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Wayne Edwards, EFC’s VP Sustainability & Electrical Safety, will moderate a Natural Resource Canada session, “Energy Star for Industry,” as part of Energy Summit 2014 on May 14. The Niagara Falls, ON event brings together the country's leading


Brian BentzElectricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) has recognized Powerstream Inc. President and CEO Brian Bentz as its 2014 Leader of the Year for his outstanding leadership and vision in the workplace, and his exemplary commitment to developing an


EHRCElectricity Human Resources Canada plans to celebrate the best people and HR practices in the Canadian electricity industry with its 2014 Awards of Excellence, to be presented at EHRC’s 2014 HR Forum and  Awards Breakfast in Toronto on October 24.


A new national occupational standard from Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) offers guidance for businesses, educators, trainers and job seekers for working within the electricity industry. According to EHRC, the standard will help to unify the


Electri-FlexElectri-Flex Company has just released its full product catalogue featuring the complete Liquatite line of nearly 40 types of flexible metallic and non-metallic conduit. Standard and industrial conduits are used in a wide range of applications for


Canada generated 48.7 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity in October, up 1.1% from the same period in 2012. The increase was led by gains in hydro (+2.1%) and nuclear power (+3.1%) generation. Combined, the two sources represented 78.9% of


Economy Chart Canada produced 47.4 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity in August, down 2.0% from the same period in 2013. The decrease in generation was largely attributable to a 1.3% decline in domestic demand. Compared with August 2013, demand was down in


Power StatsElectric power generation in Canada declined 6.2% to 45.8 million megawatt hours (MWh) in July compared with the same month in 2013. Hydro power generation was down 6.0% to 28.0 million MWh. Generation by utilities fell 7.4% to 42.2 million MWh,


Canadian Power StatsCanada produced 44.7 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity in September, equalling levels generated in September 2013. Increased electrical power generation from Ontario and Alberta was offset by declines in British Columbia, Quebec as well


Electrical Utility Construction PriceConstruction costs for the electric utility distribution systems decreased 0.8% in 2013 compared with the 2012 annual index. Major contributors to the decrease include lower costs for labour (-3.4%) and construction indirects (-1.0%), which includes engineering (-1.1%) and administration and overheads (-1.0%).


vehicle charger Pike Research recently forecasted North American electric vehicle sales will grow from around 66,000 units in 2012 to 1.8 million units in 2020.* Whether this prediction is met or exceeded, the batteries driving these electric vehicles will need to be


Electric Vehicle ChargerBuying an electric car? How do you decide what charger you need?
•    Do you need a home charger?
•    What is Level 1? Level 2?
•    What size charger do you need?
•    Is there sufficient power in my home to charge my new car?
•    Where will you install it?

Canada's Best Managed CompaniesDeloitte announced the winners of the 2014 Canada’s Best Managed Companies awards program, recognizing excellence in Canadian owned and managed companies. This year’s winners are characterized by their continued focus on customer relationships as


Survey SaysAlmost all buyers go online, but where they go varies dramatically.



Field Evaluation my previous articles on certification and field evaluation marks, I received a number of inquiries about other marks that may appear on electrical products in Canada and


Survey SaysElectrical Contractor Vehicle Fleet 

Amazon Gift CardLeading Canadian Electrical Equipment manufacturer wants your input to better serve your needs.  The first 70 COMPLETED SURVEYS  will win a $50 Gift card.



Contractor SalaryElectrical Contractors in Canada: Median Salary by Title/Role

Contractors RevenuesDriven by residential and non-residential construction and government institution construction, Canadian electrical contractor revenues will approach $15.12 billion for 2014 based on an independent review by EIN. Estimated profits for the


Survey SaysElectrical Contractors' Work Day Breakdown

EC breakfastHow to engage, attract and retain millennials in your workforce.


Call for Nominations. Please submit your nomination by April 11, 2014.

Survey SaysElectrical Engineering Employment Growth Estimates by Province 2014 - 2019

BzowyE.B. Horsman’s Maureen Bzowy, a long-time Canadian electrical industry stalwart, is retiring. After 13 years, Maureen Bzowy retired from E.B. Horsman & Son (EBH) on May 31. Bzowy has been in the Canadian Electrical Industry since 1966 and has


Scottish LandlordsA new law requires landlords in Scotland to carry out electrical safety inspections on privately rented properties at least every five years. The inspections must be carried out by a member firm of the Electrical Contractors' Association of Scotland


Electrical SafetyThis week, Bill Burr explains the role and function of the Canadian Advisory Council on Electrical Safety. While the Canadian Advisory Council on Electrical Safety is an independent organization, and its recommendations have no legal standing, the


Kenny JasonElectrician is among 10 occupations deemed a priority for the foreign credential recognition program, announced Minister Kenney last week. 

Ron GarlandHow does one begin to tell the story of someone who was not only the rock, but also the sunshine in our family? This story is about my father, Ronald Clarence Garland, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer caused by repeated exposure to


Electricity ConsumptionElectric power generation dropped in most provinces this past May, save for Alberta, which saw a 3.9 percent increase. Electric power generation in Canada fell 2.1% to 45.2 million megawatt hours (MWh) in May when compared to the same month in



The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) released a policy paper on March 3 that draws attention to the impact of copper theft from electricity infrastructure and outlines four key recommendations to deter theft. “Given the high price of copper,


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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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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