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NEW  ECAO Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee: Members wanted


ECAO is still looking for volunteer members for our new 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


Tridel and industry stakeholders join forces to tackle racism in construction


TRIDEL CORPORATION — Tridel kicked off the Built for Respect campaign in partnership with EllisDon, the Labourers' International Union of North America Local 183, the Residential Construction Council of Ontario and the Building Industry and Land Development Association, to tackle and eliminate racism within the construction industry.

TORONTO — Canadian condominium developer Tridel recently kicked off the Built for Respect campaign to tackle racism in the construction industry in partnership with EllisDon, the Labourers’ International Union of North America Local 183, the Residential Construction Council of Ontario and the Building Industry and Land Development Association.


    Hygiene Requirements on Construction Projects

    The following information was shared with us by the Ministry of Labour, Training and
    Skills Development with respect to the hygiene requirements on projects, namely the
    requirements for running water and heat. The requirements address location, water sources, heating methods, weather conditions, access to projects and hazardous materials.

    Under OHSA Contractors and suppliers share responsibility for ensuring compliance of facilities with these requirements.

    To read the full details of the requirements click here.


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      Greater Toronto Electrical Contractors Association donates $10,000 to Good Shepherd, matched by ECAO for a total of $20,000.

      For more details on Good Shepherd go to their website 

      Norm Keith Webinar on How to Improve your Health and Safety Program November 5.

      For those who couldn’t attend Norm Keith’s webinar last week, please find the recording here:



        LEAGUE OF CHAMPIONS - New Website Launched! 

        The League of Champions is pleased to announce that their new website has launched at We welcome you to visit our new site.

        Our vision is to inspire Leaders to be Health & Safety Champions, and we look forward to having the opportunity to promote and share your events, successes or special days that your company is hosting on our News & Events page and Photo Gallery.

        The LOC welcomes feedback from our members, please email or call us at 905.671.3969

        Remembrance Day 2020: Ontario boosts support for Helmets to Hardhats

        ECAO-NOV192020-3.jpgSCREENSHOT — Helmets to Hardhats Canada executive director Joseph Maloney welcomed provincial funding for the Pathways to Post-Military Employment program Nov. 9.

        Helmets to Hardhats Canada got a pre-Remembrance Day shot in the arm from the Ontario government with the announcement that the province is investing $511,000 in the Pathways to Post-Military Employment program to support the return of 180 military veterans and reservists to civilian life.

        The program is in its eighth year of helping veterans obtain jobs in the construction industry, with a record of placing 1,040 veterans in construction jobs so far across Canada, around 400 in Ontario.


        OCS donates $100,000 to Helmets to Hardhats
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        The Ontario Construction Secretariat has announced a donation of $100,000 to Helmets to Hardhats. The organization gives opportunities to serve veterans by coordinating opportunities for apprenticeships, advanced training and career placement opportunities in the construction industry.


        City of Brampton requiring CORTM in 2021 Implementation

        In continuing to build a future-ready organization, Brampton has adopted the Certificate of Recognition (CORTM) program as part of its construction contract management and construction tendering process. This is a reaffirmation of the City’s ongoing commitment to health and safety for contractors, employees and residents.

        The requirement to be CORTM certified has been implemented since January 2019 for construction projects over $25M. Starting in January 2021, the requirement for CORTM will be implemented for construction and maintenance projects between $5M and $10M.

        Please click here for the full information.

        TCBN Launches First Annual Building Diversity Awards and Recognition Program 

        Toronto Community Benefits Network, in partnership with community, labour and construction industry partners, is pleased to announce the launch of the first annual province-wide Building Diversity Awards (BDA) and Recognition Program.

        To learn more about the nominations process and get insights about the benchmarks used to decide the winners, join the free online information session held every Wednesday in November at noon.

        Please click here for the full press release.

        To register for the free online information sessions, please click here.

        Statistics Canada – Value of September building permits rise 17.0% to $9.4 billion

        ECAO-NOV192020-6.pngAll sectors observed gains in the total value of building permits issued in September, which rose 17.0% to $9.4 billion. Over three-quarters of this growth came from permits issued in Ontario. With COVID-19 cases rising in many regions in September, some municipalities reported that builders have begun to submit applications earlier as a precaution against potential shutdowns.

        The total value of non-residential permits was up 40.6% to $3.4 billion in September, mostly attributable to large projects in Ontario (+$805 million).


        2021 Technical rate sessions


        WSIB will be holding virtual sessions to provide information on for the 2021 WSIB technical rates. This year’s sessions will take place online and provide an opportunity to hear from WSIB’s actuarial team about our 2021 rate-setting process and why all businesses covered will pay the same rate in 2021 that they paid in 2020.

        Register now for one of the following sessions:

        Once you have completed the registration form, you will receive an email confirming your participation and a link to the upcoming webinar. If you have any questions about the technical rate sessions, please contact us at 

        WSIB 2020 Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards

        On November 24, WSIB will celebrate the winners of the 2020 Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards. It will be an opportunity to hear how they excelled in their health and safety journey, especially during these challenging times. The Chair will also be recognizing the long-standing success of the Safety Groups program as it draws to closure.

        You’ll also hear from Dr. Cameron Mustard, President of the Institute of Work and Health, on the benefits of investing in workplace health and safety.

        Tuesday, November 24
        10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

        Please register by November 17 to confirm your place, and feel free to extend the invite to your respective networks and HSEp members

        Annual 2020 Virtual Licence Holder Meeting - November 24


        You are invited to the Annual 2020 Licence Holder Meeting being held virtually on November 24. During the meeting, you will learn about the latest developments in licensing renewals, the Master Electrician exam, enforcement of unlicensed contractors, and risk-based wiring inspections. In response to high demand, Technical Q & A is back! Make sure to submit your questions with your registration.

        When: November 24, 2020 2:00 – 4:00 PM

        Register now!

        After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

        WEBINAR – Canadian Construction Association - Construction Supply Chain Disruptions In Times of Uncertainty

        As the uncertainties and rapidly changing environment of COVID-19 continue to impact business decisions, supply chain management plays a critical role in the continuity of construction projects.

        Global and local suppliers are under constant pressure to mitigate potential disruptions in raw materials and critical components as uncertainties continue to prevail.

        To access the video click here.

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