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ECAO Annual General Meeting (AGM) and 70s Reception

ECAO is pleased to announce that our AGM and 70s reception at Blue Mountain is almost at capacity, but if you are still interested in attending either, please contact us directly at

This year we will be presenting the prestigious DJB Wright Award and our R. H. (Hugh) Carroll Safety Awards at the dinner on September 12 to profile these members and member companies with their peers in a celebratory environment.

Our 70s reception planning is in full swing and here are some of the highlights we have planned:

  • Best Dressed 70s outfit for male and female
  • On-site Photo Booth with props
  • Photo contest to follow after the reception
  • Complimentary 70s cocktails, the Harvey Wallbanger and Singapore Sling
  • 70s music along with videos from our favourite singers from the 70s
  • 70s dance lesson to get the party started


We have confirmed 3 speakers for our AGM on September 13:

  • George Gritziotis, Registrar and CEO, Ontario College of Trades (OCOT)
  • The Honourable Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure.
  • Mathew Dinsdale Global HR Lawyers to address how contractors should respond when an MOL Inspector appears on your job site.


Labour News

ECAO Provincial Bargaining

Do you ever wonder why the ICI construction trades have to bargain provincially? The answer is that it is provincially mandated under the Ontario Labour Relations Act. The Electrical Trade Bargaining Agency (ETBA) of the ECAO is the designated employer representative for labour negotiations with the IBEW/CCO. The current bargaining system can seem confusing and complex so we recommend you check out this article in the previous issue of our Ontario Electrical Contractor magazine written by Stephen McArthur and Victor Kim of Mathews & Dinsdale Global HR Lawyers. This article will give insight to the history of the bargaining process.

Be sure to check out our latest magazine for the history of bargaining between the ETBA of ECAO and the IBEW/CCO, written by Scott Thompson of Hicks Morley. This article will provide our members with a history and details of the first Joint Proposal in this first part of a 2-part series.

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ECAO Stakeholder Profile from Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS)

Graeme Aitken, Executive Director ECAO was recently interviewed by the OCS about his vision for ECAO being more prominent in the electrical contracting industry.


Collective Bargaining Review 2017

The ministry reported that in December, 23 settlements were ratified covering 29,382 employees. The average annual base wage increase was 1.9%.

In the fourth quarter of 2017, the highest average annual base wage increases (2.2%) reported was for education and related services, which had the largest concentration of employees (22,366 employees).

These results do not include the construction sector, since most settlements are set for 2019-2020.



Reversing equipment blitz on construction projects 

In September and October, the ministry will work with the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association to help employers address the hazards of operating equipment in reverse on construction projects. During the first phase, they will provide information to help employers comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations. During Phase 2, inspectors will carry out enhanced enforcement at construction projects targeting hazards associated with reversing equipment.

See the blitz schedule 


Blitz results: Machine guarding and electrical hazards 

Earlier this year, the ministry focused on machine guarding and electrical hazards at industrial workplaces during an enforcement blitz. These hazards can result in serious injuries such as amputations of limbs – or even death. Learn what ministry inspectors found during the blitz.

In 2016, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board received 2,653 claims from workers for lost-time injuries involving machine guarding and electrical hazards – injuries that resulted in workers having to take time off work. These included:

  • 1,773 claims involving compression by equipment or objects or collapsing material
  • 347 claims rubbing or abrasion by friction, pressure or jarring by vibration
  • 37 claims involving electrocutions, electric shock
  • 27 claims involving burns (electrical)
  • 383 claims involving amputations or enucleations (removal of an eye)


Industry News

Bolstering Canada’s skilled workforce- Canadian Construction Association CCA

In the face of looming labour shortages, the CCA is advocating for the inclusion of more diverse, skilled workers into the construction industry. Did you know that only 11 per cent of new registrants in Red Seal apprenticeship training programs are women? Lack of apprentices has caused labor shortages, which can lead to delays and inefficiencies, in some parts of Canada where apprentices are required for projects. In the 2018 budget, the government announced several programs to address this situation.

Three new programs;

  1. 19.9 million in a new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women which will give women $3,000 per year for two years of training.
  2. 46 million to support women and other under-represented groups in the skilled trades, Budget 2018 proposed to create a new Pre-Apprenticeship Program. This program would encourage those groups to explore careers in the skilled trades.
  3. 10 million for a new initiative the government has proposed through Budget 2018 is the new Women in Construction Fund. The fund plans to build on models that have proven to attract women to the trades.


Women Answering the Call to Solve EC Industry's Skilled Labor Shortage-NECA

While women make up only 2% of the industry, NECA and the IBEW are making a coordinated effort to bring more women into the trade.

Read More and check the video from Electric TV


Canadian Construction Association- Photo Contest

CCA is offering a photo contest and members are encouraged enter and win a team lunch.

#ConstructionCrew - Faces of construction

CCA's first contest, #ConstructionCrew, is now open until September 12! Submit photos of your construction crews, whether onsite, in the office or doing good in the community, on social media using #ConstructionCrew for a chance to win a $500 gift card towards your next team lunch. For more information and to view submissions visit


Electrical Industry Standards Updates

CSA Management of Impairment in the Workplace Workshop

CSA Group is inviting expert volunteers to participate in a Workshop on the topic of Management of Impairment in the Workplace (“the Workshop”). It is expected that Workshop participants will be able to provide diverse stakeholder input on national requirements.

Primary outcomes from the Workshop will include the development of the framework and identification of key requirements for a seed document on Management of Impairment in the Workplace which will be considered in the development of a new National Standard of Canada.

This seed document will be reviewed by a CSA Group Technical Committee (TC) on Workplace Impairment which will be established following completion of the Workshop. Workshop participants will be considered for potential membership on the CSA Group TC.

To read the full call for participation click here.

CSA Z462- Workplace Electrical Safety

CSA Group is inviting interested expert stakeholders to apply for membership on the Technical Committee (TC) on Workplace Electrical Safety. This TC develops and maintains the CSA Z462 standard on Workplace Electrical Safety, which is part of the series of standards under CSA Z460, the foundational standard on Control of Hazardous Energy.

Scope of the standard

CSA Z462 specifies requirements for, and provides guidance on, safety management systems, safe work procedures, and selection of personal protective equipment and other safety devices for persons exposed to hazards associated with energized electrical equipment. In addition, this standard sets out criteria for the identification and training of qualified electrical workers and for determination of hazardous work to be performed only by those qualified individuals.

To read the full call for participation click here.

Electrical Business Magazine Electrical Safety Awards- Call for nominations.

There is still time to submit nominations for EBmag Canadian Electrical Awards.

Read all of the details are here:


  • Industrial
  • Commercial
  • Institutional
  • Residential
  • Special (something that, based on its uniqueness, stands apart from the crowd)
  • Electrical Safety Champion (see * below)

*The Electrical Safety Champion will remain a special category within the overall awards program. This award recognizes Canadian companies and individuals who are passionate about promoting the electrical health & safety of Canadian electrical workers. Rather than individual categories for Contractor, Maintenance Team, Utility and Individual, all submissions from any of these groups will be judged together to produce the Electrical Safety Champion.

Current by GE Partners with Nokia to Unleash Smart City Technology Across Canada
Electrical Industry Canada (EIC)

Under the terms of the agreement, Nokia will gain access to Current by GE’s CityIQ platform technology across Canada. The system will repurpose outdoor street lighting into digital infrastructure that collects data and distributes insights to cities via Nokia’s communications networks. It builds on Nokia’s expansion of its smart city capabilities, which includes a portfolio of network solutions designed to provide Internet-of-Things (IoT) connectivity to municipal and utility infrastructure


ECAO Upcoming Events - Save the Dates

Supervisor Training: “Fit For Duty”, Norm Keith, September 18 and October 2

ECAO29082018f.jpgThis seminar is intended to provide training and guidance for supervisors to monitor workers fitness on the job before cannabis becomes legal this October.

This half- day seminar will be held on two dates:

• September 18, 2018
• OR October 02, 2018


Venue: 10 Carlson Court, Toronto, Ontario M9W 6L2

Norm Keith is a senior partner at Fasken practicing in the areas of employment, regulatory and white collar defense and government investigations, in Canada and internationally.

Norm is the leading Occupational Health and Safety (“OHS”) lawyer and author in Canada. Norm is the leading Occupational Health and Safety (“OHS”) lawyer and author in Canada. He advises and represents employers, officers and directors, and executives in OHS compliance, accident investigations, and litigation. He has successfully defended hundreds of OHS regulatory and criminal charges at trials and on appeals.

Mark Bowden,  Communication Trainer---Three Seats have become available for this complimentary half day session

Half-Day Training Workshop on Compelling Communication to Build Trust & Credibility on September 25, 2018.
Time: 9:00 am- 12 noon
Registration- Click Here

The webinar will be moderated by Mr. Mark Bowden, Communication Trainer & Voted #1 Body Language Professional in the world. He is passionate about giving his most influential and persuasive communication techniques to stand out, win trust and build credibility every time you speak. Mark's work has proved invaluable to business leaders and teams from Fortune 500 companies, politicians and Prime Ministers of G7 powers. His highly acclaimed TEDx talk and YouTube Channel have reached millions of people.

This practical workshop will enable participants to quickly look, sound and be at their most confident every time they speak. The training will focus on all aspects of communication development such as self- awareness, effective listening and the mechanisms of receiving messages & a lot more!

In order to manage this interactive session, we are limiting attendance to 20 people and have three spaces available. Full details will be provided to registered attendees

Please see full details below, if you, or someone in your company would like to Register, please Click Here 

Member Benefit Highlight

Ideal Industries Releases New SecuriTEST IP Tester

This product enables testers to install, test, troubleshoot and document IP/digital, HD coax and analogue CCTV camera systems with a single unit. It can also provide power to cameras via PoE or standard 12 V DC power using its internal Li-lon battery. 


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