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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.
Electrical Industry Coalition seeks role in plans for skilled trades
Safety and training key to ensuring province’s infrastructure needs met
April 22, 2019 - The Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO), the Ontario Electrical League (OEL) and the IBEW are joining forces to work with the Ontario government to educate them on why reducing the scope of practice of a 309A Electrician-Construction and Maintenance would not only risk public safety but will also deter others from entering the trade.
On April 11, the Ontario government introduced its budget, which included a proposed framework to replace the Ontario College of Trades that is intended to modernize the apprenticeship system and promote careers in the skilled trades. The framework also referred to a proposed new model that would potentially allow uncertified individuals to do the work of trades currently deemed compulsory.
The ECAO/OEL/IBEW coalition has committed to developing a research paper to assist the government in understanding what this would mean for the electrician trade. The coalition represents almost the entire electrical industry in Ontario.
"It's been well over a decade since all three organizations within the electrical industry have united on an issue so this should give the public a sense of its importance," said Stephen Sell, President of the Ontario Electrical League (OEL).
Statement by Attorney General Doug Downey on Delivering Construction Industry Prompt Payment on Time
October 1, 2019 - Today, Doug Downey, Attorney General of Ontario, issued the following statement:
"Our government is pleased to announce the full implementation of Canada's first-ever prompt payment regime and a new, streamlined dispute resolution process that will cut red tape to support jobs and growth in Ontario's construction industry.
Ontario is open for business and open for jobs, and these industry-leading changes demonstrate our government's commitment to restoring our province as an economic powerhouse.
Effective today, subject to transition rules, these changes to the Construction Act will help prevent payment disputes from delaying work on construction projects, speed up the payment process and reduce time and money spent on litigation. This will ensure workers and businesses are paid on time and disputes are resolved quickly.
We would like to thank Ontario's construction sector for sharing their expertise and continued support as we work together to grow jobs and the economy in our province. Today marks a new and prosperous era for our construction industry and thousands of businesses, workers and their families."
The Ontario Electrical League is pleased to see the Modernizing the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2019, introduced
April 16, 2019 (Toronto, ON) – The Ontario Electrical League (OEL) is pleased to see that the Ford government has introduced the Modernizing the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2019 as part of their Budget 2019.
The bill, if passed, will make important changes to the Skilled Trades and the Apprenticeship system and will include provisions to the existing fee structure within the Ontario College of Trades as it transitions to its elimination.
“The OEL is pleased to see a bill that addresses some of the concerns we have voiced to government for some time now,” said Stephen Sell, OEL President. “We are buoyed by the proposed changes to training that includes consultation with our industry and those that know what the trades need and what the industry needs as well.”
The Ontario Electrical League Welcomes the Passing of Bill 66
April 2, 2019 (Toronto, ON) – The Ontario Electrical League (OEL) welcomes the passing of Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, which opens bidding on publicly-funded construction contracts to all qualified companies as well as further improvements in various other practices within the construction sector.
Many of the OEL’s contractor members have long been shut out of publicly funded project work in their local communities. The passing of Bill 66 will bring greater fairness and openness to procurement processes across Ontario.
“The OEL is pleased to see that the Ontario government has taken the next step in ending a long-standing monopoly in the construction sector,” said Stephen Sell, OEL President. “Our organization’s belief has always been that open tendering should be an absolute requirement for all publicly-funded construction projects. It’s about time that our members are given equal and fair opportunities to bid on projects in their own local communities. We believe our members are every bit as qualified as any others to deliver on the successful completion of such projects.”
Letter to Premier Doug Ford from the Ontario Electrical League
Dear Premier Ford:
On behalf of the Ontario Electrical League (OEL) I would like to personally thank you for introducing Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act. More specifically, our association fully supports the amendments to the Labour Relations Act in Schedule 9. Your government deserves recognition for doing what’s right by taxpayers, thousands of our workers and contractors by allowing for fair tendering of public infrastructure projects across Ontario.
As the voice of Ontario’s Electrical Industry, we represent the interests of contractors, goods and service providers, who employ over 12,000 workers across Ontario. We have 22 of local chapters across the province, who are active and effective advocates in their communities. Members of our association support fair procurement practices, in which all qualified contractors should have an opportunity to bid on public projects – regardless of their labour affiliation (or lack there-of).
You should know that many of our members have been unable to bid on projects that their and their workers tax dollars have funded because of the legislative loophole dictating that millions of dollars in public infrastructure work must be awarded based on union affiliation, not qualifications or experience.
This is why you have our full support for leading legislative change that will be fair for all workers and businesses and will save tax dollars through a competitive bidding process.
We encourage you to move swiftly to pass fair and open tendering legislation so that all qualified construction companies and workers have the opportunity to build public infrastructure projects in their communities.
Chair, Board of Directors
The Ontario Electrical League backs the newly-introduced Bill 66, Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, 2018
December 6, 2018 (Toronto, ON) – The Ontario Electrical League (OEL) announced today its support for Bill 66, Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, 2018, which will now open all Ontario government contracts to "open tendering". Bill 66, introduced by MPP and Minister of Economic Development, Todd Smith, will help ensure everyone in Ontario will receive an equal and fair opportunity to compete for opportunities across the province.
“Until the passage of this Bill, many Ontario construction contractors have simply not been allowed to bid on contracts in prescribed geographic areas,” said Stephen Sell, President of the OEL. “Areas such as the Waterloo Region or Greater Toronto Area are where those contracts are limited to construction contractors who are bound to a special interest – which has been completely unnecessary.”
The Ontario Electrical League welcomes a new era of increased trades jobs with the introduction of Bill 47
November 22, 2018 (Toronto, ON) – With yesterday’s Royal Assent of Bill 47 (Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018), the Ontario Electrical League (OEL) looks forward to a future of improved job prospects, ending several decades of restricted journeyperson to apprentice ratios.
“Regarding the trades landscape in Ontario, the OEL has viewed ratio restrictions as one of our utmost priorities when lobbying the government for a fair and conducive electrical industry,” said OEL President, Stephen Sell. “We recognize that Bill 47 is the key to the future of hundreds of potential jobs. The OEL has been waiting and working to help change these regulations, and we look forward to seeing the numbers rise in apprenticeship placements.”
Sell said the OEL members had been extremely frustrated by the previous Liberal government’s complicated, confusing ratio restrictions, along with the red tape and paperwork involved with hiring apprentices. These unreasonable rules had prevented many OEL members from hiring apprentices and growing their businesses.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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:
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.