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Volume 14 | July 28, 2022


Have you registered for ECAO 2022 Safety Awards?

Register for ECAO 2022 Safety Awards on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. The event will start at 10 am EST over Zoom. Please see the Registration Link below.


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This year, Dr. Joel Moody, Chief Prevention Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development will be joining us as a Keynote Speaker. Joel is a seasoned public health and occupational health and safety leader with over seventeen years' experience working in various labour organizations throughout the province of Ontario.

As a member of ESA’s senior leadership team, Joel led its future strategic direction to achieve its “getting to zero” vision of safety in Ontario. He has championed innovative approaches to harm reduction and regulatory oversight, and made equity, diversity and inclusion central to his philosophy of leadership.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please ensure to check you spam/ junk folder.


For any questions and queries, please contact Adam at .

ECAO 2022 Annual Industry Conference

September 17/18-24, 2022

Due to an issue with the website server, the old website is no longer working. Please see the new Prague Conference weblink :

Wikipedia tells us that offsite construction refers to the manufacturing, planning, design, fabrication, and assembly of building elements at a location other than their final installed location to support the rapid speed and efficient construction of a permanent structure.

There are as many opinions on offsite construction as there are people in the construction business, and Steven Bratt, Group CEO at the UK-based Electrical Contractors’ Association, joins ECAO and all attendees at this year’s Annual Industry Conference to discuss the range of benefits European electrical contractors have experienced with off-site construction.

It’s going to be interesting! Join us in Prague from September 18 to 24 for a week of learning and networking. For the full schedule of events and registration information, visit the link above.

For more information or assistance, contact Shelley Sparrow at or by phone at 647-505-1296.

Summary from ELECTRI Executive Council Meeting- July, 2022

A number of us from ECAO and GTECA attended the recent ELECTRI International (ELECTRI) Executive Council Meeting in Washington, DC. ELECTRI works to help electrical contractors meet today’s demands and tomorrow’s challenges by funding, conducting, coordinating and transforming research results into meaningful, useful educational and consulting programs and practical publications. On the international scene, the Foundation conducts seminars, briefings and studies on cross-border relationships to encourage business and cultural exchanges among contractors.

There were a number of interesting topics covered and several panel discussions regarding the electrical construction and maintenance industry’s challengers and opportunities. Below you will find a summary of the topics covered during the meeting. For more information on ELECTRI International, please visit their website at

  • Managing Growth (Panel Discussion). This panel discussed what the panelists felt were critical issues to ensure a managed growth for contractors and summarized by touching on the issues they should have addressed earlier in their companies’ growth.

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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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ECAO Fire Alarm & Protection Program - Distant Learning Level 5 Recertification Course coming this Fall!

Did you notice your Certi-Fire credentials have expired or are about to expire? Under the agreement with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office, the Certi-Fire Fire Alarm Certificate must be renewed every five years. We strongly encourage you to make arrangement to renew and keep your certificate at current. We are planning to run the next Distant Learning Level 5 Recertification course in Fall. The tentative commencement date is September 15, 2022. The course starts at 6:30 in the evening. Participants are required to have an internet connection in order to attend the course via “Go to Meeting”. They can connect through a computer, laptop or tablet with a camera and microphone. Spots are limited!

Distant learning will benefit you remotely to continue study in the comfort of your own safe environment especially during the COVID-19. As time is money, you can also save your commute time travelling if you have a restricted schedule or live too far from a Local Training Hall. If you would consider to take the Distant Learning course, please contact our Certi-Fire Program Administrator at or 1-800-387-3226 for more information.


Construction Employment Up in June 2022 – Statistics Canada Reports

Here are some highlights copied from Statistics Canada’s monthly Labour Market Report for June 2022:

Employment in Canada falls in June

  • Employment fell by 43,000 (-0.2%) in June, fully offsetting the increase of 40,000 recorded in May.
  • The number of self-employed workers fell by 59,000 (-2.2%), while the number of employees held steady in both the public and the private sectors.

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Take EBMag’s 5-minute annual survey

How does your business compare with those of your peers on things like Construction, Service, and Emergency rates across sectors, ability (or willingness) to take on apprentices, safety responsibilities (and costs), and more?

Electrical Business Magazine has launched its 4th Annual national survey of Charge-out Rates and Revenues for Canadian electrical contractors. The rapid-fire survey only takes about 5 minutes and is completely anonymous.

Published in our September 2022 edition, the results always deliver insights about the business of electrical contracting in Canada.

The deadline to participate is July 30.

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A Prescription for Sticker Shock

Using Cost Indices to Combat Material Price Increases as a Result of COVID-19’s Impact on the Supply Chain

by Awad Hanna and Jack Morrison

It is no secret at this point that the COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed the way in which the world lives and works, and construction is no exception. While it is easy to see direct impacts on sites in the form of mask mandates, testing requirements, and similar measures; there are more latent impacts that have also come to affect construction in significant ways.


By now, supply chain delays and material shortages are ubiquitous – one would hazard a guess that every contractor in Canada has at this point been told that a component, material, or part they need is significantly backordered or completely unavailable. And even when the requisite products are available, their prices are markedly more than they were pre-pandemic. 

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NECA 2022 Convention and Trade Show

Where: Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas

When: Saturday, October 15 – Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Registration is open for the 2022 NECA Convention & Trade Show in Austin, TX. Attendees will gain access to industry-leading education and top-notch speakers to keep you at the forefront of the electrical contracting industry. With sessions on a wide range of topics, NECA Austin has both your professional growth and your company’s future covered!

Register Today!

Groundbreak is back and in-person: Procore

New Orleans | November 7-9, 2022

Registration for Groundbreak is officially open, and we can't wait to see you live in New Orleans. For three days, you'll have the chance to:

Network: Build connections with thousands of construction professionals from around the world.

Learn: Attend over 70 sessions from top industry thought leaders and walk away with actionable insights into construction's biggest challenges.

Innovate: Get inspired by industry visionaries and explore new ways to help your business succeed.

Get your early-bird tickets for just $1,795 $1,295 USD before July 1, 2022––this is the lowest price we'll offer, so don't miss out.

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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.

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For ECAO Rate Sheet, please log-in to ECAO's Members Only Area.

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