To ensure that you always receive these messages, please add and to your Safe Senders List. Click Here for Tutorial
Volume 4 | February 25, 2022
ECAO- JEPP 2022 AGMs and Gala Night
Sponsorship Opportunities
We are thrilled to announce that the Registration for ECAO- JEPP 2022 AGMs and Gala Night has opened! We are so excited to meet everyone back in-person! Just like 2019, this year ECAO is again partnering with our industry partners from the Joint Electrical Promotional Plan (JEPP) with the objective of bringing more ECAO members together to better understand how JEPP initiatives promote our industry.

Reserve your calendars for May 18-19, 2022. This year we are taking to you see Canada’s beautiful capital city, Ottawa at Fairmont Château Laurier. The theme this year for our Gala Night is Masquerade BallECAO has also secured special discounts rates with Air Canada for the event.

The Annual General Meeting for ECAO is on May 18th, which is open to only ECAO Members and JEPP Annual General Meeting is on May 19th, which is open to all members!
Sponsorship Opportunities
There are a lot of Sponsorship opportunities available! Please Click Here .

For your safety and the safety of our guests, we will be implementing measures to make sure everyone is comfortable, and this event is safe for everyone. We will be communicating those in upcoming weeks.
Provincial Bargaining Agreement Achieved
The Electrical Trade Bargaining Agency (ETBA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and IBEW Construction Council of Ontario (IBEW CCO) concluded provincial bargaining on February 17, 2022. 
As the legal representative of the ECAO in all matters relevant to labour negotiations in Ontario, the ETBA and its representatives had been preparing for bargaining since late 2020. Joint Proposal (no strike, no lockout agreement) discussions began with the IBEW CCO in December 2020 and an agreed-upon Joint Proposal was signed on May 31, 2021. There were three (3) phases of this round of negotiations. Local bargaining took place from November 2021 to January 2022 across the Province. Early February was when bargaining for Line (Yellow Pages) and Communications (Green Pages) took place. Finally, the week of February 14 saw the provincial agreement (Blue Pages) negotiated.
Significant changes were made, including increased mobility, permitting mobilized workers to receive clearance electronically, expanded scope for Communications work, recognition of the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation as a holiday, and eleven wage schedules in the linework agreement.
ECAO Members are encouraged to contact their local electrical contractors association for more details on their local agreement. Contact Jodi Travers at ECAO for details on changes to the other sections of the Principal Agreement.
ECAO 2022 Annual Industry Conference
September 17/18- 24, 2022
Register for the ECAO 2022 Annual Industry Conference in Prague from September 17/18 to September 24, 2022.

CLICK HERE to view the Program of Events.

Kamakshi Ahluwalia, Coordinator of the ECAO’s D&I Advisory Committee would like to acknowledge their first year of success.

ECAO’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee was created in January 2021 to advise, educate, and provide resources to ECAO members. Our Vision is to Seek Diversity, Create Inclusion and Drive Accountability.

To assist and educate our member companies and their employees on what racism is, how to recognize it on construction sites, and how to eliminate it for the good of all, we’re kicking off a yearlong engagement with Leadership Surge, a growing force in corporate training and development with a tailored approach called EMPOWER U for the construction and subcontracting trade industries. Led by Alex Willis, Leadership Surge delivers high-energy, highly effective services and programs that positively impact organizational culture. Alex will be diving into topics about trust, respect, overcoming judgement, compassion and empathy. Training will consist of workshops, webinars, videos, and independent activities, including an individualized assessment. 

ECAO and the D&I Committee have also partnered with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI). CCDI is a made-in-Canada solutions designed to help employers, diversity and inclusion/human rights/equity, and human resources practitioners effectively address the full picture of diversity, equity and inclusion within the workplace. 

Although the Committee does not have oversight on board diversity, in order to gain some insight into the diversity of the ECAO and ECA Boards, we sent out a survey in June 2021.

The Committee also requested ETBA and the IBEW-CCO to review and replace all gender-specific language in the Principal Agreement with appropriate gender-neutral language. The committee also suggested to add language in the Principal Agreement, addressing discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

The requests have been approved by both parties! This small change can potentially make a significant impact in the industry!
Diversity & Inclusion Column
Black History Month

February marks Black History Month. Let's celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.
Anti- Racism Toolbox Talk

Racist actions, activities, tones, or remarks have no place in Ontario workplaces including construction sites!

Not only does the ECAO have a zero-tolerance for any form of racism or intimidation; we are taking our responsibility to stand up and be actively anti-racist in policy and action.

To assist and educate our member companies and their employees on what racism is, how to recognize it on construction sites, and how to eliminate it for the good of all; we have developed the toolbox talks and accompanying poster.

Please take the time to have the discussion clearly communicating that racism is unacceptable in your company and on your worksite and get a commitment from workers to “See it, Say it, Stop it”.

Please print and post the poster to reinforce our message to all workers, contractors, and visitors: racism of any kind will not be tolerated.


ECAO Awards
Save the Date for R. Hugh Carroll Safety Awards
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.

Prior to submitting an application, we encourage applicants to review the points below:

  • A 3-person panel will review each application and score each answer out of ten (10). The median of the three (3) scores will be the final question score.

  • Ensure that all questions have been answered. Unanswered questions will result in a 0/10 score for the question and effect the overall application score.

  • Best possible scores will be achieved where questions are answered thoroughly, including the detail required to allow the panel to understand the efforts.
  • Fully complete the accident statistics section.

  • For companies engaged in a health and safety management system, continuous improvement process, or have been audited by an accredited third-party health and safety provider, ensure that it is indicated on the application.

Typically, this event was done during our Annual General Meeting, however, in 2021 we launched it as an exclusive event! Once again, we are excited to recognize members who are working diligently to ensure safe working conditions. These efforts result in fewer injures, improved morale, better business performance and continue to show that we are leaders in health and safety. This year, Dr. Joel Moody, Chief Prevention Officer of Ontario will be joining us as our Keynote Speaker.

For any queries, please contact Adam at
D.J.B Wright Award 2022 Application
It is that time of year again where 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 the giving back of their own time to volunteer on numerous industry committees and contributions to their respective local communities.
If you wish to honour one of your members, please fill the 2022 application or reach out to Cathy and she would be more than pleased to help you fill in application for someone you feel is deserving of this award.

This year we are hopeful that we can resume an in-person ECAO Annual General Meeting in Ottawa on May 18th and we would like to honour the 2022 recipient at this event.
Please raise this at your next local ECA meeting and discuss possible candidates for the DJB Wright Award. For reference past recipients are below:

  • Brad Vollmer, Vollmer Inc. (2021)
  • Fred Black, Adcoa Holding Inc. (2020)
  • Bill McKee, Carleton Electric Ltd. (2018)
  • John Wright, Stratford (2017)
  • Ove Bakmand, Net Electric (2016)
  • Dan Lancia, Holaco Installations Limited (2015)
  • Garry Fitzpatrick, Fitzpatrick Electrical Contractor Inc. (2013)
  • George Docherty, Guild Electric Ltd. (2010)
Let me know if I can be of any help in pulling together an application for someone you feel is eligible for this prestigious award.
It is not often we can celebrate our members contributions, but this is one time we can.
COCA Year in Review
Skills Ontario: International Women's Day 2022 Conference
NETCO 2022 Conference
Energize and Educate EAST COAST STYLE! 

Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 27-28, 2022! 
In Person Conference

The Atlantica Hotel Halifax, NS

OCS State of the Industry & Outlook Conference 2022
Hold the Date!
The Ontario Construction Secretariat will host its 22nd Annual State of the Industry & Outlook Conference on Thursday, March 3, 2022. Stay informed with up-to-date information by checking the events page of our website.