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ECAO Annual Industry Conference 2020

As we wind down this year, it is time to think about 2020 and the exciting events being held in 2020. The ECAO Annual Industry Conference is one of those events.

This event will be exceptionally unique since ECAO has the entire hotel booked for the event, so this offers an intimate opportunity to network with peers and industry partners.

To register please click here


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Ontario To Reward Safe Employers

TORONTO - Ontario will reward its safest employers with an estimated $140 million for excellence in occupational health and safety as part of a first-of-its-kind in Canada program unveiled today.

The program, Supporting Ontario's Safe Employers, will formally recognize employers who successfully implement health and safety programs in their workplaces. The financial rewards will come in the form of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) rebates over a three-year period.

The WSIB is also building on the program by launching Health and Safety Excellence, a new program that will promote continual health and safety improvement in Ontario workplaces.



ECAO Affiliate Partner 4S Consulting Offering Exclusive Program

ECAO Contractor Members can get WSIB rebates under the new Safety Excellence Program. If you are interested in being a part of an exclusive group of ECAO electrical contractors in helping you get your 2019 rebate, please contact Cathy Frederickson at

4S Consulting is offering to host 3 half day seminars for contractors to help them prepare the applications for the rebate. For more details click here.


Ontario PPE inspections blitz to start in new year


Ontario’s Ministry of Labour will be visiting construction sites early next year as part of a province-wide health and safety blitz on personal protective equipment (PPE). Lack of PPE was the second-highest violation on construction sites in 2018, according to the Ministry of Labour.


Certi-Fire Fire Alarm Distance Learning Level 1 and 3 Coming Next Spring 2020

Registration for Distant Learning Level 1 and 3 is now open. The course start dates for Level 1 will be on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, and Level 3 will be on Thursday, March 12, 2020.  It will start at 6:30 pm and take 3 hours per week and up to 12 weeks to complete the course depending on the participants’ schedule.  There will be also a hands-on portion taking place on weekends.  Participants are required to have an internet connection and get connected via Google “Go to Meeting” by using a computer, laptop or tablet with a camera and microphone attached.  Spots for this course are limited, so please enroll quickly.

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

Cory, Verster provide insights on huge GTA projects

The next month will be critical in planning and procuring Toronto’s new Ontario Line as proponents hustle to undertake a market sounding of industry stakeholders ahead of a rapidly approaching deadline for issuance of an RFQ for the project.

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) president and CEO Ehren Cory and Metrolinx president and CEO Phil Verster were panelists on day two of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships conference held in Toronto Nov. 18 and 19, laying out timetables and challenges associated with delivering the GTHA’s $28.5-billion transit plan.

Besides the Ontario Line, the panel also addressed the Scarborough Subway Extension, the Yonge North Subway Extension, the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension and the GO RER electrification job.


2019 NECA Financial Benchmarker Report PDF

ecao7dec42019.pngECAO members can access this 2019 NECA report directly from the CECA site and get a discounted member rate of $69.00.

The 2019 NECA Financial Benchmarker Report (1055-19) presents a detailed analysis of key financial data within the electrical construction industry. Using the information within this report, electrical contractors can compare and analyze their own company's financial performance statistics to identify business strengths, weaknesses and performance improvement opportunities. This report also provides a valuable industry standard for your use during audits, claims, change order negotiation, or with a banker/bonding agent.

The NECA Financial Benchmarker report is based on data collected in the 2018 financial year and was developed in conjunction with the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA).

For more information contact Gregg Whitty at

Inclusion and Innovation in the Construction Industry

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is asking our members with help to highlight 5-10 real-life stories in video and print of diversity, inclusion and innovation in the construction industry for their Talent Fits Here initiative.

Set to be launched early next year, Talent Fits Here is a national campaign designed to show Canadians that our industry is diverse in age, gender and ethnicity, as well as diverse in the career opportunities it can provide.

Their goal is to inform Canadians that the construction industry is the right fit for them – that curiosity, opportunity, creativity, and talent fits here.

If you believe you have a compelling story to share or would like to recommend someone, please contact Nicole Emmett,, or 613 236 9455 ext. 408.

Energy Storage in Shell

Today, Convergent Energy + Power (Convergent), the largest operator of energy storage solutions in Ontario, announced that the 21 MWh of industrial battery storage systems under construction at two Ontario Shell Canada Products facilities are now operational.


With the weather changing, now’s the time to make sure your roof is winter-ready

That’s because any damage to the roof covering or structure can lead to bigger problems – like water infiltration or even collapse – once the snow and ice arrive.

And even if you haven’t experienced past issues, excess weight from snow and ice last winter may have compromised your structure and set you up for potential problems this year.

As a preventative measure, our Risk Services consultants recommend checking roofs at least twice a year – preferably in the fall and late winter when the structure is fully visible and accessible.

To help you assess your potential risk, we’ve developed a short five-question online assessment tool and this roof maintenance checklist.

Now’s also a great time to review your snow removal protocol, so you’re prepared once winter arrives. As a general rule, the accumulation of snow and ice should be removed when it reaches more than 20 centimeters (8 inches) in depth.

To learn more about how you can manage your winter roof risk, contact our Risk Services team at 1.833.692.4112 or at


Manual of Labor Units (MLU) 2017-18


The National Voice of Canadian Electrical Contractors since 1955.

Member discounts on all publications

Manual of Labor Units (MLU) 2017-18

Job Site Journals – Developed specifically for electrical contractors. Bilingual.

Canadian Electrical Installation StandardTM (CEISTM)

Tel: 416-491-2414 | Email:  | Website:


2017-2018 EDITION

Available in book, CD and PDF formats

An estimate is only as good as the information it is based on.

MLU has been the estimating resource of choice for electrical contractors since 1923.

Provides an experience-based reference for estimating the electrical construction labor required to install typical electrical and communications systems.

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The Buildings Show / PMExpo 2019

The Buildings Show / PMExpo 2019 will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from December 4-6, 2019.

Over 30,000 professionals were in attendance last year with more than 500 industry experts at The Buildings Show 2018. This year, they will be focusing on innovation and new technology for all stakeholders in the built environment. It is a good opportunity to meet industry leaders and influencers that can help grow your business and make relationships with vendors for further negotiations. Don’t miss it!

Certi-Fire will be exhibited at booth location 1720 this year. Please come to visit us!

For more information about the Show, please Click here

Technician Apprenticeship Program


The Powerline Technician Apprenticeship Program remains one of IHSA’s unique, sought-after programs. Powerline technicians are responsible for the construction and maintenance of electrical transmission and distribution lines. In order to conduct this type of work, a four-year apprenticeship under the auspices of the Ministry of Training, College and Universities (MTCU) is required.

IHSA is one of a limited number of training delivery agents designated by the MTCU to provide the skills-based training for all four levels of the Powerline Technician Apprenticeship.

All four levels of the apprenticeship are held in Mississauga at IHSA’s modern Skills Development Centre (SDC), which features modern facilities and top-of-the-line equipment. Our Skills Development Center features energized overhead 8 kV and 27.6 kV circuits, energized 13.8 kV underground circuits and equipment utilized for accurate and critical work method evaluation to ensure training is matched to real work conditions. IHSA also facilitates apprenticeship training in Sudbury at Cambrian College and in the west in Chatham.

For more information on how you can enroll your apprentices, contact Lyndsy Miceli, Powerline Technician Apprenticeship Administrator at or call 905-212-7933. Visit IHSA website at

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