95 Years of Promoting, Strengthening, and Representing the Electrical Industry in Ontario

In 1921, a committee was formed to promote the “showing” of two electric homes in Toronto. In 1922, the committee was officially incorporated as the Electric Home League, and was the start of what we know today as the Ontario Electrical League (aka, the OEL). 

Images are courtesy of Lorne Babiuk. This home is still located in Kelvin Park.

Mr. George W. Austen served as the League’s first manager. During his tenure, he established the Red Seal Plan for inspections of residential wiring. This was the standard that was used for wiring of houses. At the time, the Electric Home League was the authorizing body for 120 hydro inspectors. As the Red Seal Plan program broadened, so too, did the League’s responsibilities, and in 1923, the name was officially changed to the Electric Service League, moving from the roots of just home wiring to the services provided by the inspectors who represented the Red Seal Plan. In 1946, the League was expanded to incorporate the whole province and was again renamed to reflect this shift, The Electric Service League of Ontario.

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OEL's Ottawa Chapter is Challenging  

Starting June 6, 2017, though to and including June 30, 2017, the Ottawa Chapter is looking to match all monies donated from each and every chapter across Ontario towards OEL’s Government Relations Efforts.

Ottawa is starting it off with a donation of $5,000 and they will match the remaining $5,000 in total donations, province wide, for a grand total of $10,000.Don’t delay, start today! All monies will be tallied at the end of June!

  • Thank you OEL's Central Ottawa Valley Chapter for your donation of $2,000
  • Thank you OEL's Elgin and District Chapter for your donation of $1,000
  • Thank you to OEL's Durham Chapter for your donation of $1,500
  • Thank you OEL's Essex Chapter for your donation of $1,000

Gary Oosterhof!
Countryside District's New
City Councillor!

“I’m delighted, I’m humbled and I’m honoured to be a representative for Countryside, and I will start to work right away and be what I said I’d be,” said Oosterhof.

"The citizens of Countryside District have made a wise choice by electing our longtime friend and OEL member Gary Oosterhof to the municipal council," says Dale MacDonald, OEL's Board of Directors Chairman. "Congratulations Gary!" 

Click here to read more from Kingston Whig-Standard.

Steer Clear of the Zap Zone

How to Work Safely Near Power Lines

If you work with dump trucks, boom trucks, ladder trucks, bucket trucks, cranes, augers, excavators, backhoes, scaffolds, ladders or other equipment with a long reach, chances are you’re working dangerously close to overhead or underground power lines. We call that the Zap Zone. 

The Zap Zone isn’t just the power line itself: it’s also the surrounding air space (measured in metres) which insulates the line. Of course you know better than to touch a power line. But operating equipment too close to a power line is risky too.

The fact is, you or your equipment can attract electricity without even touching the wire itself. Electricity can arc or "jump" through the insulating space between a wire and a conducting object like a truck or a ladder. The higher the voltage, the more likely it is for an arc to occur. Keeping a safe distance away saves lives.

Stay Safe. Steer Clear of the Zap Zone.

Click here to learn more on how to work safely near power lines.

Relief Efforts for the Floods in the Ottawa Area

AC Electric is working with Constance Bay Community Association to get much needed assistance in dealing with the flood cleanup and restoration in the Ottawa area, and they need your help! 

"I’m asking if anyone can volunteer manpower, materials or provide funds it would be greatly appreciated by the families affected, as the majority will not be covered by insurance, " says Mark Steele, President of AC Electric.

There were approximately 147 homes evacuated. 

"I’m sure we all could pick a home or two and this would make things go quick and smooth," says Steele. AC Electric has also reached out to ESA to see if permit fees could possibly be waived for reconnections and basic restoration work after the abatements going forward. Hydro One has confirmed that they will not charge for any reconnection work in their areas.

Should you have any further ideas that might help with these efforts, please get in touch by emailing or by calling 613-836-1677.