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Mining and agriculture shine for building construction investment

Investment in building construction went up 1.0% to $20.6 billion in February 2023, with all components posting gains, reports Statistics Canada. The residential sector rose 1.1% to $15.0 billion, while the non-residential sector was up 0.8% to $5.6 billion. The Industrial segment continued to see regularly increases; in February, this was largely driven by the mining and agriculture subcomponent.

Electrical players who made the cut for World’s Most Ethical

Ethisphere announced its World’s Most Ethical Companies (2023 edition). As usual, we combed through the list of honorees to identify any companies serving—or working in—the Canadian electrical sector, and we found several. Congratulations to 3M, Capital Power, Eaton, Hubbell Inc., Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, TE Connectivity.

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IPEX celebrates its newest distribution centre

IPEX Group of Companies celebrated the grand opening of its newest distribution centre. “Opening in the Northeast not only allows us to better serve customers in the region by having the products they want closer to them, but also creates more flexibility at our other DCs so we can continue to improve service levels for our customers in other regions,” said Alex Mestres, IPEX’s CEO. » Learn more

Over 5000 job vacancies for electricians across Canada

In the third quarter of 2022 (July to September), there were 5275 job vacancies for electricians (except industrial and power systems) in Canada, up by over 1/2 (+51.6%)—or by 1995 positions—compared with the same quarter in 2021. Statistics Canada reports nearly all (97.7%) of the vacancies in Q3 2022 were for full-time positions, a proportion virtually unchanged from the same quarter in 2021 (98.1%). In the same vein, over 9 in 10 (92.7%) vacant positions were for permanent jobs in Q3 2022, a proportion little changed from the same quarter in 2021 (89.7%). » Learn more

OPG rounds out its dream team to build North America’s first SMR

Ontario Power Generation has added to its roster of partners to construct North America’s first small modular reactor (SMR) at the Darlington New Nuclear Project site. “Canada was the second country in the world to ever generate commercial nuclear power,” said Joe St. Julian, president, Nuclear, SNC-Lavalin. “Together with our alliance partners, we will ensure Canada again leads the way to advance an exciting new frontier in nuclear energy.” » Read more


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