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Volume 2 • Issue 21


Other reasons to join the electrical industry

In recent weeks we've talked about the different aspects that are part of the regular and not so regular work performed by power workers. One of the reasons why it's important for us to talk about these people and the companies that improve our daily lives is to give new generations a taste. One way to encourage them is to help them continue their studies. This is the last week to apply for an EFC scholarship. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor, Electrical Industry Newsweek


EFC Scholarships Apply for $120,000 in 52 Available EFC Scholarships
Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) and its members continue to help students across Canada reach their education and career objectives through the EFC Scholarship program.
Arc Fault Safety Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters and the CE Code Changes
Eaton's Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) use advanced electronic technology to reduce fire hazards in electrical circuits, including connected cords…
Thunder Bay Retrofit Winners Thunder Bay Hydro Recognizes Local Businesses with Retrofit Excellence Awards
Thunder Bay Hydro recognized four local businesses at its 2015 Retrofit Excellence in Energy Efficiency & Conservation Awards.

Codes & Standards

Code and Public Safety through Products Standards

By Pierre McDonald
Code and Public Safety When it comes to electrical products and public safety we should first start with product standards. Electrical product standards created through the consensus based process as set out by the Standards Council of Canada are the foundation for Public Safety. The 2015 Edition Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code) is the first edition to introduce non-CSA Standards within the Appendix "A" of the Code. While these standards have existed for several years and some even decades, awareness of these standards can now be quantified through this publication and users can now see that actual standards do exist to ensure public safety is served in the use of those products covered by these standards... Read More


Setting up an Electrical Safety Training Program: What's Required by OSHA, CSA and NFPA? - Part 2

By James R. White
Electrical Safety Training Program When putting together an electrical safety training program, what requirements does an electrical manager need to follow, for which employees? In this second article in his two-part series, James R. White compares CSA Z462, NFPA 70E by emergency response training, lockout/tagout and more, and finishes with a handy checklist summary of CSA, NFPA and OSHA electrical safety training requirements... Read More

On the Job

Building a New Power Line Gave BC Crews a Chance to Shine

Building a New Power Line Foreman Bill Dalling can't imagine doing anything else but working in the line trade. His crews worked on slopes of up to 30% grade capable of snapping chains or towing straps securing heavy loads. And then there was the spring thaw, where snow turned to mud "thick like gumbo." But to hear Dalling describe it, building a new transmission line is about as good as it gets, at least for someone who's made a career out of building power lines.

Dalling has been working since August 2014 as the foreman for the Merritt Area Transmission Project, leading BC Hydro construction crews as they built the 35-kilometre, 138-kilovolt transmission line, scheduled to be in-service in the fall of 2015... Read More


Higher Material Costs Raise Q1 Apartment Building Construction Price Index

Apartment construction The composite price index for apartment building construction rose 0.5% in the first quarter compared with the previous quarter. This increase was the result of higher prices for materials used in apartment building construction. Of the seven metropolitan areas (CMAs) surveyed, Vancouver (+0.9%) reported the largest increase, followed by Toronto (+0.7%). Edmonton (-0.4%) and Calgary (-0.1%) reported the only decreases... Read More


Q1 Non-residential Building Construction Price Index UP 0.3%

Non-residential construction The composite price index for non-residential building construction rose 0.3% in the first quarter compared with the previous quarter. The increase was mainly attributable to higher material prices. Of the seven census metropolitan areas (CMAs) surveyed, Vancouver (+0.9%) posted the largest increase, followed by Toronto (+0.7%). Edmonton (-0.6%) and Calgary (-0.2%) reported the only decreases... Read More


Thomas & Betts to Award $3500 EFC Scholarship

Thomas & Betts Scholarships The Thomas & Betts Scholarship Award, part of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)'s 2015 scholarship program, is more than a scholarship. It's an opportunity to change your life by demonstrating your determination to succeed. The award will be granted to a student who has completed at least the second year of a post-secondary program in engineering (industrial, mechanical or electrical) or in operation management, who has maintained a minimum cumulative average of 75%, and who has demonstrated community involvement... Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Is This How You Spend Your Day?

Mostly installation, and hardly any down time.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

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Win with WESCO is designed to reward you for growing your purchases of qualifying Eaton products.
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Siemens Podcast

Siemens Canada Power Product Podcast Series: Sentron Molded Case Circuit Breakers (MCCB)

Siemens' series of online product podcasts are short presentations (approx. 15 minutes) that have been developed by the company's team of Canadian product experts. Check out the latest podcast on Sentron MCCBs…
Push In Technology

Push-in Connection Technology - from the Field to the Controller

Phoenix Contact is now offering push-in product technology for electrical installation. These easy-to-wire products ensure quick and reliable wiring times for all wire gauges (26-3/0 AWG).
NM Cable Connectors

Non-metallic Black Button® NM Cable Connectors

NM cable connectors from Arlington with push in installation. UL/CSA Listed for single or multiple cables, these connectorsoffer easy cable insertion with no pullout. These products are removable and reusable.
Raintight Sealing Reducing washers

Bridgeport Mighty-Seal Raintight Reducing Sealing Washers

Nesco Canada Bridgeport Fittings offering is expanded to offer Raintight Sealing Reducing washers that maintain the 3R rating of any enclosure when installing raceways in oversized knockouts, or when concentric knock-out rings break out larger than expected. These items are listed for use with Bridgeport's Raintight Connectors as well as Rigid/IMC conduit.



Training, networking and professional development opportunities for members of Canada's electrical industry.

2015 IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IHTC)
May 31-June 4 - Ottawa, ON

Building Lasting Change 2015
June 2-3 - Vancouver, BC

June 2-4 - Lyon, France

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Current Copper Prices

Monitor daily and 6-month $US prices for copper — the preferred electrical conductor for most categories of electrical wiring.

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