Sept. 12, 2019 - Heilind Electronics, a global distributor of electronic components and an authorized distributor for TE Connectivity (TE) products, recently launched TE’s new SOLARLOK 2.0 connector. This connector enables solar installers to make connections more quickly, easily and cost-effectively.
September 9, 2019 – Panasonic Canada in Mississauga, Ont., has introduced Toughbook 55, updating its ruggedized laptop computer with modular expansion packs and accessories to better accommodate the needs of utility workers in the field.
September 6, 2019 – The FLIR T860, the latest addition to FLIR Systems’ T-Series product line, is the company’s first thermal camera to feature on-board Inspection Route software, which allows electrical professionals to streamline industrial inspections by running a pre-planned path.
September 5, 2019 – NSI Industries recently expanded its WarriorWrap line of vinyl electric tapes with a portfolio of professional specialty tapes, tailored for certain applications.
September 4, 2019 – Safety tool supplier Cementex recently introduced double-insulated 9-in. universal pliers, designed for technicians to use in arc-flash environments.
September 3, 2019 – ITC Electrical Components, a master distributor based in Concord, Ont., is offering new joysticks in two model sizes (pictured) for electrical panels.
September 3, 2019 – MaxLite has introduced the FloodMax series, a full line of LED floodlights for general-area, façade, landscape and signage illumination applications.
Aug. 20, 2019 – Leviton is expanding its Lev-Lok line of modular wiring devices to help meet the demand for Universal Serial Bus (USB) charging in new buildings’ electrical distribution systems.
Aug. 12, 2019 – Trimble’s Accubid Anywhere is a new subscription-based software platform for electrical, information and communications technology (ICT), mechanical and plumbing contractors.
Aug. 8, 2019 – Electri-Flex announces its 'Type CSA' Liquatite jacketed metallic flexible electrical conduit conforms to C22.2 No. 56-17 Annex A ‘heavy-duty’ (HD) for CSA certification.
Aug. 2, 2019 – Electrical and control product provider NSI Industries has expanded its portfolio with a new series of power distribution blocks (PDBs), designed to provide a safe method for splicing and tapping power conductors.
July 30, 2019 – Dialight’s Reliant high-bay industrial LED fixtures, launched today for the North American market, are the company’s first product line intended for light-duty applications, including warehouses, light manufacturing plants and other large indoor spaces.
September 11, 2019 – Health Canada has issued a recall for battery chargers sold with Kidsquad 12-V Mudslinger ride-on cars, as they bear a false Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification mark and may overheat.
Sept. 10, 2019 – Dupont has announced the winners of its sixth annual Kevlar glove innovation awards, which honour personal protection equipment (PPE) manufacturers for excellence in glove and sleeve designs using its Kevlar aramid fibre.
August 30, 2019 – Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) will hold a series of regional contractor meetings (RCMs) across the province from September through December.
Aug. 20, 2019 – CBS ArcSafe, which manufactures racking for low- and medium-voltage (LV and MV) switchgear, has introduced the RSA-97B remote switch actuator for the Square D Model 4 motor control centre (MCC).
Aug. 19, 2019 – Following two fires this summer, Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), Toronto Fire Services (TFS) and Municipal Licensing & Standards (MLS) have initiated comprehensive electrical inspections of aging high-rise apartment buildings.
Aug. 6, 2019 – Eaton Canada recently reissued a recall for various configurations of its heavy-duty 30-A and 60-A safety switches manufactured between November 2015 and January 2018.
Aug. 2, 2019 - Counterfeit CSA Group certification marks have shown up on packaging for Marmon Retail Electrical Products’ (Marmon REP's) Serpentec locking extension cord connectors.
July 24, 2019 – Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has launched a new online form to make it easier to anonymously report unlicensed electrical work.
July 17, 2019 – Health Canada, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) and Bodum jointly posted a recall today for stainless steel two- and four-slice toasters that can leak electric current when operating at the maximum normal temperature, posing a shock hazard to users.
July 16, 2019 – Safeguard Equipment’s Compass voltage and current detector, originally as large as a laptop computer, is now the size of a stick of gum and can be attached to a hard hat (example pictured), essentially becoming personal protective equipment (PPE).
July 10, 2019 – In an expansion of a recall from November 23, 2018, Health Canada has now issued a new public safety recall for Mastercraft five-gallon. 1.5-hp air compressors distributed by Canadian Tire. The devices’ regulator knob may break off under pressure, leading to a component failure and injury to users.
June 17, 2019 - The two most evident electrical hazards in a workplace, i.e. shock and arc flash, can be extremely dangerous to people, infrastructure, profits and business concerns. As such, there are moral, social and economic costs involved, to varying degrees, with the consequences of a significant electrical incident in the workplace.
July 31, 2019 - The Zhaga Consortium and the Digital Illumination Interface Alliance (DiiA) have unveiled a joint certification program for plug-and-play interoperability between products for ‘connected lighting’ applications.
July 18, 2019 – IEEE and its standards association have made the 2022 National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) preprint available for open public commentary. Stakeholders in the utility and telecommunications industries are encouraged to contribute their comments by Mar. 1, 2020.
June 28, 2019 – Earlier this year, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) opened its full library of more than 1,400 product safety standards for interested individuals and organizations around the world to digitally find, reference and use at no cost.
June 17, 2019 - Tackle the Code Conundrum if you dare!
June 14, 2019 - When an authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) such as myself asks, “What is your area classification or designation?’ what are we really asking? Most people assume we are looking at a section 18 requirement for a hazardous location. There are, however, several sections in which a determination from a third party is required and, in most instances, it must be in writing.
May 23, 2019 – Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has designed a Canadian field evaluation program for manufacturers, importers and end-users of ‘one-of-a-kind’ electrical equipment, along with electrical products and equipment produced in only limited quantities.
May 13, 2019 - Tackle the Code Conundrum if you dare!
May 10, 2019 - Rule 2-024 of the CE Code mandates that all equipment used within the scope of the Code must be approved. ‘Approved’ is a specifically defined term, requiring the certification of equipment to ensure it complies with the applicable recognized standard(s), as listed in Appendix A. One important aspect of approval requirements for equipment is correlation with the provisions of the CE Code. The approval requirement presents a challenge for high-voltage equipment that has no applicable certification standard.
April 12, 2019 - Section 64-112 of the CE Code tells us a utility interactive point of connection for a solar project must meet the requirements of the supply authority and Section 84, based on predetermined safety factors. So, even though most utilities (i.e. supply authorities) are not required to conform to Section 84, the installation must do so, as a minimum.
April 11, 2019 - Tackle the Code Conundrum if you dare!
March 13, 2019 – CSA Group has released a new report, compiling the results of stakeholder workshops that discussed potential climate change ‘adaptation solutions’ for the Canadian Electrical Code.
February 13, 2019 - Tackle the Code Conundrum if you dare!
August 26, 2019 – On Aug. 22, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) safely demolished the 491,400-square-foot powerhouse of the former Nanticoke Generating Station (see video), which was the world’s largest coal-fired plant from 1972 to 2013.
July 9, 2019 - Mersen Electrical Power North America has added a new training module about installing photovoltaic (PV) fuses in solar applications to its online learning portal.
June 25, 2019 – NRStor has completed the acquisition of a 5-MW energy storage facility in Clear Creek, Ont., that it plans to develop into Canada’s first hybrid battery and flywheel project.
June 11, 2019 – Electricity producer Ontario Power Generation (OPG) plans to establish new corporate headquarters (HQ) in a campus setting in Clarington, Ont., part of Durham Region.
March 7, 2019 – The Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA) has changed its corporate name to WaterPower Canada (WPC) in an attempt to make its messaging to stakeholders and the public more effective.
February 26, 2019 – New Brunswick Power (NB Power) and Joi Scientific are working together on what they say will be the world’s first distributed electricity grid to use hydrogen as a baseload, thanks to the province's readily available coastal seawater.
January 14, 2019 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced federal government support for Deep Earth Energy Production’s new geothermal power facility near Estevan, Sask., which will turn heat from the Earth’s crust into electricity.
December 12, 2018 - On Oct. 31, National Energy Board (NEB) chair and CEO Peter Watson introduced a new outlook report with a speech to the Toronto Region Board of Trade. Discussing the report’s projections for future energy supply and demand at a national level (through 2040), he explained Canada’s ‘electricity mix’ is becoming greener, as renewable sources experience significant rates of growth and play an increasingly important role.
October 3, 2018 – The government of Alberta has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for large-scale solar energy provision to meet more than half of its ‘green power’ needs.
August 23, 2018  — According to the “Global Advanced Energy Storage Systems Market 2018-2022,” report from, the global advanced energy storage systems market is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.48 per cent from 2018-2022.
July 30, 2018 — ABB and Ballard Power Systems have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on developing the next-generation fuel cell power system for sustainable marine e-mobility.
July 20, 2018 — SaskPower is launching the deployment phase of its second pilot for commercial and industrial smart meters.
September 12, 2019 – Earlier this year, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) released its five-year Workforce in Motion: Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) Study, highlighting demographic trends and changes in the energy industry.
September 9, 2019 - Earlier this year, Electrical Business conducted an industry survey in an attempt to address the issue of whether or not our readers, scattered across the country, are equally compensated for their work.
Aug. 9, 2019 – When Mary Cianchetti, CSA Group’s president of standards, was first given an opportunity to work with the organization in 2004, as a project manager in its nuclear power program, she says it took her a while to figure out who she’d be working for.
July 31, 2019 – On June 20, Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) in downtown Toronto presented the Leading the Charge Conference, which marked the final day of the fourth annual Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Energy Storage Technology Network (NESTNet) Week.
June 10, 2019 – When you work in the electrical business, you may wonder if you are charging enough for your services, compared to your counterparts across the rest of the country. That’s why Electrical Business has launched a new, unique survey of our readers.
June 4, 2019 – As wildfires burned elsewhere in the province, members of the Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta (ECAA) travelled under smoky skies to meet at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (JPL) for their annual convention, which ran from May 30 to June 2.
June 4, 2019* - Close to 550 Canadian electrical industry players flocked to Quebec City last week to attend the annual conference of Electro-Federation Canada, themed “Powering a Changing World”, and EBMag’s Jennifer DiIorio and I were there to enjoy the company.
May 24, 2019 – From May 6 to 9, IEEE held its 55th annual Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) Technical Conference—reflecting departmental activities within its Industry Applications Society (IAS)—at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel in Calgary.
May 22, 2019 – Soaring higher and further was the overarching trend when the Ontario Electrical League (OEL) recently held its annual conference at the aviation-themed Nav Centre in Cornwall, Ont.
May 10, 2019 - About this same time last year, Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) introduced a new brand identity to its members. The timing of the launch was quite intentional, as the brand was designed to reflect how the electrical market was becoming an increasingly important backbone for new developments in intelligent buildings, industrial automation, smart homes, robotics, electrification and digitalization, among other key areas.
February 1, 2019 – During last month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nev., the 2019 class for the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) was announced, including Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer III, who revolutionized electric power systems by developing the world’s first microprocessor-based digital protective relay.
December 17, 2018 - Scientists are getting closer to designing thermoelectric materials that could efficiently harvest heat from the surrounding environment and convert it into electricity to power devices and appliances, according to a review of the latest research in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM).
Sept. 9, 2019 - BICSI has released the final two pieces of its newly revised Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC) Program:
Sept. 4, 2019 – Encore Electric recently launched a mobile escape room, called “Exit the Room, Enter a Career,” aimed towards providing high school students from Littleton, CO with unique insights into the electrical trade.
Aug. 12, 2019 - The National Electrical Trade Council (NETCO), jointly sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Canada and the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association (CECA), presented its 2019 Leadership Excellence Award to Chris Taran, RSE, yesterday at its training conference in Vancouver.
Aug. 7, 2019 – The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA), a voluntary intergovernmental partnership, has reached consensus on the harmonization of 32 Red Seal trades, including electricians, with new recommendations set to be implemented by September 2020.
Aug. 6 – The 45th WordSkills Competition will be held in Kazan, Russia, from Aug. 22 to 27, putting the skills of young electricians and other professionals from around the world to the test in a performance comparison of non-academic occupations. The event aims to raise awareness of the importance of first-class vocational training.
June 7, 2019 – Fourth-level electrical apprenticeship students from British Columbia's North Island College (NIC) got an up-close look at airport lighting systems last month during special training sessions at Campbell River Airport (YBL).
December 17, 2018 - IBEW Local 530, based in Sarnia, Ont., has opened its first stand-alone training centre, supporting a broader selection of educational opportunities for apprentices and journeymen alike.
November 30, 2018 – Storage Battery Systems (SBS) has opened Battery Academy, a new training program and facility for professionals in the utility and telecommunications industries.
September 14, 2018 — Okanagan College says its new Trades Training Centre will prepare more skilled-trades students throughout British Columbia.
September 13, 2018 - The Alberta Electrical Association (AEA) has announced the winners of its 2018 scholarships.
August 3, 2018 — The Solar Energy Society of Alberta and Energy Efficiency Alberta, in partnership with the Electrical Inspectors Association of Alberta, have announced six upcoming workshops on the Canadian Electrical Code updates for solar photovoltaics.
May 28, 2018 — The Skills Ontario Competition, which took place earlier this month, featured nearly 70 skilled trades and technologies contests, and 2,300 competitors from elementary schools, high schools and colleges across Ontario.

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