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      OEL members are active through various community initiatives, industry tradeshows and educational institutions to help promote the electrical industry in Ontario.
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      OEL members are leaders in the industry and actively participate on various code and safety committees, and partners, to help strengthen the integrity of licensed electrical work in Ontario.
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      OEL members are represented by working with our industry partner (ESA, OCOT, MOL, MTCU, to name a few) and advocate at Queens Park on issues that affect our members, and the industry in Ontario.
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    Every Day is Beautiful in Green Valley

    With a wide variety of events and opportunities, Green Valley has something to offer everyone. Celebrate the fun of the Minnesota State Fair with us each summer. Enjoy a scenic stroll through our many parks or play a round of golf at one of our three courses. Have your picture taken with the World’s Largest Owl and marvel at all the beautiful outdoor murals throughout the town.

    Our community offers a thriving economy, superb schools, traditional values, faith and fellowship, helpful services, and many entertainment options. Green Valley is truly the ideal place for new ventures and new growth because every day is abeautiful day.

  • OEL Applauds the Ford Government’s New Job-Creating  “Making Ontario Open for Business Act” OEL Applauds the Ford Government’s New Job-Creating “Making Ontario Open for Business Act”

    October 24, 2018 (Toronto, ON) - The Ontario Electrical League (OEL) welcomes the Ontario Government’s ground-breaking new legislation, the “Making Ontario Open for Business Act,” as a transformative bill that will bring literally thousands of young Ontarians into the Skilled Trades. This Bill removes restrictions on entering the trades by lowering the journeyperson to apprentice ratios in Ontario’s skilled trades to 1:1.

    “This new Bill will see hundreds if not thousands of young Ontarians start working in the skilled trades in the near future,” said OEL President Stephen Sell. “There is a huge demand for new electricians and in the mechanical trades – this Bill allows our members to hire young Ontarians and train them for these rewarding and well-paid careers.”

    Click here to read the complete press release >>  

  • Ontario employers get help to hire and train apprentices in the electrical sector with Government of Canada’s support Ontario employers get help to hire and train apprentices in the electrical sector with Government of Canada’s support

    Canada’s future prosperity depends on every Canadian having the skills, training and experience they need to get good-quality jobs and succeed in a changing economy. The skilled trades offer good middle-class jobs that are in demand and pay well.

    Today the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the Government of Canada is providing over $618,000 to the Ontario Electrical League for the Consortia Pilot Project – Employer Engagement. This investment will help increase the number of employers who train apprentices in the electrical sector.

    The Ontario Electrical League will recruit and train employers who have never been involved in apprenticeship training. A total of 20 employers and 20 apprentices will benefit from the investment and an employer consortium will be created. At the end of the project, lessons learned during the pilot will be expanded to other geographic areas in Ontario so that more employers can benefit from them.

    Apprentices alternate between periods of on-the-job training and technical training before they can become certified journeypersons. One of the long-standing challenges that prevents apprentices from completing their training is low employer engagement. Employers also face a number of barriers to participating in apprenticeship, such as high administrative burden, difficulty connecting with apprentices and lack of work for the full scope of the trade. By increasing the number of employers involved in apprenticeships, the Government of Canada is helping to ensure that Canada has the skilled tradespeople it needs to meet the needs of the labour market.

    Through this pilot, the Government is not only supporting employers but also investing in the next generation of skilled tradespeople so they can all share in Canada’s prosperity.

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  • Statement from Dale MacDonald, OEL Board of Directors Chair Statement from Dale MacDonald, OEL Board of Directors Chair

    The Ontario Electrical League (OEL), in conjunction with its membership, which includes electrical contractors, utilities, regulators, manufacturers, distributors, educators and industry consultants has enjoyed the working relationship with the Ontario College of Trades. Several of our members have been involved on the trade boards and on the board of governors. We sincerely hope that in future we can continue to act together in enhancing, fine tuning and developing programs towards our mutual goals of ensuring well educated, skilled, efficient and safe electricians and apprentices in Ontario.


    - Dale MacDonald ME, RSE

    Chair, Board Of Directors

    Ontario Electrical league

  • Red Tape Prevents 73% of Ontario Electrical Employers from Hiring New Apprentices Red Tape Prevents 73% of Ontario Electrical Employers from Hiring New Apprentices

    TORONTO, August 22, 2018 – In a recent survey conducted to over 100 electrical employers, the Ontario Electrical League (OEL) unveiled results highlighting a growing number of potential apprenticeships being prevented due to ratio restrictions.

    “Entering the electrical trades in Ontario is increasingly difficult because of the apprentice to journeyperson ratio cap, which puts the education and development of the next generation of electricians at risk,” said Stephen Sell, OEL President.

    “Many Ontarians trying to enter the industry are turned away because contractors have already filled the maximum amount of apprentice positions they can legally have. As an association that represents the electrical industry, the OEL is working to change this regulation for the betterment of the economy and our industry.”

    Of the 127 responses from electrical contractors, 73% indicated they would hire more apprentices. The top response to the question indicated that employers would hire two additional apprentices. The data shows a total count of 307 additional electrical apprentices that could potentially enter the workforce, a figure that is based off the OEL’s research alone.

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  • Hydro One announces new Board of Directors Hydro One announces new Board of Directors

    Hydro One Limited ("Hydro One"), Ontario's largest electricity transmission and distribution company, today announced a new Board of Directors, featuring an experienced, diverse and highly-regarded group of leaders who will be responsible for overseeing the company's continued transformation as a customer-focused, efficient and well-managed utility.

    "This highly-qualified board has strong governance and industry experience and brings with them significant electricity, business and capital markets expertise," said Paul Dobson, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Hydro One Limited. "Their oversight will help us to build on the positive momentum the Company has achieved since being privatized in 2015."

    The orderly transition to a new board was accomplished when former board members stepped down and new directors were appointed effective Tuesday, August 14. Six directors were identified and nominated by Hydro One's ad hoc nominating committee, comprised of four of the five largest shareholders excluding the Province of Ontario, and four directors were chosen by the Province, Hydro One's largest shareholder, in accordance with the Governance Agreement.

    "We are pleased to welcome these experienced and well-regarded directors to help us build on Hydro One's focus on the customer and commitment to deliver greater value for customers, communities and shareholders," said Dobson. "During this transition, employees at all levels remain focused on providing our customers with safe, reliable power and exceptional customer service."

    The new Hydro One directors are:

    Cherie Brant 
    Blair Cowper-Smith 
    Anne Giardini
    David Hay
    Timothy Hodgson
    Jessica McDonald
    Russel Robertson 
    William Sheffield
    Melissa Sonberg
    Tom Woods 

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  • Electrical Safety Authority Warns Consumers of Potential Electrical Inspection Scam in Southwestern Ontario Electrical Safety Authority Warns Consumers of Potential Electrical Inspection Scam in Southwestern Ontario

    The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has received reports that consumers in the Hamilton, St. Catharines and Cambridge areas have been contacted by representatives of a company notifying them that a mandatory electrical inspection is required at their household. A similar scam was reported in other areas of the province – including the Greater Toronto Area – in previous months.

    These calls and visits are not from the Electrical Safety Authority. The Electrical Safety Authority does not call to set up inspections or ask for personal information if no recent electrical work has been done in your home.

    If you receive a communication about electrical inspections and believe it to be a scam, do not provide any personal information and report it to Consumer Protection Ontario: https://www.ontario.ca/page/report-scam-or-fraud

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