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British Columbia and Ontario lead non-residential construction intention gains – building permits, August 2023

The total monthly value of building permits in Canada increased 3.4% in August 2023 to $11.9 billion, reports Statistics Canada, with strong gains in the non-residential sector offsetting modest declines in residential construction intentions.

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Three steps to starting a business in the skilled trades

A jump into entrepreneurship requires careful financial planning, a robust business plan, and proper business registration. Here’s how to kickstart your skilled trades business journey.

ABB is switching its global fleet to electric vehicles – how are they doing?

As part of its 2030 sustainability strategy, ABB has embarked on a mission to replace its existing global fleet of conventionally powered vehicles with electric vehicles. That’s over 10,000 vehicles spread across 62 countries, with an associated annual expenditure of about $100 million. ABB has already begun working on this initiative, with a focus on the 24 countries that represent more than 80% of its fleet.

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HiTHIUM brings its first 5MWh container to energy storage market

Stationary battery manufacturer HiTHIUM announced a new 5MWh, 20-foot container. The system will come pre-installed and ready to connect, with 48 battery modules based on HiTHIUM’s 314Ah LFP cells. Designed to meet the needs of large utility scale systems, each module provides 104.5kWh capacity.

With an energy density of 117 Wh/l, the HiTHIUM ∞Block features 46% higher density standard systems based on 280Ah cells and is technically compatible with top brands’ inverters. It comes with mature liquid-cooling technology, keeping cell temperature variation below 3°C. Intelligent thermal management enables the system to optimize battery power and reduce internal energy consumption.
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They’re serving pie – how big is YOUR slice?

So, where are the opportunities for Canada’s electrical professionals in the coming months and years? That question forms the backdrop of “They’re serving pie: how big is YOUR slice?”—a presentation delivered by Electrical Business Magazine editor, Anthony Capkun, during the Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta’s Training Day in May 2023. (N.B. Due to the wildfires and State of Emergency in Alberta at that time, Anthony delivered the presentation live via Zoom to assembled delegates. What you see here is an edited [shortened] version of that presentation.) » WATCH the presentation

$25,000 fine and probation for unlicensed Ottawa electrician

Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority reports that Oscar L. was convicted in Ottawa on several counts of operating an electrical contracting business without a valid licence, and for failing to file notifications of work (permits) with ESA. Oscar L. was ordered by the court to pay $25,000 in fines for electrical work he conducted on separate occasions at several commercial properties in Ottawa, and has been placed on probation until May 2025. » Read more

Prysmian marks next phase of construction at Sedalia plant

Against the backdrop of its $45-million expansion project, Prysmian Group recently hosted a “beam-signing” ceremony to mark the next construction phase at its Sedalia, Mo., plant. The investment, says Prysmian, includes a 115,000-sf addition to the existing plant, and will create at least 60 new jobs. Both community partners and Prysmian employees gathered to sign one of the beams that will be installed in the addition. » Read more


Aartech Canada now a stocking distributor of Active Witness

Aartech Canada, a distributor of security and automation solutions, has signed on as a Canadian distributor for Active Witness (Vancouver, B.C.) access control solutions, including Sima. Sima is an AI-powered reader that is able to read both mobile credentials (QR codes) and facial biometrics, enabling the customization of access credentials for both convenience and security. » Learn more


Ranger Design offers composite aluminum shelving solution

Ranger Design’s composite aluminum shelving line provides the same load capacity as the company’s steel shelving, but with a 25% reduction in weight. Ranger Design offers van storage systems and turnkey solutions for fleets, OEMs and tradespeople. The aluminum-alloy end panels are coated with a protective finish that improves resistance to smudge and abrasion. » Learn more



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