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Volume 9 | May 05, 2022

ECAO NEWS
Thank you to our Sponsors!

ECAO is grateful for all the support our Industry Partners have extended in sponsoring our upcoming ECAO-JEPP AGMs and Gala Night in Ottawa. A huge shout out to:


  • Electrical Contractors Association of Ottawa (ECA Ottawa)
  • Federated Insurance
  • Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)
  • RS Breakers & Controls
  • Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS)
  • Rubicon Strategy
  • Mobilizz
  • The Home Depot
  • Electrical Contractors Association of Central Ontario (ECACO)
  • Teksmed
  • Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)
  • Graybar Canada
  • Thistle Printing
  • Noramco
  • Mobilizz
  • Lakhani Campea LLP


We have a few spots left for the event. If you haven't registered, please Register Here.

D&I Leadership Surge Training: 3rd Session
May 10th, 2022 | 10am-12noon

The third session for D&I Leadership Surge Training is on May 10th from 10 am to 12 noon EST. Registrants will receive the Zoom joining link on March 28th.


Course Description for Third Session


This workshop enables your organization to take on implicit and unconscious bias by outlining a practical organizing framework that helps participants on their journey "beyond bias." By participating in this training, participants will:

 

  • Understand the various biases that people exhibit
  • Explore social identities and how those interact with bias
  • Learn how to go beyond simple awareness of unconscious bias and discover specific actions to break the habit of biases and their negative consequences
  • Leverage talent and cultivate equity, diversity, and inclusion in a diverse and global workforce
  • Create an individual plan of action for each participant to overcome their specific bias challenges and contribute to a culture of greater authenticity and psychological safety at your organization


Register Here

ECAO-WSIB Health & Safety Excellence Program

As an employer in Ontario, you may have already heard of the WSIB’s Health and Safety Excellence Program (HSEP). The program encourages participating organizations to develop a robust and effective health and safety management system, and rewards successful businesses with a WSIB financial incentive.


Participants can receive a minimum of a $1000 rebate per topic, with a combined rebate total for all completed topics being 75% of their annual premiums. The maximum rebate a business can achieve for a single topic is $50,000. If a business achieves a rebate of $50,000 for each of their 5 topics, that’s $250,000 annually; a lot of money to be leaving on the table, if you’re not participating!


The ECAO will help guide your business through the requirements of the HSEP, and will lend you their experience, knowledge, and training to ensure that you are in the best position to succeed.


We would like to invite you to meet for an introductory 30 to 45 minute consultation, to discuss how the ECAO can help you achieve your health and safety goals – no commitment required.


Please reach out Adam at safety@ecao.org or 416-675-3226 to schedule your no-obligation meeting.

Register for ECAO 2022 Annual Industry Conference
September 18/19- 24, 2022
Conference Inclusions

  • 6 nights standard accommodation, September 18-24, 2022, inclusive of hotel taxes and service charges
  • Welcome Evening in the Hotel including Cocktail Reception, Dinner and Wine
  • Guided Historical Walking Tour of Old Town
  • 6 Full Breakfasts in the Hotel
  • 2 Half Day Business Sessions for ECAO Members & Affiliate Partners
  • 2 Partner Program Activities for Members’ Companions during the Business Sessions
  • Exclusive Group Dinner & Unlimited Wine & Beer at the Pilsner House
  • Exclusive Group Dinner at Mlynec Restaurant, including wine and Open Bar
  • ECAO Networking Lounge x 3 evenings
  • ECAO 1-hour Farewell Cocktail Reception including Canapes and Open Bar

CLICK HERE to view the Program of Events.

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 acrapsi@ecao.org.
INDUSTRY NEWS

WSIB Surplus rebate for businesses

Eligible businesses will receive surplus rebates in April 2022, as our insurance fund now has a surplus greater than our necessary reserve due to strong operational, financial and investment management.


Our surplus allows for up to $1.5 billion in total to be rebated to eligible Schedule 1 businesses, recognizing the important role Ontario businesses play in funding our no-fault work-related injury and illness insurance system, while protecting our ability to help people who have suffered an injury or illness with a safe, timely and lasting recovery and return to work today and into the future.


We know that many Ontario businesses suffered greatly with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rebating surplus funds can help assist business’ post-pandemic recovery as well as support investments in health and safety, such as joining the Health and Safety Excellence program.


Check out the Eligibility criteria (updated April 25, 2022) Here

Electrical fires account for 20% of all fires in Canada

Twenty percent of all fires in Canada are electrical fires, causing significant amount of property damage and serious injuries.


What causes electrical fires? Many fires are the result of insufficient electrical maintenance, followed by incorrectly installed electrical components. As needs change, often new electrical equipment or motors are added which put additional strain on the system. Compounding this, electrical components deteriorate over time so it’s crucial to regularly inspect and maintain all electrical systems.


To help protect your members from devastating loss, Federated Insurance Canada has created this risk management resource on what system checks to perform along with fire prevention and safety tips.

Please feel free to share this resource with your members and let me know if you have any questions. If you’ll be sharing this resource, I’d love to know how you’ll be sharing it, whether through a newsletter, your website or other format.

NCS International Acquires Trans Canada Electro

Noramco is pleased to announce that NCS International Co. has acquired Trans Canada Electro and all its operating entities as of April 26th. Trans Canada Electro’s unique product offering will compliment NCS International Co.’s broad and diverse product line and help to expand our business in emerging market spaces.


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COCA 2022 Ontario Budget

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Most provinces reported gains – investment in building construction, February 2022

Investment in building construction increased 4.0% in February 2022, reaching $20.0 billion. Most provinces reported gains, with Quebec accounting for over 50% of the increase.


Investment in single-family homes rose 4.9% to $8.0 billion in February. Increases were posted in seven provinces, led by Ontario (+5.3%) and Quebec (+8.2%).


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INDUSTRY EVENTS

Working for Workers Act(s): What Construction Industry Employers Need to Know!

Don't miss this FREE webinar brought to you by L2B!

Wednesday, May 18th 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.


Recently, the Government of Ontario made several legislative changes to address issues in the modern workplace. These changes will have a direct impact on you.

The two primary pieces of legislation are Bill 27, the Working for Workers Act, 2021 and Bill 88, the Working for Workers Act, 2022.


Join legal experts Matthew P. Badrov and Jeremy Ambraska from Sherrard Kuzz LLP as they discuss: 

  • Disconnecting from Work: what are employers required to do and when?
  • Electronic Monitoring: what information is an employer required to give employees?
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act: naloxone kits, increased penalties, and other changes.
  • Non-Competition Agreements: are they on life-support?


Register Here

NECA 2022 Large Contractors Spring Meeting
MAY 10-12 2022

  • Grande Colonial Hotel
  • Location: La Jolla, CA
  • Contact: Wanessa Alves
  • Email: wa@necanet.org
  • Phone: 301-215-4532

CCDC Document Webinars

The Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) is pleased to inform you of our upcoming CCDC Document Webinars spring schedule.


CCDC 29 ‘A Guide to Pre-Qualification’ webinar, May 12

CCDC’s May webinar will be on CCDC 29 ‘A Guide to Pre-Qualification’. CCDC’s chair, Mark Mulholland, will walk you through the entire pre-qualification process, explaining both the purpose and application. He will recommend best practices to ensure contractors and service providers are qualified for projects, while maintaining adequate competition using an open, fair, and transparent process. This webinar will also review examples of advertisements, invitation letters, and evaluation forms. A successful project begins with choosing appropriately qualified providers, so we want to demystify the pre-qualification process.


CCDC 11 ‘Contractors Qualification Statement’ webinar, June 9

CCDC’s June webinar will be on CCDC 11 ‘Contractors Qualification Statement’. CCDC 11 is an industry standard form that is often used for pre-qualifying general contractors and trade contractors. It can be used as a part of, or as a sole document requested in the RFQ. The webinar will explain everything there is to know about CCDC 11, including the two new sections on insurance references, health, and safety. Join us to learn how to properly fill out the CCDC 11 forms, whether you are preparing or receiving the CCDC 11, you won’t want to miss this informative webinar.

NETCO 2022 Conference
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Energize and Educate EAST COAST STYLE! 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 27-28, 2022! 
In Person Conference

MEMBER BENEFITS

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

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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