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Message from Executive Director Graeme Aitken: Emergency Orders Impact on Construction 


Revisions to the Ontario Emergency Regulations

The following change to the Regulations have been made to remove any question as to what infrastructure work can be performed is no longer limited to the transit, transportation, resource, and energy sectors.

  1. (1) Clause 43 (b) of Schedule 2 to Ontario Regulation 82/20 is revoked and the following substituted:

(b) ensure safe and reliable operations of, or provide new capacity in,
(i) municipal infrastructure, or
(ii) provincial infrastructure, including but not limited to, the transit, transportation, resource, energy and justice sectors;


Ontario Business Community Launches the COVID-19 Ontario Vaccination Support Council

Executive Director Graeme Aitken has been invited to participate in the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Vaccination Support Council. The Council, founded by close to 100 businesses, organizations, and the Ontario Chamber Network. The Council will leverage the businesses and organizations involved, representing hundreds of thousands of employees from across the Province, to provide support for Ontario’s historic COVID-19 vaccination effort with the ultimate goal of ending the pandemic.

Read the full news release here.

ECAO Health and Safety Excellence Program Webinar

Last week ECAO held its first information webinar on the new ECAO Health and Safety Excellence Program. This session outlined the requirements under the WSIB Approved Safety Excellence Program where contractors may be eligible for WSIB premium rebates when they demonstrate key health and safety protocols deemed under the WSIB. The full recording of the session can be found here.

For more information on how to sign up for this complimentary program, please contact Tom Mackay at


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Diversity & Inclusion Column

ECAO Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee organized its Inaugural Meeting on Thursday, January 14, 2021, virtually via Zoom. We are so excited to kick-off the committee with our members with their remarkable knowledge and experience. We are optimistic that together, we can Seek Diversity, Create Inclusion, and Drive Accountability, in the industry.  #DiverseECAO



Certi-Fire and Registered Fire Alarm Contractor (RFAC) Webinar-January 27


Please join us for a short webinar to learn more about the Certi-Fire Program and the benefits of becoming a Registered Fire Alarm Contractor. ECAO will review the steps for your electricians to become Certi-Fire Licensed Electricians and increase your fire alarm services. In addition, by becoming an ECAO Registered Fire Alarm Contractor you can bid on more fire alarm work by having qualified Certi-Fire Electricians in your company. There is no cost for ECAO Contractor Members in becoming an RFAC so if you wish to learn more please join us on January 27.

When: Wednesday, January 27, at 2:00 pm

Zoom Meeting Details are Below:

Meeting ID: 643 834 7371

If you wish to attend or want more information on the session please email

Labour Relations for Supervisors Virtual Webinar- February 9 and 11


Register for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. There is a possibility that the e-mail could land in your spam folder, please make sure to check it. Please contact Kamakshi at to receive the confirmation again.


31% SAFER: The Union Safety Effect Updated Report


A new study by the Institute for Work and Health has found that lost-time injury claims to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) are 31% lower on unionized building trade construction jobs than they are in a non-union environment. The study, Updating a Study of the Union Effect on Safety in the ICI Construction Sector, also found that claims for severe injuries are 29% lower on union job sites.


CCA conference set for March 23 to 25

The Canadian Construction Association has announced that registration is now open for the CCA’s 2021 annual conference, scheduled for March 23 to 25 with an online format.

The theme of the conference is Virtually Unstoppable. Early-bird pricing is available until Jan. 31.

Announced guest speakers include (Retired) General Rick Hillier, whose keynote address will be on “adaptive leadership in the next normal,” and Dan Aykroyd of Crystal Head Vodka.

Register soon for Early Bird Discount


Start creating an inclusion culture by looking at ‘low hanging fruit’ options: Fasken diversity head

Firm’s new chief equity, diversity, inclusion officer featured at Women in Law conference on Feb. 18

Trying to bring more inclusivity and diversity into a workplace can be a challenge that needs to be tackled on more than one front, but there are areas of “low hanging fruit” that can provide an excellent place to start, says the new chief equity, diversity and Inclusion officer at Fasken.


Youth Advisors - Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development- Survey Request

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.

The Youth Advisors have recently reached out to ECAO requesting we send out their survey which they hope will help them obtain feedback from parents, youth, educators, employers, unions, tradespeople, and everyone in Ontario on their suggestions to get more youth into the trades.

The full survey can be found here and we encourage members to complete the survey or to pass this on to their employees who might provide valuable information on entering the trades and their experiences on the trade journey.


21st Annual State of the Industry & Outlook Conference (SIOC) 


The Ontario Construction Secretariat invites you to attend our 21st Annual State of the Industry & Outlook Conference (SIOC) on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

You won’t want to miss this event as they will be discussing the direction the construction industry is headed in 2021, what you can expect from Ontario’s economy, and how COVID-19 has affected health and safety practices in construction.

Conference Details
Thursday, March 4 | 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM
Virtual Event | $75 per person

Reserve your spot now!



Nexans Free Webinar

Key 2021 Electrical Code Changes Impacting Wire and Cable

ECAO4_070121.jpgJoin NEXANS for a free webinar with Isaac Müller, Applications Engineer for Nexans as he reviews and discusses the changes to the 2021 Canadian Electrical Code related to wire and cable.

This free webinar will take place Wed, Jan 27, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST.

This webinar includes:

  • Updated rules to protect cables (12-514,12-516)
  • New conditions of use for wire & cable (Table 19)
  • An opportunity to ask your questions

Click here to register today



ECAO6_070121.jpgCAF-FCA's Virtual National Apprenticeship Conference brings together members from every corner of Canada's apprenticeship community to highlight promising practices and innovative solutions in apprenticeship training. 

FEBRUARY 22, 2021

Developing Your COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan


IHSA is offering on-demand webinars that review the steps required to develop your COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan. Recorded in partnership with the MLTSD, this webinar is 25 minutes in length and includes a certificate of completion.

If your members are having trouble developing their safety plans, they can register for the IHSA webinar

Register here

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