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Volume 2 • Issue 50


The responsibilities of employers and service providers

We've all experienced service providers who arrive at our homes or businesses and make us feel we should be anywhere elsewhere, but most of the time it's just not possible. Or wise. If you haven't experienced this, someone in your circle of family or friends probably has. When a contractor is on a customer's property, he has certain responsibilities. As contributors Katie and Dane Gustafson write, perform them well and it could help you grow your business. Turning elsewhere, we've all found this year that the economy is expanding more slowly than we would like, but recent months appear to have put the recession behind us. See the latest figures affecting our industry. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  


EHRC EHRC Celebrates the Best and Brightest of Canada's Electrical Industry
Over 100 of the electrical industry's best and brightest gathered on December 8, 2015 for Electricity Human Resources Canada's 2015 HR Awards of Excellence. Winners are…
BC Electrical Code BC Adopts 2015 Electrical Code Effective February 29, 2016
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EV Charging Stations Ontario Investing $20M in EV Charging Stations
The province is seeking public and private sector partners to create a network of fast-charging electric vehicle stations.

Human Resources

The Company Christmas Party — What Are the Employer's Obligations?

By Marie Cousineau and Geneviève Beaudin
Christmas party It's a Friday night in December. The employees of Party-Hearty Inc. are excited because tonight is their company Christmas party. Management has taken pains to organize a very special evening to show their thanks to the staff for their efforts over the last year. On tap: cocktails, dinner and dancing! But the party doesn't go as expected and the human resources manager is confronted by four different dilemmas when she gets back to work. Read on to find out how your business can avoid similar problems and keep your people safe... Read More

Best Practices

How to Be a Respectful Residential Contractor

By Katie and Dane Gustafson
Residential Contractor Working on a project at a residential building presents its own unique set of circumstances. Unlike a more corporate setting, projects set in a home environment mean that your employer is inviting you to come into a very private world of family and the household. While it’s not as straightforward as in other environments, maintaining a professional and pleasant relationship in this setting can be done. Here are seven ways to create respectful and productive relationships with your clients. Read More


October Building Permits Jump 9.1% Nationally

October building permits Municipalities issued $7.7 billion worth of building permits in October, up 9.1% from a month earlier. This was the first increase in three months. The value of residential building permits rose 15.5% to $4.8 billion, following two months of declines. Higher construction intentions for multi-family dwellings and institutional buildings in Alberta were responsible for much of the gain, as builders filed permits in advance of the changes in the Building Code... Read More


Residential Construction Up 3.3% in Q3

Residential Construction The total value of investment in residential construction rose 3.3% to $31.9 billion in the third quarter compared with the same quarter a year earlier. This marked the seventh consecutive year-over-year quarterly growth. Residential construction investment increased in five provinces: British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and PEI. Saskatchewan registered the largest decrease, followed by Alberta and Manitoba... Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

What Type of Projects Electrical Contractors Are Involved In

Residential projects have a slight lead over industrial/manufacturing, but both represent just over half of contractors' involvement. Check out variances within each project type from 2012 to 2015…

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Product Focus

Legrand Adds Almost 50 New Networking Transceivers to Its Networking Product Line

Legrand Transceivers The Q-Series transceiver offering from Legrand operates in wide ranges of equipment from popular manufacturers such as Arista, Brocade, Cisco, Finisar, HP, Juniper, and more. The offering is competitively priced, TAA compliant, and guaranteed to meet or exceed OEM specifications... Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 8
    The CE Code is a comprehensive document. Sometimes it can seem quite daunting to quickly find the information you need. This series of articles provides a guide to help users find their way through this critical document. In this article: Section 14: Protection and control..

  • Three Reasons Lighting Is an Investment
    Every project has a budget. Whether it's a company's new office or the latest restaurant to open on the lower east side. Budgets are real things and we all have to respect them as part of the design/build industry. Of course we think of lighting a little bit differently at SDA. We see lighting as an investment in a space, beyond an enhancement, light is at the centre of how we experience spaces. Here are three reasons to look at lighting as an investment...



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

8th Annual EFC Ontario Region Gala - Mardi Gras
January 22
Toronto, ON

BICSI 2016 Winter Conference & Exhibition
January 31 - February 4
Orlando, FL

ECANB Course: CSA Z463
February 11
Fredericton, NB

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