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Volume 06 | March 22, 2023


Call for New Members: ECAO Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

We are thrilled to announce ECAO Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee is looking for new members. The primary purpose of this Committee is to advise, educate, and provide resources to ECAO members. We want to encourage them to apply a diversity and inclusion lens to their policies, programs, and practices.

Our vision is to Seek Diversity, Create Inclusion and Drive Accountability.

Committee members must be an ECAO member or member representative who understands the impacts of racism and systemic discrimination on marginalized people and meet the following general qualifications:

  • have demonstrated knowledge around diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • be able to build meaningful relationships and connections within the industry

If you are interested in joining this Committee and meet the above-noted criteria, please complete the attached Application Form and send it to kahluwalia@ecao.org.

*Reaching Full Capacity*

Register for ECAO 2023 Back to the 80s Night on June 02nd if you haven't already!

Have you registered for our upcoming AGM? 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 a “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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*Deadline Approaching* Apply for ECAO D.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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Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) Administrative Penalties

As of April 1st, 2023, the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) will have the regulatory authority to issue Administrative Penalties. This authority is an important step forward in our efforts to address illegal and unsafe electrical installations across the province. 

Here are some quick facts:

  • What are Administrative Penalties? They are an Order to pay a financial penalty for non-compliance with a specified requirement of the Electricity Act or its Regulations. 
  • Who Could Get an Administrative Penalty? ESA will use these penalties as an additional tool to address the underground economy. Where appropriate, the penalties will also be part of our escalation response for other types of non-compliance.
  • How is ESA Addressing Non-Compliances Now? Currently, ESA addresses non-compliance through tools such as provincial prosecutions, licence suspension, licence terms and conditions, warning letters, defects and other administrative actions. Administrative penalties will be used in addition to these tools and may replace them, in instances where a penalty is a more appropriate response.
  • Who Will Issue Administrative Penalties? They will be issued by way of an Order by either a General Manager or the Director of Licensing. They will not be handed out by our inspectors. 
  • How much are the Penalties? Each penalty can be up to $10,000 per infraction. There can, however, be multiple penalties per infraction. For example, someone who is outfitting a commercial space and installs lighting without an electrical contractor licence and a notification for the work could have two administrative penalties issued against them.
  • What Contraventions may be Subject to a Penalty? Examples of contraventions for which ESA can issue an Administrative Penalty include: conducting electrical work without a licence, advertising electrical services without a licence, repeated failure to comply with licencing requirements, working without filing a notification (permit) with ESA, and hiring or sub-contracting an unlicensed contractor.

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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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Hygiene on Construction Sites - Inspection Blitz is on

As mentioned previously, The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training, and Skills Development (MLITSD) has established a heightened focus on hygiene requirements on construction sites which is now accompanied with a month-long inspection blitz.

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), employers, owners, constructors, and supervisors are legally required to protect the health and safety of workers, which includes protecting them from infectious diseases due to inadequate sanitation. We are certain you are in compliance or beyond, however, we would like to ensure all our contractor members are reminded of the legal requirements for sanitary conditions on construction sites. Please take a pause for a safety moment and re-establish a commitment to a clean worksite, including facilities for workers to clean themselves, contributing to improving sanitation issues and preventing the spread of infectious diseases in the workplace.

Read Here the full IHSA Notice

Ontario Requiring Cleaner Washrooms on Construction Sites

Changes will require women’s-only washrooms and make the skilled trades more accessible for everyone

The Ontario government is working for workers by making washrooms on construction sites private, clean and safe. There are nearly 600,000 construction workers in Ontario, but only one in 10 are women. These changes, if approved, would make the skilled trades more accessible to women by ensuring they have access to at least one women’s-only washroom on jobsites and properly fitting equipment such as uniforms, boots and safety harnesses.

“Access to a washroom is a basic human dignity and something every worker should have the right to,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “Careers in construction offer six-figure salaries with pensions and benefits, and it is an injustice only 10 percent of them are filled by women. Under the leadership of Premier Ford, our government will continue to stand with these heroes. Everyone has the right to a safe and welcoming workplace.”

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Prompt Payment and Adjudication: COCA

Delayed payment is a critical issue in our industry, and the prompt payment and adjudication rules in the Construction Act are the solution. Raising awareness and educating your members will help make timely payment the norm. 


Please access the marketing tools developed for you on COCA’s Shared Files ServerThese assets include an introductory word document, website banner, newsletter banner, social media posts and graphics. They will help you inform your members about the prompt payment and adjudication processes that ensure timely payment that came into force over three years ago. 


Thank you for your cooperation and support in this matter. By working together, we can make timely payment the norm in the construction industry and free up funds to grow the business!

IHSA 2-Minute News

  • IHSA Safety Talk: Diesel exhaust
  • Last call: Join IHSA for the Health and Safety Management Systems Conference
  • Hygiene on construction sites
  • IHSA COR® Podcast a great resource

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🔌 Power Up Your Electrical Safety Knowledge at NSPC - Register Now!

May 24 - 26, 2023

Renaissance Nashville Hotel

Nashville, TN

Join ECAO as we are presenting at the NECA Safety Professionals Conference on May 26th at 9:30 am, on Inclusion and Diversity in Health and Safety

The ultimate goal of electrical safety plans is to create a safe working environment for employees and everyone involved in the project. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI&B) is an area that has been lacking in most plans as it impacts mental health and safety within our workforce. This session aims to change the norms of health and safety through DEI&B cultural lenses. Ensure employees know the importance of and are trained in DEI&B incorporation regardless of culture, gender, ethnicity, birthplace and other differences that could impact health.

NECA Safety Professionals Conference (NSPC) is open to all NECA Members, IBEW and the electrical training Alliance! Attendees will experience three days of keynotes and breakout sessions from industry leaders and safety experts. Educational tracks include: Inside Electrical Construction, Leadership, NFPA 70E & Electrical Construction, Safety Management Regulations and Safety Management Risks. There will also be an exhibit hall with all the latest safety knowledge and gear with plenty of networking opportunities!

Learn More and Register Here

NECA 2023 Project Excellence Awards

The NECA Project Excellence Awards were created to recognize member companies for their outstanding commitment, professionalism and ingenuity in delivering an electrical project across 13 different market sectors! We want to see the innovative and cutting-edge projects that your company completed in 2022. Get a chance to be celebrated on stage at our annual convention in September where the PEA awards will be presented!


The 13 different categories are:

  • Commercial/Institutional
  • Design-Build
  • Educational
  • Energy Solutions/Green Building
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Low Voltage/Technology
  • Overhead Transmission
  • Residential
  • Street Lighting/Traffic Signal
  • Substation/Interconnection
  • Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Electric Vehicle (EV)

The deadline to submit is June 30, 2023. Applications submitted must be based on projects completed in 2022. View more information and rules here.


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