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ECAO Barcelona Conference 2018

A new optional tour has been arranged for conference delegates: a beautiful Catamaran ocean cruise.

Several optional activities have been arranged so please click here to view all items.

Registration is still going strong, so book soon before space is gone. 

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Industry News

ECAO Member Gridlink, Helping after New England Storms

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Gridlink, located in Thunder Bay, which primarily services power utility, railway, pipeline and telecommunications; sent crews to help restore power in several communities in New York State. Thirteen employees of Gridlink arrived in New York state on March 4 in a convoy of 13 vehicles. Some workers had to sleep in their work vehicles due to lack of accommodation in the area. Gridlink crews still spend 2 weeks cutting downed trees and restoring power to homes and businesses knocked off the grid by freezing rain and snow storms. This was made possible with the help of local IBEW 40.


Occupational Health and Safety Update

Ministry of Labour (MOL) - Industrial Establishments Regulation Amendment Proposal
Reg. 851-Occupational Health and Safety Act

The Ministry of Labour (the ministry) is proposing various amendments to Regulation 851 (Industrial Establishments) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Regulation 851 applies to a variety of different workplaces in Ontario, including offices and office buildings, factories, arenas, shops, restaurants and logging operations. The regulation sets out sector-specific requirements that protect the health and safety of Ontarians who work in these workplaces. 

The ministry has prepared a consultation paper for public review and comment which highlights the proposed amendments to Regulation 851, which are intended to:

  • Update existing requirements regarding guardrails, fall protection, protection against drowning, signallers, eyewash fountains and deluge showers to reflect current workplace practices, processes and technologies;
  • Add new requirements for risk assessments and traffic management programs that are similar to recent amendments to Regulation 854 (Mines and Mining Plants);
  • Add new requirements for scaffolds and suspended access equipment, similar to existing requirements currently set out in O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects);
  • Add new, specific requirements for storage racks and for high visibility safety apparel for signallers to improve worker health and safety and to improve clarity and transparency regarding compliance expectations; and
  • Make additional amendments for clarification and to increase alignment between OHSA regulations.


Teksmed Quikcare Do you know what your CAD-7 Rebate will be this year?


How to: Find out what your 2018 CAD-7 Rebate/Surcharge will be.

As a part of TeksMed’s services, to our ECAO Members, you will remove will receive custom reports that are critical to your operation and procedures related to health and safety free of charge. These reports include forecasts for your CAD-7 rebate/surcharge.

Be in control! Know what your rebate/surcharge will be in order to strategically plan for the future.

You will benefit from this type of report if:

  • You’re a Schedule 1 employer with business operations in the province of Ontario.
  • You want to plan ahead and know what your 2018 CAD7 rebate/surcharge will be and how that is calculated.
  • You want to be in control and know what drives claim costs up as well as how those costs can be mitigated.

What we need from you:

  • 2017 cost statements (Jan-Dec) for all WSIB accounts
  • 2017 CAD-7 statement

Next Step:

  • If you are interested in taking advantage of this free service, call Tanya George, TeksMed ECAO Client Relationship Manager, at 416.491.5444 or email at 

Industry Events

National Electrical Trade Council (NETCO) Conference 

NETCO 2018 Training Conference, June 9, 2018, Mont-Tremblant, QC

NETCO’s conference web site is available for online registration and payment.  NETCO will leverage the conference to support JEPP training partners, and other industry stakeholders, in securing funding from the new Pre-Apprenticeship Program as well as the Union Training and Innovation Program.   The conference will include a feature presentation on Best Practice Models for Pre-Apprenticeship in the Electrical Industry across Canada to showcase four industry-sponsored pre-apprenticeship training models used in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.  JAC-Toronto Director of Apprenticeship Erik Hueglin is one of the four panelists.  A contractor forum will channel the perspective of those who directly employ electrical apprentices. 

Read more or to Register click here

Member Benefit Highlight

ECAO Members can get a 15% discount on Choice Hotels.


Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario, has teamed up with Choice Privileges rewards Choice Hotels to make Business & Leisure travel a little more enjoyable and convenient - and save up to 15%!

To give you some background, Choice Hotels® includes ComfortTM, Quality®, Clarion® and a few others like the upscale Ascend Hotel Collection®. There are over 325 Choice locations spanning all provinces – and over 6,300 worldwide. Hotels are conveniently located near major airports, key highways and business districts. You’ll also be able to connect easily with colleagues and friends using free high-speed Internet, and jump- start your day with free breakfast at most locations. 


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