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Ensuring the Health of Ontario’s Electrical Subcontractors- ECAO Letter to Premier Ford.

ECAO Executive Director, Graeme Aitken wrote to Premier Ford to urge his government to address the unique needs of electrical sub-contractors and suggested several actions they might wish to take to help the industry during this time. In addition to several recommendations made in the letter, he further stated, “We urge you to consider allowing the construction industry to capitalize on the opportunities to perform construction safely in circumstances which might be superior to the “pre-pandemic” norm, due to the lack of congestion; but with a minimum of risk to workers. Examples of this include public schools, colleges, universities, and government buildings currently vacant or nearly so”. 

Read the complete letter here.



Coronavirus: Ontario allows certain businesses, workplaces to reopen May 4

The Ontario government says it is allowing certain businesses and workplaces to reopen on May 4, as long as they comply with strict public health measures set out during the coronavirus pandemic.

Some businesses permitted to start back up include seasonal businesses and some of the following essential construction projects.

  • shipping and logistics; broadband, telecommunications, and digital infrastructure; any other project that supports the improved delivery of goods and services; municipal projects; colleges and universities; child care centers; schools; and site preparation, excavation, and services for institutional, commercial, industrial and residential development.


Frontline and business: help us support you during COVID-19

The Ministry of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction has set up a website to solicit feedback from small business owners on the challenges and obstacles they are facing during this Pandemic and to submit requests for a temporary rule or regulation change to help their business respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

To read the news release and/or submit a request, click here.

Canadian Construction Association (CCA) Makes Recommendations to Prime Minister on COVID 19 Recovery Plan

The CCA has again reached out to industry partners to help in their advocacy campaign with the Federal Government. The CCA recently reached out to Prime Minister Trudeau to advocate for an emergency relief fund, with eligible costs to be reimbursed up to 5 per cent of the contract value. 

The CCA is urging construction partners to send a letter to their MP by clicking here.

Read the full announcement here.


ECAO Contractor Members Pitch in to Support Centre Block Rehabilitation Fundraising

ecao1may52020.jpgECAO members Ziebarth Electrical, Wired Synergy, and Toban Electric along with their local union, donated approximately $100,000 towards a $200,000 fundraising campaign towards the PCL/EllisDon joint venture in support of The Royal Centre Block Rehabilitation, the C-PROMPT Clinic project in Ottawa. 

Located at The Royal Ottawa Hospital, the C-PROMPT Clinic is made up of a multidisciplinary team of mental health nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers who are providing assessments, treatment, and coordinating access to further care. The C-PROMPT Clinic team is using a combination of in-person, virtual, and mobile consultations to provide mental health services.

To learn more about The Royal’s C-PROMPT Clinic, please click here.

Threads of Life- Steps For Life

ECAO employees walked 5 km in #StepsForLife on Saturday. As we couldn't do it together, we did it individually! We walked for families of workplace tragedy to raise money for Threads of Life. A huge thank you to all our Sponsors.


ecao3may52020.png Juno Award Winner, Jason MacCoy gives shout out to Ontario's Electricians and Contractors. Thank you for keeping everything up and running.


TeksMed New App For Mental Wellbeing

QuikCare Thrive for Mental Wellbeing 

In collaboration with Thrive Therapeutic Software Ltd., QuikCare Thrive is an app-based self-driven platform, allowing users to access mental health support, information, and coping techniques, anytime and anywhere. Created by a team of mental health professionals, Thrive is a clinically proven mental wellbeing app for employees to build resilience against stress, anxiety, and depression, which is especially beneficial during this crisis.

Ideal Solution to COVID-19 Limitations

  • Utilize from the comfort and privacy of home
  • No need to sit on waiting lists or travel to an in-person appointment
  • Support is available through the touch of a button, 24/7

FREE During COVID-19
TeksMed is very pleased to be able to offer QuikCare Thrive to your employees through the expected duration of this COVID-19 pandemic, absolutely free of charge. We understand the importance of coming together during these challenging times and are excited to demonstrate the value the program has to offer.

Click here to watch a short demo of the application.

Getting started is easy - go to



COVID 19 Government Financial Supports


Time: May 8, 2020 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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The Honourable Rod Phillips
Finance Minister of Ontario


A Framework to Reopen Our Province

Friday, May 8, at 11AM EDT

Registration is Complimentary

Click Here to Register

Reopening the Construction Industry Webinar on May 14, 2020 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm


The government has taken the initial step to open the industry and we expect all sectors to be fully operational in the next few weeks.

This presents a unique challenge: implementing the CPO’s guidelines and our own programs and best practices to protect our workers. The third webinar in this series is focused on providing you with the information and tools required.

Chief Prevention Officer Ron Kelusky will discuss the COVID-19 Guidelines that have been issued to set expectations for the operation of construction during the pandemic, and their application. He will also discuss the services provided to support contractors.

Craig Lesurf, President of the Gillam Group, and Chair of the League of Champions, will present Gilliam’s program for operations during COVID-19. This will include a plan for breaching physical distancing.

Steven Agla, Director EHS for the Aecon Group, will present on Aecon’s screening technique for workers, and contact tracing, a plan to undertake a COVID-19 investigation.
This presentation will support you and your firm by being prepared to put an effective plan in place to reopen your sites and keep them safe and healthy.

Please register through this link.


Health and Safety Update:

With the Ontario Government’s recent announcement to allow construction site preparation to begin May 4, members will be looking to gear up their operations and ensure they adhere to the current health and safety requirements. You can find information on Health and Safety Guidelines on Infrastructure Health and Safety Association’s website. Resources for construction, utility, and transportation can all be found here.

Mental Health Week 

As we face COVID-19, we need each other more than ever. It's the Mental Health Week and we’re asking you to #GetReal about how you feel.

Visit to learn more and for practical advice, articles, and information. #TogetherApart


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