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ECAO Annual Industry Conference in Prague May 23/24- 30, 2020

ECAO is gearing up for next year’s Conference in Prague. We have secured the entire Mandarin Oriental Hotel for our conference making it more intimate for networking with our members, industry partners, and affiliate Partners.

To register and view the full conference program, click here.


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An Evening with Monte McNaughton


Join Monte McNaughton for an evening in support of the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex PC Association at the Albany Club.

Tickets are $500 each, with the option of purchasing two for $900, and four for $1600.

Secure your seat today!

Date: November 28, 2019 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Albany Club, 91 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1G3 Canada

For more information, click here.

Prompt Payment Seminar

Please join us for a seminar hosted by FCA Insurance in collaboration with WeirFoulds LLP to discuss what the new Prompt Payment and Adjudication rules will mean to you and your business.

Date: November 27, 2019

Time: 10am-12pm

Location: ECAO Office, 10 Carlson Ct #702, Etobicoke, ON M9W 6L2


Prompt payment and adjudication are coming to your construction project soon

Big changes to the Construction Act came into force on October 1, 2019. These changes include a new statutory regime for prompt payment of invoices, and a new dispute resolution process called adjudication to deal with most types of project disputes.

Given the significance of these changes to the Construction Act, we invite you to the must-attend seminar on November 27, 2019. Our speakers will highlight the key features of the changes and share practical advice about how to adjust to the realities of prompt payment and adjudication.


Jamie Collum, FCA Insurance


Krista Chaytor, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP and Founder of Pay Prompt Inc.

Faren Bogach, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP and Founder of Pay Prompt Inc.

Jeff Scorgie, Associate, WeirFoulds LLP and Founder of Pay Prompt Inc.


Coffee & snacks to be provided by FCA Insurance.

If you are interested please contact Cathy Frederickson at

Lunch & Learn WSIB and Safety Excellence Program (In-person or webinar)

Please join us for a Lunch and Learn on WSIB’s Online Compass along with an overview of WSIBs new Health & Safety Excellence Program delivered by our Affiliate Partners 4S Consulting. Members will learn how to earn rebates and how to apply. 

WSIB Compass allows businesses to access their own detailed claims, costs, and 2020 premiums and rates, as well as the ability to access your key health and safety statistics.

Date: Monday, November 25, 2019

Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Location: In-person or via webinar

Lunch snacks provided.

Parking: Covered

Please contact Cathy Frederickson at


Ontario Increasing Investments in Skilled Trades

Ontario's Government is tackling shortages in the skilled trades by announcing $20.8 million in spending to attract more people to the trades and boost Ontario's skilled workforce.

The Government will increase spending on Ontario's Pre-Apprenticeship Training program by $2.5 million this year, giving an additional 200 people exposure to good jobs. The program is free for participants and always includes a work placement.



Celebrating National Skilled Trades and Technology Week


The Ontario government kicked off National Skilled Trades and Technology Week by launching, a new hub where people can explore the trades and learn how to become a tradesperson. Employers and current tradespeople can also get help with hiring and learn about changes to the skilled trades and apprenticeship system.


Government Increases High School “Learning to Earning” Investment

On October 31st the government of Ontario announced an increased investment of more than $10 million over the 2017-18 level in the Specialist High Skills Majors programs (SHMS). SHMS programs are available in more than 700 high schools across Ontario. This additional investment will support 122 new programs with a focus on the skilled trades.

Specialist High Skills Majors programs were initiated about 15 years ago as the Ministry of Education’s way of providing students in grades 11 and 12 with an opportunity to connect more closely with the world of work and earn credits towards their graduation. Initially offered in only a handful of sectors, today there are SHSM programs offered in 19 industries including one for construction.

As a result of this increased investment, it is anticipated that 54,000 high school students will be enrolled in 2,100 SMHS programs offered at more than 700 secondary schools in Ontario.

For more information about the Ministry of Education’s Specialist High Skills majors click here.


College dean calls out employers on apprentice hiring

The skilled trade shortage across the country haunts the construction industry and challenges both government and training colleges. Recent shifts in cabinet responsibilities and new funding announcements from the Ontario government are the latest attempt to re-brand the skilled trades as attractive career choices for young people.


New WSIB Rates in Place January 1, 2020: Are You Ready?

The new WSIB rate framework model takes effect on January 1, 2020.  It will overhaul how most employer premiums are calculated and businesses are classified. 

An incorrect classification now may impact an employer’s premiums for years to come. It is essential employers take proactive steps to protect themselves. 

See the attached briefing note and contact Sherrard Kuzz LLP…


Education and prevention key to avoiding worksite hearing loss

The construction industry is hit harder by hearing loss than any other industry, but there is hope in prevention, education, and mitigation.

The construction industry also has a higher rate of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) than other industries though the trend has improved somewhat over the last two decades.


Contractors need to adapt in order to win Passive House contracts

Project designs that focus on energy efficiency and reductions of GHG emissions in both new and existing buildings are a reality that contractors coast-to-coast will face in the near future. In fact, some would suggest that the future is already here.


Ontario Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (ORAC)

ORAC is planning to host a roadshow that features construction technology. This event is next fall, but they are trying to determine how many of our members would be interested in attending the show.

If you wish to provide quick feedback, please access their survey here.



Peterborough city council discusses what to do with PDI sale money

Peterborough Distribution Inc. (PDI), which is responsible for the distribution of electricity from the city’s utility company, will be sold off to Hydro One for $105 million.

The deal is currently before the Ontario Energy Board, with the sale expected to go through sometime in 2020.


The Estimating Series: Part 2 of 7: Accessing experience
"Remember you have allies that want you to succeed and get it right. Use them."

Experience matters.

Because estimating is part art, part science, the most accurate estimates are the ones that come from someone with deep knowledge of the work required and tons of experience—the people that have been there before and can anticipate the surprises.


Leviton acquires Canada-based Viscor

Leviton announced the acquisition of Viscor, an independent Canadian lighting manufacturer specializing in lighting for architectural, commercial, medical, institutional and industrial applications.


Member Benefit

ECAO has renewed its partnership with Park’N Fly for 2020. ECAO members will get great rates on parking at Toronto and Ottawa airports. More details will be provided to our local ECAs and you can contact Cathy Frederickson at for more details.



The Buildings Show / PMExpo 2019

The Buildings Show / PMExpo 2019 will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from December 4-6, 2019.

Over 30,000 professionals were in attendance last year with more than 500 industry experts at The Buildings Show 2018. This year, they will be focusing on innovation and new technology for all stakeholders in the built environment. It is a good opportunity to meet industry leaders and influencers that can help grow your business and make relationships with vendors for further negotiations. Don’t miss it!

Certi-Fire will be exhibited at booth location 1720 this year. Please come to visit us!

For more information about the Show, please Click here

Technician Apprenticeship Program


The Powerline Technician Apprenticeship Program remains one of IHSA’s unique, sought-after programs. Powerline technicians are responsible for the construction and maintenance of electrical transmission and distribution lines. In order to conduct this type of work, a four-year apprenticeship under the auspices of the Ministry of Training, College and Universities (MTCU) is required.

IHSA is one of a limited number of training delivery agents designated by the MTCU to provide the skills-based training for all four levels of the Powerline Technician Apprenticeship.

All four levels of the apprenticeship are held in Mississauga at IHSA’s modern Skills Development Centre (SDC), which features modern facilities and top-of-the-line equipment. Our Skills Development Center features energized overhead 8 kV and 27.6 kV circuits, energized 13.8 kV underground circuits and equipment utilized for accurate and critical work method evaluation to ensure training is matched to real work conditions. IHSA also facilitates apprenticeship training in Sudbury at Cambrian College and in the west in Chatham.

For more information on how you can enroll your apprentices, contact Lyndsy Miceli, Powerline Technician Apprenticeship Administrator at or call 905-212-7933. Visit IHSA website at

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