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Principal Agreement Now on-line for ECAO Members

The May 1, 2016 - April 30, 2019 Principal Agreement is now available online in the Members' Only section of the ECAO website. Click on Labour Relations at the top of the members’ page. Hard copies are available for ECAO members. If you haven’t received yours yet, please contact Jodi Travers at

ECAO to provide recommendations on chronic mental stress policy

ECAO_WSIBONTARIO_22JUNE2017.pngECAO will submit its recommendations to WSIB as part of the consultation process for their new work-related chronic mental stress policy.

ECAO and many of its industry partners feel strongly that some language needs to be modified to ensure fairness to both employee and employer. For example, the use of the word “significant” should be replaced with “predominant” when describing the role that workplace issues played in the cause of the employee's chronic mental illness. Other issues, like the diagnostic process and potential dramatic increase in cost to companies, particularly smaller contractors, will be addressed in ECAO’s written submission to WSIB.

The policy will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. WSIB is accepting public input until July 7 on its proposed implementation plan, available on the Work-Related Chronic Mental Stress Policy Consultation web page.

For more information: FAQ on work-related chronic mental stress


Business owner convicted and fined for hiring unlicensed contractor to do electrical work

Electrical work is dangerous and can be lethal if not done properly. Jamal Shihadeh of Mississauga was convicted and fined an Ontario court for hiring an unlicensed contractor to do electrical work at his business. It was a cash transaction with no receipt or record of work and no electrical permits secured. The worker was electrocuted and died on-the-job on Oct. 13, 2013 while working alone. He received a fatal shock while working on wiring carrying 347 volts of electricity and which had not been disconnected from power.

In Ontario, any business that offers or performs electrical work must be licensed by the Electrical Safety Authority. The Licensed Electrical Contractor must abide by the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, and other applicable laws. As per the terms of the licence, the Licensed Electrical Contractor must meet obligations related to the supervisory, administrative and safety requirements of carrying out electrical work.

Global smart lighting market worth US$19.47 billion by 2022


The total smart lighting market size, in terms of value, is expected to reach US$19.47 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.1%, according to a new research report. In terms of volume, the market size is expected to reach 1.27 billion units by 2022, at a CAGR of 71.3% during the forecast period. Growing consumer demand for energy efficient lighting system is expected to be the major factor driving the market.

The report looks at the smart lighting market by product type (smart bulbs, fixtures, and lighting controls), light source (fluorescent, LED, HID), communication technology (wired, and wireless), software and service, application, and geography.

The use of indoor lighting applications within the commercial sector is boosted by the use of lighting control systems, which use parameters such as occupancy, available daylight, and time of the day to turn lights on or off — providing noteworthy energy and cost savings. These are expected to be the leading factors for this segment. 

The gradual reduction in prices of LED components, besides factors such as low maintenance costs and low power consumption, are proving to be the main drivers for the growth of LED light sources within the smart lighting market.
Read the full report here.  

Considering the Cloud

Today's jobsites rely on any number of programs and applications to keep operations on track. From enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems in the office to site monitoring and collaborating tools in the field, these digital technologies are critical to a project's success and the safety of its workers.

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ECAO Annual General Meeting & Trade Show

ECAO’s annual general meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. at the Westin Toronto Airport Hotel. Coinciding with the AGM will be a trade show where ECAO’s Associate Member organizations will be on hand to chat with Board members and let them know about the latest in their products and services.

ECAO to host open house in September


ECAO will be hosting an open house at their office on 10 Carlson Court, 7th floor, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Members, Associate Members and industry partners are all invited to attend. R.S.V.P. to Ania at

Working outdoors – Stay safe

summer safety.jpgNow that summer has arrived, many Ontarians are welcoming the warmer days. But working outdoors also presents many hazards. Working where it is hot can put you at risk for heat-related illnesses. Workers in certain areas are also at risk for infections that come from tick bites (such as Lyme disease); infections that come from mosquito bites (such as West Nile virus); and severe skin and eye reactions from handling of hazardous plants.

For more information and tips on how to stay safe working outdoors in the summer, visit the Ministry of Labour’s website.

Tsubouchi retiring as CEO of Ontario College of Trades

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The board of governors of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) announced that David Tsubouchi will be retiring as OCOT registrar and CEO upon the hiring of a replacement. Some of Tsubouchi's accomplishments in OCOT's first four years include the launch of a public register that has become an important source for consumers and businesses engaged in hiring workers in a compulsory trade, and being active in pointing out opportunities in the skilled trades to young people, women, new Canadians and indigenous people.

During Tsubouchi's tenure the College won Canada's Best Diversity Employers awards in 2016 and 2017 for exceptional workplace diversity, inclusiveness programs and projects to advance diversity within the skilled trades industry.

The College's executive committee has begun the search for Tsubouchi's successor. 

Affinity program offers exclusive savings for ECAO members

A reminder to all ECAO members that ECAO has teamed up with key providers to the electrical industry to help members save on items and services they use every day through negotiated price reductions and value-added packages. These benefits are only available to current ECAO members. The details can be found in the Members Only section of the website. Login as a member with your username and password then click “Member Services” at the top of the page to access these great savings. 

ECAO Scholarship nomination deadline just one week away

ECAO_SCHOLARSHIP_22JUNE2017.jpgIn recognition of the importance of education and having post-secondary graduates enter into the construction industry, ECAO established a Scholarship Program in 2004. The program provides financial support for deserving students attending recognized post-secondary institutions.The deadline for applications is July 15. Visit the ECAO website for more information and the application form.

One week left to submit your ECAO’s Douglas J.B. Wright award nominations – deadline is July 15

The Douglas J. B. Wright Award pays tribute to individuals who best exemplify the dedication and commitment to the electrical contracting industry as exhibited by Doug Wright through his years of service.

Submit your nomination by July 15, 2017 to:
The Douglas J. B. Wright Award Committee
c/o Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario
10 Carlson Court, Suite 702, Toronto, ON M9W 6L2
Fax: 416-675-7736 or email:

Visit the ECAO website for more information and the application form.

The Boss Man – Nic Bittle – to Speak at ECAO in September

ECAO 05 08JUN2017.jpgAs part of its 2017 Professional Development Series, ECAO is pleased to welcome Nic Bittle on Sept. 28. He will be presenting A FOREMAN’S FIELD GUIDE TO DEVELOPNG YOUR WORKFORCE – What Smart Leaders are doing to Develop Their Workforce.

Nic Bittle is the founder of Work Force Pro and works with contractors that want to prepare and develop their workforce to lead with impact, act like a pro, and perform at their best on a daily basis. Nic is author of three books, Small Business, BIG Mistakes, Perform Like the Boss! & Good Foreman; Bad Foreman.

Cost for each seminar is $525 tax included. Seminars run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.  Space is limited so register today. Visit ECAO website for more information.

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