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ECAO Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The ECAO is now gearing up to promote our AGM in Niagara Falls on October 23, 2019.

This year we are partnering with our industry partners from the Joint Electrical Promotion Plan (JEPP). Our objective is to bring in more ECAO members together to better understand how JEPP initiatives promote our industry. Our evening reception on October 24, 2019 will be themed as “Great Gatsby”, and we are encouraging our members to dress in the 20’s theme. The Annual Meeting for JEPP is on October 23 and open to all ECAO members.


ECAO Day at the Races


The ECAO Board Invites all ECAO Affiliate Partners and all local ECA Contractor Association management for a free night of fun, networking and racing. Please feel free to bring a companion as well.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Audrey Iozelli at

 Industry News

Toronto enters into busiest ever construction season with over $1 billion in planned work

2.jpgThe City of Toronto has officially launched its busiest construction season ever with more than $1 billion in work planned for roads, bridges, expressways, sewers, and watermains — the largest investment into a City of Toronto construction season to date, indicated Toronto Mayor John Tory in a May 13 release.


Ontario Electrical Code in effect on May 16 

The latest edition of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC) – the legal standard with which all electrical work in Ontario must comply – comes into effect May 16, and includes important new safety requirements. Electrical work conducted on notifications (or plan review submittals) taken out after May 16 must meet the updated requirements.

The new edition of the OESC includes the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I plus several Ontario-specific amendments. This new edition includes changes designed to enhance electrical safety and protect workers and the public including:

  • Re-write of Section 10 requirements for bonding and grounding have been reorganized and reduced in size with some changes that will improve safety and simplify the installations;
  • Expanding the use of Tamper-resistant receptacles in educational facilities and hotels/motels;
  • Requirements for installing an identified (neutral) conductor at each control (switch) location of permanently installed luminaire;
  • Alignment with the Ontario Building Code to prevent the installation of high-voltage conductors over buildings;
  • Providing of adequate working space for electrical workers to undertake necessary repairs, maintenance and installation of transformers greater than 50kVA;
  • Prohibiting of installation of cables in concealed locations in corrugated roof decking
  • Adding requirements for Energy Storage systems; and
  • Facilitating the use of Power over Ethernet to provide a pathway for sources of electricity.


Honeywell delivers 18MWh ‘biggest project yet’ in Ontario

Honeywell will supply a multiple megawatt-hour battery energy storage system at a commercial site in Ontario, Canada.

It’s the engineering company’s largest battery energy storage project to date with an output of up to 8.9MW and 18MWh of storage and will be delivered to developer and EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) partner Saturn Power.



The top 10 reasons contractor succession planning has evolved

Succession planning has always been a hot topic among contractors of a certain age, and that’s not likely to change. What has most definitely changed, however, is that today’s discussions are broader and include many more alternatives. There will always be family-owned construction companies, but, for today’s contractor, succession decisions are much more merit-based than family-driven.

Thanks to societal, macro-economic and leadership changes the succession pendulum has dramatically swung in the past few years. This article outlines the 10 drivers that have shaped 21st century succession planning for contractors.


Construction employers must adapt to millennial workforce needs: researcher


True to the stereotypes, workplace millennials want to be respected, included in decisions, sit in on important meetings before they’ve earned it and need to think their work is relevant, says David Coletto, Abacus Data CEO.

And like it or not, Coletto said, it’s a demographic inevitability that the millennial cohort will be the main source of employees for the construction sector for the foreseeable future and it’s the constructors who will have to bend to meet the millennials’ needs, not the other way around


Cutting $16 million from Ontario office that prevents workplace deaths makes ‘no sense,’ advocates say

The provincial office tasked with preventing occupational injury, illness and death in Ontario will see $16 million in cuts this year, despite the fact the body is not taxpayer funded and does not impact the government’s bottom line.

The Ministry of Labour’s prevention office budget will drop from more than $119 million in 2018 to $103 million, new budget estimates released by the Ford government show. The bulk of the cuts will impact research projects on issues like occupational disease, as well as the province’s independent health and safety associations, which provide ministry-approved training and support to workplaces across Ontario.

Although it operates out of the Ministry of Labour, the prevention office is funded by reimbursements from the workers’ compensation board as part of its mandate to promote safe workplaces. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board is funded entirely by employers’ insurance premiums. In exchange for benefits provided by the province’s no-fault compensation system, injured workers give up their right to sue their employer.


Sheet metal workers stay off job as other unions reach tentative settlements

As sheet metal union workers continue their second week of strike action, several other construction trade unions have reached tentative settlements and will begin ratification votes in upcoming weeks.

However, the dispute primarily involving an increase in the work week from 36 to 40 that has caused walk-outs by members of the Sheet Metal Workers’ and Roofers’ (SMWR) union throughout the province shows no signs of resolution – and the issue may spread to the millwrights, facing similar demands from their employer bargaining agencies.


Ontario Fire Chiefs and Electricians/Contractors Team Up to Promote Safety


The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) has teamed up with the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario (IBEW CCO) to launch a new campaign.

This month, two commercials will be running on major television networks and promoted through social media as part of a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of hiring a certified electrician and ensuring the public maintains working smoke alarms in their homes.

See the videos here

This article was first published online by Powering Communities.

 Industry Events

Please find below the invite for "COR Ontario Top Buyers Summit", which will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the GTAA's FESTI (Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute) between 8 am to 11:45 am. The purpose of this COR Summit is to give information on what are the Top Buyers such as IO (Infrastructure Ontario), City of Toronto, GTAA, and Metrolinx, are expecting from their contractors and subcontractors with regards to COR Accreditation and Safety program requirements. IHSA has also been invited to present on COR timeline and the process.

Those interested in attending the Summit can register online through the invite or CLICK HERE to book their seat now. The members can also write to us at or Call Addy at 905 532 1488 Ext 212 to book their seat. You can also contact Cathy at 

**65 seats only** **First-Come-First-Served** basis


Real Estate Management Industry Conference

Designed for Building Owners and Property, Facility and Operations Managers. 

There will be a Certi-Fire Booth at the conference being held June 11 to 13, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Hall. This conference brings together building owners and developers as well as property, facility and operations managers.
REMINDER: There’s Still Time to Share Your Safety Story with ESA - 2019 Ontario Electrical Safety Awards Call for Nominations Still Open!

Have you or someone you know encountered electrical safety hazards or identified safety issues that, if not addressed, could have posed a serious threat to a homeowner, a family, or the community? Or perhaps there’s an initiative or program you can highlight that helps keep people safe from electrical harm.

If you have a story to tell, ESA wants to hear from you! Help us recognize and celebrate those who have demonstrated a strong commitment to electrical safety in Ontario –in the workplace or in the community

Submit your nomination today! 

The awards will be handed out at the annual Ontario Electrical Safety Awards  in Mississauga on September 26, 2019.

Here’s how to submit a nomination: 

Visit and either download the form or fill out the online version.

Nomination deadline: May 24, 2019!

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