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Volume 05 | March 08, 2023


Have you Registered for ECAO 2023 Annual General Meeting

June 01 & 02, 2023

Have you registered for our upcoming AGM? This year we are taking you to see one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Toronto at Four Seasons, Yorkville. A city so diverse and welcoming, Summer is when Toronto comes out to play! 

To REGISTER Click Here!

We have included a line-up of educational sessions along with Speakers and a Panel. The full program can be found on the Event Website. The Gala will have a “Back to the 80s Night” theme. Building on the success we had in previous years with our 70s, Great Gatsby, and Masquerade Ball theme, we are encouraging attendees to dress the part this year as well! ECAO has also secured special discount rates with Air Canada and guest rooms at the Four Seasons. We are also thrilled to share with you that we have exclusive use of the full event floor during our AGM this year.


Sponsorship Opportunities

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Call for New Members: ECAO Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

We are thrilled to announce ECAO Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee is looking for new members. The primary purpose of this Committee is to advise, educate, and provide resources to ECAO members. We want to encourage them to apply a diversity and inclusion lens to their policies, programs, and practices.

Our vision is to Seek Diversity, Create Inclusion and Drive Accountability.

Committee members must be an ECAO member or member representative who understands the impacts of racism and systemic discrimination on marginalized people and meet the following general qualifications:

  • have demonstrated knowledge around diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • be able to build meaningful relationships and connections within the industry

If you are interested in joining this Committee and meet the above-noted criteria, please complete the attached Application Form and send it to kahluwalia@ecao.org.

Apply for ECAO D.J.B. Wright Award

It is that time of year again when we look to celebrate one of our own for their significant contributions to the ECAO and the electrical contracting industry.

Past recipients were recognized for their commitment to the work of giving back of their own time by volunteering on numerous industry committees and contributing to their respective local communities.

If you wish to honour one of your members, please take a look at the attached 2023 application or please let me know if I can help you in pulling together an application for someone you feel is eligible for this prestigious award.

ECAO will be honouring the 2023 recipient in-person at our ECAO Annual General Meeting in Toronto on June 02nd. The due date to submit the application is April 05, 2023.

Please raise this at your next local ECA meeting and discuss possible candidates for the DJB Wright Award. For reference past recipients are below:

  • Robert Ritzmann, Alltrade Industrial Contractors Inc. (2022)
  • Brad Vollmer, Vollmer Inc. (2021)
  • Fred Black, Adcoa Holding Inc. (2020)
  • Bill McKee, Carleton Electric Ltd. (2018)
  • John Wright, Ontario Electrical Construction Co. Ltd. (2017)
  • Ove Bakmand, Net Electric (2016)
  • Dan Lancia, Holaco Installations Limited (2015)
  • Garry Fitzpatrick, Fitzpatrick Electrical Contractor Inc. (2013)

It is not often we can celebrate our members' contributions, but this is one time we can. Thank you for your consideration.

Download Application

Happy International Women's Day!

"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish"- Michelle Obama

Meet Women of ECAO


NECA 2023 Project Excellence Awards

The NECA Project Excellence Awards were created to recognize member companies for their outstanding commitment, professionalism and ingenuity in delivering an electrical project across 13 different market sectors! We want to see the innovative and cutting-edge projects that your company completed in 2022. Get a chance to be celebrated on stage at our annual convention in September where the PEA awards will be presented!


The 13 different categories are:

  • Commercial/Institutional
  • Design-Build
  • Educational
  • Energy Solutions/Green Building
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Low Voltage/Technology
  • Overhead Transmission
  • Residential
  • Street Lighting/Traffic Signal
  • Substation/Interconnection
  • Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Electric Vehicle (EV)

The deadline to submit is June 30, 2023. Applications submitted must be based on projects completed in 2022. View more information and rules here.


Infrastructure Health and Safety Association

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NECA Safety Professionals Conference

May 24 - 26, 2023

Renaissance Nashville Hotel

Nashville, TN

NECA Safety Professionals Conference (NSPC) is open to all NECA Members, IBEW and the electrical training Alliance! Attendees will experience three days of keynotes and breakout sessions from industry leaders and safety experts. Educational tracks include: Inside Electrical Construction, Leadership, NFPA 70E & Electrical Construction, Safety Management Regulations and Safety Management Risks. There will also be an exhibit hall with all the latest safety knowledge and gear with plenty of networking opportunities!

Learn More and Register Here


Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) Administrative Penalties

As of April 1st, 2023, the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) will have the regulatory authority to issue Administrative Penalties. This authority is an important step forward in our efforts to address illegal and unsafe electrical installations across the province. 

Here are some quick facts:

  • What are Administrative Penalties? They are an Order to pay a financial penalty for non-compliance with a specified requirement of the Electricity Act or its Regulations. 
  • Who Could Get an Administrative Penalty? ESA will use these penalties as an additional tool to address the underground economy. Where appropriate, the penalties will also be part of our escalation response for other types of non-compliance.
  • How is ESA Addressing Non-Compliances Now? Currently, ESA addresses non-compliance through tools such as provincial prosecutions, licence suspension, licence terms and conditions, warning letters, defects and other administrative actions. Administrative penalties will be used in addition to these tools and may replace them, in instances where a penalty is a more appropriate response.
  • Who Will Issue Administrative Penalties? They will be issued by way of an Order by either a General Manager or the Director of Licensing. They will not be handed out by our inspectors. 
  • How much are the Penalties? Each penalty can be up to $10,000 per infraction. There can, however, be multiple penalties per infraction. For example, someone who is outfitting a commercial space and installs lighting without an electrical contractor licence and a notification for the work could have two administrative penalties issued against them.
  • What Contraventions may be Subject to a Penalty? Examples of contraventions for which ESA can issue an Administrative Penalty include: conducting electrical work without a licence, advertising electrical services without a licence, repeated failure to comply with licencing requirements, working without filing a notification (permit) with ESA, and hiring or sub-contracting an unlicensed contractor.

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CBTU- IN The Trades

Investing in the Future of Unionized Skilled Trades

In The Trades provides financial and training incentives for unionized Canadian contractors who hire, onboard, train and retain skilled trades, first-year apprentices.

About the Program

Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) created the In The Trades apprenticeship program to support unionized contractors in Canada by providing financial incentives to hire and effectively onboard and retain first-year apprentices.

Contractors can receive $5,000 for new first-year apprentices and $10,000 for onboarding equity-deserving apprentices.

Apply Now For Funding

If you would like to Learn More, Register Here for the Webinar

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions Here

ESA Releases Podcast Episode on Remote Inspections

ESA wants Licensed Electrical Contractors to be able to spend less time with inspections and more time focusing on their business. That’s why it is developing a brand new app for remote inspections to maximize contractors’ time and create a more efficient way to conduct low-risk inspections in a timely fashion.


Eric Kingston, ESA Vice President of Operations, said the development of the online platform will simplify the remote inspection process for licence holders. “It provides us a more efficient way to conduct low-risk inspections particularly in low-risk areas,” he said.


This tool will be particularly important for inspections with a low risk rating. When Licensed Electrical Contractors are operating in more remote areas, it can streamline the process and bring better turnaround times for the public.


In this episode, Kingston sits down with host Karen Ras to help review the in’s and out’s of remote inspections, along with other service improvements such as our new inspector mapping tool and ESA online services platform.


You can listen to the episode here and subscribe to all episodes on Apple, Spotify, Amazon or Google.


If you have any feedback, or a topic or technical question you would like addressed in a future episode, please email ESA at podcast@esasafe.com


MWG Apparel

MWG specializes in the technical design, development and manufacturing of flame and arc-resistant safety apparel. MWG has developed proprietary fabric blends and functional designs to provide enhanced safety and comfort to professionals in the Electrical Generation and Transmission and Construction Industries.

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Teksmed Health Services for ECAO Members

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.

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.

For more information about Moneris, visit Moneris.com/Associations.

Rate Sheet for ECAO Members

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