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Volume 17 | September 09, 2021
Message from ECAO Executive Director, Graeme Aitken
Please take the time to listen to the latest message from our Executive Director, Graeme Aitken.

As we begin to enter the busy fall season, Graeme’s message is asking ECAO members for their participation in several upcoming initiatives that impact contractors.

ECAO and Ontario Electrical League are working on obtaining more contractor experiences with the ESA permit system.

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ECAO COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
For those of you who require a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, either due to Government regulation or client requirement, please reach out to your area ECA to get a copy of the template ECAO distributed.
It is also available on the ECAO Member page, under COVID-19 Resources and under Labour Relations - COVID-19 Safety Resources.
Please be sure to review the accompanying legal opinion before you implement the policy. Also, if you do implement a vaccination policy, please be sure to follow clause 401 of the Principal Agreement and share a copy of the policy with the local union.
Announcement of Ontario's new Chief prevention Officer
The Province has announced the appointment of Joel Moody as Chief Prevention Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development effective September 15th.
Joel joins the ministry from the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) where he held the role of Chief Public Safety Officer and Senior Director Analytics. He is a seasoned public health and occupational health and safety leader with over seventeen years of experience working in various labour organizations throughout the province of Ontario.

More Details coming soon.
COVID-19 vaccination policies mandated in high-risk settings
On August 17, 2021, Ontario announced that COVID-19 vaccination policies would be mandatory in high-risk settings, and the province’s exit from the Roadmap to Reopen would be put on hold. Therefore, until further notice, Ontario will remain in Step 3 of its reopening plan.

In its announcement, Ontario explained that it is taking these measures in response to data on the transmissibility of the Delta variant, experiences in other jurisdictions, the desire to protect the province’s most vulnerable (e.g., seniors, immunocompromised individuals and young children not eligible for vaccination), safeguard hospital capacity, ensure a safe return to school, and keep the province running

ESA Issues Notice Regarding Hazards Associated with Raising of Buildings
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has seen an increase in the number of buildings, such as cottages, being raised while the electrical supply to the building remained energized. This practice may endanger the public creating shock and/or fire hazards from things such as:

  • The overhead service conductor breaking and falling to the ground or possibly snapping the pole;
  • The service mast being bent or broken;
  • Contact between other systems such as communication or primary lines when the sag of the overhead conductor is reduced;
  • Service conductor damage when supplied from underground;
  • Disconnected/damaged ground wire;
  • Exposed/damaged branch wiring below the building
Construction industry receives reprieve in new PSPC Contract Security Program screening process implementation

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) says it, along with the National Trade Contractors Council of Canada (NTCCC) and the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Canada (ACEC), have outlined the industry’s concerns about provisions that would remove “blanket exemption” security clearance provisions, adding to complexity in an environment where (under the current situation) clearances can take many months to process.

OHS Canada- Free Webinar: Addressing respiratory hazards in construction
According to OSHA, respiratory hazards continue to be the third most commonly cited cause of serious injury and death each year in the construction industry. Not only do we see significant numbers of acute injuries reported, but also the serious long-term health effects that result when workers are inadequately protected from hazards over time.

This webinar will highlight a few of the most common respiratory hazards found in the construction industry including silica, wood dust, mold and welding fumes. It will provide an overview of:
  • How to identify key respiratory hazards on construction sites
  • The most common occupational exposures and the associated health effects
  • The enforcement trends being seen around the country
  • Select PPE solutions available for respiratory protection

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.

Link2Build Naloxone Webinar
Ontario saw an alarming 60% increase in opioid-related deaths in 2020 and 1/3 of those were in the construction industry. That's is terrifying reality and makes this webinar one that you cannot afford to miss

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.

TeksMed- Thrive Webinar Series
Teksmed Canada, one of ECAO's Affiliate Partners have partnered with Thrive: Mental Well Being last year to provide ECAO members and their employees with tools to help cope with mental stress.

Below are some upcoming sessions and if these can be beneficial to you please contact Cathy at for the registration details.

  • Thursday, October 21 at 1:00 pm – Seasonal Affective Disorders
  • Tuesday, November 18th, 2021 – Systemic Balance
  • Thursday, December 16 at 12:00 pm – How to Switch Off
WSIB Historical Review by TeksMed Services 
Dear ECAO Members,

TeksMed Services is a proud affiliate partner of the ECAO and we are offering a historical review of your WSIB account, at no extra cost. TeksMed will conduct a detailed analysis of your account and claims, to identify and recover any opportunities for cost relief.

Cost relief is a WSIB initiative, administered via the Secondary Injury and Enhancement Fund (SIEF), that provides employers with financial relief when an injured worker's pre-existing condition enhances or prolongs their return to work. This means that an employer will not be held fully financially responsible for a workplace injury that was caused by a worker's pre-existing condition or if their recovery is delayed/prolonged due to that condition.

There is no risk and all reward - this historical review is being offered to you by the ECAO’s Disability Management partner at no extra cost to you! You can only benefit from this offer and have the money returned to your account as a credit or decrease in the premium rate.

If you would like to have a free historical review performed on your account please contact Tanya George at TeksMed Services- or 437.333.8608.