ECA Ottawa


Ontario Enters 2nd State of Emergency

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a 2nd State of Emergency and a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes.  In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home. Click here for detailed information (pages 23 & 23 refer to construction).


Ontario In LockDown December 2020

December 21, 2020 – Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced today a province-wide shutdown effective Saturday, December 26 at 12:01 a.m. Most businesses and schools will remain closed The full announcement may be found on the Ontario news site at this LINK.

2021 AGM Registration

We are pleased to invite all ECA Ottawa Members to join us, virtually via Zoom, on Tuesday February 16, 2021 for our Annual General Meeting.

Special guests include Ottawa Mayor, The Honourable Jim Watson and Ontario Minister of Labour, Monte McNaughton. Also, learn what your Association has been involved in over 2020 during this very challenging time.

Registration will be available on the website in January 202021.

ECA Ontario Conference 2021

Rescheduled to September 2021 –  ECA Ontario’s 2021 Annual Industry Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, has been rescheduled to September 12-18,2021. 

Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic, is nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires.” It’s known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show.

Delegates will stay at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Prague – itself a piece of history, dating back to the 14th century – you are set to explore this most unique of European cities.  Minutes by foot to the Charles Bridge, built under the auspices of King Charles IV in the 14th century, venture through ancient cobblestone streets.  While you might think Bohemian when you hear Prague, today it is a mixture of Old and New. World-class art galleries mix with modern luxury retailers, casual cafes are intermingled with Michelin star restaurants.

2021 Golf Tournament

2021 ECA Ottawa Golf Tournament – ECA Ottawa’s 2021 Annual Golf Tournament and Fundraiser, scheduled to take place on July 20, 2021. We look forward to seeing everyone at Kanata Lakes this summer. Thank you to our past tournament sponsors:

Our Major Sponsors: ABB, BDA Lighting Group, Carleton Electric, Coughlin, ClubLink, IBEW, Modern Niagara, Nedco, Powered Synergy, Synergy Data Systems and Toban Electric.

Allied Sponsors: Alliance, DanCan Electric, ECA Ontario, Gal Power, GP Garrick, Glen Murray Supply, Guillevin, Lumen, Labelle Electric, Len Murray Supply, T & M Electric, Ziebarth Electrical Contractors.

Hole Sponsors: Aland Enterprises, Carleton Electric, C & M Electric, Flux Lighting, Franklin Empire, Guillevin, Marchand Electric, Norton Rose Fullbright and WSA.

canada emergency rent subsidy

November 23, 2020 – The Federal Government just announced today the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS). Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021. This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords. If you are eligible for the base subsidy, you may also be eligible for lockdown support if your business location is significantly affected by a public health order for a week or more. Click here for full details.


November 20, 2020 – Ontario has a developed a new Covid-19 response framework as part of its ‘Keeping Ontario Safe & Open’ strategy. This colour-coded, five-level system is designed to be a flexible format to manage increases and decreases in Covid-19 level throughout Ontario. The prevent, protect, restrict, control and lockdown codes will be assigned by the Premiers office and are applicable from region to region. The goal is to gradually loosen measures at trends in public health indicators improve. Click here for more information.


November 11, 2020 – Today we pause to honour the sacrifice, courage and extraordinary service of our veterans, and those who continue to serve and defend our country. This is a unique year in which many of us, who traditionally visit sites across the country, must find an another path to demonstrate our respect and thanks. ECA Ottawa is proud to have a wreath places on Ottawa’s Cenotaph, as we cannot be there in person. The wreath is decorated with poppies, which are used to remember those who have given there lives in battle. The poppy is the flower that grew on the battlefields after World War One ended and is described in the famous poem, In Flanders Fields by Canadian Lt. Colonel John McRae. We ask that you please observe 2 minutes of silence at 11:00am in honour of our men and women who served and sacrificed.

Ottawa Enters Modified Stage 2

October 9, 2020 – The Provincial Government announced targeted restrictions for Ottawa, Toronto and Peel regions due to their higher transmission rates of Covid-19. Effective Saturday, October 10, 2020 the city will close a number of businesses and facilities for the next 28 days and subject to review. Gatherings are limited to 10 people inside and 25 outside. Further, you are asked to limit your outside travels to essential services such as food, docotrs appointments and work, if you cannot work from home. Affected businesses include: restaurants, bars, gyms, casinos, bingo halls, cinemas, exhibits, museums, galleries and personal care services. Limits are also imposed on teams sports with no games or scrimmages, only training.

Support for Business Owners

There are a few support systems the Federal Government has announced in the last several months which apply to business owners. Programs such as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Emergency Business Allowance, Loan Guarantee’s and the Rent Assistance program are all in place at the moment. you can click below to review the  all Federal Programs available