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First Ever Joint Annual General Meetings of ECAO and JEPP- October 23 & 24


This year we are pleased to announce that ECAO is teaming up with the Joint Electrical Promotional Plan (JEPP) to hold both events for the first time at the Hilton Hotel in Niagara Falls. 


The newly appointed Minister of Labour, the Honourable Monte McNaughton has been invited to kick off the day with his insights on the future of construction labour legislation for Ontario.

In addition we are offering 2 educational sessions prior to the JEPP Annual General Meeting, we feel will appeal to both our contractor members and the members of the IBEW.

The educational sessions are geared toward providing information and trends in generational workforce management and social media strategy 101.

Our educational session speakers are:

Michelle Slater:
Social Media for Contractors 101

Michelle will provide tips for starting your social media platform, and review the top 5 things to start using. As the Head of Business Marketing at Twitter Canada, Michelle works closely with companies to integrate Twitter into their marketing plans. She will share some of her successes with the audience.

Paula Goebel:
Succeeding in a Multi-Generational Workplace

Paula will review the first time in history, organizations have four generations working side by side, and each generation has its unique characteristics and communication style. Learn about each generation’s unique skills, values and work styles to help you better communicate in the multi-generational workplace.

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The Great Gatsby Reception

ECAO and JEPP will be hosting the evening reception on October 23, and our theme is “The Great Gatsby”. Thanks to our great sponsors this year we will have 1920 dancers, period themed drinks and casino tables.


Members are encouraged to dress in 1920s outfits and similar to last year, there will be a prize for best dressed male and female.

To register please click here or contact Cathy Frederickson.

ECAO Day at the Races - A Huge Success

ecao-july16-2.jpgThe ECAO sponsored Day at the Races was enjoyed by over 70 attendees, including our Affiliate Partners, our Local ECAs and many Industry Partners.

With the success of this event, ECAO hopes to offer more events where all our members and stakeholders can get together and network.

Feature Spotlight

Electrical Engineering Technician and Technologists Ready to Hire

The next generation of Electrical Engineering Technicians and Technologists are being trained right now at Centennial College. Our co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program is the only one of its kind in the province offering both apprenticeship training and a college diploma. To learn more Call: 416-289-5000, ext. 2356 | Email:

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Feds support IBEW training program in Waterloo, Ont.

ecao4.jpgThe federal government has announced it is allocating $5.5 million to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 804 in the Waterloo region for the local’s Pre-Apprentice Training and Retention Innovative Learning Program.

Local 804 will train a total of 240 electrical trade apprentices. The program includes 11 weeks of classroom training, including practical learning, followed by 17 weeks of on-the-job training with a contractor. Participants will include existing IBEW members and members that will relocate to the Waterloo region.


Skills Ontario camps aim to expose students to career possibilities in the trades

ECAO5.jpgEntering its ninth season, the camp is a week-long, full day program for kids entering grades 7 to 9 and runs in various locations across the province during the months of July and August. The 26 camps across the province are organized by Skills Ontario staff and include workshops, industry tours and mentorship which are led by industry professionals and college instructors. The workshops, which are held at college campuses or industries, include electrical, machining, wood working and heavy equipment.


 Industry News

ESA Launches New Tool For Reporting Unlicensed Electrical Work Anonymously!

ESA is excited to let you know that they have just launched a NEW online form to make it easier for you to report unlicensed individuals performing electrical work.

What do you need to do? It’s easy! Visit, and click on “Report Unlicensed Activity” to fill out the fields and submit a report.

When making a report, you can choose to remain anonymous. All information submitted will be reviewed, regardless of whether or not personal information is provided. However, while you can remain anonymous, the more information you provide such as address and details on the work being done, the more likely we will be able to follow-up on your report.

To access, click here.

 Occupational Health and Safety

Black & McDonald Safety Week Initiatives

image006.jpgSupported Steps for Life through Threads of Life: The B&M PGR team, along with other employees, family members and friends, kicked off Safety and Health Week on Sunday, May 5, 2019 with a 5km walk to raise awareness and funds to assist those impacted by work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities. B&M raised a total of $6,520!


Big Changes are coming for COR

In the next few months, IHSA will release COR TM 2019, an update to the program that has been in Ontario for 8 years. The changes will not be extensive but will adjust 4 of the modules to meet the standard in the Ministry of Labour’s soon to be announced accreditation of safe employers.

Employers who are awarded COR TM 2019 will qualify for the MOL’s certification recognition and able to apply to the WSIB for a rebate on their premium.


Unregistered electrical workers a ‘huge problem,’ says Ontario trade union

A trade union is sounding the alarm about unregistered workers in the electrical sector. This comes a week after a young man died working on a condo in downtown Toronto. 

Industry-wide issue.

"It’s a huge problem,” said James Barry, the executive chairman of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) — Construction Council of Ontario, which represents 18,000 electricians and apprentices in the province.

“You could either be hurt or, God forbid, death could occur. Simply, without going through the proper training to get the skill set, you put yourself at risk,” he said.


Buy and Sell NATO Procurement bids

New business opportunities from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) are now featured on Since Canada is a member of NATO, Canadian companies are eligible to bid on many of these opportunities. 

Public Services and Procurement Canada, in collaboration with the Department of National Defence and Global Affairs Canada, has made it easier for Canadian businesses to find NATO opportunities by having them available on Canadian companies will be able to view and easily access at least 500 new business opportunities annually, each of which is valued above CAD $120,000.

For all the details, please visit Tenders from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA).

I.B.E.W. Local 353 and Affiliates

I.B.E.W. 353 Charity Golf Tournament is an annual event organized by Nino DiGiandomenico, Rudy Lucchesi and Tony Chiappetta.

Over the years, proceeds have been donated to Sick Kid’s Hospital Toronto, Special Olympics Ontario, Autism Ontario and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation of Ontario.

We encourage you to review the sponsorship opportunities below and confirm your commitment at your earliest convenience.

Your loyalty and commitment enable us to plan a successful event. Thank you for your continued support!

On behalf of Nino, Rudy and Tony; we appreciate your contributions in making this year’s tournament another great success!


New Affiliate Partners

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Monthly service fee: $5.00
Monthly PCI compliance security fee: $10.00
Credit card transaction: $0.03 (terminal account) $0.10/auth (virtual terminal)
Batch close fee: Waived
Visa/ MasterCard: at Cost +.10%
Foreign Card Fee: At cost
Brand Card Fee: 0.10% on Visa and Mastercard
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Plus, we will cover up to $300.00 for cancelling
Please contact David Morrell or call at 613-299-9543.

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