


Jamie Collum, FCA Insurance


Krista Chaytor, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP and Founder of Pay Prompt Inc.

Faren Bogach, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP and Founder of Pay Prompt Inc.

Jeff Scorgie, Associate, WeirFoulds LLP and Founder of Pay Prompt Inc.


Coffee & snacks to be provided by FCA Insurance.

If you are interested please contact Cathy Frederickson at

Lunch & Learn WSIB and Safety Excellence Program (In-person or webinar)

Please join us for a Lunch and Learn on WSIB’s Online Compass along with an overview of WSIBs new Health & Safety Excellence Program delivered by our Affiliate Partners 4S Consulting. Members will learn how to earn rebates and how to apply. 

WSIB Compass allows businesses to access their own detailed claims, costs, and 2020 premiums and rates, as well as the ability to access your key health and safety statistics.

Date: Monday, November 25, 2019

Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Location: In-person or via webinar

Lunch snacks provided.

Parking: Covered

Please contact Cathy Frederickson at


Building Trades trash skill-set system

The Ford government’s plan to introduce a skill-sets system for the building trades in Ontario was repeatedly slammed at the recent annual convention of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario held in Niagara Falls.



Celebrating National Skilled Trades and Technology Week

The Ontario government is kicking off National Skilled Trades and Technology Week by launching, a new hub where people can explore the trades and learn how to become a tradesperson. Employers and current tradespeople can also get help with hiring and learn about changes to the skilled trades and apprenticeship system.


Building Trades calls for national health, safety strategy

Recent strong numbers on construction health and safety in Ontario and across Canada mask continuing problems that require immediate rectification, including implementation of significant worker-centric reforms.

That’s the analysis of a new report from the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario.

The report, written by Carmine Tiano, director for occupational health services at the Building Trades and released Sept. 23, is being submitted to Canada’s Building Trades Unions with the intention of forming the basis for a new national injury prevention strategy, said Tiano.

The report said the positive numbers showing a reduction in construction injuries over the past decade could be misleading and should be reexamined. Tiano said more research is needed to inform better policy; the lack of uniformity in worker insurance programs such as Ontario’s WSIB across the country impedes improvements, and the rise of populist governments with “open for business” policies across the country can only lead to a deterioration of health and safety culture.


How Employers WSIb 2020 Premium rates were calculated

The WSIB announced the 2020 employer premium rates at their AGM at the end of September. No doubt, you had already told your members that their 2020 rates would remain approximately the same as they were in 2019 and they are. Each individual employer’s 2020 rate was calculated individually based on their 2019 Rate Group rate net of any rebates or surcharges you may have received or been assessed.

Some employers were surprised that their 2020 rate didn’t match their 2019 Rate Group rate. An employer’s 2020 premium rate is an amount calculated specifically for each individual employer and it is approximately equal to the 2019 Rate Group rate plus or minus any surcharges or rebates.

If you have any enquiries regarding your 2020 premium rates and asking how it was calculated, please go to videos on the WSIB’s website.


Women in Building Trades ready to ‘kick open doors’


Some 55 women in the skilled construction trades emerged from the first women’s conference held by the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario in Niagara Falls recently saying they were ready to kick open the doors of discrimination in the construction sector.

And two days later, their resolution demanding a seat at the table alongside the all-male executive board members of the Building Trades was passed by delegates attending the annual convention.


New WSIB safety program aligns with COR

Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board introduced a new safety program Nov. 1 that replaces three older ones and, thanks to a push by construction stakeholders, achieves alignment with the construction sector’s COR safety program.

The new voluntary WSIB Health and Safety Excellence program continues the best features of the obsolete programs, Work Well, Safety Groups and Small Business explained Rod Cook

Construction firms can align with COR by successfully showing mastery of 36 “topics” in the Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced program phases.


Algonquin on track to Sustainable Energy

Algonquin College is working on three projects that have been underway since receiving a $9 million grant as part of the Greenhouse Gas Campus Retrofits Program. The major projects were the installation of solar panels; installation of a battery electricity storage capability; and expansion of their thermal network.

The solar panel and battery electricity storage projects will connect to the campus micro-grid next-year and will produce one megawatt of green electricity for on-campus use.




The Buildings Show / PMExpo 2019

The Buildings Show / PMExpo 2019 will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from December 4-6, 2019.

Over 30,000 professionals were in attendance last year with more than 500 industry experts at The Buildings Show 2018. This year, they will be focusing on innovation and new technology for all stakeholders in the built environment. It is a good opportunity to meet industry leaders and influencers that can help grow your business and make relationships with vendors for further negotiations. Don’t miss it!

Certi-Fire will be exhibited at booth location 1720 this year. Please come to visit us!

For more information about the Show, please Click here

Technician Apprenticeship Program


The Powerline Technician Apprenticeship Program remains one of IHSA’s unique, sought-after programs. Powerline technicians are responsible for the construction and maintenance of electrical transmission and distribution lines. In order to conduct this type of work, a four-year apprenticeship under the auspices of the Ministry of Training, College and Universities (MTCU) is required.

IHSA is one of a limited number of training delivery agents designated by the MTCU to provide the skills-based training for all four levels of the Powerline Technician Apprenticeship.

All four levels of the apprenticeship are held in Mississauga at IHSA’s modern Skills Development Centre (SDC), which features modern facilities and top-of-the-line equipment. Our Skills Development Center features energized overhead 8 kV and 27.6 kV circuits, energized 13.8 kV underground circuits and equipment utilized for accurate and critical work method evaluation to ensure training is matched to real work conditions. IHSA also facilitates apprenticeship training in Sudbury at Cambrian College and in the west in Chatham.

For more information on how you can enroll your apprentices, contact Lyndsy Miceli, Powerline Technician Apprenticeship Administrator at or call 905-212-7933. Visit IHSA website at

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