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Volume 15 | August 10, 2022


Webinar: Key Changes in the 25th edition (2021) of the Canadian Electrical Code that impact Wire and Cable

Please join us for our upcoming refresher webinar provided by ECAO Affiliate partner, Nexans Canada, on the recent Key Changes in the 25th edition (2021) of the Canadian Electrical Code that impact Wire and Cable.

Date and Time: Tuesday, Aug 16, 2022 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM EST


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Nexans is one of the largest wire and cable companies in the world. Their cables are in the CN Tower, Maritime Link enabling Nova Scotia to import renewable energy from Newfoundland as well as maybe the car you are driving or the airplane that took you to your last vacation destination.

ECAO 2022 Safety Awards

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Wikipedia tells us that offsite construction refers to the manufacturing, planning, design, fabrication, and assembly of building elements at a location other than their final installed location to support the rapid speed and efficient construction of a permanent structure.

There are as many opinions on offsite construction as there are people in the construction business, and Steven Bratt, Group CEO at the UK-based Electrical Contractors’ Association, joins ECAO and all attendees at this year’s Annual Industry Conference to discuss the range of benefits European electrical contractors have experienced with off-site construction.

It’s going to be interesting! Join us in Prague from September 18 to 24 for a week of learning and networking. For the full schedule of events and registration information, visit the link above.

For more information or assistance, contact Shelley Sparrow at or by phone at 647-505-1296.

ECAO 2022 Annual Industry Conference

September 17/18-24, 2022

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Business growth and success is a result of many things, not the least of which is effective collaboration and strong partnerships across the construction industry.

David Mead, one of Europe’s most sought-after speakers, trainers and facilitators, joins ECAO and all attendees at this year’s Annual Industry Conference to discuss how trust, tolerance and self-awareness are all key elements in building a collaborative team.

Join us in Prague from September 18 to 24 for a week of learning and networking.

For more information or assistance, contact Shelley Sparrow at or by phone at 647-505-1296.

Infrastructure Health and Safety Association

Visit IHSA to access tools and resources to help you get started with COR™—and commit to keeping your workers safe.

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FREE “Level One” Certi-Fire Training Tuition Limited-time Offer

With the continued support of Employment Ontario under the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD), Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) received a second round funding from the Provincial Skills Development Fund (SDF) for the Certi-Fire program to enhance its training capabilities in the fire alarm industry.

In Spring 2021, the Certi-Fire program received the first round of SDF funding to expand the courses in a COVID-19 friendly environment, by delivering programs online to accommodate “at-home-learning” for the “in-person-classroom” training. It was a great achievement for Certi-Fire!

The second round of SDF funding allows us to develop Virtual Reality (VR) Certi-Fire Lab Assessment; where a wearable device allows participants to learn to wire a fire panel, is currently under way.

Good news about this VR technology - we will be able to provide training in an innovative method that will eliminate the traditional need for large physical spaces and large capital investments. It will also resolve the indoor setting limitations and the geographical issues that were a barrier due to COVID-19.

ECAO is pleased to offer a limited, one time, opportunity for free LEVEL ONE Certi-Fire Training for IBEW members, and individuals who are 309A licensed electricians, or minimum third term apprentices with intermediate trade school. This promotion is on a first-come-first served basis, and applies to Level 1 only, within the given period of time. This free tuition offer will end on March 31, 2023 or until the seats are filled, whichever comes first.

*** Don’t miss this 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!!! ***

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at

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Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit

On April 29, 2021, the Ontario Government amended the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) to require employers to provide employees with up to three days of paid infectious disease emergency leave because of certain reasons related to COVID‑19. This entitlement is in addition to employees’ rights to unpaid infectious disease emergency leave.

Paid infectious disease emergency leave is available for certain reasons related to COVID‑19, including:

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NECA: Participate In Peer Groups!

Peer Groups are a business group of companies that operate in the same industry sector and are of similar size but different geographical, non-competing markets. Participants in Peer Groups have an opportunity to share experiences and gain perspectives from individuals in the electrical construction industry that do not operate in the same geographic market; thus, enabling an environment for trust and the open exchange of ideas and information. NECA has relationships with three outside professional facilitators to offer a range of high quality options to best fit member firm’s needs. Peer groups are geared for owners and/or high level management decision makers within firms.  


 Benefits of a Peer Group include, but are not limited to: 

  • Ability to have candid conversations about operational challenges, the need for cost savings, improved productivity, and increased efficiencies.
  • Access to a forum to discuss key business topics such as strategy, business development, finance, management, human resources, equipment, technology, safety, succession planning, operations, and industry best practices.
  • Opportunity to learn from fellow contractors that have faced similar business challenges.
  • Access to business consultants who can serve as a corporate advisory panel.
  • Access to a strong network of peers and business growth strategies. 

Any member interested in joining a peer group should complete the survey below.

Complete Interest Form Now!

While NECA cannot guarantee all members will be a fit for every Peer Group, NECA is committed to create an opportunity for any NECA member that wants to join a Peer Group. NECA supports the formation of Peer Groups as a valuable opportunity for members to grow their businesses.


NECA does not actively participate in Peer Groups. Completion of this survey does not obligate joining a Peer Group. Please direct any specific questions to Ian Andrews, Executive Director Midwestern Region.

3 Benefits of Capacity Management That Will Reduce Burnout

By Melanie Sodka | Founder, Capacity Creator Corp.

In a world where everything is measured, tracked, recorded, and where ‘Big Data’ is here to stay, we continue to operate at neck breaking speeds. We are running at frenetic paces to be everywhere and be everything to everyone. The result? Burnout, and it is not a new concept. In fact, it’s existed for decades. However, with more options and opportunities than we’ve ever had before, shouldn’t we be healthier and happier? The truth is yes, but the reality is the opposite. Over time, we’ve mismanaged our energy and we’ve become severely distracted.

So here are 3 reasons how capacity management could reduce burnout and increase retention.

  1. Assessing your team’s capacity: By frequently monitoring your team’s collective capacity, you’re better poised to manage the busiest times of the year by deploying the right resources at the right times. Being in a reactive mode for too long can erode your team’s capacity, thus having an impact on your deliverables and profitability.
  2. Scheduling down time: Every company struggles to allocate the appropriate amount of down time due to variability in business demand. But by ensuring that your team is aware of scheduled ‘rest and recovery’ periods, you can be more confident they will manage their energy accordingly.
  3. Selecting the right people for the job: Many managers over-leverage the same high-capacity employees to work on important projects. Unfortunately, this can lead to retention issues as well as burning out your staff. Ensuring that you understand how to best leverage your talent is critical to keeping your team productive and united.

Link to capacity assessment 

Fiber Could Be the Future of EV Charging Stations

While less than 1% of cars on the road in December 2021 were electric, that could soon change, considering news that 38 new electric vehicle models may hit showroom floors by 2023. As Americans are increasingly considering EVs, the influx of these vehicles requires a network of charging stations to support them.

Much of the focus has been directed at electric grid capacity to accommodate future EV charging on a large scale, said Kevin Morgan, chairman of the Fiber Broadband Association and chief marketing officer of Clearfield. He has been looking beyond that short-term worry to the bigger picture of connectivity. 

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AMO 2022

Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario will be joining municipal leaders from across Ontario at the 2022 AMO Conference in Ottawa, August 14-17. #AMO2022

Ontario Construction Secretariat 2022 AGM & Conference

The Ontario Construction Secretariat 2022 AGM & Conference will be held on Wednesday, October 5 & Thursday, October 6, 2022 at JW Marriot The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa.

Click here for registration details, agenda, speaker lineup, and hotel information.

NECA 2022 Convention and Trade Show

Where: Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas

When: Saturday, October 15 – Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Registration is open for the 2022 NECA Convention & Trade Show in Austin, TX. Attendees will gain access to industry-leading education and top-notch speakers to keep you at the forefront of the electrical contracting industry. With sessions on a wide range of topics, NECA Austin has both your professional growth and your company’s future covered!

Register Today!


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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