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Volume 03 | February 08, 2023


Call for Volunteers – Early Adopters needed for FREE Business Tool for Contractors

As a membership perk, the ECAO is offering a custom business tool to our contractors – and before we can deploy it to all members, we are looking for a few member contractors from each local area to test the software and provide feedback!

What are we offering? A complementary database that: (1) lets you track your projects in one place, and (2) provides real-time high-level business insights.

Project data can be tracked and broken down in various ways including sector/market, location, local area, type of project, ballpark value and more. Furthermore, information specific to market recovery and stabilization can be captured including stab amount, terms, successful bidder, etc.

Who can see my data? You can share access with people within your company, and ECAO will be able to access reports from all information entered into the database. No confidential or identifying information will be shared.

How do I sign up for early access? Spots are limited - contact Jodi Travers at jtravers@ecao.org or Patryk Wrobel at pwrobel@ecao.org and tell us you’d like to volunteer. We are filling seats on a first-come, first-serve basis.

How do I learn more about this tool? Contact Patryk at pwrobel@ecao.org with any questions you may have.

When will it be available to all ECAO Contractor members? We’re expecting it to be available to all members by the end of Q1 this year. Stay tuned for details.

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

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Apply for ECAO Safety Awards!

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.

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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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Notifications and Inspections: What you Need to Know

If you're doing your own electrical work, make sure you know the rules. Almost all electrical work requires a permit from ESA.

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EHRC: A Career with Purpose – Apprentices Building Canada’s Reduced Carbon Future

In 2021, Canada joined 120+ other countries in committing to achieving net-zero emissions by year 2050 in an effort to “avert the worst impacts of climate change.” In a few words, that means either reducing or offsetting the economy’s greenhouse gas emissions through electrification, energy efficiency and clean technologies. This commitment, along with the changes in the electricity sector workforce composition, present a unique opportunity for young people who are looking for a career with purpose.

Industry Outlook

Currently, the electricity and clean technology sectors are facing significant difficulties regarding human resources. From a macro perspective, the low unemployment rate in Canada and exceptionally high job vacancies are indicative of a labour shortage in general. In addition, the sector’s pre-pandemic retirement rate, according to research undertaken by EHRC, a non-profit organization working to strengthen the ability of the Canadian electricity industry to meet the current and future needs of its workforce, is at almost 3%, or 1.5. times the national average for all industries. This number has likely increased due to the pandemic, although the exact impact is not yet determined.

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Native Women’s Association of Canada’s National Apprenticeships Program (NAP)

The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s National Apprenticeships Program (NAP) offers up to $20,000 in funding to hire Indigenous women, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people for apprenticeships in the Red Seal Trades. NWAC’s NAP is designed to build skills and address labour shortages across Canada.

Elevate your business practices by prioritizing diversity and reconciliation through inclusive hiring.

By participating in NWAC’s NAP your business will have access to:

  • $10,000 in funding for apprenticeship positions each year, for a maximum of $20,000 annually.
  • The NAP job board to connect directly with potential apprentices.
  • Resources for providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for Indigenous women, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people.

Your business is eligible for participation if it:

  • Has 499 or fewer paid employees.
  • Has the facilities and equipment to adequately transfer skills to the apprentice.
  • Can meet any regulations applying to your trade, such as wage rates and ratios.

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Teksmed Health Services for ECAO Members

TeksMed is excited to tell you about the newest benefits available to your employees, as part of your ECAO membership: QuikCare Platinum and QuikCare 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.

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.

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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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Far from your typical meeting, NECA NOW 2023 is a three-day Executive Leadership Conference focused on your professional and personal growth.

Where: JW Marriott Hill Country, San Antonio, Texas

When: NECA Now will be held Monday, April 17 – Thursday, April 20, 2023 and WINFL will be held Sunday, April 16 – Monday, April 17, 2023

Register for the convention and book your hotel in San Antonio 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 Now 2023 hotel rates.

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OCS 23rd Annual State of the Industry & Outlook Conference

The Ontario Construction Secretariat is hosting the 23rd Annual State of the Industry & Outlook Conference on March 2, 2023, at The International Centre in Mississauga. The informative and well-attended half-day conference is where Ontario’s ICI construction industry professionals gather to discuss economic indicators and give insight on where the construction industry is headed in the year to come.

We will hear from industry experts who will help stakeholders understand current market conditions as well as plan for the future. A few of our past keynote speakers include Stuart Bergman, David Frum, Steve Paikin, and Benjamin Tal. The full lineup of 2023 speakers will be announced soon. See you there!

Register Here

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