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Volume 14 | July 26, 2023


Last Chance to Apply for ECAO 2023 Scholarships!

*Deadline Date: 31st July*

It is that time of year again when we are reaching out to offer scholarships to post-secondary graduates for children or wards of salaried employees of ECAO Member Companies.


ECAO offers scholarships to post-secondary graduates for children or wards of salaried employees of ECAO Member Companies. The scholarship was launched in 2004 and awards 5 successful recipients with a scholarship of $5,000 each. In 2021 the ECAO Executive approved the increase to $5,000 in recognition of the cost-of-living increases especially for kids in school.


The scholarship will be awarded to outstanding students enrolling in a course leading to a University degree or Community College diploma. The award will be based on academic achievement in the previous academic year, however, academic achievement will not be the sole basis of review. Extracurricular activity, work experience, employment, application and supporting material, handwritten submission and course of study will also be an important aspect of selection. Preference will be given to those showing interest in the construction industry.


The submission deadline is July 31st, but this may be adjusted based on students’ ability to receive their academic records for 2022/2023.


Please take a look at the application form below along with details on the criteria required to submit an application.

Application Form


Please submit your applications to Kamakshi at kahluwalia@ecao.org directly.


Thank you and we look forward to the 2023 submissions.

ECAO 2023 Annual Industry Conference

When: September 17-21, 2023

Where: Mandarin oriental, Boston

Register: https://www.ecaoboston-2023.com/

The registration cut-off date is August 15, 2023.

Conference Inclusions

All group events outlined in the Conference Program of Events including the following:


  • 4-Nights accommodation at the 5-Star Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boston
  • 2 Group Dinners with Open Bar and Wine in the hotel
  • 3 Full Breakfasts in the hotel
  • 2 Companion Activities
  • Fenway Park Guided Tour
  • Welcome to Boston Private Group Historical Trolley Tour (6 Trolleys)
  • Half-Day Business Session with Coffee break Including guests Speaker: Josh Bone, Executive Director, ELECTRI International as well as NECA Boston Chapter, IBEW Local 103, NECA National and IBEW International
  • 1 Half-Day Optional Site Tours /Pre-Fabrication Warehouse / High Profile Job Site and/or Apprenticeship Training School Tour
  • 3 Hosted Afternoon Networking Cocktail Sessions
  • 4 Nightly Hosted Networking Cocktail Sessions

For Sponsorship Information, and, for any questions, please contact: Shelley Sparrow at shelley.sparrow@3inc.ca or 647-505-1296.

ECAO’s Project Database: Track Your Electrical Jobs!

*For ECAO Contractor Members Only*

ECAO is proud to announce the official release of ECAO’s Project Database, our FREE, secure, and confidential system that allows ECAO members to quickly upload and track electrical jobs performed in Ontario.


Why did we develop this database?

  • Better business footprint picture – We want to provide you with a clearer picture of the projects you have bid on, while also gathering that information ourselves from across the province to assess the competitiveness of our members. Although you will only have access to your information, you will see a high-level comparison with other contractors, such as percentage of job wins and losses.
  • Create value for membership – Regardless of your company’s size, this system can act as a reliable source of project information, supplement existing reporting mechanisms, or act as a business development tool. You can download all the information you enter and create your own reports. There’s something for everyone!


What will the ECAO do with the information collected?

ECAO will compile all the information obtained and share various anonymous reports with the Electrical Trade Bargaining Agency (ETBA) and our local ECAs. The ECAO will also periodically share tailored (and again, anonymous) insights through our “You Ought to Know” newsletter to our members.


All project information entered into the system is confidential.

ECAO staff are contractually obligated to keep all information confidential, guaranteeing anonymity and preventing the identification of individual projects or users within the system. Only Patryk (LR Analyst) and Jodi (LR Manager) from ECAO have administrative access to the database.


I’d like to learn more / get started. Who do I contact?

Email Patryk Wrobel, our Labour Relations Analyst at pwrobel@ecao.org.

Ignite Your Career with ECAO Fire Alarm & Protection Certification Program - Certi-Fire!

Are you an ambitious 309A licensed electrician or a skilled apprentice seeking to enhance your expertise and unlock exciting career opportunities in the fire alarm industry? Look no further than the ECAO Fire Alarm & Protection Certification Program, also known as Certi-Fire.

Mandated by the Ontario Fire Code, Certi-Fire is the premier certification program for Life Safety Systems. Designed specifically for licensed electricians and third-term apprentices who have completed intermediate trade school, this comprehensive program equips you with the essential knowledge and skills required to excel in the field.

What sets Certi-Fire apart is its inclusive approach. While experience in the fire alarm field is preferred, it is not a prerequisite. We believe in providing equal opportunities for professionals to ignite their potential and explore new horizons.

The program structure consists of four consecutive levels, additionally, recertification is mandatory every five years to ensure you stay up-to-date with the latest codes and regulations.

To accommodate your needs, we offer two convenient options to find out about the next available course:

Local Union Courses: If you are a member of IBEW, simply contact your local union, and they will provide you with the details of the upcoming courses. We prioritize accessibility and collaboration within the union community.

Distance Learning Course: Whether you are an IBEW member or not, if you have a restricted schedule or reside far from a Training Hall, our Distance Learning Course is the perfect solution. This flexible program allows you to learn at your own pace without compromising on the quality of your education.

Join the countless professionals who have transformed their careers with Certi-Fire. Don't miss this opportunity to gain the recognition, credibility, and expertise necessary to thrive in the competitive fire alarm industry.

For more information, visit: www.certifire.org

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Basics of Supervision Training by 4S Consulting

August 10 & 11, 2023

Register Today!

NETCO 2023 Conference

August 13, 2023

Leading in a World of Innovation: Embracing Continuous Learning for the Next Generation Workforce

Join NETCO for an engaging keynote presentation on "Leading in a World of Innovation: Embracing Continuous Learning for the Next Generation Workforce." This thought-provoking session will explore the crucial role of leaders in navigating the rapidly evolving landscape of technology while fostering a culture of continuous learning.

Learn More and Register Here

NECA 2023 Convention & Trade Show

September 29- October 02, 2023

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

When: Friday, September 29 – Monday, October 2, 2023

Register for the convention and book your hotel in Philadelphia 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 2023 hotel rates.

Register Here

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