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 2017 Electrical Industry Conference

Where contractors and the industry work together

95 years of promoting, strengthening and representing the electrical industry! 

Date: May 3 - 6, 2017


Location: White Oaks Resort & Spa 

Click here to make your reservations at White Oaks Resort, or call them directly at 1-800-263-5766. Don't forget to mention that you are attending the OEL Electrical Industry Conference in order to receive OEL preferred rates. 


Friday night, we are celebrating OEL's 95th anniversary, alongside Canada's 150th birthday. Come dressed for fun in your most creative "Canadian" outfit (red and white). 

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Product Expo: Register your company for this year's expo here

Countdown to conference: Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Electrical Industry Conference (weekly countdown):

  1. "Have fun! Join us for wine tours, golf, casino night, and more!"
  2. "View new products at the Product Expo."
  3. "Share in OEL's 95th Anniversary, and celebrate in your industry's history."
  4. "Our companion program offers the opportunity to taste and explore the heart of Ontario's wine region, Niagara-on-the-Lake."
  5. "Get updated on key government relations activities that the OEL GR committee and Contractor Committee have achieved this year."
  6. "Join us for a tour of the Welland Canal Control Centre."
  7. "Learn about how you can get involved in the new OEL Apprenticeship Pooling Project."
  8. "Ontario's only event that brings together open-shop electrical contractors, and industry partners."