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Volume 23 | December 15, 2021
Happy Holidays!
Important Holiday Message from ECAO Executive Director! ✨
The team at ECAO wishes you peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming year. Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

Sending Wishes of Warmth, Joy and Tranquility this Holiday Season!

Graeme Aitken | Jodi Travers | Tom Mackay | Lou Stranges | Cathy Frederickson | Kamakshi Ahluwalia | Audrey Iozelli | Adam Crapsi | Phyllis Lee

"Mama Bear" Artwork by David Strickland
Empower U: D&I Leadership Surge Training
We are excited to announce a new diversity and inclusion leadership program organized by our ECAO Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee. As we’ve previously shared, the main purpose of this committee is to advise, educate and provide resources to ECAO members. We want to encourage our members to apply a diversity and inclusion lens to their policies, programs, and practices. Our vision is to seek diversity, create inclusion and drive accountability.

To assist and educate our member companies and their employees on what racism is, how to recognize it on construction sites, and how to eliminate it for the good of all, we’re kicking off a yearlong engagement with Leadership Surge, a growing force in corporate training and development with a tailored approach called EMPOWER U for the construction and subcontracting trade industries. Led by Alex Willis, Leadership Surge delivers high-energy, highly effective services and programs that positively impact organizational culture. Alex will be diving into topics about trust, respect, overcoming judgement, compassion and empathy. Training will consist of workshops, webinars, videos, and independent activities, including an individualized assessment. Alex will be kicking off EMPOWER U with us on January 26, 2022.

We’ll be sharing additional details about this exciting opportunity, including the assessment, after the first of the new year. In the interim, should you have any questions, please contact me at

ECAO 2022 Annual Industry Conference
September 17/18- 24, 2022
ECAO has secured a special 10% discount with Air Canada Groups on Tango fares and higher, including Business Class. A 5% discount also applies to the Standard Fare (Economy) with this code. Simply log on to to source your flight options. The discounted fare will be shown on your search providing you have entered the discount code from the beginning. 

To book a flight with your promotion code, access and enter the promotion code in the search panel.

ECAO promotion code is: F6NMEWF1

We encourage ECAO Members to book their airfare as soon as possible as the fares will likely go up!

ECAO- JEPP 2022 AGM and Gala Night
More details coming in January 2022! Stay Tuned.
ECAO Fire Alarm & Protection Certification Program –
Distant Learning Course Coming in Winter 2021 / Spring 2022
Having Certi-Fire Electricians on staff would bring you an opportunity to grow your business beyond Fire Alarm System installation and retrofitting! They can install, test, verify, and maintain Fire Alarm Systems. Why walk past the Fire Alarm Panel when you have qualified Certi-Fire Electricians to do the job?

The limited-time offer of FREE Certi-Fire Training Tuition is still open!! This offer ends until all of the available seats are filled. It usually starts at 6:30 pm in the evening and takes 3 hours per week and up to 12 weeks to complete the course depending on the participants’ schedule. There will be a hands-on workshop taking place on one weekend.
***** Don’t miss this FREE Certi-Fire Training Tuition! *****

To register please visit and our Certi-Fire Program Administrator will be in touch with you when the next available course is available.
Fire Chief Discusses Legal Obligations of Property Managers Regarding Fire Alarm Installation
Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) - Jeremy Parkin, Vice President of the OAFC addresses property managers’ obligations to ensure they use a qualified fire technician is used to install, test and verify fire protection systems such as those with a Cert-Fire license.
Ontario Passes the Working for Workers ActOntario Passes the Working for Workers Act
Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement in recognition of the passing of the Working for Workers Act, 2021:

“Our government is working for workers every day to help them earn bigger paycheques, stay safe, and have better opportunities. We are determined to rebalance the scales and put workers in the driver’s seat of Ontario’s economic growth while attracting the best workers to our great province.

Stakeholders praise Ontario’s youth apprenticeship plan
The government will spend an additional $90 million over three years to promote the skilled trades to young people, with $2.9 million targeted to expanding the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) for high school students.

The government will increase spending by $77 million annually on its employer achievement incentive program and pre-apprenticeship training and it will continue its marketing campaign to encourage employers to take on more apprentices and to reach out to parents and prospective apprentices. Pre-apprenticeship program participants can also receive living allowances for costs like rent and child care.

30 Ontario inspectors laid off despite Doug Ford promise no one will lose jobs
Ministry of Labour taking over College of Trades enforcement duties, but not hiring existing staff
More than 30 inspectors who enforced credentials in the skilled trades under the defunct Ontario College of Trades have been laid off and will be replaced with Ministry of Labour inspectors under the new Skilled Trade Ontario.

New Ministry of Labour hires gearing up to replace lame-duck OCOT inspectors
Construction stakeholders have expressed optimism that new inspectors hired this fall by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) will resume effective enforcement of trades compliance after a two-year-plus hiatus in serious enforcement by the College of Trades (OCOT) inspectors.

Adjudication – It’s Not as Complicated as You Think!
Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 03:00 PM
The prompt payment and adjudication provisions of the new Construction Act took effect more than two years ago, to date only about 100 adjudications have been initiated.

ODACC (Ontario Dispute Adjudication for Construction Contracts) is the Authorized Nominating Authority appointed to administer and oversee adjudication of all construction disputes in the province. No matter what the dollar amount involved, the process can be simple and quick.

Facilitator Ted Dreyer of Madorin, Snyder LLP and Chair of the GVCA, and panellists Dan Leduc, a lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and board member of the Ottawa Construction Association, and Elise Teitler, a lawyer and Project Manager with ODACC, will explain it all.

NETCO 2022 Conference
Registration is now open for NETCO 2022 Cost to Coast Conference.

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum announces National Leadership Development Program for Women in the Skilled Trades
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) will launch a new program to empower skilled trades advocates at the next Supporting Women in Trades Conference taking place June 2-3, 2022, in St. John’s NL.

2022 OCA Construction Symposium & Trade Show
The OCA is happy to announce that we are in the initial planning stages of the 2022 OCA Construction Symposium & Trade Show to be held at the EY Centre on April 12 & 13, 2022.
Keep an eye out on our website and in future newsletters for information regarding, Exhibiting opportunities, Sponsorship opportunities and for the Show Program and registration.
The 2022 show will feature the Youth Engagement Zone promoting the industry to High School students. New for 2022, the OCA will be adding a Career Fair to the show!
Stay tuned for more information.
We are looking forward to seeing you all in April!
EB 2022 PowerCon
EBPowerCon engages with subject matter experts—one-on-one and via panel discussion—to shed light on trends and technologies so as to empower electrical professionals with knowledge and insight into markets and opportunities.
Featuring 3 special Extravaganza Days, EBPowerCon is OPEN 24/7 for 6 weeks—January 17 to February 25—giving everyone ample opportunity to check out the Sessions and our Valued Supporters. 

To learn more about joining our Sponsors or our Exhibit Hall, contact Jennifer at