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Save the Date for ECAO Annual General Meeting September 12 & 13, Blue Mountain Resort


ECAO is excited to be holding its 2018 AGM at the Blue Mountain Resort, and members are encouraged to book early by contacting Cathy Frederickson at for reservations. In celebration of ECAO’s 70th year, the evening reception will be a 70s theme, with food, dress and music all from the 70s.


Paul Radkowski, CEO and clinical director of the Life Recovery Program (LRP), will address members following the formal part of the 2018 AGM., The LRP provides trauma-informed psycho-education and support to people with addiction and mental health issues, as well as their friends and family, and is rapidly gaining traction in the construction industry. LRP has also received endorsement from Minister of Labour, Flynn.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, construction has the second highest rate of suicide. The Contractor Safety Assessment Program reveals the sector has the second highest substance use and the highest fataility rate due to substance abuse. Read more about Paul and Life Recovery below.



Industry News

IBEW CCO Reacts to OCOT Compliance and Enforcement Announcement

While the Ontario College of Trades announces that it will ramp up its enforcement in the construction sector, the IBEW has insisted and continues to insist that enforcing the full scope of practice of the electrician is the only sensible way to implement a risk-based framework to enforcement. It is the only way to ensure that Certificates of Qualification issued by the College are valued and respected. Further, says the IBEW, it is the only way to maintain public and trade confidence in the College as regulator.


Ontario Ministry of Labour Collective Bargaining Agreements Expiries

The Ontario Collective Bargaining Agreement Expirations report provides an overview of the expected collective bargaining activity in Ontario for 2018. The key findings of this report are summarized as follows:

  • Collective bargaining activity for 2018 will involve 2,051 collective agreements covering 392,320 Ontario-based employees.
  • Public sector agreements account for 44% of all agreements expiring in 2018 and cover 68% of all employees.
  • Of the 906 agreements in the public sector, 637 agreements covering 146,088 employees are in the provincial broader public sector (BPS), including provincially funded organizations.
  • Of the collective agreements expiring in 2018, more than half (53%) will expire during the months of March and December.
  • Of the total number of employees covered by agreements expiring during 2018, 27% are in health and social services, 23% are in public administration, and 21% are in transportation, communication, and utilities.


Procurement bidding fees eliminated by province

Queen’s Park has announced it is eliminating the fees businesses have to pay to access procurement contracts. Jeff Leal, the minister responsible for small business, made the announcement at the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council’s Diversity Procurement Fair in Toronto, a recent statement said.


Government of Canada announces the appointment of a new President of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced the appointment of Anne Tennier as the President of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).


NECA and IBEW Show Off Net-Zero Energy Building in Silicon Valley

An innovative net-zero energy building retrofit recently performed by a National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) contractor, Pacific Ridge Electric, has turned IBEW Local 332’s Union Hall into the newest landmark in Northern California.


Technologies Making Smart Buildings Smarter

Businesses are taking a cue from the smart home phenomenon and integrating new technology to make their businesses into smart buildings. Much of this technology is meant to increase security while also increasing convenience and efficiency. These functions are slowly being converted into analogous systems that make an interconnected network.


GTA-based condo building demos cogeneration

At least one condo building in the GTA won’t face the perennial dilemma of when to switch over its HVAC system from heating to cooling this spring. Its heating and cooling are available all year round, with one minor exception: cooling is disabled when the temperature outside dips below minus 10.


How to push buildings to new levels of efficiency

A new wave of building efficiency that uses data collection and machine learning to make a building’s appliances use power more efficiently, is being led by San Francisco startups Carbon Lighthouse and Redaptive.


Fair Wages to Protect Workers

Ontario will introduce legislation that would ensure that people working in construction, building cleaning or security jobs under contracts with the government will be paid the fair, prevailing wage in those sectors.


Industry Events

National Day of Mourning - A Time to Remember to Recommit 

April 28th has been designated as the national Day of Mourning. Ceremonies will be held in cities and towns across Canada to remember those who have lost their lives as a result of workplace accidents or occupational disease. These ceremonies are also a time to renew the commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths. ECAO mourns these workplace losses and we will continue to work with our members and partners on prevention. 


2018 Skills Ontario Competition: May 7-9

ECAO04112018A.jpgTaking place May 7-9, 2018, the Skills Ontario Competition is Canada's largest skilled trade and technology competition.

The event showcases Ontario’s talented youth. Over 20,000 spectators converge on this three-day event to watch 2000 young people compete in one of the 60+ skills contests offered.

In addition to contests, the Skills Ontario Competition has a number of components including a Career Exploration Showcase, Young Women’s Conference and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) Student Conference.


Construction Design Alliance of Ontario CDAO Members’ Event Construction Lien Act/Bill 142 - Save the Date - May 14, 2018

The (CDAO) is organizing a half-day session for CDAO member associations on the Construction Lien Act/Bill 142.

It will be held at Eagles Nest Golf Course (10000 Dufferin St., Box 403, Maple, ON L6A 1S3) on May 14, 2018. Start time will be approximately 8:30 a.m. and will cost approximately $40 to $50 per person. The session will run until about noon.

Speaker line-up and session description will be available shortly.

Should you have any questions, please contact Saskia Martini-Wong, CAE at 416-200-2102 or

Member Benefit Highlight


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CSC will provide a customised staged solution, typically involving an initial evaluation report at low-cost to establish options and next steps. We pride ourselves on an honest, independent evaluation of the strength and weaknesses of our client’s position.

CSC works with our clients when required as a commercial partner, we assist at the front-end of projects to ensure that robust systems and controls are put in place in order to mitigate risk and maximise the potential of your project team.

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For further information, please contact Greg Atkins,, (289) 987-1965 or Andy Horton, | | Media Kit | Archive
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