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ECAO 2019 Annual Conference September 25-29, 2019

Formal Annual Conference registration will be open soon along with our early bird contest for upgraded hotel rooms.




Hydro One Sending a Team to Support Power Grid Recovery Following California Wildfires


Hydro One has mobilized around 20 highly specialized forestry technicians to help inspect the electrical system and assist crews following the devastating effects of wildfires in California. The fires caused widespread damage, and as a result every kilometre of line must be inspected before local communities can access power safely.

Hydro One's forestry department employees will help Pacific Gas and Electric Company with restoration efforts near Chico, California. The crews will support the inspection of 8,000 km of transmission lines and examine further risks associated with vegetation along the lines. As part of the North Atlantic Mutual Assistance Group, Hydro One has reciprocal agreements in place with North American utilities to provide assistance during significant power outages. In these mutual assistance situations, all costs are covered by the utility receiving help. 


 Industry News

Powering the North: $1.6 billion project connects remote communities to grid


Ambitious Wataynikaneyap plan involves 17 towns, aims to create skilled jobs in Northern Ontario. Currently the remote communities use diesel as their main source of energy and this new project will reduce the cost of providing power from the grid. In addition the bonus is that the indigenous communities will be trained and hired to do the work.


Feds invest $2M for solar-powered charging stations in Ontario

The federal government is providing $2 million for solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations at five sites across Ontario. On Friday, Northumberland-Peterborough South MP Kim Rudd announced the funding in Sky Solar Canada Ltd. for three demonstration sites in Cobourg, along with one each in Markham and Oxford Station. She made the announcement on behalf of Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi.


Should I install solar panels in my home? It depends where you live, National Energy Board says


Installing solar panels already makes sense for most homeowners in Saskatchewan and Ontario but the National Energy Board says the abundance of cheap hydroelectricity in Quebec and Manitoba means solar power may never make much economic sense in those provinces.

In Canada, long, dark winters means it’s unlikely solar will ever become the sole source of electricity anywhere.


 Training and Education

Electrical Safety Authority - Holiday Safety Tips

Below is an actual fire incident that occurred in a home when holiday lighting was left unattended.

Please read the 10 safety tips below compiled by ESA to be safe this season. 

10 Tips for Safe Holiday Decorating! 

  1. Lights are rated for indoor or outdoor use. Read the package instructions, and never exceed the recommended wattage. 
  2. Buy decorations with the mark of an accredited certification agency. 
  3. No more than three light strings can be safely connected together in most cases — read manufacturers’ instructions for directions. 
  4. Make sure bulbs don’t touch supply cords, wires, cloth, paper, or any material. 
  5. Use the proper clips for securing lights and decorations. Staples and nails can damage electrical cords! 
  6. Check for overhead powerlines before using a ladder outside or when you’re hanging lights on trees. 
  7. Watch that children don’t put electrical decorations or cords in their mouths.
  8. Keep an eye on pets – they may chew or damage electrical cords. 
  9. Turn off holiday lights and decorations when you leave the house or go to bed. 
  10. Holiday decorations aren’t designed for year-round use and can deteriorate over time. Take them down when the holidays are over.



ECAO Affiliate Partners and Advantage Program

The ECAO has currently updated the Affiliate Partner Directory.

ECAO Members are encouraged to consider using our Partners who support many of the ECAO events.

Click here to view the full Directory.


 ECAO Upcoming Events - Save the Dates

State of the Industry & Outlook Conference 2019

The Ontario Construction Secretariat will host its 19th annual State of the Industry & Outlook Conference on Thursday March 7th, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown, Toronto.  This conference is must attend event for construction industry professionals who want to hear where the construction industry is headed in 2019.

The OCS State of the Industry & Outlook Conference is an informative and well-attended half-day conference where industry experts unravel the economic indicators and assess their impact on Ontario’s construction industry.

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