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  • Industry Abbreviations and Acronyms

  • The OEL has created a list of the most commonly used acronyms. If you have an acronym that you think could be added to this list, please send it to huong.nguyen@oel.org.

    Updated: December 7, 2017

     

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  • A

    • AATO - Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (website)
    • ABC - Associated Builders and Contractors (USA, website)
    • ACA - Alberta Construction Association (website)
    • ACEC - Association of Consulting Engineering Companies, Canada (website)
    • ACP - Authorized Contractor Program (part of ESA, website)
    • ADO - Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (website)
    • AED - Automatic Emergency Defibrillator
    • AGL - Aeronautical or Aerodrome Ground Lighting
    • AGM - Annual General Meeting
    • AHJ - Authority Having Jurisdiction
    • AODA - Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (website)
    • ARCAL - Aircraft Radio Control of Aerodrome Lighting
    • ARIDO - Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (website)
    • ASD - Adjustable Speed Drive (also referred to as variable-frequency drive (VFD) or variable-speed)
    • ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (website)
    • ATS - Automatic Transfer Switch
    • AWG - American Wire Gauge
  • B

    • BCA - Barrie Construction Association (website)
    • BCACG - Broader Construction Association Consultation Group (City of Toronto, website)
    • BCC - Building Code Commission (website)
    • BCCA - British Columbia Construction Association (website)
  • C

    • C of Q - Certificate of Qualification (through OCOT, website)
    • CAC - Cement Association of Canada (website)
    • CANB - Construction Association of New Brunswick (website)
    • CANS - Construction Association of Nova Scotia (website)
    • CAPEI - Construction Association of Prince Edward Island (website)
    • CASA - Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association (website)
    • CATB - Construction Association of Thunder Bay (website)
    • CAWIC - Canadian Association of Women in Construction (website)
    • CBO - Chief Building Official
    • CBTU - Canada's Building Trades Unions (website)
    • CCA - Calgary Construction Association (website)
    • CCA - Canadian Construction Association (website)
    • CCDC - Canadian Construction Documents Committee (website)
    • CCOHS - Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (website)
    • CD - Change Directive
    • CDAO - Construction Design Alliance of Ontario (website)
    • CDBI - Canadian Design Build Institute (website)
    • CEC - Canadian Electrical Code
    • CEC - Construction Education Council (part of MCAC, website)
    • CEC - Construction Employers Coalition (part of WSIB)
    • CECCO - Construction Employers Coordinating Council of Ontario (website)
    • CEO - Chief Executive Officer
    • CEO - Consulting Engineers of Ontario (website)
    • CFCA - Concrete Floor Contractors Association of Ontario (website)
    • CFCSA - Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (website)
    • CFLRA - Cement Finishing Labour Relations Association (website)
    • CFIB - Canadian Federation of Business (website)
    • CIAG - Construction Industry Advisory Group (part of WSIB)
    • CIQS - Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (website)
    • CISC-ICCA - Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (website)
    • CLAC - Christian Labour Association of Canada (website)
    • CLRAO - Construction Labour Relations Association of Ontario (website)
    • CM - Corrective Maintenance
    • CNCCTO - Coalition of Non-Compulsory Construction Trades of Ontario 
    • CO - Change Order
    • CoAC - Contractor Advisory Council (part of ESA)
    • COCA - Council of Ontario Construction Associations (website)
    • COF - Consequence of Failure
    • CoR - Certificate of Recognition (through IHSA)
    • COV - Central Ottawa Valley Chapter (part of OEL)
    • CPO - Chief Prevention Officer
    • CSA - Canadian Standards Association (website)
    • CSAC - Cross-Sector Advisory Council (part of ESA)
    • CSC-DCC - Construction Specifications Canada (website)
    • CSS - Continuous Safety Services (ESA)
    • CT - Current Transformer
    • CWB - Canadian Welding Bureau (website)
  • D

    • DAA - Designated Approving Authority
    • DAC - Damped Alternating Current Voltage
    • DBFO - Design, Build, Finance and Operate
    • DCA - Durham Construction Association (website)
    • DCN - Daily Commercial News (website)
    • DCS - Distributive Control System
    • DGA - Dissolved Gas Analysis
    • DRA - Dielectric Response Analysis
    • DUR - Durham Chapter (part of OEL)
  • E

    • E&USA - Electrical & Utilities Safety Association of Ontario (now IHSA)
    • ECA - Edmonton Construction Association (website)
    • ECAO - Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (website)
    • ECRA - Electrical Contractor Registration Agency (part of ESA)
    • EDA -Electricity Distributors Association (website)
    • EEMP - Electrical Equipment Maintenance Program
    • EFC - Electro-Federation Canada (website)
    • EHT - Electric Heat Trace
    • EIC - Electrical Industry Conference (more information)
    • ELG - Elgin and District Chapter (part of OEL)
    • EMMS - Electrical Maintenance Management System
    • EOL - End of Life
    • EPA - Environmental Protection Agency (USA, website)
    • EPC - Engineering, Procurement and Construction
    • EPCM - Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Management
    • EPM - Electrical Preventative Maintenance
    • ERP - Emergency Response Plan
    • ESA - Electrical Safety Authority (website)
    • ESA - Employment Standards Act (website)
    • ESX - Essex Chapter (part of OEL)
  • F

    • FAT - Factory Accepted Test
    • FDS - Frequency Dielectric Spectroscopy
    • F.E. - Field Evaluation
    • FIT - Feed In Tariff (Renewable Energy Program)
    • FMECA - Failure Mode Effects and Criticality Analysis
    • FRACAS - Failure Reporting Analysis and Corrective Action System
  • G

    • GFCI - Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
    • GHS - Globally Harmonized System (website)
    • GIS - Gas-Insulated Swtichgear
    • GOI - Guarantee of Isolation
    • GPCA - Grande Prairie Construction Association (website)
    • GPR - Groung Potential Rise
    • GTA - Greater Toronto Area
    • GTAW - Greater Toronto Area West Chapter (part of OEL)
    • GTECA - Greater Toronto Electrical Contractors Association (website)
    • GSC - Gold Seal Certified (website)
    • GVCA - Grand Valley Construction Association (website)
  • H

    • HAL - Halton Chapter (part of OEL)
    • HDECA - Hamilton District Electrical Contractors Association (part of OEL)
    • HEA - Headwaters Chapter (part of OEL)
    • HHCA - Hamilton-Halton Construction Association (website)
    • HHGCA - Hamilton-Halton General Contractors Association (website)
    • HRAI - Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (website)
    • HSE&S - Health, Safety, Environment and Security
    • HV - High Voltage
    • HVAC - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning 
    • HVDC - High-Voltage Direct Current
  • I

    • IBC - Insurance Bureau of Canada (website)
    • ICE - Impact, Costs, and Ease of implementation
    • ICI - Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (part of WSIB, website)
    • ID - Induced Draft
    • IDC - Interior Designers of Canada (website)
    • IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (website)
    • IESO - Independent Electricity System Operator (website)
    • IFR - Instrument Flight Rules
    • IHSA - Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (website)
    • IO - Infrastructure Ontario (website)
    • I/O - Input/Output
    • IR - Infrared Light (Radiation)
    • IRP - Internal Responsibility Program
    • IRS - Internal Responsibility System
    • ISCA - Interior Systems Contractors Association of Ontario (website)
  • J

    • JHA - Job Harzard Analysis
    • JST - Job Search Training Program
    • JSW - Job Search Workshops for Newcomers to Ontario (website)
  • K

    • KCA - Kingston Construction Association (website)
    • KEA - Kingston Electrical Association (part of OEL)
    • KEN - Kent County Chapter (part of OEL)
  • L

    • LCA - Lloydminster Construction Association (website)
    • LDC – Local Distribution Company
    • LDCA - London and District Construction Association (website)
    • LEC - Licensed Electrical Contractor (ECRA/ESA)
    • LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (website)
    • LMI - Labour Market Information (Part of MTCU, website)
    • LON - London Chapter (part of OEL)
    • LV - Low-Voltage
    • LVCB - Low-Voltage Circut Breaker
  • M

    • MCA - Mississauga Construction Association (website)
    • MCAC - Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (website)
    • MCAO - Mechanical Contractors Association of Ontario (website)
    • MCC - Motor Control Centre
    • MCCB - Moulded Case Circuit Breaker
    • M.E. -  Master Electrician (ECRA Designation)
    • MEB - Masters Examining Board (part of ESA)
    • MERIT - Merit Ontario (website)
    • MLA - Member of Legislative Assembly (Wikipedia)
    • MMAH - Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (website)
    • MNCA - Moncton Northeast Construction Association (website)
    • MOL - Ministry of Labour (website)
    • MOSCA - Merit OpenShop Contractors Association (see Merit)
    • MP - Member of Parliament (website)
    • MPP - Member of Provincial Parliament (website)
    • MSDS - Material Safety Data Sheet (website)
    • MTBF - Mean Time Between Failures
    • MTCU - Ministry Training, Colleges and Universities (now called Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, website)
    • MTO - Ministry of Transportation, Ontario (website)
    • MTTF - Mean Time to Failure
  • N

    • NBY - North Bay Chapter (part of OEL)
    • NCA - Niagara Construction Association (website)
    • NDT - Non-Destructive Testing
    • NEC - National Electrical Code (USA, website)
    • NFPA - National Fire Protection Association (USA)
    • NGR - Neutral Ground Resistor
    • NLRB - National Labour Relations Board (USA, website)
    • NOCA - Norther Ontario Construction Association (website)
    • NRCA - Northern Regional Construction Association (website)
  • O

    • O&M - Operations and Maintenance
    • OAA - Ontario Association of Architects (website)
    • OACETT - Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (website)
    • OBC - Ontario Building Code (website, Ontario Building Code Online)
    • OBCA - Ontario Building Code Act (website)
    • OBDC - Ontario Bid Depository Council (part of CCA, website)
    • OBOA - Ontario Building Officials Association (website)
    • OCA - Ottawa Construction Association (website)
    • OCS - Ontario Construction Secretariat (website)
    • OCOT - Ontario College of Trades (website)
    • OCR - Ontario Construction Report (website)
    • OCT - Ontario College of Teachers (website)
    • OCUC - Ontario Construction Users Council (website)
    • OCWI - Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation (website)
    • OD - Occupational Diseases
    • ODALS - Omni-Directional Apprach Lighting System
    • ODCA - Orillia and District Construction Association
    • OEA - Office of the Employer Advisor (now OWA, website)
    • OEA - Ontario Energy Association (website)
    • OEL - Ontario Electrical League (website)
    • OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer
    • OESC - Ontario Electrical Safety Code (ESA)
    • OFL - Ontario Federation of Labour (website)
    • OGCA - Ontario General Contractors Association (website)
    • OHBA - Ontario Home Builders Association (website)
    • OHS - Occupational Health and Safety
    • OHSA - Occupational Health and Safety Act (website)
    • OIRCA - Ontario Industrial Roofing Contractors Association (website)
    • OJSPC - Ontario Joint Standard Practice Committee
    • OLRB - Ontario Labour Relations Board (website)
    • OMB - Ontario Municipal Board (website)
    • OMCA - Ontario Masonry Contractors Association (part of COCA, website)
    • OML - Ontario Mechanical League (website)
    • ORAC - Ontario Refrigeration and AC Contractors Association
    • ORBA - Ontario Road Builders Association (website)
    • OSHA - Occupational Health and Safety Administration (USA, website)
    • OSWCA - Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (website)
    • OTT - Ottawa Chapter (part of OEL)
    • OWA - Office of the Worker Advisor (website)
  • P

    • P. Eng - Professional Engineers (website)
    • P-F Interval - Probable Failure Interval
    • PAPI - Precision Approach Path Indicator
    • PCAC - Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (website)
    • PCTC - Progressive Certified Trades Coalition (protradessafeontario, website)
    • PD - Partial Discharge
    • PDCE - Peterborough and District Construction Exchange
    • PdM - Predictive Maintenance
    • PEO - Professional Engineers of Ontario (website)
    • PET - Peterborough Chapter (part of OEL)
    • PF - Power Factor
    • PFC - Power Factor Correction
    • PI - Polarization Index
    • PLC - Programmable Logic Controller
    • PLCAC - Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (website)
    • PSHSH - Public Services Health and Safety Association (website)
    • PMTP - Post-Maintenance Testing Process
    • PO - Purchase Order
    • POF - Probability of Failure
    • PPE - Personal Protective Equipment
    • PT - Potential Transformer
    • PT&I - Predictive Testing and Inspection
    • PUC - Power and Utilities Corporation (precedes with location in most cases, i.e. Oshawa or Sault Ste. Marie)
    • PWGSC - Public Works and Government Services Canada (website)
  • Q

    • QA - Quality Assurance
    • QBS - Quality-Based Selection
    • QC - Quality Control
    • QCA - Quinte Construction Association (website)
    • QMS - Quality Management System
    • QMW - Qualified Maintenance Worker
    • QUI - Quinte and Area Chapter (part of OEL)
  • R

    • RBHCS - Road Builders and Heavy Construction of Saskatchewan (website)
    • RBIM - Risk-Based Inspection Maintenance
    • RBM - Risk-Based Maintenance
    • RCA - Regina Construction Association (website)
    • RCA - Registered Code Agency (website)
    • RCA - Root Cause Analysis
    • RCCAO - Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (website)
    • RCM - Reliability-Centered Maintenance
    • RDCA - Red Deer Construction Association (website)
    • RESCON - Residential Contractors Association (website)
    • RFP - Request for Pricing
    • RFP - Request for Proposal
    • RILS - Runway Identification Lights
    • RM - Reactive Maintenance
    • RMCAO - Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario (website)
    • RSE - Red Seal Equivalent (Designation)
    • RSL - Rideau St. Lawrence Chapter (part of OEL)
    • RTD - Resistane Temperture Detector
    • TRIL - Runway Threshold Identification Light
    • RTU - Remote Terminal Unit
  • S

    • SAC - Surety Association of Canada (website)
    • SAWO - Safe at Work Ontario (part of MOLwebsite)
    • SCA - Sarnia Construction Association (website)
    • SCA - Saskatoon Construction Association (website)
    • SCA - Sudbury Construction Association
    • SCADA - Supervisory Control and Data Aquisition
    • SCC - Standards Council of Canada
    • SCR - Silicone controlled Rectifier
    • SDO - Standards Development Organization
    • SFALS - Sequence Flashing Approach Light System
    • SFRA - Sweep Frequency Response Analysis
    • SICA - Southern Interior Construction Association (website)
    • SJCA - St. John Construction Association
    • SLD - Single-Line Diagram
    • SO - Suitable Occupation
    • SOP - Scope of Practice
    • SOP - Standard Operating Procedures
    • SSALR - Simplified Short Approach Lighting System with Runway Alignment Indicator Lights
    • SSMCA - Sault Ste. Marie Construction Association (website)
    • SST - Solid-State Trip Unit
    • SWOT - Strenghts, Weaknesses, Opportunites and Threats
  • T

    • T&P - Temperature and Pressure
    • TCA GCS - Toronto Construction Association General Contractors Section (website)
    • TCC - Time Current Curve
    • TDR - Time Domain Reflectometry
    • TOJ - Training on the Job program
    • TP - Transition Plan
    • TR - Transfer Rectifier
    • TRV - Transient Recovery Voltage
    • TSSA - Technical Standards & Safety Authority (website)
  • U

    • U/G - Underground
    • UL - Underwriters' Laboratories (website)
    • ULC - Underwriters' Laboratories Canada (website)
  • V

    • VDC - Virtual Design and Construction
    • VICA - Vancouver Island Construction Association (website)
    • VOR - Vendor of Record
    • VRCA - Vancouver Regional Construction Association (website)
  • W

    • WCA - Windsor Construction Association (website)
    • WCA - Winnipeg Construction Association (website)
    • WHIMIS - Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (website)
    • WSIB - Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (website)
    • WSPS - Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (website)
    • WT - Work Transition (website)
    • WTS - Work Transition Specialist
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