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ECAO Annual Industry Conference September 25-29, 2019

Remember to mark your calendar for September 25-29, 2019 for Nashville. 

Our program will include going to the Grand Old Opry.

Registration details to be provided soon.



National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) 2018 Convention

ECAO Executive Director Graeme Aitken, and ECAO’s Labour Relations Manager, Jodi Travers, attending the 2018 NECA. Along with many keynote speakers, President Donald Trump spoke on October 2 at the NECA convention.

Trump’s speech will cap off the convention, which began on September 28th. The president will reportedly deliver remarks to an audience of 10,000 electrical contractors, electricians and apprentices from across the country. He is expected to talk about the economy, tax reform and the importance of apprenticeships.



WSIB Announces UFL Eliminated, 2019 Rates at AGM

At its AGM on September 26th, the WSIB announced that its unfunded liability (UFL) has
been eliminated and made public the 2019 premium rates.

The elimination of the UFL has made significant rate reductions possible. Here are the

  • The average premium rate reduction for 2019 across all Schedule 1 employers is 29.8%
  • The average premium rate decrease for Schedule 1 employers went from $2.35 per every $100 of payroll in 2018 to $1.65 in 2019
  • The maximum earnings ceiling increased from 490,300 in 2018 to $92,600 in 2019
  • All but 7 Rate Groups received reductions; 2019 rates for those seven Rate Groups will remain the same as in 2018
  • Decreases for construction Rate Groups ranged from 30.6% to 48%
  • For your Rate Group’s 2019 premium rate click on the following link:

Below are the rates


 Industry News

Certi-fire Distance Learning Level 5 coming October 18th.

ECAO members and their employees who carry the Certifire certification should keep their credentials up to date with the new Level 5 Distance Learning module. This distance module is conducted by Mark Steane, through web casting, and can be completed from the comfort of home or office, and no need to travel. To get more information or to sign up for October 18 please contact Audrey Iozelli at

New electricity market design will lead to cost-savings for all Ontarians

The Independent Electricity System Operator announced a new market renewal program which will serve as a blueprint to addressing longstanding concerns with the design of Ontario's current markets and is the first step in the broader redesign of Ontario's electricity market. When fully implemented, the market renewal program is expected to create $3.4 billion in savings over a 10-year period with the potential to reach as high as $5.2 billion.


 Labour News

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum Creates Online Forum for Apprentices

ECAO02102019d.jpgApprentices in Canada e-panel is a new online platform that collects feedback from apprentices on their training experiences. Participants can provide input on the issues, challenges and limitations they face by completing a few brief surveys each year.

Participant responses are confidential, and will be summarized and reported along with responses from other Apprentices in Canada.

Their feedback will be used to

  • better understand the experiences of apprentices/journeypersons
  • discuss the needs of those working in the skilled trades
  • inform public policy and programs on the skilled trades

Incentives are available: each time participants complete a survey, they will be entered into a draw to win prizes of up to $1,000.


Ontario Electrical League Launches Pilot Project to Promote Electrical Apprenticeships

With over $600,000 in funding from the federal government, OEL’s Consortia Pilot Project – Employer Engagement aims to increase the number of employers who train apprentices in the electrical sector.

Under the program, OEL will recruit and train employers who have never been involved in apprenticeship training. A total of 20 employers and 20 apprentices will benefit from the investment, and an employer consortium will be created. At the end of the project, lessons learned during the pilot will be expanded to other geographic areas in Ontario so that more employers can benefit from them.


Electrical Safety Authority Hosts 2018 Safety Awards

Sept. 28, 2018, the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) held its Annual Meeting and Ontario Electrical Safety Awards to celebrate achievements in electrical safety. The award recipients – a municipality, a utility worker and a Licensed Electrical Contractor ( Captain Electric) – illustrated that electrical safety is a shared responsibility that touches all individuals and organizations across the province.

In addition to the awards, ESA’s Board Chair, Brian Bentz, and Chief Executive Officer, David Collie highlighted ESA’s fiscal year accomplishments as part of its current corporate strategy: the Harm Reduction Strategy 2.0. For ESA’s annual report, visit


 Industry Events

Canadian Construction Association (CCA) National Awards Program 2018

The CCA awards program is open to all organizations and individuals who meet the requirements of each award, regardless of organization size or project scope. For each award, the nomination should demonstrate a promotion and advancement of the construction industry in Canada.

The submission deadline is Nov. 16. The awards will be presented at CCA’s annual conference in March 2019. Find out more: 



 ECAO Upcoming Events - Save the Dates

Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) Town Halls on Risk Based Assessment

You're Invited: ESA Town Halls Are Coming To Your Area!

ESA is moving to Risk-based Oversight (RBO) for electrical wiring by 2020. We'd like your input on how these changes could affect you, your customers and your business. We will also like to review decisions made about the Authorized Contractor Program (ACP) in light of feedback received from the industry.

  • JOIN US at one of our Town Halls and provide feedback directly to ESA. Help us shape the future of electrical safety in Ontario
  • REGISTER for a RBO town hall in your area at
  • FREE There is no cost to attend the workshop. For those who are unable to attend, materials and information will be available online
  • ASK A TECHNICAL ADVISOR Q&A will be available to all RBO participants

Make sure to register today for a town hall near you by visiting!

North Bay:
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
6 pm - 8:30pm
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1325 Seymour St.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
9 am - 11:30 am
Holiday Inn and Conference Centre 
20 Fairview Rd.
Thunder Bay:
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
6 pm - 8:30pm
Valhalla Inn
1 Valhalla Inn Rd.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6 pm - 8:30pm 
Holiday Inn 
1696 Regent St.
Sault. Ste. Marie:
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
6 pm - 8:30pm
Water Town Inn
360 Great North Rd.
Monday, November 19, 2018
9 am - 11:30 am 
425 Bingemans Centre Dr.
Thursday, November 1, 2018
10 am - 12:30 pm 
Tudor Hall
3750 Bowesville Road N.
Mississauga (2 sessions):
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
9 am - 11: 30 am OR 6 pm - 8:30 pm 
Mississauga Grand
35 Brunei Rd.
Monday, November 5, 2018
10 am - 12:30 pm
Ramada Kingston Hotels & Conference Centre
33 Benson St.
St. Catharines:
Thursday, November 22, 2018
9 am - 11: 30 am 
Best Western
2 North Service Rd.
Monday, November 5, 2018
6 pm - 8:30 pm 
Edward Village Hotel 
50 East Valhalla Dr.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
9 am - 11: 30 am
Best Western Lamplighter Inn 
591 Wellington Rd S.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
10 am - 12:30 pm
Best Western Otonabee Inn 
84 Lansdowne Street E.
Friday, November 30, 2018
9 am - 11: 30 am
Holiday Inn Ambassador Bridge 
1855 Huron Church Rd.

ESA will be looking for input from ECAO members on the Electrical Licensing of Contractors. ESA is planning to look to make changes in the upcoming years to make it more streamlined and efficient for contractors to get approved and renewed. If you have any comments please either send to Joe Kurpe or to Cathy Frederickson at

Canadian Construction Association Annual Conference


Preliminary program is available on conference website. View program.

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