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Volume 16 | August 25, 2023


Register Now for Southwire SIMpull Solutions® Training Webinar

September 13, 2023 | 11am

Join ECAO Affiliate Partner, Southwire Canada, for an exclusive virtual SIMpull Solutions® Training Webinar on September 13th from 11am to 12noon via Zoom.

Register Here: https://bit.ly/ECAO-Southwire-SIMPull-Webinar

The Southwire Solutions team is dedicated to training current and future leaders on safe and efficient wire and cable installation methods. This training will provide a high-level overview of the,

  • Benefits
  • Safety
  • Labour Savings
  • and Profitability aspects of the Southwire SIMpull Solutions® Systems.

Southwire Canada will also be coming to the ECAO Offices this Fall, offering in-person training session and interactive live booth. Reserve your calendars for October 19th and stay tuned for additional information coming your way!

Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your skills!

Professional Development Seminars with Dr. Awad Hanna

October 24-26, 2023 | 8:30am-4:30pm

Dr. Awad Hanna is back to provide professional development training on 2 key topics: Basic Principles and Practices of Project Construction Estimation and Advanced Comprehensive Practices for Effective Electrical Project Management.


The dates are as follows and the registration link for each is below.



The cost for training sessions is $600 CAD ($ 530.97 CAD+ taxes) per person, per day. Payment is accepted online via PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express or we can send you an invoice.


All sessions will be held at the ECAO Offices at 10 Carlson Court., Suite 702, from 8:30 to 4:30. The registration fee covers the session, breakfast, working lunch and parking.


If you or your staff are interested in any or all of these sessions, please feel free to fill out the registration forms above.

Join ECAO and FLAC for Networking Social! 

October 19, 2023 | 4:30 pm

Join ECAO and Future Leaders Advisory Council’s (FLAC) Committee for an exciting evening of networking at the ECAO-FLAC 2023 Social Event! This is an opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow industry professionals, future leaders , contractor members, ECAO board and affiliate Partners.


Date: October 19, 2022 | Time: 4:30pm- 8pm EST | Venue: Scaddabush Italian Kitchen & Bar Dixon Rd, 25 Carlson Ct M9W 6A2 Etobicoke, ON M9W 6L2




Participation and Registration is free of charge. For any questions, please contact Vincent at vduong@ecao.org.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Certi-Fire and Graybar Canada

Learn More about FLAC

ECAO Learning Centre Launching Next Week!

Celebrate ECAO's 75th Anniversary & Past Presidents with Us!

Join us in celebrating the 75th Anniversary and Past Presidents of ECAO on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 6:00 PM EST at New Fort Hall, Hotel X, Toronto!

Buy your Tickets Here: https://bit.ly/ECAO-75-years

Get ready for a night of fun, food, and festivities as we celebrate our 75th year and honour our past presidents who have contributed to the success of ECAO over the years. This event is the perfect opportunity to network with industry professionals, catch up with friends, make new connections and conclude the year on a high note! The admission fee per participant is $75 CAD.


Reminder: COVID 19 Protocols

As autumn approaches, COVID-19 cases in Ontario are on the rise, leading to the implementation of certain restrictions in hospitals and institutions. It is anticipated that COVID-19 cases will continue to increase in the coming months.

Currently, the number of COVID-19 cases within the construction industry remains relatively low. Nonetheless, it is essential to exercise caution and maintain a vigilant approach to health and safety measures on job sites to mitigate the potential spread of the virus.

Adhering to safe work practices, including maintaining physical distance, practicing proper hand and tool sanitation, wearing masks, implementing job rotation, conducting screenings, engaging in awareness discussions, reinforcing COVID-19 policies and procedures, and thoughtful work planning, will play a crucial role in safeguarding the well-being of our workers and their families. These measures are as vital as ever to keep job sites operational while prioritizing safety.

The ECAO will continue to work together to support members to minimize the spread of Covid 19 and its impact on workers, families, and job sites.

We encourage you to review the attached COVID-19 documents to refresh your knowledge of protocols as we continue our diligent efforts to reduce the spread of the virus.

COVID-19 Policy | COVID-19 Procedure | ECAO Face Covering Safe Work Practice | COVID-19 Sanitize Hands Sign

Changes to Requirements Related to Cranes Used at Construction Projects 

Ontario is updating its regulations to improve crane safety on construction sites to keep workers and the public safe and avoid work stoppages.


Amendments to various crane-related provisions of O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) include:

  • Clarifying or adding new design, installation, maintenance, inspection, and record-keeping requirements.
  • Requiring more comprehensive inspections of tower cranes, including referencing the Professional Engineers of Ontario's practice standard for tower crane review, and clarifying and expanding the role and responsibilities of professional engineers in the design, erection, and inspection of tower cranes.
  • Introducing new, and updating existing, references to relevant national and international standards relating to the design and operation of tower cranes.
  • Addressing advances in technology, including adding and amending requirements that take into account specific operational needs for self-erecting tower cranes.
  • Clarifying requirements for cables, slings and rigging that apply to all cranes and cover hoisting operations by other equipment.


Amendments to O. Reg. 420/21 (Notices and Reports Under Sections 51 to 53.1 of the Act - Fatalities, Critical Injuries, Occupational Illnesses and Other Incidents) under the OHSA have also been approved. The amendments will add a new requirement for the ministry to be notified of a failure to control a crane or a load, including any rigging failure, and for an engineer’s report on the cause of the incident. 


Most amendments will come into force on January 1, 2024. Other requirements, including those that may require equipment upgrades, will come into force on January 1, 2025, to provide stakeholders with additional time to comply with the changes.


The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) held public consultations on proposed amendments relating to tower cranes and other cranes. These changes are driven by industry groups representing both management and labour, while ensuring red tape is kept to a minimum without compromising worker safety.


For more information on the amendments, please see the amending regulations O. Reg. 241/23 and O. Reg. 242/23. The amendments have been consolidated into the e-Laws version of O. Reg. 213/91 and O. Reg. 420/21.


If you need help understanding your responsibilities under the OHSA, you can visit ontario.ca/page/occupational-health-and-safety-act-ohsa, or call the Health and Safety Contact Centre at 1-877-202-0008.


ELECTRI International- Workforce Survey - Canada

ECAO has been selected by ELECTRI International to assist in their ongoing research to better understand the expectations of today’s electrical construction workforce. ELECTRI is the R&D arm for the electrical contracting industry. This survey has been thoughtfully created by academic researchers and industry professionals to help us capture specific knowledge of electricians at different phases of their careers. To help you get this survey to your field personnel you can share the link and QR code provided below. ELECTRI has had a lot of success with foreman sharing the QR codes on their jobsites with their teams


Please let your workforce know that their survey responses are completely anonymous. We ask that everyone taking the survey try to answer all the questions. If you are uncertain about a particular response, leave that answer blank. A “blank” will keep us from skewing our data and will also help us identify opportunities to refine our questions for others who take the survey in the future. 


We sincerely appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to help support this research. We hope this initiative will help retain and attract top talent for our contractors.


Link to Survey: Workforce Survey - Canada (surveymonkey.com)

NECA 2023 Convention & Trade Show

September 29- October 02, 2023

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

When: Friday, September 29 – Monday, October 2, 2023

Register for the convention and book your hotel in Philadelphia through CMR - Convention Management Resources. Hotel rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your room early to take advantage of special NECA 2023 hotel rates.

Register Here


Teksmed: Quick Care Platinum and 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.


Diagnostic Imaging Included:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan
  • Ultrasound


Specialists Included:

  • Cardiologist
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • General Surgeon
  • Orthopedic
  • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
  • Rheumatologist
  • Neurologist
  • Urologist


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.




For any questions and more information, please contact Tanya George at tgeorge@teksmed.com.


You can also access the webinar done on these benefits last year, here: https://bit.ly/Teksmed-ECAO-Benefits-Recording. In order to access the full recording please download the webinar.

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Contact: Ken Robertson or Nick Woodward

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