What is NETCO?

NETCO is Canada’s National Electrical Trade Council.

As an alliance of the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Canada, NETCO is the authoritative, pan-Canadian voice of electrical contractors and IBEW local unions representing apprentices and journeypersons in every province and territory.

NETCO’s mandate is to promote national standards in electrical skills training and to advocate on policy issues of importance to our partner organizations.

NETCO works to develop training standards for new technologies — for example Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and PV Solar — that are used across Canada. We’re a robust advocate for the electrical industry on pending changes to Canada’s Red Seal Program. We offer industry-specific training resources to foster excellence in training. And we sponsor an annual training conference to meet the evolving needs of stakeholders engaged in electrical apprenticeship and journeyperson skills training.

NETCO works closely with the electrical training ALLIANCE™ (ALLIANCE), a U.S.-based partnership of contractors and the IBEW and the largest electrical skills training organization in the world. With the ALLIANCE’s support, we are promoting the adaptation of blended learning methods — the integration of classroom learning with interactive digital instruction — to meet the needs of Canada’s electrical contractors, apprentices and journeypersons.

Partner Organizations

The Canadian Electrical Contractors Association

  • is the national voice of electrical contractors
  • is a federation of provincial and territorial electrical contractor groups
  • represents the interests of more than 8,000 electrical contractors who directly employ 70,000 people and generate over $5 billion in revenue


The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

  • has been a proud part of the Canadian labour movement for over 100 years
  • overall has approx. 90 Local Unions representing 60,000 members in Canada
  • represents a significant number of organized electrical apprentices and journeypersons working across Canada in a range of industries such as construction, utilities,                                               manufacturing, government, health care and railroads