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CEThe CE mark is applied to products by a manufacturer to indicate a supplier declaration that the product, intended to be sold in the European Economic Area (EEA), complies with the relevant European directives. For an electrical product, it


Wiring MethodIn our continuation with exploring the upcoming changes to the 2015 Edition Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code), Section 12, Wiring Methods, will see some extensive updates to the rules, the tables referenced by those rules and the Appendix B notes


IdealPurchase one Ideal Barrel or four Stubbys of Ideal Can-Twist,CWT’s, or Ideal WireNut wire connectors from a participating distributor between now and April 18, 2014, and you’ll receive an IDAPT i3p Power Station — but only while quantities last.


ChargepointChargePoint, which currently operates a network of more than 20,000 public charging stations in the U.S., has entered the residential market ChargePoint Home — a smart, attractive, tablet-sized charger unveiled at the International Consumer


Charles CipollaElectro-Federation Canada (EFC) presented its 2014 Industry Recognition Award to Charles A. Cipolla during the EFC’s Annual General Meeting on April 16. With a stellar career in the electrical industry, Cipolla continues in senior roles as Chair,


Albert GalaThe Alberta Electrical League is holding its first Gala Event Night this September, and with award-winning country star Charlie Major as the night’s entertainment, it looks to be one heck of a good time. Supported by the Electro-Federation Canada,


GrimardFounded in 1944 by Joseph-Henri and Gabrielle Grimard as J.-H. Grimard entrepreneur électricien, this Chicoutimi-based family business now comprises almost 100 engineers and technicians, project managers, designers, programmers, drafters, and


In Line HeatersCirculation heaters (also called inline heaters) are designed for indirect heating. One important application of circulation heaters is to heat clean water


A new partnership between Cisco Canada and Schneider Electric will create opportunities to develop smart buildings and communities across Canada, and have a positive impact on the environment by improving energy efficiency, according to a blog



Toronto has been selected as one of four global locations for a Cisco Internet of Everything (IoE) innovation centre, representing a planned investment of up to $100 million over 10 years. Cisco will also create centres in South Korea, Brazil and


ClassifyingInspectors who review drawings and inspect installations in areas where flammable gases and vapours are or could be present require a good understanding of the extent of those areas as defined within the Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1 (CE Code).


EFCJoin industry members from across the province for a full day of golf, socializing and relationship-building. Location: Nobleton Lakes Golf Club, Nobleton, ON.

Canadian Electrical CodeAdopting the Canadian Electrical Code and regulations pertaining to public safety is the responsibility of the provincial and territorial governments. Among the many regulations that provincial legislation mandates are those pertaining to which codes




The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has announce it has accredited the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) as a standards development organization (SDO). 

SCCColin Clark, Chief Technical Officer of Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, has been appointed to the Standards Council of Canada’s governing council for a term of four years.
“Mr. Clark has significant experience leading organizations both within Canada and


David CollieDavid Collie, president and CEO, Electrical Safety Authority, will be the guest speaker at the Ontario Energy Network’s Industry Networking Luncheon on September 11.

CSA CodesThe 2015 Canadian Electrical Code has a number of important updates and changes you’ll want to know to keep your business running compliant. Enter CSA with a series of two-day lectures.

NESC100 Infograph

An eight month commentary period prior to the publication of the 2017 Edition of National Electric Safety Code starts in September. 

Economy PermitContractors took out building permits worth $7.1 billion in December, up 7.7% from November. This followed a 13.6% decline the previous month. The increase in December resulted mostly from higher construction intentions in the non-residential


Global ForecastsDistributed energy storage is one of the fastest-growing markets for energy storage globally. In particular, residential and commercial energy storage have far exceeded industry expectations for growth and market volume in 2014 and are poised grow


ampacitiesSizing conductors as per the Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code) has been a necessary skill requirement for electricians, designers and engineers for as long as I can remember...





Energy Conservation agreementThe Electricity Distributors Association (EDA) of Ontario is pleased to announce that all of its approximately 70 utility members have now signed Energy Conservation Agreements (ECAs) with the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator. In them,


Bill BryansThe Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is proposing an increase to wiring services fees, spread across two-years, averaging 2.65% per year. The public consultation on the increase begins July 18. 

Consulting EngineeringSome of Ontario’s top engineering firms will be recognized for excellence on projects they’ve recently completed at home and abroad at Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO)’s upcoming 2014 awards gala. A total of 36 nominated firms are vying for 12


Consumer ElectronicsConsumer Electronic Marketers of Canada has been working for some time to lobby and advocate on behalf of car mobile audio members who have long wanted HD radio programming in Canada. The industry is seeking a solution to bring more value to


Contemporary Luminaire with Historical InspirationPeerless Electric’s new Architectural Rebell LED luminaire combines functionality and energy savings with timeless elegance. The sleek design with vertical perforations is inspired by the ageless beauty of cathedral bells. The housing is injected


Work Without License

A Hamilton, ON electrical contractor has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and $6,250 in fines for performing electrical work illegally and violating Ontario College of Trade requirements. This marks the first time a jail sentence has been handed


Illegal Electrical WorkContractor Gino Macchi was recently convicted and fined $3,750 in a Thunder Bay, ON court for performing electrical work without an electrical contractor’s licence.





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GB AgenciesTo his new position Pilbeam brings 18 years experience in the electrical industry, most recently as branch manager for a large, international electrical distributor, and a comprehensive network of contacts and relationships at the local, national and


Five Tips to Find Time for Field Service Marketing

SimProTime is a precious resource that we all want more of. And if you own a field service business or work for one, you undoubtedly know how hard it is to find time for everything you need to accomplish in a workday, let alone a week, a quarter, or a year.

Like many of us, you do your best to check every item off of the to-do list during working hours while inevitably pushing lower priority items off to another day. And often, marketing your field service business is one of those things that easily falls to the wayside after being pushed back for more urgent matters.

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Government of CanadaThe federal governemnt has officially launched a call for proposals (CFP) for the Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative (ZEVAI). The initiative’s 2022 CFP will help fund new and innovative projects that aim to increase awareness and knowledge of ZEVs and charging and refueling infrastructure thereby increasing public confidence in these vehicles and their economic and environmental benefits.

Natural Resources Canada will provide funding through non-repayable contributions of between 50 and 75 percent of the total eligible project costs, with a maximum funding of up to $300,000 per project. The CFP will close on August 18, 2022.

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Omnicable joins ETIMETIM North America announced that OmniCable has joined the product classification standards organization. Headquartered in West Chester, PA, OmniCable has 24 locations throughout North America, and also owns Houston Wire & Cable (HWC). The company partners with many electrical manufacturers and only sells to distributors.

According to John Dean, Director of Marketing & E-Commerce, OmniCable/HWC, “The wire and cable industry is often called commodities, but there are very distinct features and attributes for the different products our manufacturers produce. 

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Atkore United Poly SystemsAtkore Inc. announced that it has acquired United Poly Systems, a manufacturer of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pressure pipe and conduit, primarily serving telecom, water infrastructure, renewables, and energy markets.

“We are pleased to complete the acquisition of United Poly Systems, which strengthens Atkore’s product portfolio, expands our manufacturing capacity and further enables us to meet HDPE customers’ needs,” stated John Pregenzer, President of Atkore’s Electrical business. “HDPE pipe and conduit is a growing market that is expected to benefit from U.S. infrastructure legislation, and United Poly Systems is a great addition to Atkore. We welcome these employees and look forward to working together to continue to serve and support our customers.”

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

Go HERE to join the discussion



The Canadian Electrical Code for safer electrical installations

Canadian Standards Association

For over 90 years, the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I (CSA C22.1:21), has helped ensure the safety of electrical installations and protection of electrical workers. Its 2021 edition brought 200+ additions and updates that address energy storage systems, climate change adaptation, hazardous locations, and other important topics. To help users better understand and apply the Code, CSA Group developed additional resources and training.

Learn more about available Code packages and resources




Iron+EarthThe RenuWell Project partners are excited to announce the groundbreaking of two pilot sites located near Taber, Alberta. These pilot sites are the first of their kind to repurpose inactive oil and gas infrastructure as a foundation for renewable energy development and job creation.

When operating, the solar projects will generate 2,030 MWh annually – enough electricity to power 280 average Alberta households or irrigate 11,700 acres of farmland for an average year. This is roughly equivalent to $200,000 in electricity sales per year with 1,100  tCO2e savings in GHG emissions. Over a 25-year lifespan, the projects will generate 50,750 MWh, with GHG emission savings of 28,420 tCO2e.

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David O'ReillyBy Elle Bremmer

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with David O’Reilly, Vice President Home & Distribution and Secure Power Divisions with Schneider Electric Canada for a discussion regarding the Wiser EnergyTM smart home solution, the Wiser Approved training program, and his thoughts on several different subjects, including sustainability and future technologies currently in the works at Schneider Electric. David has been with the company for five and a half years in his role.

We recently published a study (version en français ICI) from Schneider Electric showing a strong interest from Canadians in smart home technology. 

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SimplySnap: It Just Works.

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Ericson String LightsEricson announces upgraded versions of their extremely capable line of Industrial String Lights and SL, LED Stringlights. These new and updated products have several key features important when safe, code compliant lighting for industrial workspace is necessary.

Infinitely capable, these ruggedly built products have several industry leading & exclusive features including:

Industrial String Lights:

  • A United States Navy Specification since before WWII, they’re time and application tested...


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