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British Columbia leads non-residential sector permits

The total value of building permits in Canada rose 2.3% in May 2022 to $12.1 billion. Commercial permit values increased sharply by 15.6% in May, driven by British Columbia with a whopping overall increase of 73.8% for the month. In the institutional component, gains were again led by The Garden Province.

New Business degree program for skilled tradespeople

Three Ontario colleges have partnered to launch a new 4-year honours degree in Business Administration, which has become “increasingly sophisticated in the trades sectors,” says Ron J. McKerlie of Mohawk College. “This program recognizes and builds on students’ experience in trades and helps them develop the business skills they need to advance in their careers.”

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Subject matter experts Harold Ruckpaul and Pushpinder Rana join us to uncover the greatest market opportunities for electrical and mechanical contractors in the world of emissions reductions. We also delve into the education and training required to both install and sell the solutions of tomorrow, and discuss what they are doing to help ensure we have qualified, skilled tradespersons. » Watch

Global industry is accelerating energy efficiency investments

A global survey targeting 2294 companies in 13 countries—ranging in size from 500 to 5000+ employees—offers a snapshot of how industries across the world are planning to invest in energy efficiency measures to achieve net zero. More than half are already investing, while 40% plan to make energy efficiency improvements this year. » Learn more

Building construction investment stunted by Ontario strikes

Statistics Canada reports investment in building construction edged down 0.2% to $20.6 billion in May. If you exclude Ontario, investment actually increased 1.1% nation-wide. Many of Ontario’s unionized construction workers were on strike during the month, notes Statscan. “These strikes caused significant delays in numerous residential and non-residential construction projects throughout the province.” » Read

Makita XGT cordless metal-cutting solutions

Makita has added 19 cordless tools and equipment to its 40V/80V XGT battery system. Among them are two new metal-cutting solutions that aim to replace corded saws. The 40V max XGT brushless deep cut portable band saw (GBP01) promises up to 2x faster cutting than the 18V LXT model (XBP02), and features a 5 x 5-in. cutting capacity. » Learn more

Nidec Motor’s SynRA synchronous motor

When paired with the ID300 PerfectSpeed integrated drive, Nidec says its new SynRA synchronous motor offers “one of the highest efficiencies available” for today’s industrial and commercial pumping systems, and HVAC equipment. With IE 4 and IE 5 ratings, SynRA’s design allows you to replace components individually instead of the entire system, leading to a lower cost of maintenance. » Learn more

EFC Federation Cup Golf Tournament

Date & Location: August 24, Ajax, Ont » More info

CUEE Tradeshow Marketplace

Dates & Location: September 13-14, Mississauga, Ont. » More info

ECAO Annual Conference

Dates & Location: September 18-24, Prague, Czech Republic » More info

OEL Golf Day

Date & Location: September 29, Oakville, Ont. » More info

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