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ECAO Annual General Meeting October 23 & 24, Niagara Falls- Almost Sold Out

This year’s joint Annual General Meetings of ECAO and the Joint Electrical Promotion Plan (JEPP) has resulted in an overwhelming response from our members, affiliates and industry partners.

If you are unable to attend, you can always follow us on twitter @ECAOntario or facebook ECAOntario.

For those attending, don’t forget we will have, by popular demand, the best-dressed male and female.

Individuals shown below are not eligible.


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ECAO Annual Conference Prague May 24-30, 2020

2020 is right around the corner and the ECAO 2020 Annual Conference is being held earlier in the year, in May. Registration is now open, so to check it out please go to



Ontario Establishes Construction Advisory Panel

Minister of Labour, Monte McNaughton, announced the establishment of a Construction Advisory Panel on September 26 at the Ontario Construction Secretariat Annual General Meeting. This panel will be comprised of equal representation of labour and management. The Panel will provide input on issues of interest in the construction sector to the Minister of Labour. Issues could include labour and employment law, the rise of new equipment and technologies, workplace health and safety, and injury prevention. The panel will provide an opportunity for the Minister to hear the different perspectives and concerns from construction industry partners.


MOL Tools for Small Business Owners

The Ministry of Labour website has a small business page where you can find valuable information and resources for your business. 

There is a link to a health and safety checklist that will provide you with the legislated requirements based on the size of your workforce. There are 3 different checklists based on the size of the business: 1-5 employees; 6-19 employees; 20 or more employees


Three electrocution incidents in 24 hours spark alarm


TORONTO HYDRO — A recent awareness campaign from the Electrical Safety Authority urges workers to look up, look out and identify all powerlines around them and make sure people and equipment stay at least three meters away to prevent an incident; be aware of hidden dangers such as powerlines hidden by foliage; and keep equipment such as ladders far away from powerlines. Pictured, Toronto Hydro, and GFL Excavating worked with the ESA to deliver powerline safety messages to dump truck drivers in 2017.


Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Safety Awards


ESA presented its 2019 Safety Award Winners at their September 26 AGM. Coco Paving received an award for its dedication to safety near powerlines. Two other awards were handed to Oshawa Power for worker safety and Waterloo North Hydro for consumer and home safety.


Are you earning enough as an Electrical Contractor?

Earlier this year the Electrical Business magazine conducted a survey on industry salaries and charge-out rates.

Survey results

Reported salary figures, however, were far more widely spread, with 6% of respondents in the $20,000 to $34,999 range, 8% in $35,000 to $49,999, 11% in $50,000 to $64,999, 20.5% in $65,000 to $79,999, 17% in $80,000 to $94,999, 15% in $95,000 to $109,999, 9% in $110,000 to $124,999 and 13.5% making $125,000 or more.

The survey also reported on national averages for the various charge –out rates:

  • Commercial/industrial construction: $78.
  • Commercial/industrial service: $86.
  • Residential construction: $72.
  • Residential service: $81.


Biggest battery energy storage facility in GTA now live in Newmarket

Leading U.S.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy company Ameresco celebrated the launch of a project four years in the making that saw it design, build, own, and operate 2 megawatts (MW), four-hour “battery solid” energy storage systems, on behalf of Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator, the Crown corporation that operates the province’s electricity market.

The two solid-state lithium-ion battery energy storage systems connect to the Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution grid at a capacity of 4 MW. Both systems absorb power during periods of excess energy supply and deliver it back to the grid when energy demand is high.


Statement by Attorney General Doug Downey on Delivering Construction Industry Prompt Payment on Time

October 1, 2019 10:00 A.M.
Ministry of the Attorney General

On October 1, Doug Downey, Attorney General of Ontario, issued the following statement:

Doug Downey, Attorney General of Ontario stated on October 1, "Our government is pleased to announce the full implementation of Canada's first-ever prompt payment regime and a new, streamlined dispute resolution process that will cut red tape to support jobs and growth in Ontario's construction industry.

Effective today, subject to transition rules, these changes to the Construction Act will help prevent payment disputes from delaying work on construction projects, speed up the payment process and reduce time and money spent on litigation. This will ensure workers and businesses are paid on time and disputes are resolved quickly.



ECAO Seminar on "Sustainable Tools For Achieving & Maintaining COR™"

ECAO will host another seminar on behalf of our Affiliate Partners, 4S Consulting at the ECAO office on Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019.

This is an opportunity to learn if and how your company can get COR certified.

  1. Get to know more about sustainable options that can be customized to your company's requirements to support you with COR™.
  2. How to choose the right online tools to make COR™ compliance quick and easy.
  3. Understand ways of managing your documentation quick and easy using online tools that integrate with your business flow.
  4. Learn how integrating your JHA with your system can make a difference.
  5. Explore how a built-in LMS coupled with record management can make your COR™ process easy, quick, and effective.

WSIB Health and Safety Excellence Program Hosted by 4S Consulting October 24 

Seminar Date: Thursday, Oct 24, 2019, from 8:00, am to 11:30 am

Seminar Cost: $29.00+HST (Refunded by 4S Gift Voucher)

Get rebates for maintaining H&S compliance & being in due diligence!

WSIB is coming up with a new incentive program for making Ontario workplaces safer. WSIB’s Health & Safety Excellence Program will reward you as an electrical contractor, GC, subcontractor, or road contractor for your efforts for staying in compliance by having a sustainable program.

Key Takeaways

  • Find out how the new program integrates the strengths of WSIB’s three previous voluntary programs such as Safety Groups.
  • Understand how the new program creates a single H&S program with more service and delivery options with rebates & recognition for workplaces.
  • Know more about how the new program connects employers of all sizes with WSIB-approved providers to help in building & maintaining a sustainable program.
  • Know more about other key H&S initiatives of WSIB, MOL, and CPO.
  • Get a sneak peek at the approximate rebates that you can get as an employer.
  • Discover how the new program rewards you for behaviors & activities related to H&S

ECAO will be featuring a Certi-Fire booth at the PM Expo at the upcoming Buildings Show December 4-6, 2019


December 4 - 6, 2019

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

To check out the speakers and educational session go here.

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