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 ECAO Awards and Scholarships


ECAO is now accepting nominations for the Douglas J. B. Wright Award. This award was created in 1992 by the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario and the Ontario Electrical Construction Co. Ltd. to pay 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.

Nominations are due to ECAO, by July 15, 2019. To download the application form click here.


Nominations are now being accepted for the R. H. (Hugh) Carroll Award. Created in 1999 by the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario to pay tribute to member firms who best exemplify the dedication and commitment to safety in the electrical contracting industry as exhibited by R.H. (Hugh) Carroll through his years of service.

Nominations are due to ECAO, by July 15, 2019. To download the registration form click here.


In recognition of the importance of education and the need to have post secondary graduates enter into the construction industry, the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario established a “Scholarship Program” in 2004 for children or wards of salaried employees of Association Member Companies. The objective of this program is to provide financial support for deserving children or wards of salaried personnel of member companies, for the purpose of attending recognized post-secondary institutions, and to encourage such individuals to attain a high level of academic achievement.

Please submit your application forms to ECAO by July 20, 2019 and you can down load the application form by clicking here.


ECAO Day at the Races


The ECAO Board Invites Affiliate Partners and all local ECA Contractors Associations for a night of fun, networking and racing. Please feel free to bring a companion as well.

Please RSVP to Audrey Lozelli at


Electrical stakeholders propose policy to fill OCOT void

Two Ontario electrical sector organizations have released a report recommending steps forward for the Ontario government to fill the void left by the demise of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).

Executives with the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – Construction Council of Ontario (IBEW-CCO) say the paper, titled A Legacy for the Future: An Apprenticeship System that Works!, represents more than just an attempt to let the government know they want to be consulted as policy is developed on apprenticeships and trades regulation following the Doug Ford government’s decision to axe OCOT.

“Absolutely,” something has to replace OCOT, said ECAO executive director Graeme Aitken in an interview.

“But we are trying to do something more. What we are looking to do is engage in conversations with the government to build a system that is going to last and is capable of adapting to different cycles and demands in the industry.

“Rather than just a replacement piece, we would like to work with them on something that will stand the test of time.”


Changes for the Ontario College of Trades Announced in Ontario Budget


Premier Doug Ford announced in his recent budget, that there will be a new governance framework to replace the Ontario College of Trades.

They plan to promote apprenticeship and the skilled trades as a “pathway choice” in elementary and high schools, and apprenticeship service delivery will be improved with a new “one-window digital portal for apprentices.”


Save the date for 8th Annual Employment and Social Development Canada’s - Labour Program's Open House

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is having an Open House on May 8th. This is an opportunity to meet with Health and Safety Officers, Labour Standards Inspectors, and various health and safety partners. Find out exactly what you need to do to comply with the legislation. This event is in partnership with IHSA, WSPS, OHCOW, CCOHS, OPP, TC, CSA Group, MTO, and MOL.

This will be followed by a day of training sessions on May 9. To Download the flyer for more details. To register, click here.


"Don't end up like him" - Stigma of working in the trades

This article was written by Mike Holmes Jr. regarding the stigma of working in the trades. The trades are a great, stable career – but often it doesn’t get characterized that way. Since he has started working in the skilled trades there have been many situations where he, and many other trades people, have been affected by the stigma.


Keeping Canada's power on will require 20,000 new workers by 2022

Canada's electricity providers say they need to appeal to a younger and more diverse workforce if they're going to keep the country's lights on.

A new report on the industry's labour needs from Electricity Human Resources Canada suggests at least 20,500 new workers will be needed in power plants and transmission systems before 2022.


Six test programs launched to develop job skills in Canada

The federal Future Skills Centre has announced the launch of six projects intended to test new approaches to developing skills for Canada’s workforce. The centre, funded by the federal government, will involve some 5,000 workers from across the country participating in diverse skills development programs, a recent release stated.


 Occupational Health and Safety

Use extra caution around power lines, safety advocates urge

ecao-april24-2.jpgThe Electrical Safety Authority is reminding people to use extra caution when doing work around power lines, such as trimming trees.

The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is reminding people to use extra caution around power lines after a Thunder Bay man was electrocuted while trimming a tree this week.

The incident occurred Monday, when the tree reportedly came into contact with an overhead power line. The Ministry of Labour is investigating.

"Power lines are an everyday object that can kill you with or without direct contact," said Normand Breton, the ESA's director of power line safety. "This is the rule: always stay at least 10 feet away from the power lines."


2019 Falls Awareness Week (May 6 - 10, 2019)

The MOL is anticipated to officially launch the 2019 Falls Awareness Week (FAW) May 6 – 10 Campaign this week and IHSA will also be formalizing a social media blitz to align with the new resources leading up to the FAW.

Please find the following for your reference and promotion at upcoming committee meetings, events, correspondence and distribution to workplaces.  Please share with your staff accordingly.

IHSA has developed a Falls Kit with resources to help members hold a successful discussion on the topic of working safely at heights. The free or downloadable kit will be available at here or by emailing

How to participate in Falls Awareness Week

From May 6–10, 2019 the Ontario Ministry of Labour is asking workplaces to participate in Ontario’s second annual Falls Awareness Week (FAW). FAW aims to bring awareness to the falls hazards that exist in every workplace, through workplace discussion and participation.

During FAW, workplaces/employers are encouraged to stop work for 15–30 minutes to have a safety talk about fall hazards specific to their work environment.

Safety talks focus on addressing a key workplace hazard, such as working at heights, and facilitating an environment of open communication where workplace questions and concerns can be addressed.

RHow subcontractors can mitigate risk in their contracts

In his presentation at the Ontario General Contractors Association, Dan Leduc, partner with Norton Rose Fulbright, he was able to demonstrate how the wording in that standard form of subcontract can be grounds for a request for a change when there are schedule adjustments, given that the typical wording for a change order speaks to an adjustment in Contract Time, how there is often no express provision for a deficiency holdback to be taken and that the process of certifying progress draws does not lend itself to such a holdback over and above the statutory lien holdback, and how Issued for Construction (IFC) Drawings cannot form part of the definition of Subcontract Documents without a change order.


 ECAO Member Benefits

Spring time is often when contractors consider buying or leasing new vans and pick up trucks. If you are looking for a good deal for your next work vehicle, click here or contact Jonathan Shapiro at 416.207-3073. ECAO has negotiated significant discounts on several makes and models. For any more information contact Cathy Frederickson,

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