ON THE JOB - KE Electrical – Part of Ottawa’s Thriving City Since 1994

Ottawa and its surrounding area has become one of Ontario’s fastest growing cities because it’s a great place to live, work and raise a family. KE Electrical is has made its mark in Ottawa in the local construction industry on commercial projects in the private and public sectors as well as large-scale residential condominiums and hotels. Today, what’s known as KE Electrical, started in 1994 as Gord Kemp Electrical with Gord Kemp, president and owner, two employees and a half-ton truck.

Over Kemp’s 23-year career as owner of KE Electrical, there were always three constants; his family, his farm, and his trusted colleague, Joan O’Meara, who helped him with Gord Kemp Electrical when it first started out, to today, helping with everything from bookkeeping to administration.
“Joan has been with me from the start, and her opinions and business insight has never led us astray,” Kemp says. “She is important to this business, and she’s very important to me. She has helped me grow this business from the ground up, and I’m very thankful to have her.”

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Protesting Ontario tradespeople 'mad as hell' over budget bill

Kate MGilivary, CBC News Toronto

Workers say that provincial bill will threaten their jobs and put their safety on the line.

Certified tradespeople from across Ontario gathered at Queen's Park on Wednesday to protest against a provincial bill they say has the potential to threaten their jobs and put their safety on the line.

"Everybody here is mad as hell that this is being rammed through," said organizer John Grimshaw, who estimated that 4,500 people were gathered at the peak of the demonstration.

The concern is around one section of Bill 70, Ontario's budget implementation legislation. That section, known as schedule 17, would give the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) the power to review or overrule some decisions made by the industry-run Ontario College of Trades.

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The Ontario government has introduced amendments to the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act that it plans to push through the legislature within the next two weeks.

These amendments, buried in a budget bill, will diminish the value of a certificate of qualification in a compulsory trade – such as electrician, steam fitter, plumber, sheet metal worker and sprinkler installer. 

This may also impact trades in non-construction sectors. Trades are designated as compulsory in order to protect workers and the public. Ontario law stipulates that only licensed professionals or registered apprentices can perform the work of a compulsory trade. The government’s proposed amendments will allow cheaper, unskilled workers to do some of this work so that corporations can save money.

Action: Let Premier Kathleen Wynne or your MPP know that there must be proper debate of these proposed amendments to ensure we keep Ontario families and workers safe. Email the Premier at


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OEL Sponsored Working At Heights Training
Registration is now open

The following locations are now available for Working at Heights training. 

There is a maximum of 12 participants per location.

Register now, spots fill up fast. Don't see a location near you, or interested in having on-site training? Please contact Cathy Frederickson

  • Oshawa on January 11, 2017 (2 spots left)

As of April 1, 2015, employers must ensure that certain workers complete a working at heights training program that has been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer and delivered by an approved training provider before they can work at heights.

The training requirement is for workers on construction projects who use any of the following methods of fall protection: travel restraint systems, fall restricting systems, fall arrest systems, safety nets and work belts or safety belts.

There is a two-year transition period for workers who, prior to April 1, 2015, met the fall protection training requirements set out in subsection 26.2(1) of the Construction Projects Regulation. These workers will have until April 1, 2017 to complete an approved working at heights training program.

Source: Ontario Ministry of Labour - Working at Heights Training