Racist actions, activities, tones, or remarks have no place in Ontario workplaces including construction sites!


Recent events in Ontario, including 4 noose incidents being investigated by Toronto police, have yet again brought the issue of racism and systemic racism to the forefront of construction workers, companies, unions, employer associations, and our workplaces.


We must all stand together, exercising our responsibility to fight racism when we see, hear or experience it in our workplaces, on our sites, and in our community. We must all stand together in promoting an inclusive culture free of racism, bullying, and harassment of any kind; a culture where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.


The ECAO not only have zero tolerance for any form of racism or intimidation; we are taking our responsibility to stand up and be actively anti-racist in policy and action.


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 have developed the toolbox talks and accompanying poster.


Please take the time to have the discussion clearly communicating that racism is unacceptable in your company and on your worksite and get a commitment from workers to “see it say it and stop it”.


Please print and post the poster to reinforce our message to all workers, contractors, and visitors: racism of any kind will not be tolerated.




     - Part 1

     - Part 2

     - Background Information

     - Poster




















The Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) reports that in any one year 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental health illness or addiction problem and by age 40, 1 in every 2 people have had a mental illness.


Construction workers can be stressed about many things including work, schedules, weather, time away from home high, risk of work-related injuries, and pain. If they fail to seek the help they can be at risk for more injuries and mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and even suicide, according to researchers at Harvard School of Public Health.


ECAO has developed a Toolbox Talk on Mental Health. We are encouraging our members to use this template in their regular occupational health and safety Toolbox Talks with employees.


Click here for the template.


Mental Health Resources

ECAO has compiled a detailed list of useful Provincial Mental Health Resources for our members to help them and their employees during the pandemic. The resources include help for those with depression and links for resources for children. Click here for full details.