A Statement from the OEL - COVID-19
From Our President
During this unprecedented and difficult time, I implore you all to stay healthy and remain cautious during the COVID-19 pandemic that has significantly effected all our lives. Whether you have continued to work or have scaled back, please follow the advice of public health authorities to practice best health practices. By continuing your work in a diligent and safe matter, while strictly following the protocols and recommendations set out by the federal and provincial governments, we can all work together (at a distance) to flatten the curve. As we have reiterated again and again, nothing is as paramount as the health and safety of everyone.
Several times a week, the OEL provincial office will continue to communicate news and resources that are critical to our industry during these times. Be sure to check the Member Information Centre and the News section of the OEL website for a catalog of all COVID-19 related news.
Please be aware that several OEL chapters have decided to cancel or postpone chapter meetings and events. Web-based meetings are currently being discussed as a temporary option, and we encourage you to reach out to your respective chapter executives if you have any recommendations or questions.
Now might be the opportune time to make sure your staff is up-to-date with their safety training. As you know, the OEL offers a variety of training programs through MasteryNet available exclusively to members. Contact the provincial office for more information on how to get started.
I know that many of you were looking forward to our most important networking event of the year, the 2020 Electrical Industry Conference, which has now been postponed. Stay tuned to our communications as we will soon be providing more information on the next steps, as well as further details regarding our Annual General Meeting. For those of you who remain on the front lines – thank you, and stay safe.
Stephen Sell, President, OEL
COVID-19 News and Resources
For updates and news regarding COVID-19, please visit the News section of our 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.