The 2017 Canadian Electrical Awards program is actively seeking Nominations for noteworthy electrical installations across the country, as well as crowning a 2017 Electrical Safety Champion!
Projects/champions will be considered under several categories:
• Industrial
• Commercial
• Institutional
• Residential
• Special (unique project)
* Electrical Safety Champion
Sponsored by I-Gard, the Electrical Safety Champion will remain a special category within the overall awards program, recognizing Canadian companies, teams and individuals who are passionate about promoting the health & safety of electrical workers.
“There are a lot of Canadian electrical professionals doing great work, and while some jurisdictions have their own local awards program, we want to showcase this talent across Canada,” says Anthony Capkun, editor of Electrical Business Magazine.
We accept nominations from anyone involved in the electrical scope of the project, including:
• Contractors
• Distributors
• Manufacturers and their Agents
• Engineers
• Designers, Architects, Owners, etc.
Projects will be evaluated against criteria that include (but are not limited to):
• Showcasing masterful installation practices.
• Displaying passion for worker safety.
• Coming in on time, on budget.
• Application of state-of-the-art technology.
As usual, you are allowed to nominate yourself. Submissions are only accepted via the online form at The competition closes September 2017, and the winners revealed shortly thereafter.
To encourage more entries, we will accept projects that have been completed between January 1, 2017, and September 15, 2017.
Winners will be featured in the pages of Electrical Business Magazine and L’industrie électrique, and online at Winners will also receive a beautiful trophy to display, and the bragging rights that go with it.
For more information, visit, and feel free to contact:
Anthony Capkun
Editor, Electrical Business Magazine
905-717-6421 • cell
The Canadian Electrical Awards are brought to you by Electrical Business Magazine and our sponsor I-Gard, who are experts in the application of high-resistance grounding technology and arc flash hazard mitigation. EBMag is Canada’s leading electrical industry publication, serving electrical contractors, maintenance & engineering professionals, distributors, manufacturers and their agents, and associated stakeholders since 1964. Visit


The Ontario Electrical League Looks Back to Move Forward


Why Mechanical Contractors?

In 1966, the Electric Heating Association of Ontario (mechanical) merged with the Electric Service League of Ontario, to become what’s known today as the Ontario Electrical League (OEL).

“We’re going back to our roots,” says Stephen Sell, President of the OEL. “Somewhere along the way, we started focusing on just electrical contractors, when the reality is, mechanical contractors face the same issues and hurdles as electrical contractors.”

The OEL currently represents open-shop electrical contractors, and industry partners, such as manufacturers, distributors, utilities and electrical service companies. Our history spans back over 95 years, when mechanical members were also part of the membership. Today, some of our members offer both electrical and mechanical services to their customers. Because of this, and our history, we are already familiar with the mechanical contracting world.

You might ask, “What do electrical contractors and mechanical contractors have in common?” The answer is, “Actually, quite a lot.”

Both trades are passionate about their skills and abilities, and neither wish to see the erosion of their qualifications. They’ve also had to undergo hours of education and training, as well as their apprenticeships, to obtain their licenses to work as a fully qualified journeyperson.

While there are other organizations in Ontario to represent the open-shop mechanical contractor, the OEL, by far, has the largest open-shop network and representation at the local level, to engage with the mechanical contractors. This helps provide a foundation to build a unified voice for mechanical contractors in Ontario.
Electrical and mechanical contractors also share a direct relationship with the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT). In this regard, both trades share the same concerns regarding the ratio restrictions imposed onto them. This common concern is prevalent and significant as it hinders the contractor’s ability to bring on new apprentices, in turn compromising entry into the trades.

Additionally, electrical contractors are regulated by the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) in licensing and inspection. The ESA inspects electrical work according the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. Similarly, mechanical contractors are regulated by the Technical Safety Standards Association (TSSA) in their inspections and licensing. Mechanical work in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is governed by the B149.1-15 Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code.

Why be part of the Ontario Mechanical League (OML)?

If you are a mechanical contractor and work in plumbing, heating, sheet metal, ventilation, refrigeration or insulation, you understand that your trade faces numerous challenges. It is becoming increasingly difficult for business owners to have their issues addressed, even heard, by the government and within the industry. By joining the OML, contractors help build and strengthen the voice for open-shop mechanical contractors.

Through active member participation, OML members have the opportunity to network and connect with like-minded owner-operators. These members have exclusive access to market intelligence, trade expos, networking, and the chance to give back to the trade and industry.

Member benefits of the OML range from vehicle and gas discounts to legal services. To see a full list of our benefits, please visit, scheduled to launch in the fall of 2017.

To learn more about becoming an OML member, contact us at 905-238-1382, or by email at


Westburne Launches New 'Life Here' Website

Westburne’s new Life Here website is now live. The new and improved website provides visitors and team members a glimpse into the culture that has been created at Westburne.

The new website is interactive and provides better access to the amazing stories of people in a fun, user friendly interface.


PowerOne Solutions Inc. Welcomes Four-O-One Electric

Four-O-One Electric President, Barry Moss, said “The P1Advantage is a great addition to our energy efficiency program. The program provides our clients solutions to gain control over energy costs and reduce electricity consumption.”

PowerOne CEO, Evan Baergen, said “Working with Four-O-One Electric is a great way to present the P1Advantage™ to companies already seeking a solution for energy efficiency and power quality.”


Schneider Electric Canada Employees Conclude Volunteer Time with Habitat for Humanity; Helps build 150 homes across Canada

Earlier this month, more than 50 Schneider Electric Canada employees volunteered at the Carter Work Project in Edmonton and Winnipeg, supporting Habitat for Humanity’s Canada 150 build and the Carter Work Project to construct 150 homes across the country in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.


New Brampton, Ontario Health Facility’s Energy-Efficient Design Pays Off

Electrical Industry Canada

Alectra Utilities’ collaboration with William Osler Health System in the design of its new facility resulted in energy savings of 3,233,587 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year and electrical demand savings of 856 kilowatts, an amount equal to removing 367 homes from the grid compared to a conventionally designed facility.

Through Ontario’s Save on Energy (High Performance New Construction) program, the facility received an incentive of $523,696 for the project plus an additional $85,616 for the design requirements needed to achieve these goals. 

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