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Volume 20 | November 02, 2023


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Complimentary NECA Field Leadership Essentials Training

By Jay B. Jones, Field Representative, NECA Eastern Region

November 14, 2023

Forepersons play a vital role in projects, ensuring on-time, on-budget completion of the essential construction tasks driving Ontario's progress. They excel in managing time, resources, and personnel, while also tending to their team's physical and mental needs. Effective task delegation, motivation, and skill enhancement are all part of their leadership. NECA’s Field Leadership Essentials Program is a one-day, in-person field leadership development course designed specifically to meet the needs of electrical contractors.


This course focuses on the knowledge and skills that every field leader must learn to be an effective manager of people, time, equipment, and materials.

Date and Time: November 14, 2023 | 8 am to 4 pm EST.

Location: ECAO Office

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/ECAO-NECA-Field-Leaderhip

Target Audience

Anyone who is currently a field leader, in line to become a field leader, or wants to learn what it takes to be a field leader.

Course Structure

  • 1-day (6.5 hours of content plus 2 breaks and a lunch period)
  • In-person with a trained facilitator
  • Participant interactions every 5-10 minutes (not lecture-based)
  • Scenario-based activities make learning immediately applicable on the job site
  • Participants leave with a workbook to continue their learning and refer back to later

Overview of the Principal Agreement Webinar

By ECAO Labour Relations Manager, Jodi Travers

November 29, 2023

We’ve created a new course to provide attendees with a review of the Principal Agreement. It’s geared toward non-bargaining unit supervisors and staff who have not had a lot of experience with the Principal Agreement. The course will cover the following:

📚 Overview:

Dive into a structured breakdown of our Principal Agreement, reviewing each section to provide a clear understanding of its components.

🔍 Sectional Analysis:

Explore the main provisions in detail to understand their significance and impact.

📖 Reading and Interpretation:

Gain insights on how to effectively read, interpret, and apply sections and clauses within an agreement.

🔑 Management Rights:

Delve into the realm of management rights within the agreement. Uncover the scope, limitations, and implications of these rights, empowering you to navigate managerial responsibilities effectively.

🤝 Letters of Understanding:

Understand the significance and role of letters of understanding in the agreement. Explore their purpose, contents, and how they complement other sections and clauses.

Register Here

Exclusive Webinar: "An Introduction to Fire Alarm with Certi-Fire" for 309A Electricians

November 29, 2023

Join Certi-Fire's Exclusive Webinar: "An Introduction to Fire Alarm with Certi-Fire" for 309A Electricians.

Who Should Attend?

309A Electricians seeking to broaden their expertise.

Event Details:

Date: November 29th

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

Why Should You Attend?

Are you a 309A Electrician looking to expand your knowledge and skillset? Fire alarm systems play a critical role in the safety of buildings and understanding them is paramount for electricians. Our webinar offers a comprehensive overview of the fire alarm course and the benefits it provides you.

What You'll Learn:

  • Fundamentals of Fire Alarm Systems
  • Key Components and their Functions
  • Installation and Wiring Techniques
  • Testing, Troubleshooting, and Maintenance
  • Compliance with Fire Safety Standards

Why Choose Certi-Fire?

  • Endorsement by the Office of the Fire Marshal: Our courses meet the highest industry standards.
  • Experienced Instructors: Learn from experts with years of real-world experience.
  • Practical Insights: Gain valuable insights that can enhance your career.
  • Certification: Receive a Certi-Fire certificate of completion.

Register Now

Feel free to reach out to Vaishnavi at contactus@certifire.org if you have any questions or need further information. We look forward to your participation in this insightful webinar.

Registration Closing Soon: ECAO's 75th Anniversary

November 15, 2023

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, if you haven't already: 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.

Event Attire: Black Tie Optional

Remembrance Day

On November 11, we pause to remember and honour the brave people who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom and the values we hold dear. We stand united to pay our respects to our Canadian veterans, past and present.

Let's take a moment of silence on November 11 @ 11am to reflect on their courage, dedication, and selflessness. 🌺


EV ChargeON Grant: up to $1M per project

The Government has announced a new competitive grant that provides funding for the installation of public electric vehicle (EV) chargers in Ontario communities outside of major cities. The government’s goal is to increase the number of public EV charging stations, make charging stations more accessible, and encourage more people to switch to electric vehicles.

Contractors who operate in this market are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the funding available to their clients and potential clients by sharing this information with them.



Grant applicants must either be:

  • Current site owners, or
  • Have written approval from the owner or Band council to install and operate a charging station for a minimum of 5 years.

To receive funding, the EV charging stations must:

  • Be publicly accessible 24/7
  • Meet the minimally required port count, type, and connector requirements, and
  • Be installed in a community with a population of 170,000 or less, OR in any Indigenous community in Ontario.



The maximum amount of funding available per project is $1 million. Each site is considered 1 project.

There are two parameters that determine how much funding is available:

  • Per-project percentage cap – Businesses can claim up to 50% of the total project cost.


  • Per-technology level cap: Between $5,000 to $100,000 is available per port, with funding amounts proportional to the charger’s power output.

NOTE: The funding available for each project will be the lesser of the percentage, technology, or maximum cap.


Want to learn more about program requirements, location eligibility, funding breakdown, or the application process? CLICK HERE.

Attend the upcoming Webinar:

November 30, 2023 REGISTER HERE



The program is taking applications until January 31, 2024, 5PM EST.

NECA Electrical Contractor Essentials: Business and Field Operations Virtual Classroom

November 7-9, 2023 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Registration Fee: $375.00

There are several key business and field operations elements that every electrical contractor needs to know. Designed to help contractors professionalize their business operations, this program will cover essential elements of finance, legal issues, insurance, bonding, risk management, material management, productivity, and construction technology.

This session will be led by Tauhira Ali, NECA.

Course Length: 3 days

Continuing Education Hours: 6

Learn More and Register Here

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Ontario's workforce is our most valuable asset. As new technologies, globalization and shifting demographics rapidly change Ontario's economy, they alter the mix of available jobs and the skills people need to succeed in them. By building up education and training, we can maintain Ontario's competitive advantage, helping businesses and workers adapt to change and achieve their goals.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant Program

Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) provides opportunities for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.

  • Employers can get up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
  • The training has to be delivered by an eligible, third-party trainer.
  • Employers with 100 or more employees need to contribute 1/2 of the training costs. Small employers with less than 100 employees need to contribute 1/6 of training costs.
  • Most organizations acting as an intermediary are eligible for administrative funding equal to 15% of the government contribution.

If you're an employer with a particular skills demand, the Canada-Ontario Job Grant might be right for you. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Learn More and Apply Here

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