Hydro One have launched a new Electricity Discovery Centre (EDC). This event trailer is 1000 square feet and contains interactive exhibits and multi-media displays designed to help customers manage costs, and learn about grid modernization and electrical safety. Exhibits include Electric Vehicle & Charging Station (exterior); Kids' Electrical Safety Team Headquarters (Membership kit – vest, membership card, and pencil), Solar Charging Station for Personal Electronic Devices, The Time-of-Use Pricing Game (x2), The Energy Saving Game, The Customer Corner (x3) and more. Click here for details and video. Click here for news release. Click here for fact sheet.
Industry Career Centre...
Use the menu tab on the left panel to select the Industry Career Centre where you will find all types of electrical industry jobs in one place. If you need to hire electrical industry professionals, the Industry Career Centre will put your job in front of our members and members will enjoy significant discounts when posting! Job Seekers can use the Career Centre as well and it is always free for seekers.
Work Share Portal...
Members can share manpower and/or equipment with other OEL members to complete projects. This portal is available through the members section of our website. You need to use your member login to access the Online Forums which will give you access to Work Share. The online forum appears below the logout on the menu. There is also a checklist template that can be used to cut and paste your requirements.
College of Trades...
OCOT consultation comes to a halt over possible bias. Click here for article in Daily Commercial News.
College of Trades urged to halt review, increase transparency. Click here for article in Industry News, ORBA.
- Ontario Chamber of Commerce Report on the College of Trades. Click here.
- Why the Ontario College of Trades should be abolished: Interview with Garfield Dunlop, MPP (VIDEO). Click here for Canadian Contractor Video .
- Immediate action needed to reform provincial apprenticeship systems: Kenney. Click here for news item in Daily Commercial News.
- Ontario Businesses Call on Government to Axe the Trades Tax. Click here.
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Ratio Review Decision ...
- 32 member alliance, of which OEL is a member, says "Slam the brakes on the OCOT trade status reviews". Click here for article in Daily Commercial News
- The Ontario Electrical League is extremely disappointed with the decision of the Ontario College of Trades Review Panel on the journeyperson to apprentice ratio for the Electrician: construction and maintenance and Electrician: domestic and rural trades that was announced on August 6, 2013. Click here to read the full OEL Press Release.
The Essex Chapter of the Ontario Electrical League and the Windsor Essex County Area Electrical Distributors once again hosted their biennial trade show Wednesday November 27th, 2013. This show attracted a wide spectrum of customers including power generators, utilities, industrials, OEM’s, contractors, developers, consulting engineers, architects. This year was one of the largest and best shows ever with approximately 814 participants, including 87 exhibitors and numerous volunteers from the Windsor Essex County Area Electrical Distributors and the OEL Essex Chapter Board Members. Congratulations to all who made this year such a successful event. Mark your calendars....next electrical expo on Wednesday Nov 25, 2015. Click here for 2013 photo gallery.535 guests,
Once again this year, OEL members of the Kingston Electrical Association met at Kingston's City Park to get the LED bulbs and strings lit up on the ‘Memorial 911’ Tree. And once again this year, the squirrels have been doing their high wire act and using the overhead tri-plex feed wires as a runway to get to the tree, thoroughly chewing up the wiring. The chapter would like to thank Steve Sottile and Briana Rustige from Utilities Kingston's Energy Conservation division for providing coffee and some delicious breakfast snacks from Pan Chancho bakery to get the morning started. Thanks also to Utilities Kingston, RW Electric and Phase 1 Electric for providing the bucket trucks. Finally, a special thanks to Bill Anderson from UK's underground division who whipped up a huge batch of his fantastic "down East recipe" clam chowder. The weather was fabulous for our Saturday work day at City Park. Thanks to everyone who showed up to help.
Essex Chapter's Lawrence Musyj of ENWIN Utilities coordinated an LDC (Local Distribution Companies) Information Night with guests from Hydro One, ENWIN, Essex Powerlines & ESA for a round table discussion of issues of local concern including Contractors Responsibilities, Service Locates, Cut and Reconnect procedures, ESA Validation on approvals, Meter Socket Types, Substation Maintenance, Fault Current generation & how Contractors receive fault current information. Also on the agenda was an Update on Incentive Program Changes and the Applicant Representative Program, giving applicants incentive $$$ for completed projects.