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Volume 10 | June 02, 2022


Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development awards $1.7 million in Skills Development Funding to the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training

The Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Skills Development Funding of $1.7 million from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Ontario’s Skills Development Program bolsters ground-breaking training and development projects that upskill workers and prepare job seekers for meaningful work in their communities.

“We're excited to continue the momentum started with the first round of 150 Skilled Development Fund projects, all of which have proven tremendously successful in helping further build the skills of hundreds of thousands of workers and job seekers,” said Hon. Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “It's imperative for the health of our province that businesses thrive and continue to grow, and key to their success is having a talented, skilled workforce.”

Eligibility for this second round of funding was expanded to allow a wider range of organizations including Indigenous skills and employment training centres, social service administration boards and hospitals, among many others, to help provide more people with the training needed to fill the expected shortage of skilled workers in Ontario.

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ECAO D&I Leadership Surge Training: Session 4

June 14th, 2022 | 10am-12noon

The fourth session for D&I Leadership Surge Training is on June 14th, Tuesday from 10 am to 12 noon EST.

If you wish to attend the session, please click on the link to register:

I also request you to please fill the assessment below. It will evaluate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion concepts within the organization, as well as your views as an individual. There are a total of 24 questions. Your answers are anonymous, so please be candid in your response. The assessment will take approximately 4 minutes to complete. Below is a link to access it.


Course Description for Fourth Session

Overcoming Judgement

An important element of diversity is “open awareness”. Open awareness refers to a quality of consciousness that is not evaluative or actively shaped by pre-existing ideas or intentions, but is fully receptive to allowing the experience to simply occur “as it is”. In this workshop, open awareness is introduced by addressing the evaluative nature of the mind. While open awareness involves non-judgment, most of our daily awareness is clouded by countless judgments and evaluations. By becoming aware of these judgments, an important obstacle of open awareness is removed. In this workshop, participants experience the judgmental nature of their mind and learn about the problematic aspects of judgments.

ECAO 2022 Annual Industry Conference

September 17/18-24, 2022

Experience one of Europe’s most unique and exciting cities- the ECAO Way! With centuries of architecture at your doorstep, fine dining experiences and world-class shopping and activities, the 2022 ECAO Annual Industry Conference will be the most talked about in years. The Mandarin Oriental Prague- one of Europe’s top hotels- will be your home base, as you network with Colleagues and explore this remarkable city. Castles, galleries and picturesque scenes will be forever imprinted in your mind. Explore and discover something new every day and return to the oasis of the Mandarin Oriental for a drink in the ECAO Lounge.

To Register, please visit:


We have a great line-up of speakers at the conference. On September 20th, join us to attend one of Europe’s most sought-after motivational and organizational speakers, trainers, and facilitators, David Meade. David will address how our “new normal” will be guided by the use of effective collaboration and partnerships within and across the construction industry. He will share his research on leadership and organizational structure with ECAO members, which they can take back to their company and help grow their business profits.

And on September 22nd, Steven Bratt, the Group Chief Executive Officer at the UK-based Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), will be speaking about the range of benefits European Electrical Contractors have experienced with off-site construction. These include improved health and safety outcomes, increased productivity, a smaller carbon footprint and reduced operational costs.


With the re-opening of global business travel in 2022, and the resuming of scheduled global events amid continued COVID-19 concerns, there are added demands on organizations for due diligence with regard to risk associated with travel. ECAO, with the help of third party, conducted a Travel Risk Assessment, to recognize, inform and reduce the risk. The Initial risk analysis was done in March, and it was updated in May. “Based on the Risk Assessment Matrix and evaluation of current risks presented by leading international travel risk experts, governments, and COVID tracking sources, it remains the recommendation of this study that the ECAO proceed with plans to host the Annual Industry Conference in Prague, September 17-24, 2022.”

ECAO Certifire Webinar for Property Managers and Building Owners

Learn how to protect your building and their occupants with a webinar sponsored by the ECAO.

Date: June 22nd, 2022

Time: 10am - 12 pm

This session covers:

  • Enforcement and penalties for non-compliance
  • Requirements for regular system checks
  • Responsibilities of building and supervisor staff
  • How to hire a qualified RFAC Contractor
  • Review requirements under the Ontario Fire, Building and Electrical Safety Codes

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ECAO-JEPP 2022 AGM: Feedback Survey

Thank you for attending and supporting ECAO-JEPP 2022 AGMs and Masquerade Ball.


We request you to please fill out a short feedback survey form to help us make the event even better next year.

Feedback Survey

The following are the winners of the Best-Dressed Awards. Thank you to our judges Zaheer Lakhani from Lakhani Campea LLP and Mauro Di Tulio from Federated Insurance.

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Password: Fairmont

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Once again, a huge shout out to our Sponsors:

ECAO 2022 Scholarships

It is that time of year again when we are reaching out to offer scholarships to post-secondary graduates for children or wards of salaried employees of ECAO Member Companies.

The scholarship was launched in 2004 and awards 5 successful recipients with a scholarship of $5,000 each. In 2021 the ECAO Executive approved the increase to $5,000 in recognition of the cost of living increases especially for kids in school.

The scholarship will be awarded to outstanding students enrolling in a course leading to a University degree or Community College diploma. The award will be based on academic achievement in the previous academic year however; academic achievement will not be the sole basis of review. Extracurricular activity, work experience, employment, application and supporting material, handwritten submission and course of study will also be an important aspect of selection. Preference will be given to those showing interest in the construction industry.


The deadline for submission is currently June 30th but this may be adjusted based on students ability to receive their academic records for 2021/2022. 

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Diversity & Inclusion Column

National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month! Take time to recognize and honour the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada.


Pride Month 2022

Today, June 1st marks the beginning of Pride Month 2022 across the world!

The first Official Pride Parade was organized by pioneering bisexual activist Brenda Howard.

#PrideMonth #PRIDE2022


Congratulations to Patrick Dillon!

Congratulations to Patrick Dillon for the significant accomplishments that he has contributed to the Building Trades,the IBEW and the construction industry as a whole that resulted in changing not only the industry,but improving the lives of working men and women in construction. Via CBTU

Forecast Summary Reports

Every year, BuildForce Canada generates Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward highlights reports for each province and for Canada’s territories. In an effort to provide the construction industry with an outlook more focused on immediate labour force challenges, BuildForce has shortened the outlook window from a 10-year to a six-year outlook period. These reports help decision makers anticipate labour force requirements and identify the trades and occupations the industry is most likely to need across a six-year forecast scenario.

The BuildForce Canada 2022-2027 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward reports and analyses incorporate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry as of the fall of 2021.

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New report maps out a national trade infrastructure plan for Canada

A recent report by the Canada West Foundation, funded in part by the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), looks at the importance of scaling up Canada’s trade infrastructure to fuel economic growth and improve the everyday lives of Canadians.

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CCDC Document Webinar

CCDC 11 ‘Contractors Qualification Statement’ webinar, June 9

CCDC’s June webinar will be on CCDC 11 ‘Contractors Qualification Statement’. CCDC 11 is an industry standard form that is often used for pre-qualifying general contractors and trade contractors. It can be used as a part of, or as a sole document requested in the RFQ. The webinar will explain everything there is to know about CCDC 11, including the two new sections on insurance references, health, and safety. Join us to learn how to properly fill out the CCDC 11 forms, whether you are preparing or receiving the CCDC 11, you won’t want to miss this informative webinar.

Groundbreak is back and in-person: Procore

New Orleans | November 7-9, 2022

Registration for Groundbreak is officially open, and we can't wait to see you live in New Orleans. For three days, you'll have the chance to:

Network: Build connections with thousands of construction professionals from around the world.

Learn: Attend over 70 sessions from top industry thought leaders and walk away with actionable insights into construction's biggest challenges.

Innovate: Get inspired by industry visionaries and explore new ways to help your business succeed.

Get your early-bird tickets for just $1,795 $1,295 USD before July 1, 2022––this is the lowest price we'll offer, so don't miss out.

Register Here


Moneris- ECAO Partnership

We are pleased to inform you that the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) has partnered with Moneris®, Canada’s leading payment processor, to offer ECAO members preferred rates for credit and debit card payment processing. Serving over 350,000 merchant locations across Canada, Moneris® understands the payment landscape and is here to help businesses like yours accept payments easily and securely. Whether you want to accept payments in-person, online, or via mobile devices, Moneris offers a variety of solutions that can meet your different business needs. In addition to the preferred rates, you can also enjoy services such as 24/7 support and stress-free set up.

To take advantage of the preferred rates program, please contact Moneris at 1-877-819-8899 and quote chain #30600061390.

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For ECAO Rate Sheet, please log-in to ECAO's Members Only Area.

Teksmed Health Services for ECAO Members

TeksMed is excited to tell you about the newest benefits available to your employees, as part of your ECAO membership: QuikCare Platinum and QuikCare Mental Wellness.

Quick Care Platinum: When an employee’s physician recommends a diagnostic scan, or refers them to see a specialist in one of the below mentioned specialties, and the wait time is greater than 21 days, they can simply contact the QuikCare Platinum Helpline at 1-833-355-ECAO (3226) for rapid

intervention. TeksMed will liaise with the employee to obtain the required documentation to utilize our exclusive network of specialists and diagnostic imaging services. Appointments typically occur within two weeks, as opposed to the months it may take in the public healthcare system.

Quick Care Mental Wellness: QuikCare Mental Wellness aims to provide an accessible and clinically proven resource for the improvement of mental health, which your employees can access from the privacy and comfort of their own home, helping them learn techniques to better manage negative moods and stress. Your employees can

simply contact the confidential QuikCare Mental Wellness Helpline at 1-833-355-ECAO (3226) for rapid assistance, and TeksMed will look to obtain the required information needed to arrange for an assessment to be conducted. The worker will then be connected with a therapist, who will guide them along the 12-week long cognitive behavioural therapy program.

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