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Volume 14 | July 22, 2021
Free Certi-Fire Training for IBEW Members!
The ECAO & IBEW CCO are offering a limited-time opportunity of FREE Certi-Fire Fire Alarm & Protection Certification tuition for IBEW Members. Increase your skills and career opportunities in the fire alarm system sector.
This one-time offer of free Certi-Fire Training for IBEW Members!

Have you downloaded our ECAO Mobile App?
**** Some sensitive information can only be accessed by ECAO Contractor Members; therefore, they are required to create an account on the app. Affiliate and Industry Partners can access the app without creating an account. Please press SKIP to access the app. 

Creating an account is easy- here is how it works:

  1. Open the app and click on Sign Up or simply Create an account.
  2. Enter your E-mail ID and Password.
  3. Wait for ECAO to approve your account. This can take up to 24 hours.
  4. Once your account is approved, you will receive an e-mail on your registered e-mail id, and you are good to go!
  5. Don't forget to Sign In and not Sign up or create an account once you are approved.
  6. If you forget your password, click on ‘Forget Password’ and we will send you a new one.
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ECAO/OEL Survey on ESA Permit Process
ECAO and OEL are working on obtaining more contractor experiences with the ESA permit system. While ESA conducts their own surveys, we believe our ECAO/OEL independent survey may be useful in identifying some key issues to be addressed with ESA in the future.

The survey is being conducted by an independent consultant and all answers are anonymous and confidential.

Please take the time to complete the survey by Clicking Here
Pan-Canadian Electrical Contracting Licensing and Regulations- 2nd Edition
Netco was commissioned by Provincial Electrical Contractors Associations across Canada to analyzes the licensing processes of electrical contractors in each jurisdiction across the country.
The report breaks down the basic licensing requirements, regulations & standards, and enforcement & inspection practices in each jurisdiction. The report provides potential solutions and recommendations on how to standardize and harmonize between jurisdictions.
From this, the
The report states that Ontario has some of the most robust licensing regulations, standards, enforcement, and inspections; with stringent regulations for electrical contractors through the “Standards of Conduct”.
Where the concerns and issues lie in Ontario are not with licensing requirements nor
regulations & standards. Rather, Ontario’s issue lies with their designated third-party authority,
the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). The ESA is an organization established through provincial
legislation as a third-party, financially independent institution in charge of administering the
Electrical Code, licensing, enforcement, and inspections. 

Ontario Helping Small Businesses Establish Online Presence
Government’s investment will help businesses expand their digital presence and market their services online

Toronto — The Ontario government is investing $10 million towards the Digital Main Street program for 2021-22 to help over 13,000 small businesses expand their digital presence and market their services online. As businesses enter Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen, the renewed program will provide small businesses with $2,500 grants, technical training, and digital resources to help them reach more customers in person and online, positioning them for a stronger recovery.

Eligible businesses are as follows:
  • Has a permanent 'brick-and-mortar' establishment in Ontario
  • Is employing 1-50 employees
  • Has not received a DTG previously
  • Is paying commercial property tax (commercially assessed), either directly or through commercial rent
  • Is a registered business in Ontario and/or is incorporated
  • Is open for business/operating at the time of application (not a start-up)
  • Is NOT a business supplying digital services to other businesses (e.g. website design/development, SEO, programming)
  • Is NOT a franchise, including those individually owned and operated
  • Is NOT a not-for-profit/ charitable organization
  • Is NOT renting office space on a temporary basis (month-to-month)
  • Is NOT in a shared workspace such as a hot desk or dedicated desk
  • Is NOT a purely online business

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COCA's monthly Newsletter
You’re invited to Alltrade’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament 2021 in support of Lifesong for Orphans Canada
Tuesday, September 09, 2021

The tournament will be held at the Royal Ontario Golf Club in Milton, Ontario; on September 9, 2021. If you are interested in playing and/or sponsoring, please see the brochure attached for more details and sponsorship opportunities. We are also accepting donated prizes for the silent auction and raffle draw. This is a great way to increase the visibility of your company’s brand and support a worthy cause. It is also an opportunity to network with others in the industry while having some much-deserved, and long-awaited fun! 

A little about Lifesong for Orphans Canada

Lifesong for Orphans Canada oversees the Lifesong Harmony School in Kitwe, Zambia. Its goal is to provide quality education to students and provide them with the tools to transition into adult living. Students attend from pre-school to grade 12, with 650 students currently attending the school. At the beginning of each year, 50-60 new students enter pre-school. As they near the end of their secondary school enrollment, the students have the option to pursue post-academic studies or learn a trade at the new Lifesong Vocational & Technical Centre (LVTC). To learn more about Lifesong’s sponsorship program, please visit the Child Sponsorship page.

Canadian Construction Association (CCA) Industry Summit
September 16, 2021

You’re invited to the free CCA Members Industry Summit

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is hosting an exclusive event for members and partner association leaders and staff from across Canada, representing all segments of the construction industry. The CCA Members Industry Summit, taking place September 16, 2021, is a unique opportunity to engage with CCA’s Board of Directors and other industry leaders in a free, half-day virtual event and...

EFC Annual Industry Conference 2021 (online)
September 22 - September 23, 2021| Toronto (online)

Electro-Federation Canada will host this year’s annual conference online, September 22-23, 2021, thereby ensuring the safety of all its members while providing easier access for more member employees.