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Conversations with Graeme Aitken 

ecao1_04112020.jpgECAO’s Executive Director, Graeme Aitken will be holding weekly zoom call-in meetings for ECAO Members on Wednesdays in November and December. This is an opportunity for Members to ask questions or to raise any concerns on issues impacting their business. With the current environment being very unique to our Members, this is your chance to share your experiences with Graeme. Graeme will also provide some current updates on ECAO initiatives of interest to Members. Graeme will be hosting the meeting and will be allowing members to join from the waiting room to allow for one on one conversations. All meetings will be held on Wednesday from 2-3pm.

The Conversation Dates are as follows:

Wednesday November 11, 18 and 25 Wednesday December 3 and 9

To join him for next week’s session see the zoom invite details below. Invitations for the following weeks will be provided closer to the dates.

Wednesday November 11, 2-3pm EST

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 846 0479 1928

+1 647 374 4685 Canada
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NEW  ECAO Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee: Members wanted


We are thrilled to announce our new ECAO Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee. The main purpose of this Committee is to advise, educate, and provide resources to ECAO members. We want to encourage them to apply a diversity and inclusion lens to their policies, programs, and practices. Our vision is to Seek Diversity, Create Inclusion and Drive Accountability. 

Committee members must be an ECAO member or member representative who understands the impacts of racism and systemic discrimination on marginalized people and meet the following general qualifications:

  • have demonstrated knowledge around diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • be able to build meaningful relationships and connections within the industry

If you are interested in joining this Committee and meet the above-noted criteria, please complete the attached Application Form and send it to


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Ontario Releases COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Keep the Province Safe and Open – Toronto November 3, 2020

Government Provides Additional Details on $300 Million to Support Eligible Businesses

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, the Ontario government has developed the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. It ensures that public health measures are targeted, incremental and responsive to help limit the spread of COVID-19, while keeping schools and businesses open, maintaining health system capacity and protecting vulnerable people, including those in long-term care.

"It's clear COVID-19 will be with us for a while, which is why we are putting in place a framework that will protect the health and safety of individuals and families, while avoiding broader closures across the province," said Premier Ford. "This framework, developed in consultation with our health experts, will serve as an early warning system allowing us to scale up and scale back public health restrictions on a regional or community basis in response to surges and waves of COVID-19. By introducing public health measures sooner, we can keep this deadly virus at bay, bend the curve and reclaim a little more of our normal lives."



    Skilled trades panel consultations

    In September 2020, the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development appointed a five-member skilled trades panel to look at how to replace the Ontario College of Trades.

    They are now seeking input from industry stakeholders to help modernize the apprenticeship and skilled trades system and share their feedback.

    Phase 1 Consultations

    In Phase 1, the panel will host focused discussions and accept written submissions to engage with stakeholders on a new service delivery model, including:

    • reviewing existing college and ministry services and whether they are essential components of the new service delivery model
    • collecting input which could inform service delivery improvements and/or alternate delivery mechanisms

    General discussion points

    1. What should be the role of industry advisory committees?
    2. How could improvements be made to the trade equivalency assessment process, while also maintaining both fairness and rigour?
    3. What should be the guiding principles for compliance and enforcement? What should be considered for the compliance and enforcement policy which will guide ministry activities?
    4. Should a public register be continued in the new model? If so which features are important to a public register?
    5. How might digital tools and resources better support skilled trades and apprenticeship clients in starting, progressing through and completing an apprenticeship program, and maintaining their certification, once complete?

    The panel wants you to provide your thoughts on the key components of the new service delivery model.

    Email your feedback on these topics to by November 12, 2020, using the subject line Feedback on Phase 1.


    Apprenticeship youth advisors

    Ontario appointed three youth advisors to work with Monte McNaughton, the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, to attract more youth, including under-represented groups, to skilled trades careers.

    The appointed youth advisors are Jennifer Green, Adam Melnick and Andrew Pariser. It is expected these advisors will reach out to industry stakeholders for feedback on addressed the following key priorities:

    Key priorities of the youth advisors include:

    1. Breaking the stigma associated with pursuing a career in the skilled trades through earlier intervention and improved awareness in earlier years
    2. Identifying the barriers preventing youth from groups that are traditionally under-represented in the skilled trades and exploring strategies to encourage their participation in apprenticeship training
    3. Improving access into apprenticeship by establishing clear, streamlined pathways to apprenticeship and identifying opportunities to develop new, and enhance existing, pathways programs for elementary and secondary students (such as the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and Dual Credits), and
    4. Supporting the retention of apprentices and successful completion of an apprenticeship program, including improved transitions to careers in the skilled trades that meet the labour force needs of employers, including small to medium-sized businesses impacted by COVID-19


    Governments introduce COVID-19 resilience infrastructure stream

    October 29, 2020 Through a new COVID-19 resilience infrastructure stream, the governments of Canada and Ontario are providing up to $1.05 billion to build or renovate health and safety related projects in long-term care, education and municipalities. The funding is part of the federal government’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

    Ontario will receive $11.8 million under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and will have the flexibility to transfer up to 10 per cent of its original stream allocations to the new COVID-19 Resilience stream.

    “Getting shovels in the ground on new infrastructure projects across the province will be a critical component of our path to long-term economic recovery,” said Ontario Premier Doug Ford, in a statement. “Not only will this investment help communities build the necessary infrastructure to keep Ontarians safe and healthy, but these projects will create hundreds of local construction jobs and support local businesses and suppliers. It’s a win-win for the home team.”


    Celebrate National Construction Day

    OTTAWA, November 3, 2020 marks the second annual national celebration day of the construction industry.

    In collaboration with Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) partner associations, National Construction Day recognizes and celebrates the dedicated, hard-working people instrumental in building, maintaining and connecting our communities through vital infrastructure.
    A special message from Minister Catherine McKenna

    To learn more about National Construction Day or to access the day’s videos, visit


    Four ways COVID-19’s legacy will impact, contracts, litigation and labour

    COVID-19 is destined to have a significant impact on building contracts, litigation and labour negotiations for years to come. Owners, designers, and builders need to understand the fundamental legal issues. These include Force Majeure, video court hearings, documentation (change orders), and labour negotiations

    Labour negotiations will change
    Collective agreements outlining start and finish times and pay premiums for work performed outside those times may change as employers may want to negotiate the ability to implement flexible or staggered start times with the similar changes for break, lunch and quitting times. Sick time and benefits, along with any need to self-isolate or quarantine even if not sick, might find their way into new collective agreements. Other added costs to employers would be mandated contact tracing, screening protocols, PPE and other safety initiatives.


    Avetta: 2020 Canadian Occupational Safety Readers’ Choice Award


    This year’s winner Erin Oliver, Vice President Health, Safety & Sustainability, from Modern Niagara Group Inc. The award is given to an individual who demonstrates health and safety leadership through a cultural approach. She believes that Modern’s success in health in safety is that field and operations teams work collaboratively rather than functioning as the “safety police”. In her view COVID 19 has enlightened the importance of ongoing health and safety protocols to protect workers.

      WSIB Exposure Incident Reporting Form and possible COVID-19 exposure

      The Exposure Incident Reporting Form has gained attention as a method to record situations where a worker has been exposed to COVID-19 while at work but is not ill at the time a concern is raised (i.e., does not have a diagnosis or symptoms of COVID-19). The Form is a key piece of the WSIB’s Program for Exposure Incident Reporting (PEIR), a voluntary reporting program that promotes information gathering about an exposure near to the time it occurred, when information is more readily available. 

      FYI: As of October 30, 2020, the WSIB is reporting 3,475 exposure incident forms received related to COVID-19 (an increase of 100 from the reported statistics on October 23, 2020).

      Relevant forms can be found below:
      Forms for the construction sector:

      1. Worker’s Exposure Incident Reporting Form – CEIR (construction)
      2. Employer’s Exposure Incident Reporting Form - CEIR (construction)

      Construction Exposure Incident Reporting (CEIR) Program Brochure

      Tom Barber appointed Fair Practices Commissioner

      October 29, 2020 – Tom Barber has been appointed Fair Practices Commissioner, taking on the independent role of ensuring fair practices at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).The five-year appointment, made by the WSIB’s Board of Directors, came at the conclusion of an open competition and is effective November 2.

      As an ombuds office, the Fair Practices Commission provides an independent, neutral and confidential service for people with work-related injuries and illnesses, employers and service providers who have complaints about the service they receive at the WSIB. It also tracks trends in complaints, identifies issues and recommends improvements.


      ESA releases new guide to powerline safety

      ecao4_04112020.jpgOntario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has published a new ESA Quick Guide to powerline safety with tips intended to protect new hires and young apprentices on worksites. In Ontario, the construction sector had the highest number of overhead powerline contacts with 481 contacts between 2015 to 2019, a release noted. This is a 31-per-cent increase from 2010 to 2014. Contact with powerlines while on the job accounted for 34 per cent of all occupational electrical fatalities between 2010 to 2019.


      Construction can access CMHA mental health tools

      In addition to the risk of physical injury, construction workers deal with considerable mental stress, which has been exacerbated by COVID-19 and, in particular, the shutdown of sites for a period earlier this year.

      Fortunately, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) provides a number of services to assist workers and others to deal with mental health challenges. And with the onslaught of the pandemic, CMHA Ontario moved quickly to add to its program inventory.

      By the beginning of April a COVID Resources tab had been added to the website of Mental Health Works, a social division of the association which delivers workplace training.



      Thursday November 5, Health and Safety Programs and Due Diligence.

      This webinar will cover the legal definition of the defence of “due diligence”; the importance of effective policies, communication, training and supervision to implement your OHS management system. Whether your organization is COR certified or not, you will learn from Canada’s leading OHS lawyer, and Canada’s first practice lawyer who is also a CRSP, how to ensure your organization has established due diligence, to prevent accidents and ensure it “has taken every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the safety of workers”.

      When: Thursday, November 5, 10:00 am-12 noon

      Via Zoom: Details below:

      Join Zoom Meeting

      For those of you who can’t attend, we will be recording the session and make it available for you afterwards.

      ECAO Fire Alarm & Protection Certification Program - Distant Learning Level 3


      If you have successfully completed Level 2 of 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 continue your effort to become a certified Fire Alarm Electrician!

      We are planning to run the next Distant Learning Level 3 course and the start date will be on Wednesday November 18, 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 travelling if you have a restricted schedule or live too far from a Local Training Hall. If you would consider to take the Distant Learning course, please contact our Certi-Fire Program Administrator at or 1-800-387-3226 for more information.



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