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Volume 2 | January 20, 2022
Mark your Calendars! 📅
Registration opens for ECAO- JEPP 2022 AGMs and Gala Night!
We are thrilled to announce that the Registration for ECAO- JEPP 2022 AGMs and Gala Night has opened! Book 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.

Fairmont Château Laurier is located in the center of downtown Ottawa and is minutes from its biggest attractions including The Parliament Buildings, Rideau Canal, ByWard Market, National Gallery of Canada, Shaw Center, and the National Arts Centre.

The theme this year for our Gala Night is Masquerade Ball. ECAO has also secured special discounts rates with Air Canada for the event.

Still Time to Register for Diversity and Inclusion Training

Check out this Important message from ECAO Executive Director, Graeme Aitken, ECAO Board of Director, Anthony Tofano and ECAO D&I Committee’s Co-Chair, Lena Singh!
It is still time to register for the ECAO sponsored Diversity and Training on January 26!

This training has been designed to address the unique challenges faced by electrical contractors on this very topical subject.

Leadership Surge Training: Empower U, will consist of workshops, webinars, videos, and independent activities, including an individualized assessment. The Live Kick-Off Session is next week, on January 26, 2022. This program is available for ECAO Members at no charge.

Zoom details will be provided closer to the event. Please reserve your calendars for January 26th, from 10 am to 12 noon EST.
Alex will expound on the following during the First Live Virtual Session:
  • Understanding the benefits of diversity and inclusion
  • Critical Factors for rolling out a successful Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative
  • The role of understanding personality in DEI
  • The importance of mitigating bias
  • Understanding Behavioral Change vs. Behavioral Range
  • Recognizing the challenges of change

Check out Alex Willis’ message for ECAO Partners and Members here:

Alex will also be our keynote speaker at our 2022 Annual General Meeting on May 18th.
ECAO Joins National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
“We are absolutely thrilled to be adding the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario as the latest International Chapter of NECA, which offers the single largest influx of new members that NECA has ever seen,” said David Long, NECA CEO. “I want to thank ECAO Executive Director Graeme Aitken, his exceptional staff, the ECAO board of directors, and the entire membership for believing in NECA and seeing the value that our membership provides, even outside the borders of the United States. This is going to be a long-lasting, fruitful partnership that will benefit both our current members, and the hundreds of new members joining our ranks this month. We are excited to have them aboard and we cannot wait to get started.”

ECAO Executive Director, Graeme Aitken states, “This new alliance with NECA is an amazing opportunity for ECAO electrical contractor members. NECA’s vast educational and training offerings along with their strong industry research capabilities will be an asset for our members. Unionized electrical contractors in both the U.S. and Ontario share many of the same industry challenges and we believe that working together with NECA will strengthen ECAO members in meeting these challenges. I would like to extend a sincere thank you to David Long and his team of professionals in welcoming us as their newest Chapter. I look forward to a long and productive relationship for years to come.”

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.

New COVID-19 guidance impacting workers and workplaces
On December 30, 2021, the Ministry of Health released interim guidance on testing and case, contact and outbreak management in response to the surge of Omicron in Ontario. At this time only specific subgroups of individuals with or without symptoms of COVID-19 are eligible for molecular testing (PCR and rapid molecular testing). An updated list of symptoms of COVID-19 is now being used to determine if an individual needs to self-isolate along with their household members. The duration of self-isolation has decreased to 5 to 10 days depending on age, vaccination, and health status. The document also includes specific guidance for highest risk settings. 

Emergency Child Care for Construction Workers  
Starting on January 10, 2022, the Ministry of Education is providing free emergency child care for frontline and critical workers including construction workers.

To confirm whether or not your family is eligible for access to emergency child care, please contact your local system manager. 

The Value of Skills Training in a Changing Sector
With the energy transformation in full swing, Canada’s electricity workforce is in the midst of change. The introduction of new technologies, the scaling up of others, and the increased demand for a decarbonized power grid mean that the workforce must be able to respond with agility like never before.
In this context, continuous learning is key to ensure that employees have the ability to adapt quickly and meet the changing needs of the business. With a tight labour market in Canada employers are even more conscious of the need to retain staff, and supporting their professional development demonstrates that the employer is invested in them.

Important Survey about Women in Trades
Ontario Building and Construction Tradeswomen (OBCT) is conducting a survey to gain a better understanding of views regarding women working in the building and construction industry. By gaining insight from employers, contractors, union officers, union organizers, hiring managers and other workers in a supervisory role, this survey will help the OBCT advocate for meaningful changes to support and retain tradeswomen in Ontario’s construction industry. OBCT is affiliated with the Ontario Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council.

We encourage you to please complete the survey here: Click Here
4S Consulting Services -Key Challenges in Transitioning to COR 2020
Our Associate Member, 4S Consulting Services Inc. is hosting a free webinar on Jan 27, 2022, exclusively for ECAO COR-in-progress membership. 
As a COR-in-progress employer or someone exploring COR, learn more about the key challenges to transition to COR 2020 from an IHSA External COR Auditor and experienced OHS consultant supporting over 95 businesses in Ontario, including general contractors, in achieving and maintaining COR as well as in transitioning to COR 2020.
Jan 27, 2022 | 10:00am to 11:30am EST | Virtual Webinar

Talking Points:
  • Provide a detailed overview of the key challenges to transition to each of the 14 elements for COR 2020 
  • Share best practices and possible methods to address those challenges

Adjudication – It’s Not as Complicated as You Think!
Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 03:00 PM
The prompt payment and adjudication provisions of the new Construction Act took effect more than two years ago, to date only about 100 adjudications have been initiated.

ODACC (Ontario Dispute Adjudication for Construction Contracts) is the Authorized Nominating Authority appointed to administer and oversee adjudication of all construction disputes in the province. No matter what the dollar amount involved, the process can be simple and quick.

Facilitator Ted Dreyer of Madorin, Snyder LLP and Chair of the GVCA, and panellists Dan Leduc, a lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and board member of the Ottawa Construction Association, and Elise Teitler, a lawyer and Project Manager with ODACC, will explain it all.

EB 2022 PowerCon
EBPowerCon engages with subject matter experts—one-on-one and via panel discussion—to shed light on trends and technologies so as to empower electrical professionals with knowledge and insight into markets and opportunities.
Featuring 3 special Extravaganza Days, EBPowerCon is OPEN 24/7 for 6 weeks—January 17 to February 25—giving everyone ample opportunity to check out the Sessions and our Valued Supporters. 

To learn more about joining our Sponsors or our Exhibit Hall, contact Jennifer at
NETCO 2022 Conference
Registration is now open for NETCO 2022 Cost to Coast Conference.

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.