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Volume 07 | April 15, 2021
"Out of this World" ECAO Social Event- May 19
Don't forget to register for our upcoming Social Event on May 19, 2021!

The evening includes the exciting virtual experience inspired by an Apollo Program era NASA Astronaut training exercise, modernized to use today's technology, called Project Artemis. Top 3 teams will be winning prizes! And a closing performance by Graham Chittenden, one of Canada’s most entertaining comedic performers.

Themed costume event is back this year! The theme for the social evening is “Out of the World”, and we are encouraging attendees to do some research and find just the right costume. Costumes will be judged and prizes for the best costume will also be awarded. Some examples of “Out-of-the-world” can be Aliens, Space, Galaxy, Star Trek, and anything you imagine! 

The Registration Deadline date is MAY 12, 2021.

ECAO Webinar on Health and Safety Excellence Program April 28
ECAO’s Health and Safety Program of Excellence is ramping up and if you are still interested in learning more about the Program, please join us for our next ECAO Informational Webinar on WSIB’s Health & Safety Excellence Program on April 28th.
In 2020, ECAO was approved by WSIB as an Approved Provider. This session will provide details of the benefits of joining the program and how you, as an ECAO member, have an advantage to take part. We are pleased that some of our members have already joined our Program, but this webinar is another opportunity to learn and ask questions on how you can benefit under the Program, including a WSIB financial rebate on their premiums.
This Webinar will be facilitated by ECAO’s Director of Health and Safety, Tom Mackay and Sara Kitcher, Health and Safety Administrative Assistant. The full brochure is attached for your review of the details of the Program. 
When: Wednesday April 28, 2021
10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
After registering, you would have received a confirmation email containing zoom information about joining the meeting.
Our Year in Review | ECAO 2020 Annual Report
Featured Spotlight
ECAO Fire Alarm & Protection Certification Program - Distant Learning Level 1 Course
LAST CALL! The Distant Learning Level 1 Course will start on next Tuesday April 20, 2021 at 6:30 pm
*** Don’t miss the chance to become a Certi-Fire Fire Alarm Electrician who can provide “One Stop Electrical Services” – install, test, verify and maintain all fire alarm needs!! ***
To register please contact our Certi-Fire Program Administrator at or 1-800-387-3226 ext. 8509 for more information.
2021 National Day of Mourning
Join WSIB online on Wednesday, April 28 to commemorate the 2021 National Day of Mourning.
At the ceremony, they will honour all who have suffered a workplace death, injury or illness, and show our support for their families, friends and colleagues whose lives have been changed by these devastating occurrences. In sharing their stories, we renew our commitment to making our workplaces healthy and safe and preventing these tragedies from happening to others.
The ceremony will be held online on Wednesday, April 28 at 10:45 a.m.

A year marked by strength in unity: CCA’s 2020 Annual Review
Canadian Construction Association (CCA) released our 2020 Annual Review to members and colleagues during the AGM. In a year unlike any other, CCA members came together for each other and the communities you serve, setting the stage for a recovery in which you will play a vital role in Building a better Canada.

ICI recruitment paying off, BuildForce report shows
BuildForce’s annual national labour-force forecast, released March 26 and titled 2021–2030 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward national report, projects that non-residential employment will increase by more than 39,800 workers between 2021 and 2025, and another 5,000 to 2030. The sector is expected to end the decade up 44,800 workers, plus eight per cent, compared to 2020.

Adjudicator outlines ‘culture change’ in system’s first 18 months
Ontario’s new Construction Act adjudication authority has seen just 60 case files so far but already definite trends have emerged.

Of the 60 adjudications filed with the ODACC since the new regime began Oct. 1, 2019, there have been 23 determinations made; 32 disputes from residential and 28 from ICI; 30 to 35 adjudications settled before determinations; and only four determinations involved an oral hearing.

So far all disputes have been between owners and general contractors, Ainsley noted, with trades possibly taking their traditional approach of waiting until later in the process aiming to rely on a lien.

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NETCO Training Conference 2021
The National Electrical Trade Council (NETCO) is pleased to invite you to participate virtually in the annual NETCO National Training Conference to be held May 5 & 6, 2021.

EB PowerCon Runs till April 23, 2021