March 16, 2020
Good afternoon OEL members,
During this time of uncertainty, the Ontario Electrical League is providing recommendations to assist employers in minimizing the risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Whether or not you wish to continue providing service to your clients, the Ontario Electrical League encourages you to follow the advice of public health authorities to establish best practices:
- Practice proper hygiene including (but not limited to): Frequent hand-washing with soap and water for at least 30 seconds, wearing gloves, avoiding touching your face and sneezing/coughing into a bent elbow or tissue and immediately washing hands afterwards
- Evaluate the workplace for areas where people have frequent contact with each other and shared objects
- Increase the distance between desks/workstations as well as employees and customers at ideally two (2) metres
- Encourage employees to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and to stay home and seek medical attention when/if they are ill
ESA Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, ESA is taking additional precautionary measures to keep the Ontario public and their employees safe.
To that end, they are applying some additional measures:
- ESA is closing their offices to the public, effective Monday, March 16, until further notice. At this time access will be available for mail and courier deliveries.
- ESA has cancelled all training/ME exams/large gatherings/conferences/networking events until the end of April.
- ESA has limited operational site visits.
- ESA is suspending all business air travel, including domestic.
- ESA’s stakeholder engagement activities, including Advisory Councils, will be conducted over conference call or webinar until the end of April. Please contact your ESA representative to get further direction.
ESA will continue to monitor and provide updates related to COVID-19 as circumstances change.
Click here for more information on ESA's Urgent Notice.
Click here for a comprehensive outline from the World Health Organization (WHO) about preparing your workplace for COVID-19.
Click here for more information from the Government of Ontario website.
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Ontario Electrical League celebrates a successful year of 1:1 journeyperson to apprentice ratios, unveils new contractor survey results
TORONTO, November 21, 2019 – The Ontario Electrical League (OEL) is revealing a new report from a survey conducted to its contractor members, showcasing the success of Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act. Introduced a year ago, one of the largest changes from Bill 47 was the establishment of 1:1 journeyperson to apprentice ratios, replacing what was formerly a confusing and restricting ratio structure.
Conducted in October 2019, the report showed that 75 per cent of surveyed contractor members have hired at least one apprentice. Over a hundred apprentices have been hired, with an average of 2.95 apprentices per respondent.
“Now more than ever, one of the most emphasized topics of conversation among the trades is preparing today’s generation for the future,” said Stephen Sell, OEL President. “One-to-one ratios not only allow people to land coveted apprenticeships, but it may just influence those that could be considering a career in the skilled trades – who are now much more inclined to pursue one knowing that a major roadblock has been lifted.”
In a May 2018 survey, the OEL sought to establish how they could best display and address the struggle that contractors were facing from restricted ratios. They asked over 100 OEL members how many additional apprentices they would hire if journeyperson to apprentice ratios were changed, in which the average response was two. A total of 73 per cent indicated they would hire more apprentices if they were allowed the option. Both the OEL’s May 2018 survey and October 2019 survey showed similar results, the latter echoing the proposed hiring numbers indicated by members earlier.