Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Hydro-Quebec

October 12, 2017

Several media outlets and analysts recently published statistics about the number of Hydro-Québec employees who are members of visible or ethnic minorities. These numbers were taken from a report issued by the Commission des droits de la personne in 2007.

The report in question is over 10 years old and no longer accurately reflects the current situation. In 2007, there were 633 employees, or 2.9% of the workforce, who were Indigenous or members of visible or ethnic minorities.

In fact, data from August 2017 show that 1,501 people from these groups work at Hydro-Québec, which translates to 7.3% of employees and a 137% increase since 2007.

This increase is seen across all targeted groups, as shown in the graph below.

A diversified and inclusive environment

Hydro-Québec is committed to hiring more people from diverse backgrounds. In 2009, the company launched an employee equity program with two goals:

  • To ensure that the company promotes diversity and inclusion.
  • To increase the representation of groups designated under the Act respecting equal access to employment in public bodies.

Hydro-Québec is pursuing its efforts and hopes to increase the proportion of employees from diverse communities. Almost two years ago, it created a committee dedicated to diversity and inclusion. In addition, the company is partnering in a program to help recent immigrants integrate the workforce, an initiative launched by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and the city of Montréal.

To make Hydro-Québec even more efficient, innovative, agile and diversified, the president and CEO and Management Committee, with the support of the entire company, have signed a declaration on Hydro-Québec's commitment to:

  • Encourage initiatives that help build an inclusive work environment.
  • Create conditions that foster teamwork by all skilled employees, however different they may be.
  • Support the career development of employees from all backgrounds on the basis of merit and in accordance with principles of fairness.
  • Ensure that our workforce reflects Québec's diversity in order to attract the best talent.

Schneider Electric

For the eighth year in a row, Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, participated as a proud sponsor in the 17th annual Tremblant 24h. With support from family, friends, employees, and the company, Schneider Electric Canada employees raised funds and presented a cheque for $101,840 to support local children’s causes. 

The company was one of 366 teams participating in this year’s events, which took place December 8 to 10 in Mont-Tremblant, Québec.

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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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