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IBEW Apprentices Power Through Pandemic

We talk to two IBEW apprentices and discuss how the IBEW’s extensive training and safety have prepared them for the pandemic. They discuss their appetite for learning and growing, as well as the importance of being surrounded by a well-trained team.

We Are In This Together

Thank you for wearing your mask. The Electrical Contractors Association of Central Ontario (ECACO) and IBEW Local 804 have teamed up to support awareness of the importance of wearing masks to help reduce the spread of Covid 19. The 15-second message also thanks the many [...]

Premier Doug Ford and Minister Monte McNaughton visit IBEW Local 105’s Training Center in Hamilton

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development visited IBEW Local 105’s Training Centre in Hamilton last week. They met with some of the Local’s talented apprentices and licensed journeypersons to learn about the high training standards provided at [...]

ECAO & IBEW CCO Power Up Scouts Canada’s Camp Attawandaron

IBEW Local 530 and their Electrical Contractor Association of Ontario (ECAO) partner contractors are proud to help power Sarnia’s homes and businesses safely and effectively, but they also share great pride in giving back to their community.

IBEW Powers Through

We are all working in our own way to help our communities through these difficult times. So many people behind the scenes, on the front lines and those staying home. Our licensed contractors and electricians are doing what we can by helping power hospitals, transportation […]

ECAO Contractors And IBEW Electricians Face Pandemic Together

In such a challenging time, the partnership of the ECAO and the IBEW CCO has helped. It may seem unusual to see such a close relationship between employer and union, but that collaboration is what has made them effective in providing safe and reliable power in even the most complex situations.

Giving Back While Responding To Urgent Health Care Needs

Read about our courageous IBEW electricians who helped meet Joseph Brant Hospital’s (JBH’s) urgent need for expansion due to the pandemic.

What Is The Role Of Powerline Workers Today?

The world of powerline workers today is changing, but age-old skills still play a major role, and, as always, safety is the top priority. Learn about the role powerline workers play in today’s world of electricians and what they’re doing to perform their jobs safely and efficiently.

How Electricians Donated Time And Skill To Cancer Assistance

Ontario electricians care! Recently T. Lloyd Electric Ontario Ltd. proved that in a big way. This Hamilton team gave back to the community by giving of themselves, investing their Saturday morning to replace out-of-date lighting in the Cancer Assistance Program offices.

Charlie’s Holiday Tips Public Safety Campaign

This holiday campaign will build on the successful partnership between the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC), the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO), and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario (IBEW CCO) to provide public-safety messages.

Charlie’s Holiday Electrical Safety Tips

With the help of the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) and the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC), Charlie walks us through 8 electrical safety tips to ensure everyone enjoys a safe holiday season.

The Growth of Energy Storage and its Impact on Electrical Contractors

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario (IBEW CCO) and the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) are proud to be part of ensuring safe, reliable, electrical work for all home builds.

Country Star Jason McCoy Opens Home to Cameras for Music Studio Build

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario (IBEW CCO) and the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) are proud to be part of ensuring safe, reliable, electrical work for all home builds.

For Your Entertainment: Electrical Work on the NAC and EY Centre in Ottawa

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario (IBEW CCO) and the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) are proud to be part of ensuring Ottawa’s iconic venues can delivery quality sound and lighting safely and effectively.

‘Hire Licensed Electrical Contractors’ Advises Fire Chief

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) has teamed up with the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario (IBEW CCO) to help keep more families safe in their homes.

Red Seal Standards Key to Successful Trades Apprenticeship Program

The Red Seal Program creates the standards for skills and training in the trades in Canada. 74% consider a Red Seal a hiring advantage. And there’s more.

Volunteer Electricians Help Habitat for Humanity WR Make a Difference to Local Families

The IBEW Local 804 Retirees Club has been helping Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region build homes to help local families break the cycle of poverty.

Why Mega Construction Projects Fail – and Keys to Solutions

Major construction megaprojects fail 70% – 90% of the time. But the causes are known and we can find solutions from the projects that succeed.

Apprenticeship Training Critical to Ontario’s Future

The Toronto electrical contractors of GTECA are teaming up with employees to create the best possible electrical apprentice training program.

Modern Niagara Community Day Mobilizes 450 Volunteers to Help Charities Across the Country

Modern Niagara, a member of the ECAO, held a cross-Canada day of volunteering that saw 450 volunteers mobilized to help 20 charities.

Contractors and Electricians Respond to Ontario Announcement on Skilled Trades

The ECAO-IBEW responds to the recent Ontario government announcement concerning plans to modernize Ontario’s apprenticeship system.

Former Electrical Apprentice Shares Horrifying Story of Injury at Work

Former electrical apprentice Mark Graham talks about his accident caused by lack of supervision and proper training. The fire left him badly burned.

Building Communities at Home and Abroad

Alltrade has always made efforts to give back to the community. This includes sending teams to Zimbabwe to help build better, safer schools.

ECAO-IBEW is Leading the Smart Building Revolution

The ECAO-IBEW partnership is wiring buildings in Toronto and Hamilton so that they’re ready for the power saving and communications technology of tomorrow.

Local 773 Electrician Saves Life of Tradesperson in Dramatic Work Site Rescue

Jay Lebert, a journeyman electrician with Windsor’s IBEW Local 773, was on hand to rescue a pipefitter knocked unconscious by a beam and left unable to breathe.

An Ongoing Mission to Build a Stronger Kingston Community

The ECAQSL and their electrician partners in IBEW Local 115 are giving back to important community programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters and the University Hospitals of Kingston Foundation.

What You Need to Know About Lower Electrical Safety Standards On the Horizon

Electricity is dangerous, even for certified trades people who know what they’re doing. However, changes to regulations may mean lower safety standards that put everyone at risk.

The Secret Behind the Successful Transformation of Three Ottawa Landmarks

Three Ottawa construction projects are showing that it is possible to do things the right way and still have a success on your hands.

Donating Tools for Schools

London’s IBEW Local 120, the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario, and Klein Tools worked together to donate 45 complete sets of top quality electrical tools to three local high schools.

Powerline Workers to the Rescue After Triple Storm Devastates New York

A team of powerline workers from Gridlink and IBEW Local 402 came to the aid of New York State in March 2018 after a series of storms damaged powerlines.

Does Your Contractor Stand By a Written Code of Excellence?

The IBEW-ECAO Code of Excellence is a written guarantee that a construction project will be done on time, on budget, and to the highest possible standards.

Driving Towards Better Value in Public Procurement

The Niagara region is one step closer towards developing a set of shared best practices for infrastructure construction tenders thanks to a process developed by PPLP.

IBEW/ECAO Team Light up the Holidays

ECAO’s electrical system and IBEW Local 530 volunteer power help keep the lights on at one of Sarnia’s biggest wintertime attractions: the Celebration of Lights.

These Holiday Electrical Safety Tips Could Save Your Life

Ensure that your family and friends all follow safe practices when using electrical lights inside your home and out.

IBEW Local 402’s New Training Hall Promises Benefits for Entire Community

With the construction of its new training hall, IBEW Local 402 is not only investing in future skills, but in the prosperity of the entire Thunder Bay community.

IBEW Local 804 Celebrates 75 Years of Success in Waterloo

As of April 8, 2017, IBEW Local 804 is celebrating 75 years of safe, reliable electrical services in the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge area.

Highly-Skilled Electricians Help Ensure Safe, Reliable Transit for Future

The Metrolinx Eglinton Crosstown LRT will rely on Ampere Ltd.’s partnership with IBEW electricians for safe, high-quality work delivered on time.

Meet Andre Viau, Skills Canada Gold Medallist

Andre Viau is a Gold medallist for Skills Canada in 2017. Since 1998, over 70% of Skills Ontario electrical winners have been IBEW apprentices.

Bid to Win: What to Include in Proposals for Large Infrastructure Construction Projects

What to include in bid proposals for large infrastructure construction projects for municipalities, school boards and other governing bodies.

What Municipalities and School Boards Should Look for When Hiring General Contractors for Construction Projects

Municipalities and school boards need to avoid cost overruns and safety issues on infrastructure construction projects. This guide shows what to look for.

Supporting Communities Where We Work

As an ECAO member, Eptcon is an electrical contractor that gives back to communities wherever they work with every project.

Making a Country Rock Sound That’s Bigger Than Ever

We provide safe, reliable electrical power to enjoy the music we love. Jason McCoy of Canada’s country rock favourites The Road Hammers explains.

Powering a Mine That Fuels an Economy

At the Vale Mine in Sudbury, complex electrical systems keep workers safe and keep production rolling. The mine is a key part of the Sudbury economy.

Historic Bridge Lights Up Community

A new electrical system turned an old bridge into a nightly light show. The result is a new community landmark and tourist attraction.

Electricity Designed to Heal

At the Joseph Brant Hospital, electrical systems that don’t fail are essential in the battle to save lives. Learn how these systems play a key role.

Cutting Edge Electricity Systems Keep Pearson Operating Seamlessly

At Pearson Airport in Toronto, it’s a matter of safety to ensure all of the electrical systems stay powered, no matter what’s going on with the grid.