Executive Director Report
The start of 2018 has been an exciting time of growth for the ECA of SASK. It is our 60th year of incorporation, and we want to thank everyone in the electrical industry who has contributed to our success. A special thank you to those who have renewed your membership and to our new members – welcome to the Association! Your ongoing membership and support of ECA of SASK is extremely important as we continue to make headway on many long-standing advocacy issues. This report contains an update of committee activity and initiatives. Please contact the ECA of SASK office or check our website for more information. The website includes important industry links and phone numbers for details on what is required to work in the electrical industry.
The growth of the Association will provide the financial resources necessary to meet the advocacy and service needs of members. The challenge of guiding government and industry regulators to ensure a safe and profitable electrical trade continues to be our primary objective.
In 2018, the Association will continue to enhance our relationships with industry partners and recognized training institutions. As the work toward common goals is accomplished, enhanced communication and support will be provided to members through the new ECA of SASK website which will be implemented later this year.
The new Registered Contractor Program is a vital program to our Association and has attracted many new members. To qualify for the status of Registered Contractor, ECA of SASK members must ensure that their journeypersons complete the 2018 CEC – SaskPower code renewal seminar. Upon completion of the seminar participants will receive a certification from SaskPower. This certificate will be required as proof to the contractor and ECA of SASK that the journeyperson has completed the code renewal requirement. Please note that this certification will be free of charge and offered online or in-person by inspectors from SaskPower. The dates for 2018 CEC code renewal seminars have been posted in a recent SaskPower bulletin. Online code renewal training is scheduled to be available on the SaskPower website at the end of May. We will be contacting members in early November to ensure journeypersons have completed the code renewal seminar. If members complete the other requirements (see flyer from last newsletter) required by SaskPower they will receive a 10% discount on all permits taken in 2019.
Another new service offered this year was the sale of 2018 CSA Electrical Code Books at a discounted rate to members. This service has been completed and members have received their code books.
This newsletter contains information on many other ECA of SASK initiatives from our office and industry partners. We look forward to receiving any questions or comments you have.
2018 ECA of SASK Committees:
Ad Hoc Committees:
- Saskatchewan Registered Contractor Program
- Saskatchewan Electrical Licensing Review – Master Electrician Designation
- Prompt Payment Legislation Committee – SCA Advisory Council
- Single Safety Services Agency (TSASK)
- SCA Advisory Council
- Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
- Saskatchewan Bid Depository Institute Committee
- Canadian Electrical Contractors Association
- Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association
- Saskatchewan Electrical Liaison Committee
- Saskatchewan Electrical Technical Committee
A group that has been very active is the committee to develop a Saskatchewan Master Electrician designation. BC, Alberta, Quebec and Ontario have already implemented this designation. The “made in Saskatchewan” Master Electrician designation should be ready for presentation to legislators later in 2018. Details of the designation will be available to members for their feedback this summer. Thank you to members Rob Istace and Joe Mignon for their valuable input and experience on this committee.
Please contact the office for more details on our committee work. We thank you for your continued support of the Saskatchewan electrical contracting industry.
We would like to welcome all the new members.