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ECAO Annual Conference 2019 Nashville, September 25-29

ECAO is gearing up to promote our Annual Conference in Nashville. Along with many group events planned for Nashville, we are looking to reach out and promote our Affiliate and Industry Partners, some who have US branches. To view the promotional video for Nashville you can click here.

ECAO’s 2018 Annual Conference in Barcelona was a great success and we are hoping to gain even more participation for 2019 in Nashville. Below is a list of the sponsorship opportunities available.

Sponsorship Opportunities

ECAO Sponsorship opps 22112018.JPGAll Sponsors will be showcased with on- site signage as well as banner recognition on both ECAO’s website and Annual Industry Conference 2019 website. The sponsors will also be recognized in The Ontario Electrical Contractor magazine and ECAO’s E-Newsletters. There will be a proper recognition as a sponsor in promotional mailings, e-mails and most importantly ECAO’s Social Media Handles. We will work with you to give your company exposure to all the industry leaders and provide maximum recognition with all conference attendees and opportunities to meet face to face.

Contact Cathy Frederickson at


Kamakshi Ahluwalia at 

Legislation Reversing Parts of Bill 148 Passes

On November 21, 2018, Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, as amended by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, passed Third Reading and is awaiting Royal Assent.

Bill 47 passed in substantially the same form as tabled at First Reading, subject to a few Committee amendments made to the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (LRA) found in Schedule 2.



Fall Economic Statement Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA)

On the afternoon of Thursday, November 15th, Finance Minister Vic Fidelli rose in the Legislature to present the government’s Fall Economic Statement. Features of this financial and legislative roadmap that will be of interest to contractors are as follows:

  • GDP is expected to grow by 2% in 2018, 1.8% in 2019, 1.7% in 2010 and 1.5% in 2021
  • To maintain business tax competitiveness for with the US, the provincial government will introduce accelerated depreciation measures, will maintain the lower small business corporate income tax rate and will increase the Employer Health Tax exemption threshold from $450,000 in payroll to $490,000
  • The provincial deficit was pegged at $14.5B, down $500M from the time when the Tories assumed office little more than five months ago; this is the result of $3.2B in savings already implemented and $2.7B in new spending or foregone revenue (tax spending)
  • The Fall Economic Statement did not prescribe the journey to budget balance (look for that in the March 2019 budget)
  • The government will introduce the Low-Income Individuals and Families Tax (LIFT) Credit, effective January 1, 2019, which will exempt low-income earners from paying provincial income tax; this measure is estimated to benefit 1.1 million people and cost the government $495 million in foregone revenue
  • The government will conduct a review of the workers compensation system to ensure it remains sustainable in the future
  • There will be a review of Metrolinx and possible amendments to the Metrolinx Act
  • Work will resume on the GTA West highway corridor
  • An Open for Business Action Plan will be initiated to reduce the burden of red tape and unnecessary regulation by 25% by 2022
  • The government will conduct a review of power prices for industrial power consumers with public input
  • The government will introduce an environmental plan to fight climate change
  • The government will launch a Housing Supply Action Plan to address housing affordability and grow supply
  • New rental units built after the date of the Fall Economic Statement will be exempted from rent control

The full document is available at the following link here.


 Industry News

Schools celebrate skilled trades solutions

Growing number of students, both male and female, taking advantage of programming that could help fill the anticipated skilled trades gap.


It’s estimated that 560,000 jobs could go unfilled by 2030, roughly 250,000 individuals in the construction trades alone, costing the economy tens of billions of dollars.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has warned that 82 per cent of businesses can’t find workers with the appropriate qualifications because of a shortage and mismatch between the skills worker have and those that employers need.

But what is happening locally at area high schools — and more recently, the provincial government through Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act — is making inroads into addressing the crisis.


How to use your skills to expand your business offerings with standby power

Electrical contractors already know how to install a standby generator, so by adding generator service offerings to your business, you can add value for your customers and increase your revenue stream, all without having to learn a new skill.  Adding standby generator sales is as simple as learning what your customers want, brushing up on your knowledge of generators and learning how to transfer your current skill set.


 Training and Education

Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) Defect of the Month for November 2018

November 2018 – Over the past year, ESA Inspectors have issued more than 2,852 defects related to Rule 10-406 and the bonding of non-electrical equipment.


 ECAO Upcoming Events - Save the Dates

The Building Show and PM Expo

ECAO will be hosting a booth at the upcoming Building Show on November 28-30, at the Metro Convention Centre promoting the Certifire Program. The Building Show also features many educational sessions that members might wish to attend. To see the full roster of events you can go to


State of the Industry & Outlook Conference 2019

The Ontario Construction Secretariat will host its 19th annual State of the Industry & Outlook Conference on Thursday March 7th, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown, Toronto.  This conference is must attend event for construction industry professionals who want to hear where the construction industry is headed in 2019.

The OCS State of the Industry & Outlook Conference is an informative and well-attended half-day conference where industry experts unravel the economic indicators and assess their impact on Ontario’s construction industry.


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!

St. Catharines:
Thursday, November 22, 2018 | 9 am - 11: 30 am 
Best Western | 2 North Service Rd.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 | 9 am - 11: 30 am
Best Western Lamplighter Inn | 591 Wellington Rd S.

Friday, November 30, 2018 | 9 am - 11: 30 am
Holiday Inn Ambassador Bridge | 1855 Huron Church Rd.

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
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