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ECAO Conference Update- Barcelona 2018

Our conference is quickly gaining momentum and currently more than 100 people have registered with just over 2 more months to go. Don’t miss this unique chance to network with your peers and industry partners in beautiful Barcelona. Check out the recently updated program on our website and register today! 



2018 Annual Industry Conference program enhancement-Sitges

Just added for your last day at our conference, Friday June 1, is a tremendous Optional Day Trip to Sitges at no additional cost. A resort town since the 19th century and hosting the likes of Picasso, Sitges is just 35 km south of Barcelona and is sure to sate many interests with its array of galleries, museums, upmarket restaurants and of course ample chic boutiques. Check it out today at 

Conference Sponsorships

The conference offers our ECAO Members, Affiliate Partners, and Industry Friends an opportunity to really get to understand and support the ECAO, be part of the community, in a stunning location. Attendees will also experience the local Spanish Offerings and hear from our roster of speakers.

For more information on sponsorship options still available, please contact Cathy Frederickson at 


ECAO Scholarship – Nominate a Student Today

In 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 20. Visit the ECAO website for more information and the application form.

Industry News

Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program (WEVCIP) - Funding Available

As part of the Province’s Climate Change Action Plan, the Ontario Government just announced an incentive of up to $7,500 per electric vehicle charger installed in the workplace. For workplaces with up to 149 employees, owners are eligible for an incentive of up to $15,000 for 2 charging stations.

If you are a workplace, building owner or manager, you may be eligible for up to 80 per cent of the cost to install level 2 chargers at your workplace / building, up to a maximum of $7,500 per charging space. Funding is available on a first come first served basis, beginning on January 16, 2018.

Information about the program can be found here.


Supervisor's conviction, prison term upheld in Metron scaffolding collapse

A supervisor jailed for a scaffolding collapse in which four men were killed on Christmas Eve 2009 and another was seriously hurt lost his bid on Tuesday to challenge his criminal-negligence conviction and 3.5-year sentence. 

The appeal judge ruled Kazenelson was aware that the men were working (30 metres) or more above the ground without lifelines. He not only did nothing, he permitted all six workers to board the stage together with their tools, and he did so in circumstances where he had no information with respect to the capacity of the stage to safely bear the weight.

In appealing the 3.5-year sentence on each count to be served concurrently, Kazenelson argued among other things that MacDonnell had ignored the role the workers played in the tragedy.

The Appeal Court disagreed, noting prison time was necessary to denounce Kazenelson's conduct and to deter others in authority from failing to address potentially dangerous workplace situations.


Electrical Safety Authority Warns Consumers of Potential Electrical Inspection Scam in Southwestern Ontario

ECAO01022018a.pngMISSISSAUGA, February 1, 2018 - The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has received reports that consumers in the Hamilton, St. Catharines and Cambridge areas have been contacted by representatives of a company notifying them that a mandatory electrical inspection is required at their household. A similar scam was reported in other areas of the province – including the Greater Toronto Area – in previous months. These calls and visits are not from the Electrical Safety Authority. The Electrical Safety Authority does not call to set up inspections or ask for personal information if no recent electrical work has been done in your home. The Electrical Safety Authority is Ontario’s electrical safety regulator and is the only organization authorized by the Ontario Government to enforce electrical safety regulations such as the Ontario Electrical Safety Code and conduct electrical inspections in homes for this purpose.


Technology Adoption in the Trades

As we look at ahead to 2018, it's no surprise to see that virtually every industry is in the midst of a digital transformation. Businesses of every trade are adopting new digital technologies and software to increase productive and stay ahead – and construction is certainly no exception. That being said, it's also no secret that the construction industry lags in productivity compared to other industries.

Please read this insightful article by Greg Fry who suggests some approaches to this issue.


Regulatory Update for Contractors

CE Code 2018 better aligns section content 

ECAO02012018b.JPGThe 2018 Canadian Electrical Code is now out and contractors need to become more aware of the major changes. Some sections of the Code have changed or been renumbered.

Take Section 4 where, at first glance, it appears a number of Rules have been deleted. In fact, a number of Rules involving cords and equipment wires went way beyond the scope of this Section, extending into installation methods and use of these products.

But those are actually Section 12 requirements, which is why these Rules (or parts thereof) have been relocated to the proper Sections. CE Code Rule 4-008 becomes 12-102(3), 4-020 becomes 12-122, while 4-012, 4-018 and 4-040 become Rules 12-400 through 12-406.


Bill 142, Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017. Anticipated Proclamation Dates.

ECAO received a letter from Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General of Ontario, advising that there are anticipated proclamation dates for the significant amendments to the Construction Lien Act.

Bill 142 received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017 and below are the milestone dates anticipated on the key amendments.

Anticipated Proclamation Dates

The substantive amendments, including the amendments to modernize the construction lien and holdback rules and introduce new prompt payment and adjudication processes, have not yet taken effect, and will come into force on dates to be named by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor.

The government is currently contemplating the following effective dates:

Substantive Amendments Anticipated Effective Date
Amendments to modernize the construction lien and holdback rules Summer 2018
Amendments related to prompt payment, adjudication and liens against municipalities Late 2019

They anticipate that the final proclamation dates will be announced in early February 2018.

Posting of Proposed Regulations for Comment

The draft regulations will be posted for a period of 30 days, during which time industry stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide feedback online, using the Regulatory Registry website.

ECAO members wishing to review the Consolidated Version of Bill 142 are asked to contact Cathy Frederickson at 

Occupational Health and Safety Industry Update

WSIB introduces new Compass tool


Compass is the new online health and safety tool from WSIB. For the first time, Ontarians can find and compare health and safety statistics for businesses across the province.

Using Compass, anyone can:

  • see the number and types of injuries in a workplace;
  • get a sense of how serious those injuries were by looking at how many people were off work past the day of an accident and how many people are still receiving benefits a year after an accident; and
  • compare health and safety statistics for up to five different businesses at one time.

The tool will bring greater transparency to workplace safety in Ontario, giving people the ability to find health and safety statistics for any workplace and compare statistics between businesses. To have a look at the new Compass tool please click here.

Your Guide to Construction Health and Safety Legislation in Ontario 


Download a free, new app designed to provide Ontario workplaces with an understanding of the Construction Projects Regulation. The guide provides information on 50 topics, from personal fall protection systems to scaffolds and electrical hazards. The app was designed by the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. 

Download on the Apple Store | Get it on Google Play | Access it on the Web

Industry Events

State of the Industry & Outlook Conference 2018

ECAO02012018f.pngOntario Construction Secretariat (OCS) hosts this half day conference and luncheon for the unionized ICI Construction Sector.

The Ontario Construction Secretariat will host its 18th annual State of the Industry & Outlook Conference on Thursday March 8th, 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown, Toronto. This is a must attend event for construction industry professionals who want to hear where the construction industry is headed in 2018.

This year we are exploring the theme “Technology and Innovation” and its impact on construction process and productivity.

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.

Thursday March 8, 2018, 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
North Building, Room 205/206, 255 Front Street W, Toronto
Event Fee: $75 | Transferable but non-refundable

To Register and read more….

Member Benefit Highlight

Federated Insurance


Federated Insurance has been a loyal and active Affiliate Partner for over 20 years. We hope you might consider getting a quote from them when looking for your property and casualty insurance needs in the future.

ECA's who wish to have a local Federated Insurance speaker at one of their local events, please contact Cathy Frederickson at 

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