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ECAO Annual Meeting and Social Event


We are so excited to announce that the Canadian country singer-songwriter, @thejasonmccoy and Gordie Johnson from the rock band Big Sugar, will be performing at our ECAO 2020 Virtual Social Event on the 16th of September. 

Click Here to check out the shoutout:

Have you got your mask yet for the ECAO Social Event Mask Contest?

Don’t be shy and surprise us!

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Don’t forget to Register:

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IHSA shares tips for effective OH&S systems to weather the COVID storm

ecao1250820.pngThe construction industry should be applauded for its efforts in preventing the spread of COVID-19 on jobsites, said Enzo Garritano, president and CEO of the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA), during a recent webinar hosted by the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA).

As of Aug. 12, Garritano said there have been 10 cases that have been accepted through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board related to workplace exposure to COVID-19 in construction.

“When we think about the number of workers, the amount of work that was done at the height of the pandemic, really the industry needs to be commended for its efforts,” Garritano said. “Ten is too many, however, in the big picture of things, it was a very, very low number compared to what was happening early on.”

Garritano stated the sector adapted quickly during the pandemic and some of that can be attributed to having a proper health and safety management system in place.




    Every year, falls result in a significant number of worker injuries and deaths, particularly in construction. Slips, trips and falls are also one of the leading causes of injuries that result in workers missing time at work. Preventing these injuries is a critical goal of every safe and healthy workplace.

    Falls are preventable.

    Falls Awareness Week

    This year, Falls Awareness Week is September 14–18, 2020. The goal of this week is to bring awareness to workplace falls hazards through workplace discussion and participation.


    Building construction investment increases (rebounds) in May 2020

    August 18, 2020 – Statistics Canada recently reported total investment in building construction increased 60.1% to $13.4 billion in May 2020, partially rebounding from large declines in April.

    The easing of COVID-19 construction restrictions in May—most notably in Ontario and Quebec—led to growth in all components of residential and non-residential investment.

    Despite rebounding strongly in May, investment levels remained 16.5% below the level observed in February 2020.


    Canadian construction activity drop sees recovery: Construction Activity Index

    ecao3250820.jpgNew data released by Procore reveals how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected construction activity in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, with worker hours dropping in March and recovering in late spring and the summer.

    The Construction Activity Index is an effort by Procore to support the construction industry through the current pandemic by providing insights from construction activity data within the Procore platform. The index tracks weekly changes in worker hours from a baseline the week of March 16 through the week of July 27, 2020.

    Across the provinces with collected data, worker hours dropped through March to a low of 41 percent below baseline the week of April 6. All the provinces were all above the baseline as of the week of July 27.



      Racism saps safety and profits from construction, owners say

      ecao5250820.jpgTwo of the construction industry's most high-profile customers delivered a call to action to root out hate from jobsites during the closing keynote address of the National Institute of Building Sciences’ Building Innovation Conference this week.

      Citing several incidents of nooses and hate-filled graffiti appearing at major construction jobsites in the U.S. and Canada, the speakers said that the construction industry is facing a critical moment. They urged attendees to recognize that non-inclusive behaviors on jobsites drive talented workers away from the construction sector, while making sites less safe.

      "An inclusive business is one that's more profitable, one that's more friendly to work at, one that will be more productive and obviously, one that is going to attract a lot of talent," Novak said. Novak serves as chief innovation officer at Dallas-based Compass Datacenters.



      ecao6250820.pngThe 2020 Ontario Construction Secretariat Annual General Meeting & Conference is scheduled to be held on October 6, 2020 as a Virtual Event.

      Stay up to date with current event information by checking back frequently or for details about this event or others, please contact OCS at:


      EFC Economic Forecast 2020 – Part 2 (online)

      Electro-Federation Canada is offering its members a complimentary Economic Forecast 2-part webinar series with special guest economist, Maureen Farrow (Economap Inc.) in June and September.

      Part 2: September 24, 2020 – 1 pm EST
      The discussion will cover:

      • The sharp recession following the global lockdowns resulting from COVID-19.
      • Fiscal stimulus measures and the liquidity injection by central banks.
      • What shape will recovery likely follow over the next six months to a year?
      • What will the new normal likely mean for businesses?

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      Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) 2020 Annual Meeting and Ontario Electrical Safety Awards

      ecao7250820.pngESA will be holding its 2020 Annual Meeting and Safety Award Presentation Virtual on September 24 from 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

      To register click here.

      Survey finds young people unaware of benefits of electricity sector careers

      Fewer young people choose careers in the electricity sector than other industries in part because they don’t know what types of opportunities it offers.

      That is one of the findings of a survey of 1,500 18- to 36-year-olds recently polled by Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), a non-profit group that conducts labour market research in the electricity and renewable energy industries.

      “Fundamentally, what this study told us, that it is less to do with the fact youth don’t want to work in electricity than it is that they don’t know about it,” says Mark Chapeskie, director of programs with EHRC.


      Canada’s electrical industry is no stranger to Best Managed companies

      August 12, 2020 – Shortly before the pandemic struck with gusto in Canada, Deloitte Private announced the winners of the 2020 Canada’s Best Managed Companies awards program, and reconfirmed those who successfully retained their Best Managed designation.

      After three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully retained their award for 4-6 consecutive years.




      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

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