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Joint ECAO/JEPP Annual General Meetings- October 23-24, Niagara Falls

Join us for this year’s first joint ECAO JEPP AGM. On October 23rd we will have the Honourable Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour. ECAO and IBEW CCO have met with the Minister several times, and he is very interested in working with us to strengthen the electrical apprenticeship program and ensure the scopes of practice for our trade are kept intact.

Monte McNaughton recently visited Local IBEW 586 to get a firsthand look at the IBEW training center for electrical apprentices.

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                 Monte McNaughton and James Barry

The AGM allows our members to hear from ECAO’s leadership team, learn about new initiatives the association is doing for its members and you get to network with your industry and labour peers. If voting members can’t attend, please exercise your right to vote, and send your proxies to Audrey Iozelli at

ECAO is continuing on its tradition to add some fun to the event, and this year the October 23 evening reception is themed “The Great Gatsby”.

There is a great line up of speakers on both days, so please book your place now by registering here. ECAO has secured a panel of expert construction lawyers on October 24 and we want to encourage contractors to attend to learn about the latest developments on the new Construction Act. More details on the speakers can be found by going here.

Following the dinner and reception, we will be offering a few gambling game tables. Extra tickets can be sold or extra chips for serious players. All proceeds will go to Autism Niagara.

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Please don’t wait to the last minute to register as space is limited.

For more information or assistance with your registration, please contact Cathy Frederickson at

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 Industry News

Electrical stakeholders press ministers on skill sets

ecao-august28-5.jpgIn a recent DCN interview, Graeme Aitken commented on the recent report provided to Minister Romano on the skills set and apprenticeships in Ontario for the electrical trades.

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Ross Romano (centre) met with (from left) Stewart Kiff of the Ontario Electrical League, Graeme Aitken of the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario, James Barry of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Ian DeWaard of the Christian Labour Association of Canada on July 4 to discuss apprenticeship reforms.

Electrical sector stakeholders in Ontario’s construction industry are holding out hope that the skill-set model of trades training announced by the Ontario government in the spring is not a done deal.


New legislation for federal construction projects: prompt payment and adjudication becomes law

The Federal Prompt Payment for Construction Work Act (Division 26 of Part 4 of Bill C-97, the Budget Implementation Act, 2019) received royal assent on June 21, 2019, ringing in new protections for contractors on federal projects.

The federal legislation, with subtle differences, adopts the same prompt payment mechanism as the Ontario legislation which, absent a dispute, requires the owner or payor, to pay the contractor within 28 days of receiving a “proper invoice” (which must meet certain requirements to be effective). Generally speaking, payment must be made down the construction pyramid as follows: owner must pay within 28 days of receiving a proper invoice, general contractor then has seven days from receipt of payment to pay subcontractors, and so on down the line.


Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship harmonizes 32 Red Seal trades

ecao-august28-8.jpgThe Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA), a voluntary intergovernmental partnership, has reached consensus on the harmonization of 32 Red Seal trades, including electricians, with new recommendations set to be implemented by September 2020.

Since 2015, CCDA has been working with a variety of industry stakeholders to harmonize its apprenticeship training initiative, substantively aligning trades across jurisdictions on the basis of name, total training hours (on-the-job and in-class), number of training levels and sequencing of technical training content. The goal at the time of the initiative’s launch was to harmonize training for 30 trades, covering 90% of registered apprentices in participating jurisdictions, by 2020.


Many Canadian workers are overexposed to solar UVR, study finds

ecao-august28-6.jpgExposure to solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is one of the most common causes of occupational cancer, yet it has been inadequately addressed by researchers and regulators alike.

Few have also objectively measured worker exposures to solar UVR on the job. However, new Canadian research has set out to help fill these gaps.

The research and findings

A recent study led by Dr. Cheryl Peters, research scientist, Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research, Alberta Health Services, Cancer Control Alberta found: 

  • The average UVR dose of study participants was almost 5 times the recommended limit
  • 10 per cent of workers studied were exposed at more than 10 times the limit
  • Utility workers had double of exposure of municipal workers
  • Ontario workers had the greatest average UVR exposures, likely because participating utility workers, who had the highest levels of UVR exposure, were all from Ontario.


The OCC — Ontario construction’s new think-tank

There’s a new kid on the think-tank block that will be working to influence the Ontario government and stakeholders about issues affecting the ICI and residential construction sectors.

The organization, called the Ontario Construction Consortium (OCC), will conduct research in an effort to guide decision makers when it comes to issues on education, training and worksite safety.


Electrical Safety Authority - ESA License Holders Meeting

ESA will be holding their annual license holders meeting this fall. 

Please see here for the dates and locations.

ESA 5 Year Strategic Plan- Contractor Volunteers Needed

ECAO has been asked to provide stakeholder input on the proposed ESA 5 Year Strategic Plan. Joe Kurpe who is the Chair for ECRA ( Electrical Contracting Registration Agency), is reaching out to individuals who can provide a few hours for either an inperson or teleconference meeting to discuss the ESA 5 Year Plan and provide input on the ECAO position going forward.

This is ECAO’s opportunity to provide candid, constructive feedback on how we see the ESA going forward and to propose any changes from either a licensing or regulatory perspective. We know our contractors have extensive dealings with the ESA and that is why we are looking for you to share your candid (anonymous) views.

If you are interested please contact Cathy Frederickson or Joe Kurpe

Certi-Fire Distance Learning Level Five Coming This Fall

Registration for Level 5 Distant Learning course is now open. The start date of the course will be on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Spots for this course are limited.

For more information on the Distance Learning course, please visit or contact our Certi-Fire Program Administrator at 1-800-387-3226 or email at


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