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ECAO Annual General Meeting & Virtual Social Night

This year ECAO is replacing its themed social night prior to the AGM with a virtual social event on September 16 starting at 4:30 pm.

The program will provide streaming of 2 live artist performances and an interactive Trivia Battle. Similar to our “Best Dressed” awards from past years, this year we will feature “Best Face Mask Award”.

In order to make this evening complete, we will be recognizing our sponsors throughout the event and on our ECAO website. Below are the sponsorship opportunities, and if you are interested, please contact Cathy Frederickson at

Business Session Speaker( Melanie Sodka) - $5,000

Live Artist Performances (2)- $2,000

Trivia Quiz Winners (3) - $1,000

The Ultimate Trivia Battle - $1,000

Best Face Mask Awards (2) - $500

To register for the ECAO Social Event, please either contact Cathy Frederickson at or go to


NECA Convention 2020

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) 2020 Convention and Trade Show will be held virtually from October 6 – 8. This is a great opportunity to get more of your employees involved and learn from NECA without the time commitment and expense of travelling to the conference.

Registration opens on August 3

  • $200 per individual registrant for NECA members before Sept. 15
  • $250 per individual registrant for NECA members after Sept. 15
  • $500 per individual registrant for non-members

With speakers ranging from leadership speaker Alex Willis, to the communications maverick Sima Dahl and the thought-provoking Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky, education at NECA 2020 LIVE will better than ever. David Meade will serve as emcee, guiding attendees through the Convention and presenting on topics such as leading and selling in a virtual environment, the psychology of persuasion, and body language. Also, the live trade show will include 24 education sessions and 27 new product demonstrations.

Additionally, through the NECA 2020 LIVE virtual platform, attendees can experience every single minute of education offered, along with other talks and general sessions, with archived recordings available for viewing 30 days after the fact.

If you plan to register and are a member of ECAO, please contact Jodi Travers at if you require a NECA member login and password.

For more information on the convention go here: 

Carpenters’ Local 27 member accused in racist incident

The Carpenters’ Local 27 has reported it has requested and received the resignation of one of its members “in response to a racist and hateful act at an Eglinton Crosstown LRT jobsite.” The Carpenters’ statement said, “Local 27 denounces these acts in the strongest terms, and supports our industry employer colleagues in their swift removal of the individual. Behaviour that makes anyone feel unsafe on construction worksites will not be tolerated, and accountability rests on everyone in the industry to create safe and respectful workplaces.”

“After a review of the events that took place, severing this individual’s connection and membership was the appropriate action,” stated the release, issued late afternoon on July 29.

Ontario Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney reported on Twitter the previous evening that she had learned a noose was found at a Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS) worksite. CTS is the consortium building the Eglinton Crosstown LRT for Metrolinx.

“This is disgusting and unacceptable. I have spoken to the CEO @Metrolinx and the @TorontoPolice hate crime unit was called to investigate,” Mulroney tweeted.




A broadening of CEWS: Revisions and updates to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy 

Employment and labour Federal employment and labour Tax On July 21 the House of Commons passed Bill C-20, which extends the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program (CEWS), a key measure in Canada’s COVID-19 response plan. Bill C-20, initially released on July 17, substantially changes how the program operates and the amount of support that employers will be entitled to receive effective beginning July 5.

Along with the extension and changes to the program going forward, Bill C-20 includes certain retroactive changes for all eligibility periods that, in general, address certain challenges faced by employers trying to access the CEWS during prior periods.

The government’s stated intention in implementing the CEWS program was to provide an incentive for “Eligible Employers” to continue paying “Eligible Employees,” including those who are either on paid leave or whose hours have been reduced, and to rehire workers previously laid off. Originally introduced for an initial 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020, the federal government added an additional 12 weeks to the program on March 15, extending eligibility to August 29. Bill C-20 extends the program until November 21, with the possibility of further extensions until December 31, 2020.

Read the full announcement here

    Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) Response on Risk Based Assessment Fees

    LETTER: Risk-based Oversight offers “more equitable fee structure and reduces regulatory burden” says Earl Davison, VP Operations ESA.

    July 22, 2020 – Earlier this month, Electrical Business reported Electrical Safety Authority’s official launch of Risk-based Oversight for inspection of electrical wiring notifications in Ontario. A day later, the Greater Toronto Electrical Contractors Association told us the new program will effectively raise residential inspection fees in the Greater Toronto Area by roughly 25%.

    Earl Davison is quoted by saying, “Through all stages of development and implementation feedback was encouraged, and it indicated that the majority of contractors felt that RBO would either be positive or neutral.”


    Ontario to spend $500 million on new modern schools and renovations

    ECAO-july282020-3.jpgAs the province gears up to release its fall school reopening plan next week – pending declining COVID-19 numbers – Premier Doug Ford announced major new investments in the Ontario school system to modernize class settings.
    In his daily briefing from Brampton Thursday, Ford said Ontario will spend $500 million to build 30 new schools as well as add permanent renovations to 15 existing educational facilities.

    The new builds and additions will support 25,000 students and create 900 new licensed child care centres to boost the availability of child care services.

    “Our government is making a significant capital investment in our school system,” said Premier Ford. “By making these smart investments today, we will ensure our students and teachers have access to modern facilities to learn with features like high-speed internet, accessible ramps and elevators, and air conditioning, while providing parents with access to more licensed child care spaces.”


    Northern Ontario Construction Association (NOCA) Announces New Executive Director

    ecao-july282020-4.pngBrad Isaac was recently appointed as NOCA Executive Director. Brad is a respected construction professional with 20 years construction experience in the ICI and Heavy Civil sector with extensive knowledge of contract law and labour relations obtained from his past positions as senior Estimator and Project Manager for well established and esteemed Northeastern Ontario construction employers.




    If you have successfully completed Level 3 of the ECAO Fire Alarm and Protection Certification Program, don’t waste what you’ve achieved in the previous levels! It is time to move on and with just one more level, you will become a Certified Fire Alarm Electrician!

    We are planning to run the next Distant Learning Level 4 course in Fall. The tentative commencement date is September 16, 2020. The course will start at 6:30 in the evening on a weeknight. Participants are required to have an internet connection in order to attend the course via “Go to Meeting”. They can connect through a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and microphone.

    Distant learning will benefit you remotely to continue study in the comfort of your own safe environment, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic. As time is money, you can also save your commute time traveling if you have a restricted schedule or live too far from a Local Training Hall. If you would consider taking the Distant Learning course, please contact our Certi-Fire Program Administrator at or 416-675-3226 Ext 8509

    Procore Sponsored Webinar- Technology and the Construction Industry

    Folks here is a must-attend live webinar by the Canadian Construction Association - Association canadienne de la construction titled 'Leading Change through Innovation' featuring some of Canada's brightest industry leaders on August 18th, 2 PM EST / 11 AM PST.

    Moderated by Procore Technologies’ Jas Saraw, the leadership panel will discuss how their organizations are reinventing workflow, supply chain structures & adopting to new realities. They will touch on transformation of our sector & long term changes they expect to emerge. So join us as we steep in the wisdom, experience and leadership of:

    • Terry Olynyk, President & Managing Director of Multiplex Canada where they have successfully delivered over 1,000 iconic projects around the world valued in excess of $100 billion.
    • Bryan Kaplan, Principal of Reliance Construction Group, one of the larger privately-owned construction companies in North America with an average annual construction volume of over $500 million over the past decade.
    • John Bockstael, President & CEO of Bockstael Construction, a 4th generation family business which is synonymous with construction in Manitoba for over 100 years. He is also our beloved past Chair of the CCA.

    So save your spot to get some great insights from these incredible leaders > >


    COVID-19: Key Considerations for Employers in the “New Normal” Workplace in Stage 3 and Beyond



    Join our Employment Law lawyers, Daniel Wong, Megan Mah and Sean Foran on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST for a virtual fireside chat where they will discuss key legal and practical considerations for employers in re-opening in a COVID-19 work environment.


    1. Lessons learned from the pandemic and how to prepare for Stage 3
    2. Health and safety requirements for a safe workplace re-opening
    3. The impact of the ESA infectious disease emergency leave to workplace re-openings
    4. Updates to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program
    5. The implications of the Waksdale and Battiston decisions to employee terminations

    Please register by clicking on the button below to receive the webinar details.


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