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Volume 10 | May 18, 2023


Buy and Sell Excess Electrical Inventory!

ECAO is unveiling the website at the AGM on June 02nd!

Stay Tuned!

Thank you to our Sponsors!

ECAO is grateful for all the support our Affiliates and Industry Partners have extended in sponsoring our upcoming ECAO AGM and Back to the 80s Night in Toronto. A huge shout out to:

Powering Ontario's Future: Sector Analysis Report

Ontario’s electricity system is in transition. Driven by economy-wide decarbonization efforts in response to the global climate crisis, Ontario’s electricity sector is rapidly evolving to enable the shift from fossil-based energy sources to clean energy sources. Whether it is the installation of a new electric vehicle charging station, the development of a local microgrid system or the upkeep of a large-scale transmission line, electrical contractors and their skilled workforce are essential to powering Ontario’s economy, especially now as the need for new electricity supply grows.

ECAO member contractors are uniquely positioned to assist in this electricity system transition, and the opportunity to increase our market share as a result is substantial. It is our contractor members, as the ‘experts’ in the industry, who should be at the forefront of designing and installing these complex systems.

Ontario’s Energy Future Sector Analysis Report reviews the main drivers for change in Ontario’s electricity system, summarizes critical trends in the province’s electricity sector and provides recommendations to ensure the labour readiness of the electrical contracting industry. We commissioned this report in collaboration with Rubicon Strategy and Power Advisory for our members.

Please refer to the Executive Summary for the key takeaways from this report. We strongly recommend that you:

READ THE REPORT – consider its content in relation to your business

DISTRIBUTE THE REPORT – share it with your employees, colleagues, partners

DISCUSS THE REPORT – have frank discussions about Ontario’s electricity future and how you can evolve and grow to meet the industry’s needs and ensure your success

Furthermore, an Education Session on Ontario's Energy Future has been scheduled at our upcoming AGM on June 1st at 2:15 PM, where the panel will thoroughly discuss the report.

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.

Click Here

2023 Skills Ontario a Big Success!

Skills Ontario brings together thousands of young people. Here they can navigate through many career possibilities. The ECAO and IBEW are avid supporters of this initiative.

Read the Full Article Here


2023 Noramco Carnival in London

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Upcoming RESCON Webinars

Naloxone in the Workplace – May 16

Some workplaces may be required to have lifesaving naloxone kits on hand as of June 1st of this year. This stems from Working for Workers, 2022. More info on the requirements can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/naloxone-workplace.

RESCON is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, May 16 from 10 – 11:30 am to raise awareness and educate the construction industry on the specific requirements, as well as how to use naloxone kits.


RESCON-OFA Crane Safety Event – May 31

Following the release of the Tower Crane Safety Guide last November, RESCON will be hosting a webinar to walk members through the guide and best practices in tower crane safety.

Hear from Minister McNaughton, CPO Dr. Joel Moody and a panel of experts.


Please note that the Zoom link will ONLY be sent a couple of days before the event, and NOT upon registration. 

LEC Online Store Available for Busy Home Reno Season

Spring is here, and so begins the start of home renovation season! Many homeowners are spending time researching their next home renovation project, studying the latest trends, and figuring out their list of must-haves. But even after all that research, they inevitably still have questions on who to hire, inspections and permits.


ESA is here to help by providing access to free resources you can give to potential clients on popular topics such as the benefits of hiring a Licensed Electrical Contractor, considerations when installing an EV charger as well as the ESA inspection process.


We hope these resources will make it even easier for you to do business.


The store is now open! Orders can only be completed online and cannot be placed through the Customer Service Centre.


Visit the store at ESAsafe.com/LECstore

Please note quantities are limited and available on a first-come first served basis.


Any questions regarding the store can be directed to esa.communications@electricalsafety.on.ca


NECA Innovation Newsletter

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

May 24 - 26, 2023

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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

Don't forget to apply for 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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