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Omnibus Bill could splinter electrical trade

The Ontario Liberal government has introduced legislation which could have a detrimental impact on the enforcement capability of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) and hamper its ability to protect the public interest and the integrity of the electrical trade.

Amendments to legislation which governs OCOT have been included as part of a larger Omnibus bill that could effectively dilute the enforcement powers of the College and diminish the value of having a Certificate of Qualification (CofQ) in a compulsory trade.  

Bill 70 proposes to make the Ontario Labour Relations Board an appellant mechanism for enforcement action carried out under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009, which would effectively make OCOT the only regulator in the country subject to having its decisions overturned by an administrative tribunal. The OLRB has historically existed to administer the Labour Relations Act and could now find itself having to consider to separate and contradictory legislation while setting aside decades of precedent and jurisprudence.

The end result is that this government could potentially be creating an unsafe workplace and telling skilled trades professionals and apprentices that their investment in training doesn’t matter. 

We urge all members of ECAO to reach out to their MPPs to call on the Liberals to have Section 17 removed from Bill 70 and sent to committee to allow proper debate and public scrutiny of the impact of these amendments. If passed in its current form, these amendments could increase risks to workers and the public.

Partnership Opportunities Available for 2017 ECAO Conference

ECAO has numerous partnership opportunities available for the 2017 Annual Conference in Munich, Germany tailored to meet any marketing budget. Your support will provide you with quality time in front of our members to share your message and highlight your products. Check out the wide ranging options in the sponsorship package now available on-line. 

2017 ECAO Industry Conference: Registration is on-line and open!

Visit  to register for our 2017 conference in Munich, Germany.

Registration fee includes hotel accommodation and conference registration, which pays for the business sessions, speakers’ fees, and some of the entertainment and meals. The website provides a complete itinerary of what’s included in the registration fee, plus optional events, which are not included. The optional events schedule is subject to change, depending on interest.

Attendees will be responsible for booking their own flights, however the website does provide a discount promotional code for those booking on Air Canada. There is also a contact for those wishing to extend their stay or visit other destinations after the conference ends.

An exceptional program is being planned including improved business and networking sessions as well as a chance to explore Munich’s extraordinary Bavarian hospitality and culture.

More information can be found at Visit the site to learn more and register today.

We look forward to seeing you in Munich!

Get Involved: Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO) Letter Writing Campaign

The Attorney General has announced that the Government will introduce prompt payment legislation in spring 2017, as recommended under the Construction Lien Act (CLA) Review Report. Prompt payment legislation will help trade contractors and suppliers to run businesses with more certainty, provide more competitive bids and meet financial responsibilities in a timely fashion.

While this is a step in the direction of a more promising future for the construction industry, let’s ensure we get it right the first time. We need your help, to reach out to your local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP). 

PPO is embarking on a campaign to keep prompt payment legislation top of mind for every Member of Provincial Parliament. On October 31, PPO sent a letter to all MPP’s endorsing the CLA Review Report and identifying issues of importance to trade contractors, suppliers and employees.

PPO is now asking for all of its members and contacts to submit a letter to their local MPP.  ECAO is a member of PPO and supports this campaign and the need to remind everyone at Queen’s Park how important this is to trade contractors, suppliers, unions and workers. 

Please take a few minutes to submit a letter to your MPP from this site. You only have to fill in your information; the letter is already written and your MPP will pop up once you enter your postal code. Go to this site to take action: and forward the link to your family, friends and co-workers. Anyone can send in a letter. 


'State of the Industry' Survey Finds Electricians are Worried Fewer Jobs will be Available by 2021

More than 400 union and non-union electricians in the United States were surveyed, as part of Klein Tools’ third annual ‘State of the Industry’ survey, and shared their concerns about the future of the industry.  Major concerns included the growing skills gap and the availability of jobs in the next five to 10 years.

The survey found the biggest industry concerns from electricians are that too many experienced electricians are leaving the industry and/or retiring and that there will be less available jobs in the next five to 10 years.

To read more about the survey click here.

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Regional Inspection Blitzes

The Ministry of Labour regularly conducts regional inspection blitzes on health and safety hazards, and on compliance with core employment standards.

Several of these blitzes are underway while others will take place over the next several months, including those in certain parts of central Ontario that focus on child day-care services, landscapers/snow removal, toilets and wash-up facilities on construction projects, and heavy raw material handling.

In eastern Ontario, the ministry is focusing on fitness centres. And in western Ontario, the ministry is visiting elevating work platforms in the farming sector, and industrial malls and repurposed factories.

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Electrical Hazards Blitz

Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard. In November and December, the ministry is checking for hazards related to working on or near energized conductors, equipment or panels in an inspection blitz at construction projects. It is also focusing on hazards involving equipment and vehicles near overhead and underground power lines.

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New Construction Amendments Come Into Effect Jan. 1

New safety requirements related to the operation of suspended access equipment (SAE) will come into force on January 1, 2017. The amendments to O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects) will strengthen and clarify existing requirements for all buildings and structures where SAE may be used and where the regulation applies.

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New M-10 Safety Manual – Now available! 

Our M-10 Electrical Construction and Maintenance Workers Safety manual is now available to order through IHSA and is also available for free download. The manual is 164 pages and included updated information on almost every topic, from working at heights to lockout and tagging to working alone. It covers the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Construction Projects regulation (213/91), Workplace Electrical Safety Standard (CAN/CSA Z462), and Ontario Electrical Code. If you don’t have an online account with IHSA and are an ECAO member, contact and we will place the order for you.

We would like to thank the ECAO/IBEW Electrical Labour-Management Health and Safety Committee for the time and effort taken over the years to update this valuable manual. 

TEKSMED: Free for ECAO Members

On average, companies spend anywhere from $5,000-$50,000 per year on legal fees associated with WSIB related matters. TeksMed handles appeals and offers in-person representation at ARO and WSIAT hearings at no-cost! For more information, or to take advantage of these services, contact Jelena Markov at 416-491-6663 / or call toll free 1-877-850-1021.

New Product Updates

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Milwaukee® Announces the Industry’s Largest Step Towards Full Corded Replacement

Milwaukee has introduced its M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 Battery Pack, which the company says will deliver up to 5X more run-time, 35% more power and run 60% cooler than standard lithium-ion batteries. In conjunction with the advanced framework of motors and electronics in the M18™ system, Milwaukee says this new battery technology exceeds what’s possible on high-voltage or multi-battery tools, and is fully compatible with the entire M18™ system.

Upgrading to the new battery pack will instantly increase the performance of users’ current M18™ cordless tools. The new M18™ HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 Battery Pack will deliver more work per charge and more work over the life of the pack than any other power tool on the market regardless of voltage. In addition, the ability for the M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 Battery Pack to run significantly cooler also means users will be able to push their cordless tools harder and longer than ever before.

With the launch of the M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 Battery Pack, Milwaukee now offers fully compatible battery solutions (Compact, Extended Capacity, and High Demand) to meet specific user needs.  The HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 pack is optimized for high draw M18 FUEL™ tools and solutions that need an extensive amount of sustained power and run-time for applications such as high demand drilling, chipping, cutting, and grinding.

The M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 Battery Pack will be sold as an accessory to the M18™ System and in select M18 FUEL™ kits, and will have full system compatibility with all M18™ cordless solutions.

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