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ECAO Barcelona Conference  A Huge Success

ECAO has received great reviews from those who attended this year’s Conference. We want to thank all our sponsors for their support,  and we hope our Affiliate Partners who attended along with sponsors felt their time and investment was worthwhile. Tapas were good too.



ECAO Marks the 70th year with Annual General Meeting(AGM) September 12-13, Blue Mountain Resort


ECAO is now gearing up for its next major event in Ontario for the AGM. More details on registration and hotel room bookings will follow in the next few weeks. In the meantime if you have any questions, contact 

The summer is a great time to go to your local thrift shop to build your 70s outfit for the occasion.

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Streetlighting and 309A Electrician - Construction and Maintenance - OCOT

We encourage members to review the recent Ontario College of Trade Bulletin ( attached) pertaining to work being performed on streetlighting which is favourable for our trade. 

An individual who performs streetlighting work is engaged in the practice of the compulsory trade of Electrician – Construction and Maintenance and will be in breach of section 2 of the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (the “Act”) if the individual is not a member in good standing of the College or an apprentice working pursuant to a registered training agreement (“RTA”) that is not suspended in the trade of Electrician – Construction and Maintenance, unless otherwise authorized under the Act.3 Similarly, an employer or contractor who employs or otherwise engages an individual to perform this work will be in violation of section 4 of the Act if the individual in question is not a member in good standing of the College or an apprentice working pursuant to an RTA that is not suspended in the trade of Electrician – Construction and Maintenance, unless otherwise authorized under the Act.


ECAO21062018a.jpgCanadian Electrical Contractors Association of Canada (CECA) Honours NECA University of Toronto Student Chapter Award

Members of the winning U of T CECA-NECA  Student Chapter were honoured at the last CECA meeting . This team won the coveted Student Chapter Award in 2017.

In less than four years, the National Electrical Contractors Association’s student chapter at the University of Toronto has moved to the top of the class.

An ambitious group of students at the university recently helped the chapter win the NECA Student Chapter of the Year Award for 2017.

“We are thrilled with this recognition,” said Faculty Advisor Brenda McCabe said. “We realize that a lot of other chapters are doing great work.”

The NECA Student Chapter of the Year Award identifies students and faculty running successful student chapters by promoting activities that expose students to the electrical construction industry and facilitating year-round interaction between members and students. It also serves as an incentive to student chapters that might lack funds to organize activities. Winners in previous years include student chapters from Penn State University (2016) and Iowa State University (2015).


ECAO Scholarship Applications Now Open

The deadline for the ECAO Scholarships is soon approaching on July 20, 2018. The objective is to provide financial support for deserving children or wards of salaried personnel of ECAO member companies, for the purpose of attending recognized post-secondary institutions, and to encourage such individuals to attain a high level of academic achievement. For more details contact Cathy Frederickson at

Click here for the scholarship application form 

Congratulations to Patrick Dillon - the Business Manager for the Building & Construction Trades Council of Ontario - and a member of our Board of Directors on being awarded the Ontario College of Trades Chair's Award for his contributions to Skilled Trades in Ontario.

The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario represents 150,000 trades workers throughout the province.

ECAO20062018e.jpgNETCO Appoints new Executive Director- June 18, 2018

The National Electrical Trade Council (NETCO) has appointed Melissa Young as its Executive Director. Young was previously Assistant Director, Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, for the Province of New Brunswick.

In other NETCO news, two new directors have been elected to the Board of Directors. Terry Milot, RSE, is a long-time board member with the Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta, a CECA Board member since 2015 and Executive Vice President of Chemco Electrical. R. Graeme Aitken, LL.B, LL.M, is the Executive Director of the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario and has over 30 years of experience in the unionized construction industry across Canada.

Time to Rethink Minimum Wage in Ontario 

In any case, despite widely held misperceptions and claims from advocacy groups that will no doubt keep pushing for a higher minimum wage, the fact remains that it’s an ineffective way of fighting poverty because it fails to target those who need help the most.


ECAO20062018f.jpgAre you, as an employer, ready for cannabis in the workplace?

While a solid date has yet to be set for the legalization of cannabis in Canada, it’s happening. And it’s happening soon. However, there is still a lot of uncertainty around exactly how employers will deal with the legalization. Particularly when it comes to impairment in the workplace safety-concerned work environments like construction.


National Indigenous Peoples Day  June 21, 2018

In cooperation with Indigenous Peoples’ national organizations, the Government of Canada designated June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day, a celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ culture and heritage. This date was chosen because it corresponds to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and because for generations, many Indigenous Peoples’ groups have celebrated their culture and heritage at this time of year.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is a wonderful opportunity to become better acquainted with the cultural diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, discover the unique accomplishments of Indigenous Peoples in fields as varied as agriculture, the environment and the arts, and celebrate their significant contribution to Canadian society.

Get more information on National Indigenous Peoples Day and learn how to plan this special day.


Occupational Health and Safety

How Do You Keep Employees Engaged with Safety

Watch the video here


Ministry of Labour Construction Blitzes

Each year MOL schedules inspection blitzes and initiatives in specific sectors to protect workers' rights under both the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act, and enhance employers' awareness of their responsibilities.

The next round of annual blitzes takes place April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 – the fiscal year. Businesses will not be advised of the Inspections in advance.

Please find the schedule below:

Provincial blitzes 2018-19

Construction blitzes

Blitz focus Program   Date

Working at heights - fall protection training

Phase 1: compliance support and prevention education (Ministry of Labour and Infrastructure Health and Safety Association)

Phase 2: Ministry of Labour enforcement campaign

Health and safety

Phase 1:
May 1 - May 31, 2018

Phase 2:
June 1 – June 30, 2018

Reversing equipment on construction projects

Phase 1: compliance support and prevention education (Ministry of Labour and Infrastructure Health and Safety Association)

Phase 2: Ministry of Labour enforcement campaign

Health and safety

Phase 1:
September 1 – September 30, 2018

Phase 2:
October 1 - October 31, 2018


Employment Standards

May 1 - August 31, 2018

Industrial blitzes

Blitz Focus Program Date
New and young workers' health and safety Health and safety May 1 - August 31, 2018
Health and safety in warehouses and “big box” retail Health and safety October 1 – November 23, 2018
Machine guarding Health and safety February 1 – March 29, 2019

WSIB Small Business Safety Award

2018 Small Business Health & Safety Leadership Award Guidelines

Are you a small business owner who invests in workplace health and safety?

WSIB is investing in small businesses that believe workplace health and safety is a priority. Nominate your own small business or one in your community or association. The top three businesses will receive a cash prize - $5,000 (gold), $3,000 (silver), $2,000 (bronze) - and be recognized at the WSIB Annual General Meeting. 

Important dates
Nomination submission deadline: Extended to June 22, 2018
Interviews/Onsite validation of health and safety practices (top scoring nominees): Early July 2018
Winners selected and notified: Early August 2018
Awards presented to winners during WSIB Annual General Meeting: September 2018

For more details on eligibility criteria please click here.

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