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 ECAO News


Happy New Year to all; a year full of things that have never been. As we looked back at 2018 with pride at the manner in which our community came together, we recognize that there are far better things ahead. With our expanded and stronger electrical community the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) welcomes 2019, and anticipates tremendous accomplishments with and for our members and partners.

As we all dedicated ourselves to building our community in 2018, a challenge that continues to drive us, 2019 is the year in which we ask for your commitment to significantly increase member and partner engagement, participation, and involvement in our community. A vibrant community demands no less.


Registration is now open for ECAO’s Annual Conference! Register here. Early Bird Registration deadline is January 31 for a chance to win 1 of 2 Executive Suite upgrades. Space is limited so we encourage you to register early.


Conference 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 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

More information can be found here

If you have additional questions, please contact either Shelley Sparrow at or Cathy Frederickson at 

Announcing the launch of the ECAO YouTube channel

If a picture speaks a thousand words, what about a video?

Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario has launched its YouTube channel- “ECAO”. With the coming new year, we aim to post interesting videos about upcoming events & latest news.

The latest video features Sponsorship Opportunities for our 2019 Annual Industry Conference in Nashville. The conference brings together some of our most active ECAO contractors, who meet annually to share best practices, network and experience a unique environment. Check out this year's sponsorship opportunities here and contact Kamakshi at for more information.

We encourage our members to send us videos to feature on our YouTube Channel. Videos can be sent to

Stay tuned to ECAO on YouTube by subscribing to our channel and enable notifications to get all updates as/when they go live! Also, don't forget to share and like our videos.

To stay updated on our company updates and announcements, follow us on: Twitter- ECAOntario| Facebook- ECAOntario | LinkedIn- /Company/ecaontario

 Labour News

Ministry of Labour Publishes New ESA Poster

The Ministry of Labour has published a revised version of the ESA poster (Version 8.0) to reflect the recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 made by Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018. Employers are currently required to post the poster in a conspicuous place in the workplace, among other things.

Employers should note that Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018, introduced by the Ontario government on December 6, 2018, would remove the obligation for employers to post the poster in the workplace. Employers would still be obligated to provide a copy of the poster to their employees. Bill 66 would also transfer responsibility for the poster from the Minister of Labour to the Director of Employment Standards.

ECAO members may wish to print the new poster by clicking here.


 ECAO Training Events

Awad Hanna is returning to ECAO to deliver his 3 most popular seminars on March 26, 27 and 28. More details on registration to follow soon, but if you are interested in the following seminars, please contact Cathy Frederickson at

  • Pre-Construction Planning
  • Construction Estimating
  • Top Habits of High Performing Foremen

 Industry News

Ontario passed new stronger Driving Distraction law, which took effect January 1, 2019.

Ontario’s new driving laws, which received royal assent in 2018, officially took effect on January 1, 2019.

ECAO members are encouraged to review these new stronger laws with their employees.

Drivers convicted of distracted driving under the new laws will be punished with a licence suspension, a hefty fine and demerit points. The severity of the punishment increases with the number of subsequent offences committed:

  • First offence: 3 days suspension and $1,000 fine
  • Second offence: 7 days suspension and $2,000 fine
  • Three or more offences: 30 days suspension, $3,000 fine and six demerit points

For more information visit the Ontario government website.

Construction unions’ De Novo House opens in Huntsville for alcohol, drug rehabilitation


  • The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council has opened a new drug and alcohol addiction rehab, De Novo House, funded by the unionized construction industry. Patrick Dillion, Business Manager for the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council announced this new facility has the capacity to treat 32 men and five women before a planned expansion to serve 40 men and 12 women.
  • Dillion states, “I would say that the opioids prescription issue has been the major change in drug addiction in the last 15 years,” Dillon said. This facility and another one in Sundridge are fully funded by Ontario Construction Unions.


Webinar Series: Let's Talk Advancing Gender Equality


Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) in partnership with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is conducting a series of three webinars on advancing gender equality in the workplace. The webinar dates are on January 16, February 13 and March 6.

The webinars will equip organizations with best practices and tools to help their own organizations expedite the process of bridging the gender gap. Participants will have an opportunity to hear from industry leaders who have proven success stories, forward-thinking approaches to strategy, and measurable actions plans that organizations can adopt to tie efforts to tangible results.


Affiliate Partners Highlights

As we begin the new year, ECAO will be reaching out to all our Affiliate Partners to review promotional strategies for 2019 and to renew their Partnership with ECAO.

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