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Volume 18 | September 23, 2021
ECAO & IBEW-CCO Joint Letter on Importance of COVID-19 Vaccinations
We are extremely proud of our community- the Unionized electrical and communications industry here in Ontario for the outstanding efforts, valuable contributions, and commitment to the health and safety of our workforce, clients, and the general public. It is critical in our efforts to emerge from the pandemic that we all continue to do all we can to stop the spread of COVID -19.

Thus, the IBEW CCO and the ECAO are reaching out to every worker and employer to encourage all to continue the fight against the COVID 19 pandemic by being vaccinated if you have not already done so. As Canadians, we have lost 27,251 persons and in Ontario alone, we have lost 9,624 so far. And we continue to lose lives daily. These numbers are not mere statistics; they represent families and loved ones across our country being torn apart by this deadly disease. We are talking about mothers, daughters, sisters, fathers, brothers, sons, and grandparents. There is a tool we can use to fight this ongoing pandemic and win this battle. The COVID-19 vaccine.

While the construction sector has done extremely well in Ontario in reducing the spread of this virus, we are also leaders in testing and health and safety protocols for our work sites. Now it is time to turn to the next arsenal in our battle against COVID by increasing the number of people that are fully vaccinated.

There have been far too many stories in recent weeks of individuals who wished they had gotten the vaccine instead of succumbing to this disease. So please, let’s all work together, not merely as an industry but as a community. Think of your own family, your friends, your coworkers and their families—and urge them to get vaccinated. This decision impacts absolutely everyone, and the vaccine is readily available. Please, if you haven’t, go and get your shots. Let’s work together and do all we can to end this pandemic and win this very important battle.

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Message from the Construction Association of Canada
Our industry has been a leader in Canada in the adoption of safety and early implementation of mitigation measures to protect both ourselves and others from the spread of COVID. As we continue to get back to some level of “normal” in our lives and businesses, CCA encourages everyone to follow the advice and recommendations of our public health authorities and use the full range of the measures recommended by our public health authorities to reduce the risk and impact of COVID on ourselves, our families and our friends and colleagues.

COVID-19 webinars: Information for employers & workers about ESA and OHSA
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is hosting webinars to help workers and employers better understand better their rights and obligations under the Employment Standards Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act as they relate to COVID-19.

Electro|POD Podcast Series – New Episode!
Electric Shock – Working Energized is a Safety Matter. More often than not, electrical installers are working energized. This podcast investigates some of the influences an Electrician, contractor or apprentice may have on their safety decision. Listen to this podcast with EFC’s Gurvinder Chopra and Daniela De Marco who interview Robert Mitchell, Safety and Technical Program Advisor at Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) & Kaylyn Kretschmer, Leader for Market Insights & Engagement at Technical Safety BC, on their working energized research studies which were conducted separately, years apart, with different methodologies to, interestingly, find that the results presented strong similarities.

Understanding Your WSIB Premium Rates
Wednesday, September 29th at 11:00 AM ET
Join ECAO's affiliate partner TeksMed in a review of how to understand your WSIB premium rates within the New Rate Framework.
During this session, TeksMed will specifically review the WSIB Premium Rate Extended Statement and what it means to your firm.
Some questions that will be answered during the session:
  • Why am I paying a premium rate higher than other firms in my industry?
  • Will I still receive lump-sum rebates or surcharges?
  • Why is all of my firm's payroll being subjected to the same premium rate?
  • How can I reduce my premium rate?

If you would like to discuss your WSIB account and premium rates, please contact Tanya George at 437-333-8608 or
Electrical Business now an EHRC “Advocate” for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
It’s official! In a recent signing ceremony, Electrical Business Magazine became an Advocate of Electrical Human Resources Canada’s Leadership Accord on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, thereby pledging to “actively engage in outreach and promotion of the Accord and the principles for which it stands”.

Second Annual Addressing Racism in Construction Event
RESCON is hosting its Second Annual Addressing Racism in Construction Event on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
RESCON, through its Anti-Racism Roundtable, has taken a leading role in combating racism and discrimination on and off the job site. 
This event is an excellent opportunity to:
  • Learn more about the construction industry’s DEI efforts & get an update on the Anti-Racism Roundtable.
  • Get to know more about the BOLT program.
  • Engage in a panel discussion highlighting the importance of DEI and the challenges our industry faces.
  • Recognize National Truth and Reconciliation Day.

Voice of Influence: Open for ECAO Members- Sponsored by Electro Federation of Canada
The YPN Ontario Region Committee presents, Voice of Influence!

Join EFC-YPN on October 14th | 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm EST | All YPNs welcome | $39 per YPN member
This 90-minute interactive session will equip you with the tools you need to harness your authentic voice as a business professional.

  • Understand how to establish a presence and maintain confidence when speaking
  • Learn how to command attention through the use of physicality, breath, voice and energy
  • Learn how to step confidently into high stakes speaking
  • Hold court, be heard and assert your right to speak in the business
  • Explore practical techniques to manage nerves
  • Understand how to increase influence through connection and engagement
  • Practical tips to take away and incorporate into the business

World-renowned speaker, Lucy enables leaders to connect with and engage their audience with an authentic voice; one that demonstrates presence, credibility, persuasive power, confidence, and vision.

View the event webpage for full details, click here.

When it comes to the health of your staff, why wait?
Wait times to see a specialist or diagnostic imaging can lead to increased worry, deteriorating conditions, and the inability to participate in recreational and work activities. With QuikCare Platinum, your employees can receive the care they need in less time than the Canadian Public Health System. When your staff can feel at their best, they can do their best for your company.