Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

April 15, 2020

EIN ELG logo 400ELG Electric is an electrical contractor based out of Goderich, Ontario serving the area’s residential, agricultural and commercial industries.

Obviously, we’re living and working in an unprecedented time with the current pandemic, raising new challenges for contractors who still have to enter job sites and people’s homes to provide an essential service.

To gain some insight into how electrical contractors have adjusted their operations to meet physical distancing guidelines, EIN reached out to Lance Giesbrecht, co-owner of ELG Electric with his wife Melanie.

ELG has had to lay off their employees because of reduced operations during the pandemic. Giesbrecht is only going out on emergency service calls, himself, not taking on any new work in compliance with the government rules surrounding essential business services.

Going out on calls means wearing gloves, a mask and maintaining appropriate physical distancing for Giesbrecht. As well as, showering when returning home. It is important to maintain a high-level of hygiene for your own safety as well as the safety of cleints.

Below Giesbrecht discusses his company’s status during the pandemic.

What do your current operations look like? Have you had to lay off workers? Essentially, what are you dealing with as an electrical contractor with the pandemic?

At this time, due to the COVID 19 situation, ELG Electric Ltd has made the decision to lay off all of its employees. Myself and my wife, have made the personal decision to self isolate as much as possible, and plan our service response around our new rules of operation.

To date we are still receiving frequent service calls regarding necessity items in residential, agricultural and some commercial properties.

How has your approach on the job changed? With respect to physical distancing and working safe from a health perspective.

We have taken steps to ensure both our safety, our families’ safety, and our clients. As I am the only on-call electrician (within ELG) at this time, I have increased hygiene practices by wearing gloves and face mask onsite and washing my hands and showering when returning home from calls. 

We have laid out strict guidelines to our customers regarding social distancing and minimal contact. We understand it is an inconvenience but believe it is best for everyone. We have ceased all new construction, and all nonessential work. These rules have been in place since March 16th when the Prime Minister made his public address to the country regarding the risk of COVID 19.

From your perspective, what has the impact been on your local industry?

Locally here in Goderich, Ontario, it sounds like most in the electrical industry have stood down, with minimal operations. I feel as a small community here we have had a great approach and mind set knowing that this may be inconvenient now, but it's best for all of us if we want to get back to business as usual this year.

Have you taken advantage of any of the recently announced government relief or wage subsidy programs?

We have not taken advantage of any of the government incentives or subsidies, at this point we are thankful that we may not need to. Being able to complete emergency service calls is still generating an income for our business and covering our wages as a family.

Do you have any ‘feel good’ stories that have resulted in response to the pandemic, in your local industry or community?

In our community there have been dozens, if not more, gestures on social media offering financial assistance from person to person, offers of delivery and pick up of essentials and even offering those who have suffered hardship due to the pandemic food for families, no questions asked, no judgement. I believe that Goderich, Ontario is a wonderful place to live and the best community to be a part of. Me and my wife are raising our three daughters here because of this fact.

I want to give a shout out to a group of people that I have seen online from our area, making and delivering supplies to front line workers, Knotty Girls out of Clinton, Ontario. This is a group of volunteers helping out anyway that they can! That is impressive in my eyes.

Anything else you would like to add?

From our personal family and our work family, we are extending our most sincere condolences to any and all affected by the virus. We wish all those who have contracted it a speedy recovery, and to those who have been able to avoid it, PLEASE, take steps or keep taking steps to avoid it, continue social distancing measures, if not for yourself, for your family, your neighbours, and your community. Stay strong and be kind!

      Salex Welcomes New Partner: Senso by Lumini                    

LDS Salex Spotlight 400Salex is pleased to announce a new partnership with Senso by Luminii – a Canadian manufacturer of locally made LED fixtures. As of August 6, Salex will represent their lighting products in the Southwestern Ontario region.

With every product, Senso Lighting pursues a vision of providing flexible and environmentally conscious lighting solutions to upgrade the typical fluorescent office. For over ten years, the Canadian manufacturer has specialized in LED technology and embarks on a mission to illuminate commercial spaces with custom solutions that are beautiful, economical and sustainable.



Changing Scene

  • Prev
Join Schneider Electric live on November 10th for their virtual event as industry leaders ...
BCEA's next Professional Development series will be on 2018 Updates & 2021 Code Changes with ...
The Alberta Electrical Alliance have partnered with Mansfield Technical Services to provide ...
InfraCanada / InfraQuebec is an annual series of user group meetings across Canada for FLIR and ITC ...
IDEAL has a long history of offering collectible toy trucks, which have always been a popular item ...
In celebration of National Women’s History Month, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAFFCA) is ...
Hubbell Canada manufacturer of Electrical and Lighting products announces a significant step ...
Join ESA on Zoom for their first webinar of the fall, Electrically Safe Work ...
Being able to quickly adjust to the unexpected is a big part of any construction project, but solar ...
Rob McKinney will present on "The Eight Steps to Digitize Construction Workflow" during this ...

With the world changing at an unprecedented pace, companies today must respond quickly, responsibly. Discover the best strategies and latest technologies to help you thrive in the new normal. 





Read More


BCEA SparkBCBCEA's next Professional Development series will be on 2018 Updates & 2021 Code Changes with Ted Gilbert. Ted Gilbert is a well-known industry expert and a certified Master Electrician with over 30 years as an electrical contractor, electrician, code change instructor and Safety Officer with Technical Safety BC. He is a Senior Instructor with SparkBC Technical Training and currently teaches code change courses across BC.

Ted’s presentation will focus on the new or revised Rules pertaining to safety of personnel and protection of electrical equipment. These Rule changes are found in the BC Electrical Code in Sections 2,4,8,10,12,16,26 and 78.

Read More



AEAThe Alberta Electrical Alliance have partnered with Mansfield Technical Services to provide training on the 24th Edition of the Canadian Electrical Code. 

The course will cover changes in the Canadian Electrical Code to keep you current with safety standards for the installation and maintenance of electrical equipment.

Participants will learn:
  • 2018 Canadian Electrical Code 24th edition
  • Over 535 rule changes and 76 table changes
  • 69 new or revised special terminology and definition changes


Read More


Latest Articles

  • Prev
I was reminded again over the past few weeks in working with clients on electrical safety program ...
In the past few months, the term “she-cession” has been used to refer to the disproportionate ...
It should be noted that the type of control signal shouldn’t really matter — meaning that the use ...
I was elated, thrilled beyond belief. In my wildest dreams I hadn’t thought I’d ever be so lucky. I ...
The design of outdoor architectural fixtures requires the consideration of multiple environmental ...
RVE (Recharge Véhicule Électrique) was founded by David and Marie-Pier Corbeil in 2015 with ...
New Brunswick has invested in a green approach to infrastructure development as an important way to ...
The coronavirus disease, COVID-19, caused by SARS-CoV-2, is a rapidly evolving global risk that ...
We are quickly approaching January 2021 and publication of the 5th edition of the CSA Z462 ...
Canadian households are facing a period of dynamic change. Electrification is transitioning us away ...

Michelle BraniganBy Michelle Branigan

In the past few months, the term “she-cession” has been used to refer to the disproportionate impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on women’s participation in the workforce. Current Canadian numbers show that more women than men have lost their jobs, and fewer women than men have been able to get them back as workplaces re-open.

In Canadian electricity, women make up 26% of the workforce before taking into account the effects of the pandemic. In this situation, even small losses to women’s participation in electricity will have a detrimental impact on the sector.

Read More


Terry BeckerBy Terry Becker

I was reminded again over the past few weeks in working with clients on electrical safety program development, following up on LinkedIn posts, and reviewing IEEE 1584 based arc flash hazard incident energy analysis study P.Eng. reports for clients that industry doesn’t understand the CSA Z462 Workplace electrical safety standard and has been misinformed in P.Eng. arc flash hazard incident energy analysis study reports issued to them.



Read More


Product News

  • Prev
The Power Defense family is Eaton’s premier MCCB globally rated line, incorporating Power Xpert ...
The 51110-SRG residential surge protection panel is designed for mounting at the service entrance ...
The Models 6528 and 6529 are low cost 1000V hand-held instruments that offer Multimeter functions ...
The RMSM series of commercial thermoplastic PAR18/MR16 remotes provides the perfect balance of ...
A continuous band of flawless light output with no pixelated hot spots – even without a lens. ...
The Klick System by A-LINE, a Liteline brand, is the perfect combination of track and LED fixtures. ...
The WaveLinx Lite integrated sensor for Galleon and Top Tier parking garage applications is simple ...
Stanpro 4” and 6″ LED recessed downlight with adjustable trim is available for Non-IC and remodeler ...
Avoid the trouble caused from tripped circuit breakers with Eaton's Energy Management System (EMS), ...
FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced four new additions to its Exx-Series of advanced ...


Jesco No-Pixel Flexible LED Strip• A continuous band of flawless light output with no pixelated hot spots – even without a lens
• 3-Step MacAdam LED binning for uniformity in both color and intensity
• 2oz. PCB thickness for optimal thermal management
• Solder pads are gold plated providing exceptional electrical connectivity and are corrosion-free.
• Field-cuttable
• Cut ends can be linked with connectors. No soldering required.
• Easy installation with 3M® adhesive tape


Read More


FLIR Systems Exx-Series Handheld Thermal CameraFLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced four new additions to its Exx-Series of advanced thermal imaging cameras: the E96, E86, E76 and E54. Compared to predecessor Exx-Series cameras, the new cameras offer enhanced thermal resolution for more vibrant, easy-to-read images and on-camera routing capability to improve field survey efficiency.

The new Exx-Series cameras are designed to help professionals detect the early signs of building issues, identify hot spots, troubleshoot electrical and mechanical systems, and prevent problems before they cause damage that leads to expensive repairs.

Read More


Dee DurantDee Durant is an industrial electrician apprentice attending Conestoga College and an Ambassador for Kick Ass Careers. As an ambassador for KickAss Careers she spent time shadowing mentor and KickAss founder Jamie McMillan attending events for the organization.

The advancement of women in male dominated industries is an important endeavor for Durant, inspired by her mother, who was the first woman on the Brantford Police department. In EIN's interview with Durant, she discussed the future of electrical work, and how the ongoing pandemic is affecting our country’s students.

Read More


ABBFor more than a century, ABB has been investing in Canadian technologies and products to support the development of local businesses.

Canada has been known around the world for its delicious maple syrup and warm winter coats. But it is also a place for innovation, certainly for technology leader ABB, which has partnered with several Canadian customers to foster industrial transformation and manufacture products that suit their specific needs for over a century. Across Canada, ABB experts build the most trusted products in North America.


Read More


Copper $US Dollar price per pound

Kerrwil Publications Great Place to Work. Certified December 2019 - December 2020

538 Elizabeth Street, Midland,Ontario, Canada L4R2A3 +1 705 527 7666
©2020 All rights reserved

Use of this Site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy Policy (effective 1.1.2016)
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Kerrwil