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 ECAO News

ECAO Annual Conference Registration now available, by clicking here. We are pleased to announce that our deadline for the Early Bird Registration Draw has been extended to February 28. Space is limited so we encourage you to register early.  For more details contact either Shelley Sparrow at or Cathy Frederickson at


CONFERENCE FEES (Canadian Dollars) $3,722.36 per Single

Fees include the following:

  • 4 nights with Classic Room Accommodation at the JW Marriot Hotel, September 25 – 29, 2019, inclusive of hotel taxes on accommodations
  • All group events as outlined in the Conference Program of Events and as follows:
  • Exclusive Welcome Evening of Music & Southern BBQ with drinks
  • Group City Orientation Tour with Lunch & Line Dancing with transportation and guide
  • 3 Breakfasts in the hotel
  • Group Evening at Grand Ole Opry including Backstage Tour, Exclusive Cocktail Reception & Opry Show
  • 2 half day Business Sessions for ECAO Members
  • 2 Partner Program Optional Tours for Members’ Companions during the Business Sessions
  • ECAO Gala Evening at The Country Music Hall of Fame with Cocktail Reception, Dinner & Dancing


 Industry Events

ECAO will be hosting a Certi-Fire booth at Spring Fest, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on March 27, 2019. With 2,000+ annual attendees, PM Springfest is Toronto’s most time efficient informational event exclusively for building owners, property managers and facility managers.


 Industry News

Here’s why Doug Ford’s changes to Ontario Apprenticeship rules could mean more workplace injuries

Ontario’s business lobby, including the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, various builders’ associations, anti-union construction groups and others, have pushed for years to gut regulations overseeing the province’s construction industry.

Now with Ford as Premier of Ontario, it seems they’ll finally get what they want — a stripping of protections for apprentices, in the direction of the B.C Campbell government, to lower labour costs. And, that is bad news for the province’s trades workers. A report done by the BC Labour Ministry of Labour found that, with the lowering of apprentice ratios, has resulted in an increase in workplace injuries.


Source: BC Ministry of Labour

Read the full article here:

Occupational Health and Safety

Employers must ensure their workers wear head protection if they are at risk of being struck by falling objects, bumping their heads on fixed objects or coming in contact with electrical hazards. If you are at risk for head injury at your workplace, you should wear the appropriate head protection.

  • If head protection is required, establish a complete safety protection program including selection, fit testing, training, maintenance and inspection.
  • Choose the correct headwear for the job. Refer to CSA Standard Z94.1-15 "Industrial Protective Headwear - Performance, Selection, Care, and Use" or the legislation that applies in your jurisdiction.



MOL reports reveal extensive safety violations.

The results are contained in year-end reports prepared by the MOL that summed up Workplace Inspection Initiatives completed in 2018.

The WAH report, issued in November, indicated that MOL inspectors conducted 788 construction field visits during the month of June and issued 2,158 orders and requirements for an average of 3.05 orders and requirements issued per workplace visited.

In 2017, there were seven fatalities and 66 critical injuries attributed to WAH in construction. That year, inspectors issued 12,649 orders involving WAH violations.

The link to the report can be found here.


Powerline Trade Training available at IHSA

IHSA is one of a limited number of training delivery agents, designated by the Ministry of Training, College and Universities (MTCU), to provide the skills-based training for all four levels of the powerline technician program.

Each level will cover all relevant theory and practical topics required for the apprenticeship program including work techniques and the legislation regarding safe work. Apprentices will learn from highly experienced, professional trainers. Then they will demonstrate understanding of their newly acquired skills using well-tested and evaluated safe work methods through a unique transition from classroom to practical field applications.

There is a financial reimbursement for ECAO members through ECAO who send apprentices for the PLTN Program. Contact ECAO for more information. 

To register your apprentices today, contact Lyndsy Miceli, IHSA at, 416-452-518 or visit

The link to the report can be found here.

ECAO Job Posting for Certi-Fire

The Joint Electrical Promotion Plan oversees the Certi-Fire training and promotion. Over the years the program has been recognized as one of the only 2 certifications from the Ontario Fire Marshal. ECAO is looking to recruit someone who can provide the support and administration of the program. Please feel free to distribute the job posting to your network.

The full posting can be found here.

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