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    Thursday, November 25, 2021
    Toronto – The Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance (OSTA), which represents companies that employ thousands of skilled trades workers, is pleased the Ontario government is making further investments to address the provincial skills gap. The funding announcement today by Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Monte McNaughton, will help to tackle a number of critical pinch-points in the ...read more
    Categories: Education, Announcements
    Tuesday, November 09, 2021
    As of last year, the total cumulative amount of fines imposed by the courts on convictions relating to illegal electrical work exceeded $1 million. The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) continues to receive tips about unlicensed electrical contractors performing electrical work in Ontario, and knows that this poses risks and frustrations for both licensed electrical contractors and homeowners who ...read more
    Categories: Education, OEL Members' News
    Tuesday, November 09, 2021
    On November 9, 2021, Support Ontario Youth's Tools in the Trades Boot Camp took place in Cobourg, Ontario. The day turned out to be a fantastic learning experience, and every student had a great day – even those who discovered that the electrician pathway was not the best fit for them. Students were engaged with both the Employability Skills and the Hands-On halves of the day, working well with ...read more
    Categories: Education, OEL Members' News
    Friday, October 29, 2021
    It's with heavy hearts that the Central Ottawa Valley chapter announce the passing of Jamie Mayotte. Jamie was a dedicated and valued employee of Valley Automation & Control Inc., an OEL member. Through fundraising efforts, the Central Ottawa Valley chapter has kindly donated $2000 to his two daughters' education fund. The full obituary can be found here.Pictured is Billy Patterson (chapter vice ...read more
    Categories: OEL Members' News
    Wednesday, October 27, 2021
    On October 27, 2021, Noramco opened its doors for a grand opening of their new Hamilton location. Located at 205 Nebo Road, the new 8000 square-foot building features a large showroom with interactive product displays and a new onsite wire and cable-cutting feature. The event saw a few suppliers showcasing some of the products on display in the showroom, as well as a ribbon-cutting ceremony and ...read more
    Categories: Announcements, OEL Members' News
    Friday, October 15, 2021
    Read: Spark Power Launches Scholarship for Underrepresented People in Ontario Entering the Trades
    Categories: OEL Members' News
    Friday, October 15, 2021
    Support Ontario Youth (SOY) rolls into Lively District Secondary School for its Tools in the Trades Boot Camp. Bringing together aspiring apprentices with employers and professionals in the construction and electrical and millwright fields, the Boot Camp aims to help streamline and simplify the apprenticeship journey. 30 participants will take part in a full-day workshop designed to help future ...read more
    Friday, October 15, 2021
    By Harp Khukh, Corestone Law   Most businesses in the construction industry, at one time or another, have had unpaid accounts. If the account remains unpaid for months, even a year, the process of endlessly following-up, failed promises to pay, deliberately ignored calls and emails, is all too familiar and is probably the most unpleasant administrative task of running your own business. ...read more
    Categories: Labour Law, Education
    Friday, October 08, 2021
    Thank you to all who came out to Glen Abbey Golf Club for OEL Golf Day this year! Members and industry partners enjoyed a long-awaited day of socially-distanced golf and reconnecting. See you all at a future chapter meeting or event soon! Take a look at all the photos of the day below.       
    Categories: OEL News
    Thursday, September 16, 2021
    On September 16, 2021, the OEL held an open house to celebrate a new provincial office location. As both the OEL and Support Ontario Youth (SOY) have expanded operations over the last year, this larger office space now allows accommodation for new staff members and additional meeting spaces. Thank you everyone who came out to check our our new space and joined us for long-awaited hellos!Visit ...read more
    Categories: Announcements, OEL News
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021
    Over the past year, ESA inspectors have identified over 1,400 defects related to arc fault protection of receptacles, making it our number one wiring defect. Arc fault is a leading cause of electrical fires in homes, but it doesn’t have to be! ESA’s analysis of the Ontario Fire Marshal’s data concluded that arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) protection could reduce residential electrical ...read more
    Categories: Codes and Standards
    Monday, July 26, 2021
    With gas prices increasing and the cost of electric vehicles going down, requests for licensed electrical contractors (LECs) to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are the highest they’ve ever been.   In this episode, host Josie Erzetic sits down with Trevor Tremblay, Technical Advisor at ESA, to hear his advice for LECs on the best practices for installing EV charging stations ...read more
    Categories: Health and Safety
    Friday, July 16, 2021
    Read: Alectra crews continue working to repair extensive damage in Barrie (Update #2)
    Categories: OEL Members' News
    Thursday, July 15, 2021
    Read: Barrie power outage: Alectra crews working to repair power lines in Barrie damaged by high winds
    Categories: OEL Members' News
    Friday, July 09, 2021
    Read: CLAC Receives $1.2 Million Grant to Develop Innovative Supervisor Training Program
    Categories: Announcements, OEL Members' News
    Tuesday, June 29, 2021
    The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), Ontario’s electrical safety regulator, announced today the launch of its inaugural podcast series, Grounded in Ontario – made especially for licensed electrical contractors (LECs), master and certified electricians along with individuals aspiring to work in the electrical trade. Grounded in Ontario lets listeners hear from ESA’s electrical experts and ...read more
    Categories: OEL Members' News
    Tuesday, June 15, 2021
    BOLT (Building Opportunities for Life Today), in partnership with SOY (Support Ontario Youth), is proud to announce that we are awarding $2000 worth of scholarships (four scholarships at $500) to help support to women currently apprenticing in the skilled trades. The pandemic disproportionately affected women’s employment, who are 10 times more likely to have fallen off the labour force than men. ...read more
    Categories: Awards and Honours, Announcements, OEL Members' News
    Thursday, June 10, 2021
    Pickering, Ontario – Hubbell Canada, manufacturer of electrical and lighting products, announces another significant step forward in our digital journey. On Thursday, June 3, 2021, the Hubbell Canada website will show in both French and English, providing our French-speaking population with the same rich and robust digital experience that our English-speaking population has enjoyed since the ...read more
    Categories: OEL Members' News
    Thursday, June 10, 2021
    CSA Group, in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD), is providing access to complimentary elearning to Ontario residents to reduce the burden of compliance and assist with economic recovery. Courses include 2021 Canadian Electrical Code Overview of Changes for Ontarians, 2021 Canadian Electrical Code Essentials for Ontarians and How to Navigate ...read more
    Categories: Codes and Standards, Health and Safety, Education, OEL Members' News
    Friday, June 04, 2021
    June 4, 2021 (Toronto, ON) – The Ontario Electrical League (OEL) applauds the passing of Bill 288, Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades Act, 2021, the Ontario government’s new measures to help tradespeople receive certification through Skilled Trades Ontario.   “Minister McNaughton deserves praise for a thoughtful piece of legislation that reflects his approach to engaging the industry ...read more
    Categories: Compliance and Enforcement, Announcements, Provincial Government
    Monday, May 17, 2021
    Jim Peplinski continues to strengthen their team of vehicle leasing experts to better serve OEL members across Ontario, with the addition of new Commercial Lease Manager, Steve Song. Steve will be reaching out to OEL members in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and London areas over the coming weeks to introduce himself and discuss any upcoming vehicle needs or fleet challenges.   If you would like ...read more
    Categories: Announcements, OEL Members' News
    Friday, May 07, 2021
    By Electro Cables Inc. There was a move by ESA to restrict cables used in ductless mini-split air conditioners to UL-approved PLTC and TC-ER-JP cables certified under UL standard 1277. After much discussion with Electro Federation Canada and its manufacturing members, it proposed that we could come up with a Canadian CSA-approved cable for this, and they came up with the following solution.  "In ...read more
    Categories: OEL Members' News
    Friday, May 07, 2021
    May 7, 2021 (Toronto, ON) – The Ontario Electrical League (OEL) applauds the Ontario government’s new measures to help tradespeople receive certification through Skilled Trades Ontario, announced yesterday by the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Monte McNaughton.   “With the introduction of the Building Opportunities in the Skills Trades Act, Minister McNaughton has ...read more
    Categories: Compliance and Enforcement, Announcements, Provincial Government
    Friday, April 09, 2021
    In April of 1956, founder Al Merlo opened the doors of his electrical company, Merlo Electric in Hamilton Ontario. Al started out wiring houses for a number of local home builders which he continued with for the first twenty years of operation. He would later expand his work to include apartment buildings, large projects and municipal contracts.   Today, Merlo Electric is a 24/7 service company ...read more
    Categories: OEL Members' News
    Wednesday, April 07, 2021
    City Electric Supply is pleased to announce that their ongoing commitment to providing their employees an enjoyable working atmosphere is recognized, as City Electric Supply receives certification from Great Place to Work. “We are immensely proud to have achieved this status," said Wayne Davies, Vice President of Operations. Being a family electrical wholesale business, City Electric ...read more
    Categories: OEL Members' News
    Thursday, March 25, 2021
    March 25, 2021 (Toronto, ON) – The Ontario Electrical League (OEL) welcomes the newly-announced 2021 Budget and its aim to continue modernizing and evolving the skilled trades and apprenticeship system.   “Yesterday’s 2021 Budget laid out resources that will help us move beyond COVID-19 and help fuel our economic recovery,” said Stephen Sell, OEL president. “Investments in infrastructure and ...read more
    Categories: OEL News, Announcements
    Tuesday, March 23, 2021
    March 23, 2021 Hubbell Canada announces a new training website, Hubbell Learning Academy. The easy-to-use, mobile-friendly site hosts product courses with training modules and tests to reinforce your knowledge. You will also find videos which offer additional information and installation instructions. There’s currently a great contest that runs until April 30. Visit our website at www.hubbell.ca ...read more
    Categories: Announcements, OEL Members' News
    Monday, March 15, 2021
    Read: COVID-19 Vaccination and the Workplace
    Categories: Labour Law, Health and Safety
    Thursday, February 25, 2021
    On February 10, 2021, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario updated its COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (Screening Workers) and its COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (Screening Patrons). Under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19 Act, 2020 and its associated regulations, every business or organization to ...read more
    Categories: Health and Safety, Labour Law
    Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    February 10, 2021 – Graybar Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Jones as the new Vice President, Central Region, effective February 15, 2021. This appointment follows the departure of Joe Caranci, previous Vice President, Central Region. Jones joined Graybar Canada in 2015 as the Regional Comm Data Manager for the central region and moved his way up in the company, his most ...read more
    Categories: Announcements, OEL Members' News
    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    January 26, 2021 – Salex, a facilitator of commercial lighting installations and control systems for Canada’s architectural lighting community, is excited to announce the promotion of Paul Manson to GTA Sales Manager. Paul joined Salex back in 2015 and has over 25 years of invaluable industry experience. Dedicated to the education and promotion of quality, high-efficiency lighting and controls, ...read more
    Categories: Announcements, OEL Members' News
    Saturday, January 16, 2021
    Categories: Announcements, Health and Safety, Provincial Government, Compliance and Enforcement
    Monday, January 04, 2021
    Read: ESA Welcomes New Chair Board of Directors
    Categories: Codes and Standards, Announcements
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