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ECAO 2020 Annual Industry Conference

We are quickly approaching the ECAO Annual Conference being held in Prague on May 25-30.

ECAO will endeavour to keep you apprised of any developments as a result of the CORONA Virus, but to this point, with only a few cases reported, we are all still gearing up to go to Prague. Please remember that the hotel will be fully booked for our event so this provides for a unique networking experience among fellow peers and industry partners.

Our conference event planners have also coordinated optional tours and activities; please see below for more details.

To help in your trip planning we have confirmed the dates for the following activities:

  • Half Day Tour to Terezin Concentration Camp - Tuesday, May 26
  • Full Day Trip to Vienna - Wednesday, May 27
  • Full Day Tour to Cesky Krumlov - Friday, May 29

And don’t forget the world-class luxury Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Prague! Book your treatments directly with the hotel.  

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Vodouch Boat Tour - 2 Hours (Morning)

During the sail, you’ll hear an engaging commentary about Prague’s history and legends, with some intriguing anecdotes. Take in wonderful views of the Prague waterfront, the historic centre up to Prague Castle, standing on a rocky outcrop. And you’ll also see the shallow canal known as Čertovka, which is inaccessible to the larger vessels plying the waters of the River Vltava. Magical Kampa Island is literally at your fingertips at Čertovka, just as if you were just passing through the canals of Venice.

Enjoy marvellous views of Prague whilst you sip a glass of local champagne.

Prague Castle Tour - 3 Hours (Morning)

Prague Castle is devoted to gardens and fountains, towers and churches, palaces and summerhouses. Today the castle is, in first place, the residence of the head of state, a magnificent gallery, and also a treasury. It illustrates thousand years of development of the European architecture.

Includes admission to, St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower.

See the links below for more information on these and other activity options on this program.

When booking your flights, don’t forget to check out Air Canada’s flight options and use the ECAO promotion code: GJXV2KF1 for a 10% discount

If you are interested in registering and seeing our conference program, please go to



Harassment in the Workplace 

You are invited to attend an upcoming ECAO seminar on Harassment in the Workplace.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 25, 9 am to 1 pm

WHERE: ECAO Offices, 10 Carlson Crt., Suite 702 M9W 6L2

FACILITATOR: Zaheer Lakhani, Partner, Bandu Lakhani Campea LLP, ECAO Affiliate Partner

Empower your team by teaching them the skills to recognize and prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination in the workplace.


To register please contact Cathy Frederickson at


Take care if deviating from CCDC standards: Lawyer

Robert Kennaley of Kennaley Construction Law notes that Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) contracts are getting increasingly long with the standard form CCDC2 stipulated-price contract, for example, running 30 pages while the recently released CCDC 5B Construction Management Contract runs to “an incredible 59 pages.”

As such, he wrote, for smaller residential or commercial contractors, “it is simply not commercially feasible to drop a 30-, 40- or 50-page document on the table and expect their clients to sign off” and so many contractors are creating their own documents.


Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) Petition on Exclusionary Clauses in Public Projects

The OGCA is mounting a petition against the current use of Exclusionary Clauses in public projects in litigation.

OGCA has forwarded the petitions to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario with the following key points:

  • Litigation Exclusionary Clauses force industry stakeholders with legitimate disputes to choose between pursuing their legal rights, and bidding on future public projects.
  • The practice of using these clauses restricts open and competitive bids by narrowing down the list of approved stakeholders a public buyer will do business with.
  • The legality of reprisal clauses is implicitly punitive, and more importantly, violates the right of reasonable access to the courts a constitutionally protected right, as well as a right protected under the common law.

OGCA believes that public buyers will exercise their intent to apply these clauses to the adjudication process under the new Ontario Construction Act. Recently the Supreme Court of Canada has permitted the use of these clauses.

ECAO members wishing to learn more about the impact of the exclusionary clauses on your business are asked to contact Graeme Aitken at

Hydro One and OPG launch EV fast-charging network


Hydro One Limited and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) recently announced the launch of Ivy Charging Network, which is set to become Ontario’s largest and most connected electric vehicle fast charger network. The federal government provided an $8 million repayable contribution through Natural Resources Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative to Hydro One and OPG to help build the EV network.


City of Vaughan to require COR from contractors starting in March


Beginning in March, construction contractors working on projects with the City of Vaughan, Ont. will need to have registered for a Certificate of Recognition (COR) from the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) as part of the procurement process.

COR is an occupational health and safety accreditation program that incorporates a fully implemented safety and health program that meets national standards, indicates a release, adding the IHSA is designated to certify contractors in Ontario’s construction industry who demonstrate their health and safety management system through the structured audit process. In December 2019, the City of Vaughan council endorsed the COR program as a component of the City’s bidding process for construction contracts.

Candidates looking to work with the City will be required to provide a copy of a valid certificate or an equivalent Ontario Health and Safety certification as a condition of the bid award.



Students, newcomers advised to think of safety when entering the workforce

The injury rate for new workers three to four times higher in the first month

Amid the typical criteria of job seekers such as location, compensation and opportunity, an often overlooked aspect of the job search is workplace safety, as the injury rate for new workers — regardless of age — is three to four times higher in the first month on a job than the normal rate.


Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) – Future of Work in Canada’s Electricity Sector

EHRC has released its report  Work Transformed, the latest Labour Market Intelligence report from EHRC, investigates the impact of technological innovation on the Canadian electricity sector workforce, finding that very few employers have a training plan in place to adapt their workforce’s skills to new requirements and needs.


Steps for Life 2020 - Mississauga


Please click the link at the bottom of this email to join our team today. If you can’t join the team, please consider making a donation so together we can support Threads of Life. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

We look forward to walking together to raise awareness about workplace health and safety and to raise much-needed funds to support families affected by a workplace tragedy.

Click here to view the team page for Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario

Thank you in advance for joining us in our support of Threads of Life.


Certi-Fire and Registered Fire Alarm Contractors Update

Announcing ECAO Sponsored Building Owners and Property Managers Seminar!

ECAO is dedicated to helping Building Owners and Property Managers meet the necessary requirements for their fire alarm needs. A complimentary half-day session, exclusively for Building Owners and Property Managers, will be held at the ECAO office on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, from 9 am to 1 pm.

  • Information presented during the seminar will include:
  • Information presented during the seminar will include:
  • Enforcement and penalties for non-compliance
  • Requirements for regular system checks
  • Responsibilities of building and supervisor staff
  • How to hire a qualified Registered Fire Alarm Contractor (RFAC)
  • Review requirements under the Ontario Fire, Building and Electrical Safety Codes

ECAO Contractor Members are encouraged to pass this invitation along to any building owners and property managers to attend this complimentary session.

For more details please contact Phyllis Lee at 1.800.387.3226 ext. 8509 or

Certi-Fire Fire Alarm Distant Learning Level 3 and 5 Coming this Spring 2020 

Registration for Certi-Fire Fire Alarm & Protection Certification Program Distant Learning Level 3 is now open! The commencement date is March 25, 2020. The course starts at 6:30 in the evening. Participants are required to have an internet connection in order to attend the course via “Go to Meeting”. They can connect through a computer, laptop or tablet with a camera and microphone. Spots are limited!

Did you notice your Certi-Fire credentials have expired or are about to expire? Under the agreement with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office, the Certi-Fire Fire Alarm Certificate must be renewed every five years. We will run the Distant Learning Level 5 Recertification course on Thursday, March 26, 2020. If you would consider taking the Distant Learning course, please contact our Certi-Fire Program Administrator at or 1-800-387-3226 for more information.


ECAO Welcomes New Member: CQS Electric & New Affiliate Partner: Array LED Inc. 

CQS Electric Array LED Inc.
Contact: Randy King Contact: Danny Bawa
Address: 1606 Main St. Ottawa Address: 211 Advance Blvd. Brampton
Email: Email:
Tel: 613-836-9194 Tel: 905-451-5555

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