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Season’s Greetings from ECAO

On behalf of the Board and staff at the ECAO, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas, happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous New Year. We hope you are able to enjoy time with family and friends and we look forward to working with you in 2018.


Need a Date? Check out our 2018 Calendar


ECAO’s 2018 calendar, featuring our Affiliate Partners, will be arriving in mailboxes soon! Want your own copy? Just drop us an email at and we’d be happy to send you one. Thank you to our sponsors whose generous support makes the production of our calendar possible.

Tips and Technologies for Stronger Workforce Engagement

The construction industry faces a mass exodus of skilled talent in the coming years as industry veterans enter retirement and hang up their toolbelts for good. And as employers are well aware, the number of skilled professionals exiting the industry far outweighs the number of those willing and able to take their place. So as companies work to rebuild their workforce from a shrinking labour pool, it will fall on them to retain the talent they attract.


Latest Edition of ECAO magazine is Now Available

ECAO20122017c.jpgThe most recent version of our quarterly magazine – The Ontario Electrical Contractor – is now available in print and on-line at This issue is packed with great articles covering a variety of topics including  ECAO’s new president, articles from Teksmed, Ground, WSIB and ESPS and the first female electrician in Ontario, Sheryl Maisonville. 


ECAO Annual Conference

EARLY BIRD deadline is January 5, 2018 for a chance to win one of 2 Double Occupancy Sea View Suites Upgrades for 6 nights, including Club Access. Trust us, you want to win this.


ECAO Conference: Sponsorship Packages available!

ECAO has numerous unique sponsorship opportunities available for our 2018 conference in Barcelona. Even if you are unable to attend, you can get your company’s name and products in front of our members. Please email for details. Our sponsorship package is available online.  

Member Benefit Highlight


Below is Deluxe| NEBS latest promotion which gives an additional 10% discount off ECAO Members already every day 15% perfect partner discount.  That’s a total discount of 25%. This offer is valid only until December 26th, 2017.

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Trades unite to protect public and workers

A coalition of Ontario skilled trades workers have launched a legal challenge to the provincial government’s overhaul of the compulsory trade system introduced in the 2016 budget.The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario (IBEW-CCO), the Ontario Pipe Trades Council (OPTC) and the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) asked the court to uphold sections of the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act (OCTAA) that requires complex trade work be performed by trained and certified individuals.


Adjudication under Ontario’s new Construction Act

Bill 142, Construction Lien Amendment Act, received Royal Assent on December 13, 2017. One of the sections in the Bill addresses prompt payment through “Construction Disputes Interim Adjudication."

How will adjudication work?

‘Adjudication’ means the construction dispute interim adjudication of any matter if any one party is not satisfied with the adjudicator’s decision, the party can proceed with a court action or an arbitration to reverse what the adjudicator has decided. The adjudicator’s decision, however, must be followed immediately.


Ensure your perspectives are included – Complete the Labour Market Survey

Electricity Human Resources Canada's (EHRC) Labour Market Information (LMI) Study for the Canadian Electrical Industry is currently underway! 


EHRC's last LMI data was collected in 2011 as part of "Power in Motion". EHRC is now undertaking a comprehensive survey with industry stakeholders to update this information.

Information gathered from this on the current and future labour demands will help industry decision makers, government and education in planning for labour in the future. Your input is strongly encouraged and appreciated.

Completing the survey

An online version is now live and available for employers to complete. To complete the survey online you will require a unique Access Code.

To obtain your Access Code please contact Sheila Harper, Senior Analyst at R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd. directly at 1-877-665-6252 (extension 224) or

The survey will close on 12:00 P.M. MST on 31st of March, 2018.


WSIB to abolish policy that slashed benefits for thousands

The provincial workers’ compensation board will reverse a controversial policy that slashed benefits by blaming injuries on “pre-existing conditions,” even if they had no physical impact on workers before they got hurt on the job, the Star has learned.

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board will also review 4,500 claims made by workers whose compensation may have been unfairly reduced as a result of the policy.


Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act Bill 177 Exponentially Increased Maximum Fines Under OHSA And Broadened Mental Health Claims under WSIA

The Ontario Government’s Bill 177, Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017, which contained several amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Ontario) (“OHSA“) received Royal Assent on December 14, 2017, and came into force that same day.

The Bill will make significant changes to the increase Maximum fines under OHSA. Under the new law, the maximum fines per conviction under OHSA are now $1.5 million for corporations and $100,000 for individuals.  Individuals may also be subject to up to 12 months of jail time. 


AODA Report Due December 31

All Ontario businesses and non-profits with 20 or more employees are legally required to file a 2017 report by December 31, 2017, before midnight EST. 

December 31 is quickly approaching.  If you haven't submitted a 2017 accessibility compliance report yet, make sure you do so today.  A late report could mean financial penalties.

To learn more on how to complete the report go to the AODA Tool Box. Or go click here

The compliance report is a series of yes or no questions. You can download a quick and easy accessibility compliance reporting form at

7 careers in the trades that are in demand in Canada now

One area of the Canadian job market that is currently in demand are jobs in trades.

“The job market is good and we are seeing a growth in demand from employers for trade jobs,” Jodi Kasten, managing director at Indeed Canada, says. “Demand in general contractors on Indeed, for example, increased 111 per cent since 2016. This could be attributed to the strong housing and condo boom in major cities across Canada,”

Another thing to consider, Kasten says, is that as a society, we need tradespeople.“Their work impacts nearly every aspect of our lives,” she says. “They help build and maintain the homes we live in for example, and people will always need an electrician for electrical work or a plumber for plumbing work.”

Growth in demand for electricians on Indeed increased 17 per cent.


Tips to keep your home safe from fire during the holidays

  • If you have a freshly cut Christmas tree, keep it watered. 
  • If you buy an artificial tree, be sure it is fire retardant.
  • Check Christmas lights for breaks, exposed wires, or loose connections.
  • Use either ULC, CSA, or ETEL approved electrical devices.
  • Keep flammable items at least one metre from space heaters, and never leave them unattended.
  • Never use lighted candles on or near a Christmas tree, and never go to bed with candles burning.
  • Test your smoke alarm once per month, and change the battery once per year.
  • Sleep with your bedroom door closed, because smoke can kill you before flames get near you.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher around, and learn and know how to use it.

Learn more 

IHSA Safety Talk: Work-related driving

IHSA has provided this handy one pager for employers to review with their staff in order to keep them safe on the roads. Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of workplace fatalities. As the winter begins to gear up with bad road conditions, please take the time to discuss road safety with your employees.

Work-related driving is defined as “driving activities undertaken by staff in the course of their work.” If workers drive as part of their work, employers have the same duty to protect them from this hazard as from any other workplace hazard. This applies even if workers are using their own vehicles.

Read the IHSA Safety Talk on Work-related driving.

ECAO Professional Development Seminars

Awad Hanna seminars

February 6 & 7, 2018 – ECAO Offices

Awad Hanna will be back to ECAO to deliver seminars on Change Orders on Tuesday February 6 and the Top Habits of High Performing Foremen on Wednesday February 7, 2018.

“Change Order Pricing Principles” will cover the typical recoverable costs and the factors that affect labour productivity

“Top Habits of High Performing Foremen” will discuss how understanding the behaviour of your crew behaviour and good communication can affect your company’s productivity.

To register or to get more information contact Cathy Frederickson at 416-675-3226 or

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