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2017 EIN Issues

CE Code – Electrical Communications Systems / Strasbourg Cathedral’s Darc award / Slight decrease in GDP November 14, 2017
3 tips to properly prepare your vehicle for driving on construction sites / Restoring power interruptions = significant savings / When was the first CE Code published? November 7, 2017
Wind power at the heart of the energy transition / LED health effects, Part 2 / Solar PV grew faster than any other fuel in 2016 October 31, 2017
What about health effects and LEDs? / Become an expert on the Industrial Internet of Things / Meet a colleague from the Atlantic region October 24, 2017
6 steps for saying good-bye / Reviving a church through lighting / Uh oh, a drop in building permits October 17, 2017
Surviving specifications / CE Code and passenger ropeways / Lighting control products October 10, 2017
Maintaining IIoT, more on FieldSense technology, Lighting and IoT October 3, 2017
The CE Code and legislators / code and fire alarms / Real promises and less urgent ones September 26, 2017
Best practices for succession planning / The most connected bridge in the world / More numbers to make you smile September 19, 2017
Residential construction investment on the rise / Code on optical fibre cables / Better lighting in common areas September 12, 2017
3 winning strategies for your business / Promising statistics / Cutting edge products of new technologies September 5, 2017
Who is blowing in the wind / Report on EVs, and EVs vs. autonomous cars / An inside view of Solar Impulse August 29, 2017
How to choose the right cabling components / Meet SaskPower CEO Mike Marsh / More products August 22, 2017
Illegal electrical work costs / Non-residential construction rose 0.8% in Q2 — the seventh consecutive quarterly increase / How to listen to your employees August 15, 2017
Choosing lamp bases / More on the CE Code from Bill Burr / Growing numbers in construction August 8, 2017
Illuminating DNA, the Internet of Things, and more August 1, 2017
The Canucks are well placed to win the Cup / Time to review the classics / Don’t repeat these mistakes... if possible July 25, 2017
The legalization of marijuana is approaching / Rising housing figures / Other issues on electrical currents July 18, 2017
Guide to the CE code: diagnostic imaging installations / Work lighting and dynamic design / More lighting control products July 11, 2017
Continuing coverage of low voltage trends, what professional networking and networking have in common, and more July 4, 2017
7 steps to increase the value of your business / New housing investments / More on changing electrical currents June 27, 2017
A peak in building permits? / Attract and hold the best / Safety June 20, 2017
Optimized LEDs for emergency services / Our journey to the heart of the electrical code continues / March construction figures June 13, 2017
Read this if your company earns less than $17 billion annually / Modular enclosures, Part 2 / Houle Electric —Consumer Choice Award winner June 6, 2017
The future is green / Solar Impulse from the inside / The power of sun May 30, 2017
CE Code — Do you like money? / Re-engineering the grid / More figures on our economy May 23, 2017
CE Code — Arc flash safety / 5 reasons to attend more home reno trade shows May 16, 2017
CE Code — theatre facilities / Lumens — HID vs LED / What was said at MCEE May 9, 2017
Guerrilla advertising / The practical benefits of modular industrial enclosures / New housing construction Up 6.4% YOY in February May 2, 2017
Re-engineering the grid / 8 products for better circuits and better grids / Non-residential building construction down 0.5% from Q4 2016 April 25, 2017
Electrical hazards aren't the only risks electricians face / What employers think about the legalization of marijuana / A company with a focus on safety April 18, 2017
Electrical Code - Electric Welders, Lighting Control Innovation Award for CISCO in Toronto and more April 11, 2017
What to do if you’re sued / Guide to back-up power / 6 new lighting products April 4, 2017
Making workplace safer and more profitable: it is possible / Focus on safety products March 28, 2017
5 social media “facts” to ignore / 5 more errors made by smart people testing electricity / Construction data March 21, 2017
More on the CE Code / Different spaces = different lighting / New products March 14, 2017
5 mistakes made by smart people while testing electricity / Jump in new housing construction March 7, 2017
Cabling for IoT networks / Protecting data centres / How Canadian standards came about February 28, 2017
5 tips to really listen to your employees / Putting people first / 8 lead-generating review websites February 21, 2017
Illuminating the DNA of Ubisoft / New section of the CE Code / Lighting products February 14, 2017
PoE and RJ45 connectivity / Fewer sales calls and higher margin deals / Looking ahead at electrical distribution February 7, 2017
Canada’s first utility-scale energy storage project / Canadians increasingly aware of and support clean energy initiatives / Lighting products January 31, 2017
6 steps to change / A New York tunnel lit by a Quebec company / Slight decline in non-residential construction January 24, 2017
5 tips for keeping a resolution / 5 common mistakes on social media / Electrical safety and permits in BC January 17, 2017
 Journey to the heart of the CE Code — Section 34 / Meet people passionate about lighting / IoT / Practical applications  January 10, 2017
Looking back on the CE Code, on safety, on arc flash, and more January 3,2017

 

2016 EIN Issues

People you met this year December 27, 2016
Celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Eid al-Adha / Lighting and safety standards / 5 unwritten social media rules December 20, 2016
Signs and outline lighting / Prioritizing LED retrofit opportunities / Case study: Guildford, BC's Recreation Centre December 13, 2016
IoT and power supply / Join Twitter / More on electric heating / Stay mobile at work December 6, 2016
Canada ranks 4th in renewable energy production / The end of coal? / Where is wind energy made? November 29, 2016
Electricity is more than just a job / Meet Flextherm’s epicurean president November 22, 2016
How to improve arc flash prevention / 6 questions to find out if you are an employer of choice / more on electrical heating November 15, 2016
Our road map to the CE Code - Section 32 / Westin Montreal under new lights / Custom light fixtures November 8, 2016
Understanding PoE and DLVP / Ready for SnapChat? / Managing online complaints November 1, 2016
5 reasons for preventive maintenance / Spotlight on PoE / Meet Keith Sones, a great storyteller October 25, 2016
4 steps to implement a people-based KM/KT strategy / How to relate to “Millennials” / Building permits — second consecutive monthly increase October 18, 2016
CE Code Section 30 - Installation of Lighting Equipment / 6 Myths we industrial LED Lighting / a Darc Award for lighting Eglise Ste-Agnes October 11, 2016 October 11, 2016
How to handle complaints / standard on light sources for fibre optic testing / New housing — up or down? October 4, 2016
Heat from the floor? / More on high performance building / Apprenticeship numbers September 27, 2016
The 25 worst contractor safety excuses / Are you ready for marijuana in the workplace? / Building permits on the rise September 20, 2016
6 Myths about industrial LED lighting / Section 28 —Motors and Generators / Meet Lina Rishmawi September 13, 2016
Stay ahead of new standards / A “brilliant” factory in Welland / How do you do business? September 6, 2016
Power management is green / Pivotal time for Canada / Investment in new housing construction rose 8.7% August 30, 2016
More reasons to have Millennials on your team / Learn more about the Wright Way / Automated building August 23, 2016
14 best practices for lineman safety / Testing PoE for DC resistance unbalance / An encore on how to retain employees August 16, 2016
What the CE Code says about installing storage batteries / Feel secure in Calgary streets / Meet a dedicated contractor August 9, 2016
It's all about timing / New housing construction up 5% / A company people are talking about August 2, 2016
Can you measure light? / CE Code and wiring / Accommodating is in July 26, 2016
7 best practices for lineman safety / Effective coaching pays off / Who won the 2016 Thomas Edison Award? July 19, 2016
CE Code Section 26 / The light under the bridge / Lighting products July 12, 2016
Underground economy / Stop losing contracts and look after your brand / Latest recalls July 5, 2016
Understanding power correction factor / EFC on the future of electrical contracting / Meet Jeff Koller June 28, 2016
Electrical fatality / Red Seal standard progresses / Reviewing your HR policies June 21, 2016
Do you know Section 24 of the CE Code? / An artist among us / Figures on the rise in residential construction June 14, 2016
Smart thermostats are here / Wow, 9.7% increase in new construction / Realistic estimates June 7, 2016
Save a lot of greenhouse gases / The market for IoT / Electric vehicles are among us May 31, 2016
What is Daylight Harvesting?, Optimize Heat Generation, Meet your colleagues from Saskatoon May 24, 2016
4 ideas to Help Support Your Staff, More on Enclosures and Stainless Steel, New Products May 17, 2016
CE Code — learn more about Section 22 / Young leader series / Adaptative lighting systems May 10, 2016
Dark fibre / 3 ways to get better leads / Electrical contractor median salaries May 3, 2016
Where industrial electricians work / Visit the Crystal / Economic figures to see where we’re going April 26, 2016
How to meet the standards / Employment is finally up / 5 steps to de-stress April 19, 2016
More on hazardous locations / Emergency lighting / The largest fine in the history of electrical contractor licensing in Ontario April 12, 2016
Top 5 optical fibre myths / Should you clone yourself? Meet one of us April 5, 2016
Is electric heat the cleanest form of home heating? / $5 million in energy storage research / Ready for climate change? March 29, 2016
Is your lighting warm or cool? Inline heater for your safety / Merging operations and information March 22, 2016
Transformers and safety / Flexible work models / The Silversteins March 15, 2016
Stay safe: learn more about Section 18 / Brighten up your space / Ready to store energy? March 8, 2016
Browse through section 18 of the CE Code / Meet Rob Ruys, referee and electrician / More on cabling March 1, 2016
Cabling / CE Code / Energy storage: present and future needs / Meet Swati Patel February 23, 2016
9% higher incomes in 2015 for electrical contractors / Welcoming workers with disabilities / Arc flash case study / Don MacKinnon February 16, 2016
How to reduce electricity costs, improve power supply reliability and maintain power quality? February 9, 2016
Be connected to manage energy usage / Tactic #6 for improving your purchasing / Counterfeiting — Part 2 February 2, 2016
Energy management and IoT / If your employees thought like you / Meet Stephanie Santini January 26, 2016
10 ways to turn your invoice into a marketing tool / Electricians do their shopping at... / Don’t repeat the mistakes of the past January 19, 2016
Do you know CE Code Section 16? How to illuminate a space with no windows, What consulting engineers specify January 12, 2016
Counterfeiting: it's still no / Be faithful to your suppliers / 2016 and the IoT January 5, 2016

 

2015 EIN Issues

Most read articles in 2015, CE Code, lighting, management, best practices December 29, 2015
8 electrical contracting skills to develop / 9.1% increase in licenses / Guertin Electric December 22, 2015
7 tips respect to be a cool electric contractor / 4 questions for your office party / Building permits up 9.1% December 15, 2015
3 reasons to justify investing in lighting and more on the CE Code, including protective devices for electrical apparatus December 8, 2015
Planning for arc flash prevention / Is your employee taking good time or your time? / Young professionals are organizing into a network December 1, 2015
What the CE Code says about AFCI circuit breakers / Policing’s loss is our gain, and more on the CE Code November 24, 2015
5 tips to keep your staff, 4 more myths about LEDs, and more November 17, 2015
4 solutions for LED controls / 8 myths about LEDs / What's in Section 12 of the CE Code November 10, 2015
5 ways to influence sales / What is a trip-free medium voltage circuit breaker? / $US35.6bn for energy management systems November 3, 2015
Learn about the standard for mass communications / Involve your employees in profit sharing / Wireless takes its time October 27, 2015
7 ways to prevent arc flash, how everyone benefits from coaching, having an electrician in the family October 20, 2015
3 reasons why lighting is a good investment, Section 10 of the CE Code Section 10, and 10 gadgets to make your life easier October 13, 2015
Low-temp heating systems / Time is money when purchasing / The specifications of engineering consultants October 6, 2015
Green revolution? The facts and figures / EVs are among us / Playing games on the computer is expensive September 29, 2015
3 good reasons to participate in social networks / Submit a winning estimate / The CE Code, to bring back us to Earth September 22, 2015
Electric arc and all the dangers / There’s more to life than technical skills / Adding a little intelligence to your thermostat? September 15, 2015
Are LED control systems infallible? Section 8 — circuit loads, recent construction figures September 8, 2015
Everything on electric resistance heating, the valuation of stocks and bonuses in the work of an electrician September 1, 2015
5 essential tests for lighting / When will your jurisdiction adopt the CE Code? / New video and podcast August 25, 2015
The 10 best safety apps / The most interesting job benefits August 18, 2015
Technical installations: what's new in Section 6 / An enlightened faculty / Visit Peerless electric August 11, 2015
Negotiating prices / Saving money / AC vs DC, take 2 August 4, 2015
DC or AC? Attention to the mixing water and electricity, salary of an electrician according to the size of the company July 28, 2015
Be careful with temporary power supplies / The CE Code is everyone’s responsibility / Manage all generations at the same time July 21, 2015
The ABCs of the CE Code continues, adapting lighting to all stages of life, a green holiday destination July 14, 2015
Direct current: the market may be choosing for us / Is my neighbour richer? Lighting controls July 7, 2015
Green and cost-effective offshore wind power / Where do 70% of your business expenses go? June 30, 2015
New technologies: friend or enemy? A tool that makes us intelligent in our homes? Assess arc flash hazards June 23, 2015
The Generation Game - where are you? Four times hotter than the surface of the sun? Building permits are up June 16, 2015
Les mots techniques expliqués, Nouvelles installations pour GE, les commandes en éclairage Juin 9, 2015
Technical terms and simple explanations / New installations for GE / Lighting controls June 9, 2015
How to calculate profit margins / A Tesla this year? / Who apprentice electricians are June 2, 2015
Our Code / Electrical lines by helicopter / More safety May 26, 2015
What to avoid in a succession strategy / Setting up an electrical safety training program (Part 1) / Value of building permit May 19, 2015
7 steps to calculate the profitability of a lighting system / demystifying how to use the CE Code / wiring and lighting May 12, 2015
BICSI and IoT / do you know your Code / a company and its employees May 5, 2015
Whither the residential market, more on the Electrical Code, award $ for youth April 28, 2015
Succession planning may be more important than you think, Section 2 of the new Code, HVAC Part 2 April 21, 2015
The CE Code is also best practices / illuminating Montreal’s Complexe Desjardins / HVAC April 14, 2015
Where electrical companies are in Canada, the true face of energy efficiency in Canada, changes in Table 10 of the CE Code April 7, 2015
A single green code / Canada and its footprint / a grant for sustainable development March 31, 2015
Complying with the CE Code isn’t always enough / Changes in copper pricing / Protecting yourself from asbestos exposure March 24, 2015
Become an industry mentor / understand changes in the CE Code / safety and surge protection March 17, 2015
A primer on how to amend the CE Code / light and prosperity / a lampshade for urban lighting March 10, 2015
Bidirectional energy / a passionate advocate for electrical renewal / where and when to invest in the network March 3, 2015
Important Section 62 Code changes /attracting young people / where entrepreneurs make their electrical purchases Feb 24, 2015
Meet the new, improved CSA Z462 / your colleague on FB and Twitter / $7.1 billion in building permits Feb 17, 2015
Cities switch to LEDS for public spaces | electrical equipment for hazardous locations | new product podcasts Feb 10, 2015
Drones are here. Plus, a website that connects, and renewable energy is too expensive? Feb 3, 2015
9 reasons to lean towards DC, CAN/ULC-S851 on electrical safety, and construction ups and downs Jan 27, 2015
Mastering electrical arcs? Fewer building permits, but more sustainable construction Jan 20, 2015
Year of light? How to make the Internet your best friend? Store energy? Jan 13, 2015
Electrical safety and EC 2015, demand management, branding Jan 6, 2015

2014 Issues

Apprenticeship training / if you have an electric car in your Christmas stocking, 7 ways you to get you noticed Dec 23, 2014
Canada’s new Electrical Code... almost ready / electrical spikes - an issue / why rely on the reputation of electrical products? Dec 16, 2014
Approval of electrical components, a better lit campus, commercial lighting forecast Dec 9, 2014
Can Amazon Supply really save you money; Robots and electrical safety; High returns on energy efficiency Dec 2, 2014
Section 12 of the Code - wiring methods; Power generation Yukon, NWT and Nunavut Nov 25, 2014
Training electrical apprentices, more on CE Code changes, and renewable energy in Canada’s North Nov 18, 2014
The grid and the consumer, Lighting and imagination, Non-contact tools part 2 Nov 11, 2014
Safety: power tools without contact / Energy production / Meet Peter Dorgan Nov 4, 2014
Storing electrical power in water? • Sustainable buildings are 17% cheaper to operate • Are you eco-friendly? Oct 28.2014
Choosing the right LEDs for the office, how much we’re investing in energy efficient lighting, and more on heating Oct 21, 2014
Choosing the right LEDs for the office, how much we’re investing in energy efficient lighting, and more on heating Oct 14, 2014
Home heating options / the cost of workplace injuries / what you’re buying Oct 7, 2014
More changes in the CE Code 2015 / bankable skills: automation vs. accounts payable / biomass: Irreversible vs. irresistible  Sept 30, 2014
 10 things to remember about water and electricity, the O’Neil Electric team’s values, and lighting in schools  Sept 23, 2014
 A fatal shock, a single standard and a single test for electrical safety, is this possible? And more…  Sept 16, 2014
 What is a medium voltage system? Growth of 10.5% of online purchases online... it could be more!  Sept 9, 2014
 LED Lighting Strategies, Salaries by Company Size, and June’s Power Gen Drops  Sept 2, 2014
 LEDs in Space Gardens, Extreme Electrical Contracting, and the Wireless Power System Standard Problem  Aug 26, 2014
 Industry Looks to Hire More Women, 2015 Electrical Code Changes, and Good Construction News  Aug 19, 2014
 No Slowing Down for Orser Tech, BC Hydro Upgrades John Hart, and Midea Ahead of the Game  Aug 12, 2014
 Electricity Consumption Drops, 21 Things to Know About Heat Stress, and The Importance of Innovation  Aug 5, 2014
 Priority Status for Electricians, Experience Pays, and Getting the Most out of an LED Retrofit  July 29, 2014
 Energy Waste by a Billion Cuts, a Look at Mr. Electric, and Comparing Your Salary  July 22, 2014
 McDonald on CE Code 2015, Plus Green Payback, and Building Permits Climb  July 15, 2014
 Canadian Solar’s Big Farm, East Coast Tidal Energy Team-up, and Burr on Codes  July 8, 2014
 Young Electricians Increase, New Tools, and Flushing Degraded Pipes  July 2, 2014
 Hot and Cold Server Rooms, Online Sales Stats, and GE’s Big Buy  June 24, 2014
 7 Ways to Make Your Website Stand Out, Copper Theft and a New Green Certificate Program  June 17, 2014
 The Next Wave of CEC Codes, Youth in Trades, and Six Pillars of Growth  June 10, 2014
 The Difficulty of Standardizing Electrical Codes, Payroll Ebbs and Flows, and Data in the Wind  June 3, 2014
 How much impact does an electrical contractor have on specs? How to transfer heat generated from electrical power into the target fluid. And more.  May 27, 2014
 Canada’s #1 on a global list of LEED certifications, electrical projects in the NWT, and more  May 20, 2014
 Classification of hazardous locations, a day in the life of an electrical contractor and more  May 13, 2014
 Look what's behind your walls; it’s important to agree on standards; top employers for young people  May 6, 2014
 The latest in circulation heaters; Angus Lighting profile; Arlington's new cable entry device.  April 29, 2014
 Perfect time to be cool; don’t let the flood get the best of you or your personal safety  April 22, 2014
 8 ways to grow your business, the next generation is overqualified, wind entrepreneurs in Texas  April 15, 2014
 25 new terminals for charging electric vehicles, work-related electrical injuries, CE Code’s focus on conductors  April 8, 2014
 Make sense of the various certification marks on electrical products, plus 2 more steps to assessing your lighting system  April 1, 2014
 4 steps to a successful lighting evaluation; learn the differences between WiFi, ZigBee and WiMAX  March 25, 2014
 Are you ready for branding, don’t miss an opportunity to offer a scholarship, read Joris Myny  March 18. 2014
 6 ways in which you can make a difference, make sure your contractors are driving safely and sizing conductors as per the CE Code  March 11, 2014
 Will you be one of the 1.8 million of users of an electric vehicle in 2020? Would you know how to charge it? Meet Howie Pruden  March 4, 2014
 How to increase business with an action plan, feel the global wind energy, and build with solar energy  Feb 25. 2014
 How to increase your business, bring more skilled workers in your trade and look for innovation  Feb 18. 2014
 How the Canadian Electrical Code makes each Canadian province and territory the same but different, and more on security  Feb 11. 2014
 How to save lives and electrical equipment and assess your belongings  Feb 4. 2014
 9 Questions That Can Help Maximize the Value of Your LED Retrofit; Investment in Non-Residential Building Construction  Jan 28.2014
 
Canada's new light bulb standard, chatting with Patrice Jomphe, and more Jan 21. 2014
Equipment Marking for Hazardous Locations; Structured Cabling for Future Networks Jan 7.2014
Paying more attention to counterfeiting Jan 14. 2014

 

EFCElectro‐Federation Canada (EFC) and Cámara Nacional de Manufacturas Eléctricas (CANAME) of Mexico, have submitted joint recommendations to their respective governments to safeguard future trade in North America.

The recommendations call on the strong need for governments to retain, modernize and improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in order to increase market access, reduce business costs and improve global competitiveness.

Read more: EFC NAFTA Recommendations...

 

CSA

Now in its 24th edition, the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I includes a number of significant updates and changes to better help electrical workers in the safe maintenance of electrical equipment and create safer electrical installations.

This edition features important revisions to many sections. For example, Section 26 now mandates the use of tamper-resistant receptacles in additional areas where children may be present. Section 62 now requires ground fault circuit interrupter protection for heating devices and controls in proximity to tubs, sinks, and shower stalls. Section 10 has been updated, reorganized, and significantly reduced in length.

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