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Volume 04 | February 22, 2023


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.

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

Register for ECAO 2023 Annual General Meeting

June 01 & 02, 2023

We are thrilled to announce the dates and details for ECAO 2023 AGM. Please Reserve your Calendars for June 01st and 02nd, 2023. 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 “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

Click Here for Sponsorship Opportunities.


**Deadline Approaching** Apply for ECAO Safety Awards!

Apply for the ECAO R.H Carroll safety Awards if you haven't already!

To recognize the Safety and Health Week (May 1-6, 2023), we have moved the ECAO R.H Carroll Safety Awards to May instead of September. The event will be held in person and will start around 10 am to 12 noon EST. More details will be released soon!

The ECAO Hugh Carroll Safety Awards recognizes ECAO members who strive to put safety first in their day-to-day operations. The award was first launched in 2000 to recognize the significant contribution ECAO member, R. Hugh Carroll made in the field of health and safety in the electrical contracting industry. 

Full detailed answers to application questions will ensure consideration of all the available information in the scoring process, giving your company the best chance of success in the evaluation process. The due date to submit the application is February 28, 2023.

Apply Now!

Apply for ECAO Douglas 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

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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COCA 2022 Year in Review

Inside the 2022 Year in Review, you will find:

  • Message from COCA Chair Romeo Milano
  • Message from COCA President Ian Cunningham
  • A review of COCA’s advocacy efforts in 2022
  • Profiles of COCA members
  • A look back at the 2022 Awards recipients

Read Here

Naloxone in the workplace

Find out if you are required to have a naloxone kit at your workplace, get a kit for free and training on how to use it.

Free naloxone training and kits

Starting December 2022, Ontario’s Workplace Naloxone Program is providing support to employers who are required to comply with the naloxone requirements in the Occupational Health and Safety Act by providing free naloxone training for up to two workers per workplace and/or one free nasal spray naloxone kit per workplace.

Employers can visit the following participating program providers for more information on how to access free naloxone training and kits:

Learn More


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


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

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