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Industry Joins Forces for Toronto’s Good Shepherd

ECAO_GOODSHEPPARD_22JUNE2017.JPGFrom left: Edward Docherty, son of the late George Docherty, Karen Docherty, wife of the late George Docherty, Lisa Docherty, daughter of the late George Docherty, Bob O'Donnell, EVP, Greater Toronto Electrical Contractors Association, Br. David Lynch, OH, Executive Director, Good Shepherd Ministries

It started as a Green Energy Challenge project by a Canadian Electrical Contractors Association University of Toronto student chapter and ended up as a major lighting retrofit that will save the Good Shepherd homeless shelter thousands of dollars on their electricity bills – money that can now be put towards supporting those less fortunate.

Once the energy audit was complete, industry associations and contractors came together to make sure the improvements that were needed became a reality. The Greater Toronto Electrical Contractors Association made a $30,000 donation in memory of George Docherty, former Guild Electric Vice-President and ECAO Board member, to help fund the project. Alltrade and Graybar stepped up to make contributions and assist with the project. It was an extraordinary demonstration of kindness and generousity by the electrical contracting industry and its partners.

Good Shepherd Ministries is a registered charity located in downtown Toronto. Founded in 1963, Good Shepherd Ministries operates Toronto's largest free meal program as well as providing shelter, clothing, medical care, and other vital services for people struggling with homelessness and poverty.


ECAO/IBEW Annual Golf Tournament Another Success

It was a great day for golf as ECAO contractors, IBEW members and industry partners gathered at Royal Ontario Golf Course in Milton last week to take on the picturesque but challenging course. The day started off on the right foot as each participant was given a free pair of Nike golf shoes. Under sunny skies the foursomes rolled out for a fun afternoon of golf and camaraderie followed by dinner and great prizes. A special thanks to all our sponsors and tournament organizers for putting on a great day.

ECAO Members Can Have Their Say in Where 2018 Industry Conference is Held


ECAO is asking its members where they’d like to see the next industry conference held. Watch for a destination survey in your inbox during the next couple of days. You could win a FREE conference registration just by completing the survey! Choose your favourite from one of four great destinations! If you don’t receive an email but would like to participate in the survey, simply email to receive the link.

IBEW Holding Elections in June

Across Ontario, many IBEW locals are holding elections this month. Here are the election dates and locals, with winning candidate names posted for elections already held:

Friday, June 2, 2017
Local 773
Karl Lovett was acclaimed as Business Manager.
James Dodman re-elected as President.

Friday, June 16, 2017
Local 586
John Bourke re-elected as Business Manager.
Bruce Parsons re-elected as President.
Both are returning to their respective positions.

Friday, June 23, 2017
The following locals will be casting ballots on the 23rd:
Local 105, Local 402, Local 804, Local 1687, Local 115

Thursday, June 29th, 2017
Local 353

Saskatchewan Hoping for Same Success as Ontario When it comes to Prompt Payment

The success of having prompt payment legislation introduced in the Ontario legislature has other provinces taking notice and pushing for their own legislation. Saskatchewan’s construction industry advocate is pushing for the province to introduce legislation that would set measures around when companies get paid for completed work.

It’s common in Saskatchewan, like Ontario, for sub-contractors not to get paid at the time they complete their work. On average Saskatchewan companies wait 72 days to get paid for jobs they’ve finished.

Construction companies hope Saskatchewan’s government introduces and passes prompt payment laws that would set a timeline around when contractors must be paid, establish a dispute process and apply interest to late payments. There’s no province yet that has legislation in place to deal with this, although it’s very common in the rest of the industrialized world.

Ontario legislators brought forward similar measures at the end of May.

The hope in Saskatchewan is that legislation would be introduced this year.

Beat the Heat

ECAO_BEATTHEHEAT_22JUNE2017.jpgWhile the hot weather is great when you’re relaxing at the cottage, it can become a serious health hazard when you’re at work. It’s especially dangerous at this time of year before your body becomes used to the heat.

If you’re working in hot or humid conditions, make sure you drink water regularly throughout the day. On really hot or humid days, take frequent breaks in a shaded or air-conditioned area. Also, be on the lookout for telltale signs of heat stress in yourself and in others.

All workers should learn to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them. Visit IHSA’s Heat Stress web page for information and resources. You can order or download IHSA’s Hazards of Heat Stress poster, Heat Stress Prevention for Roofers brochure or Heat Stress Safety Talk at no charge.

Changes to Better Support Workers With Mental Illness

ECAO_WSIBONTARIO_22JUNE2017.pngLegislation that will allow the WSIB to enhance its support for workers suffering from work-related chronic mental stress and change the way WSIB indexes and calculates certain benefits has received royal assent.

This new legislation regarding chronic mental stress will come into force on Jan. 1, 2018. WSIB is accepting public input until July 7, 2017 on its proposed implementation plan, available on the Work-Related Chronic Mental Stress Policy Consultation web page.

In addition to changes to entitlement for work-related mental stress, the legislation also makes changes for workers who receive certain permanent disability supplements to increase fairness for those injured before 1990.

For more information:

FAQ on work-related chronic mental stress

FAQ on permanent disability supplements

New and Young Workers Blitz

Ontario has launched inspection blitzes to ensure new and young workers, such as summer student employees, are safe on the job and know their rights at work.

From now to August 31, 2017, Ontario workplace inspectors and officers are visiting workplaces to ensure that employers are complying with provincial health and safety and employment standards laws, including training requirements, minimum wage, hours of work and overtime pay.

Former Prime Minister Harper’s Union Legislation Repealed

ECAO_CENTREBLOCK_22JUNE2017.jpgThe Federal government has adopted Bill C-4, legislation that repeals the former Conservative government’s Bills C-377 and C-525 which would have mandated unions, their suppliers and other businesses they do work with to file detailed expense reports for review. 

Labour activists across the country campaigned against these bills from the beginning. Prime Minister Trudeau promised that, if elected, he would repeal them.

Some argued Bill C-525 would have made it more difficult for workers in federally regulated workplaces to join a union. It was opposed by labour relations experts, but was nonetheless passed into law by the Conservatives in December 2014.

The Boss Man – Nic Bittle – to Speak at ECAO in September

ECAO 05 08JUN2017.jpgAs part of its 2017 Professional Development Series, ECAO is pleased to welcome Nic Bittle on Sept. 28. He will be presenting A FOREMAN’S FIELD GUIDE TO DEVELOPNG YOUR WORKFORCE – What Smart Leaders are doing to Develop Their Workforce.

Nic Bittle is the founder of Work Force Pro and works with contractors that want to prepare and develop their workforce to lead with impact, act like a pro, and perform at their best on a daily basis. Nic is author of three books, Small Business, BIG Mistakes, Perform Like the Boss! & Good Foreman; Bad Foreman.

Cost for each seminar is $525 tax included. Seminars run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.  Space is limited so register today. Visit ECAO website for more information.

ECAO Scholarship – Nominate a Student Today

ECAO_SCHOLARSHIP_22JUNE2017.jpgIn recognition of the importance of education and having post-secondary graduates enter into the construction industry, ECAO established a Scholarship Program in 2004. The program provides financial support for deserving students attending recognized post-secondary institutions.

The deadline for applications is July 15. Visit the ECAO website for more information and the application form.

ECAO’s Douglas J.B. Wright Award Nominations – Deadline is July 15

The Douglas J. B. Wright Award pays tribute to individuals who best exemplify the dedication and commitment to the electrical contracting industry as exhibited by Doug Wright through his years of service. 

Submit your nomination by July 15, 2017 to:
The Douglas J. B. Wright Award Committee
c/o Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario
10 Carlson Court, Suite 702, Toronto, ON  M9W 6L2
Fax:  416-675-7736 or email:

Visit the ECAO website for more information and the application form.

New Phone System at ECAO Means Extensions Changed

A new phone system has been installed at the ECAO office. As a result, phone extensions have changed slightly, adding a “0” to the end of the former extensions. Staff can now be reached at 416-675-3226 and:

Jeff Koller, Executive Director ext. 3110
Jodi Travers, Labour Relations Manager ext. 3140
Dorothy Knapik, Office Assistant ext. 3000
Ania Paliwoda, Senior Office Administrator ext. 3160
Kevin Vallier, Manager, Communications ext. 3130

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