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ECAO 2020 Annual Industry Conference- Prague

ECAO is working on finalizing a great line up of educational and motivational speakers for the Prague business sessions. Along with David Meade, we have booked Kristopher Lengieza, Director of Business Development, Procore. Kristopher will address how contractors can prepare themselves for future technological changes happening in construction. We are also working on securing a speaker from Europe-ON which was previously European Electrical Contractors AEI, to provide details on the European system for the training of electrical workers.


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ECAO Affiliate Partner 4S Consulting Offering Exclusive Program

ECAO Contractor Members can get WSIB rebates under the new Safety Excellence Program. If you are interested in being a part of an exclusive group of ECAO electrical contractors in helping you get your 2019 rebate, please contact Cathy Frederickson at

4S Consulting is offering to host 3 half-day seminars for contractors to help them prepare the applications for the rebate. 

AI- Coming to the Construction Industry- ECAO Webinar

Date: Wednesday January 15, 2020
Time: 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.


We all know that cognitive learning – be it artificial intelligence, deep learning or machine learning - are at the center of innovation.

Claudia Mamros, ECAO Affiliate Partner from icinfo will give us a glimpse into the future and then open discussions to unveil how data and its use will impact transportation, healthcare, construction, manufacturing, government, politics, entertainment, retail, the arts, criminal justice, security, defense, and communication. These industries will be transformed.

As Andrew Ng puts it, “Data is the new electricity of the 21st century.” This session will explore how data will impact the way we live, work, think, and interact with each other.

To register please contact Cathy Frederickson at


Impact of the change in journeyperson to apprentice ratios

The Chair of the Ontario College of Trades, Don Gosen, made a presentation at the recent Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) Board of Directors meeting and spoke generally about the current state of the Ontario College of Trades (OCoT) and the path forward to its eventual wind-down.

One of the more interesting facts that came out of Don’s presentation was his description of the impact of the government’s lowering of the Journeyperson to apprentice ratios for all trades that have ratios to one to one and the lowering of membership fees for journeypersons and apprentices. Don, being a master electrician himself, used the electrician trade as an example.

Here are the counts for Electrician — Construction and Maintenance (309A):


It shows the changes in apprentice registrations resulting from the ratio changes to one to one and the reductions of apprentices’ membership fees are not significant. There was no tsunami of pent up applicants just waiting to register for apprenticeships.

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The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) Study on Completion Rates


OCOT recently conducted a study on the 27,448 apprentices who started in OCOT’s first year, April 2013- April 2014, to determine the completion rates of those apprentices in both the compulsory and voluntary trades. As of November 2019 29.5% of those apprentices completed with their Certificate of Qualifications (C of Q). In the construction industry, 53% of the 309A apprentices who registered with OCOT completed their CofQ as of November 2019.

Of no surprise, the compulsory trades completion rate of 46% was significantly higher than the voluntary trades at 19%.

The read the full powerpoint click here

McNaughton pledges continued safety improvements following AG report


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Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton responded to criticisms of his government’s health and safety program oversight with a promise to act on the upcoming release of a report containing an operational review of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).


A Message from the incoming the Executive Secretary-Treasurer, James Barry


James Barry was recently elected as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the IBEW CCO, replacing John Grimshaw who will be retiring in early 2020.

Read the full message here.

The newly elected IBEW CCO / Electrical Power Systems Construction Council of Ontario (EPCO) executive was sworn in on the morning of November 28, 2019, in Toronto.


From left to right: Bruce McNamara, International Rep (swearing-in) John Bourke, VP; Lorne Newick, President; James Barry, Executive Sec-Treasurer; Steven Martin, EPCO President, and Mark Watson, EPCO VP. Congratulations to a great team!


Chief Prevention Officer’s occupational health and safety management system accreditation standard

This voluntary Occupational Health and Safety Management System Accreditation Standard is intended to identify excellence in OHS management through the accreditation of occupational health and safety management systems by the Chief Prevention Officer.


IHSA Recognition of Performance

IHSA has an award that recognizes member firms that have achieved a specific number of work hours (based on their firm size) without a lost-time injury, which is very similar to the criteria for the ECAO R.H. Carroll Safety Award given each year.

IHSA has advised us that ECAO Contractor Members can apply for this Recognition of Performance anytime throughout the year with their individual WSIB data.

To access the application form click here.

Electrical Safety Authority and Korea Electrical Safety Corporation Expand Cooperation to Promote Electrical Safety

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Mississauga, ON – Dec. 10, 2019 – The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) and Korea Electrical Safety Corporation (KESCO) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to strengthen cooperation in the area of electrical safety.


Recognizing Leaders in HR

Toronto on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, EHRC for this year's Awards of Excellence!

These awards celebrate the extraordinary achievements while giving national recognition to employees, teams, or leaders who are making a positive and tangible impact on the workforce.



Energy Storage Report

ecao7dec162019.jpgThe stationary energy storage industry, with batteries as the prime mover, has enjoyed a series of record years of deployment across North America, Europe, and Asia in particular, but what comes next after that first wave? What are the challenges still posed for the ‘mainstream’ adoption of cost-effective energy storage technologies in a modern, low-carbon grid?

Energy Storage Special Report 2019, from the editorial teams behind and PV Tech, brings you no less than seven feature articles and technical papers looking at everything from the policy and regulatory initiatives that still need to happen, to bankability and profitability of ESS, system technologies and architecture, all the way to recycling and end-of-life care for batteries.

*The above was originally published as the introduction to Energy Storage Special Report 2019

Go HERE for the full report


Hydrostor and NRStor complete the world’s first commercial advanced-CAES facility


Goderich A-CAES Facility

Hydrostor, a developer of Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) projects, in partnership with NRStor Incorporated, a Canadian energy storage project developer, has announced the completion of the Goderich A-CAES Facility, located in Goderich, Ont. The plant, which was selected as an Energy Storage North America 2019 Innovation Award Winner, “represents a pivotal advancement in long-duration energy storage and a world first in the successful commercialization of fuel-free (adiabatic) CAES technology.”


New Affiliate Partner- Scorpion Tracking

Scorpiontrack is a Canadian Fleet Management Company that has a solution for small to large businesses. The partnership offers us the opportunity to introduce our product and service to the ECAO community. It can become increasingly difficult to manage vehicles and keep drivers safe as a business grows. A typical over-the-road fleet can spend up to 40% of its time idling, with a leadfoot driver using up to 15 - 20% more fuel than the average driver. Drivers who know their behavior is being monitored tend to perform according to company and Ministry of Transport standards, which can reduce accidents and damage to vehicles, equipment, and freight.

Scorpiontrack fleet and asset tracking can help ECAO members manage — and even accelerate — the growth of their business by tracking their vehicles and delivering the information they need to increase productivity, reduce operating costs and improve driving behavior. Selecting the right solution for a business is critical to helping them get the results they want based on the goals they have set.

Below are the ECAO rates. For more information please contact Rita Taliana at 905-577-7267 or


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