Electrical Industry News Week
Published by Kerrwil Publications Limited with support from the EFC

Message From The Editor

Remember the essential is always relevant

As we are about to adopt a new electrical code, it is relevant to remember that performing work without having the necessary certifications and qualifications can be costly. An interesting example is presented to you in this issue. On the other hand, you can also read about a contractor who has always taken his job seriously and whose business continues to grow even as he prepares to pass the torch. As we move towards new bi-lateral discussions with our southern neighbours, it is useful to know current statistics on the Canadian economy, especially as they are positive. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

Smart Flower NB Power Testing "Smartflower" Solar Energy Device
The SmartFlower is more compact and attractive than traditional solar panels. The face of the flower follows the sun throughout the day, and the petals close after sunset or if it becomes too windy. It could generate enough energy to power a summer cottage…
EHRC EHRC Launches Online Portal to Support Individuals with Disabilities in the Canadian Electrical Industry
Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), in partnership with the Government of Ontario's EnAbling Change Program, has developed an online portal of valuable and practical information and resources to help employers improve or enhance equity of access and supports for people with disabilities...
Charging Station Leading the Charge: Nova Scotia Power Developing Coast to Coast Electric Vehicle Charging Network
"Electric vehicles are the future, and we want to help make Nova Scotia ready for that future," said Karen Hutt, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Power. "These charging stations will make it easier for Nova Scotians to own and drive an electric vehicle…"

Human Resources

Communications — How to Listen to Your Employees

By Michelle Branigan
Michelle Branigan Open and honest communications play an important role in any positive and respectful workplace. Quite often failure to pay attention to this important skill set sees misunderstandings arise between co-workers or employees and their managers, leading to tension, conflict and an overall reduction in morale and/or productivity. Read More


Ontario Contractor Faces Jail Time and $50,000 in Fines for Illegal Electrical Work

Jail Time Performing electrical work without an electrical contractor's licence and failing to apply for an electrical inspection has led to a five-day jail sentence and $50,000 in penalties for an Ontario contractor. The contractor was found guilty on two counts of working without an electrical contractor's licence and two counts of failing to apply for an electrical inspection. The charges were related to illegal electrical work done in homes in Milton; specifically, the installation of interior and exterior pot lights. Read More

Peers & Profiles

KE Electrical: Part of Ottawa's Thriving City Since 1994

By Huong Nguyen
KE Electrical Ottawa and its surrounding area has become one of Ontario's fastest growing cities because it's a great place to live, work and raise a family. KE Electrical has made its mark in Ottawa in the local construction industry on commercial projects in the private and public sectors as well as large-scale residential condominiums and hotels. Today, what's known as KE Electrical started in 1994 as Gord Kemp Electrical with Gord Kemp, president and owner, two employees and a half-ton truck. Read More


Non-residential Building Construction Prices Rise 0.8% in Q2

NRBCPP Contractors' prices for new non-residential building construction rose 0.8% in the second quarter compared with the previous quarter. This was the seventh consecutive quarterly increase. Prices for new non-residential building construction were up in six of the seven surveyed census metropolitan areas. Prices rose the most in Vancouver (+1.3%) and Montreal (+1.2%). Contractors in both areas reported higher costs to complete the structural components of new buildings due to the favorable local market conditions and a high demand for skilled labour. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Electricians' Hourly Rates by Job

Within each of five different job types, the range in hourly rates is consistent. But among the five job types, the maximum rates vary by up to 30%.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions

Luktron Grafik

Lutron Grafik T Dimmer and Switch

Grafik T's simple, intuitive design and effortless operation set a new standard for lighting control. There are no knobs, sliders or buttons. Simply touch the LED lightbar anywhere to set the lights to that desired level. Touch the toggle button to turn the lights off, or to recall the last preset level. Features include easy-to-use touch control, intuitive one-touch operation setting the lights exactly where they're needed, and new patented technology that allows for reliable RF communication with Lutron's complete line of architectural metal wall plates. Read More
Solar Shades

Zebra Blinds: Graber Smart Roller Virtual Cord Solar Shades

These automatic solar shades help manage energy bills by adjusting the room temperature according to time and weather. The shades are available in a range of colour, styles and texture choices. A unique virtual cord motorization system comes with a built-in Z-Wave chip. By connecting the shades with a Z-wave compatible smart hub like Samsung smartThings, Wink and Vera Plus, users can control the shades with a smartphone app. Read More
Smart Lighting

Vaxcel Harwich Smart Lighting 7-3/4" Outdoor Wall Light

Available from Lighting Originals, Vaxcel Harwich's Smart Lighting multi-level outdoor lighting fixtures fit users' lifestyle and enhance the beauty, safety, and usability of a home's exterior areas. Users get convenience, security, and efficiency. Using patented energy-saving technology, the fixtures automatically dim late at night to provide soft, ambient illumination until dawn. However, detected motion triggers on-demand bright illumination. Read More

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

CanWEA Annual Conference
October 3-5, 2017
Ottawa, ON

Maritimes Energy Association Core Energy Conference
October 4-5, 2017
Halifax, NS

BCEA Women's Network Stress & Organization Management
October 17, 2017
Burnaby, BC

Power of Water Canada Conference and Tradeshow
October 23-25, 2017
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

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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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The Electrical Stock Market

Track the stock market performance of 25 publicly traded electrical equipment suppliers and electrical wholesalers. Updated weekly.

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