Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Oct 29, 2020

Businesses Closed in March and AprilThe July estimates of business openings and closures show that, with the continued easing of COVID-19 restrictions, there was a large decrease in business closures. In July 2020, 36,513 business closures were observed in the Canadian business sector, 33.9% less than what was observed in June. This number of business closures in July is comparable with levels observed prior to the pandemic and 6.7% lower than the pre-COVID level observed in February 2020. By comparison, there was a slight decrease in the number of business openings of 3.3% from June to July. However, openings in July surpassed closures in the same month. 

The July estimates for the experimental series on monthly openings and closings are now available. The series include monthly estimates of the number of business openings and closures, continuing businesses, and active businesses from January 2015 to July 2020.

With the exception of Yukon, which recorded a slight increase in business closures of 2.8% since June, the decrease in business closures was widespread across provinces and territories. The largest decreases in percentage terms since the previous month occurred in Quebec (-49.9%; -5,932), Ontario (-27.6%; -5,748), and Manitoba (-18.5%; -243). In all provinces and territories, the number of business closures is lower than or very close to the pre-COVID level of February 2020. 

The number of business closures decreased in the top three census metropolitan areas. From June to July, business closures decreased by 4,159 (-56.4%) in Montréal, by 4,572 (-35.9%) in Toronto and by 855 (-18.7%) in Vancouver. 

At the industry level, there were fewer business closures in July than in June in all industries. Declines of more than 50% were observed in arts, entertainment and recreation (-57.4%; -905), in other services (-56.3%; -2,646), which include personal services, and in accommodation and food services (-56.0%; -3,058). In all industries except manufacturing, the number of business closures is lower than the pre-pandemic level. For instance, in accommodation and food services, which was among the most impacted by the pandemic in terms of business closures, there were 3.9% fewer closures in July compared with February. 

Business openings decreased slightly in July. There were 52,258 business openings in July, a decrease of 3.3% compared with June. 

Half of businesses that closed in March and April re-opened by July 2020

With the exception of some regions in Ontario, all provinces and territories greatly eased public health restrictions by the end of July, and many businesses were able to re-open with extra safety precautions. The analysis of active businesses in February 2020 shows that, since June, 7.9% additional businesses re-opened, for a cumulative total of 49.5% businesses that re-opened by July 2020.

All industries recorded fewer business re-openings in July than in June, but in many industries, more than half of businesses that closed in March and April have re-opened. In other services (except public administration), accommodation and food services, and transportation and warehousing, the industries with the highest share of business closures, 60.0%, 57.7% and 44.1% of businesses re-opened by July, respectively.

Among businesses that were active in February 2020, the largest share of business closures in March and April was observed in Ontario (18.7%), British Columbia (18.2%) and Prince Edward Island (17.3%). In comparison, lower shares were observed in Manitoba (12.8%) and in the territories, where lower shares of active businesses closed in the Northwest Territories (13.6%), Yukon (11.7%) and Nunavut (3.9%).

By June, at least one in three businesses had re-opened across the provinces; by July, this proportion increased to at least four in ten. In most provinces, at least half of businesses that had closed in March and April had re-opened by July. For instance, nearly 60% of businesses re-opened in New Brunswick (59.1%), Quebec (58.8%) and Prince Edward Island (57.2%).

The lowest proportion of re-openings occurred in Ontario (43.3%), which may be related to restrictions on businesses still in place in July in some parts of the provinces.

Source: Statistics Canada,

Nexans Webinar - Key 2021 Electrical Code Changes Impacting Wire and Cable

Nexans Free WebinarJoin NEXANS for a free webinar with Isaac Müller, Applications Engineer for Nexans as he reviews and discusses the changes to the 2021 Canadian Electrical Code related to wire and cable. This free webinar will take place Wed, Jan 27, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST.

This webinar includes:
- Updated rules to protect cables (12-514,12-516)
- New conditions of use for wire & cable (Table 19)
- An opportunity to ask your questions


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AEABy Blake Marchand

“It was amazing,” Alberta Electrical Alliance CEO Tara Ternes said of their first Virtual Electrical Learning Expo. “It was a built from scratch platform, based on our 26-years of experience doing the Expo,” so it certainly didn’t go without its challenges.

“Going forward it will be much easier,” she said, adding that they learned a lot in the process of putting together and putting on the event virtually with Ivy Design, a marketing firm based out of Calgary, Alberta.


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Carol McGloganBy Carol McGlogan

The pandemic has given us reason to pause and evaluate everything we do. We have all been affected in our personal and professional lives, and it is during these times we realize family and community come first.

We know that EFC’s role is to bring the electrical industry closer together – and this pandemic has proven that there is no better time to come together.



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Wholesale Product Sales - OctoberThe sale of wholesale products rose 1.0% in October to $66.7 billion, marking the sixth consecutive increase for the sector. Gains in three subsectors — machinery, equipment and supplies • motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts and accessories • building material and supplies subsectors — all contributed to the growth, which was partially offset by declines in the food, beverage and tobacco, and personal and household goods subsectors.

Sales volumes grew 1.0% in October.




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Michelle BraniganBy Michelle Branigan

If the events of this year have shown us anything, it’s that the Canadian electricity sector is resilient. As a sector providing an essential service 24/7/365, those who work in the sector have long had that “storm mentality” and are ready for extreme weather or other crisis scenarios.

Most organizations have robust emergency plans in place, and some even have specific plans prepared for a pandemic (based on previous scares with SARS and H1N1). 


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Recently appointed as the first female President and CEO of CANDU Owners Group, Stephanie developed her career at Ontario Power Generation (OPG) where she made history throughout her career. Notably, as Plant Manager at Pickering Nuclear she was responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of 6 nuclear reactors. 

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TexcanSonepar Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Roger Gray as Texcan Ontario’s new Branch Manager. Gray joined the company as of November 16th and has been managing the Brampton, ON branch.

Gray brings over 25 years of experience in the wire and cable distribution industry. His experience in strategic account management, familiarity of application and site limitations has earned him creditability amongst electrical contractors and OEMs alike.



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WestburneWestburne Canada has announced the appointment of Rick Di Danieli to the role of Director, Industrial Solutions effective January 4, 2021. In this role, Rick will report to me and will be responsible for strategic direction and execution within the process and services space across Canada.

"A long standing Westburne partner and friend, Rick brings a wealth of industry and leadership experience, acquired in a 34-year career with Rockwell Automation. During that time he progressed through many leadership roles across North America, most recently as Regional Director Oil & Gas for North America," said Dave Syer, Vice President, Westburne Canada.

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Yves ChabotFollowing Groupe Stelpro’s recent acquisition of floor heating system manufacturer Flextherm, Yves Chabot, President and CEO of Groupe Stelpro, agreed to answer our questions.

Given the recent acquisition, can you tell us about the key issues for your industry?

Many significant challenges exist. Over the short term, the industry must navigate the pandemic and deal with unprecedented labour scarcity. Over the medium to long term, we must position ourselves within the energy transition in a context where homes are increasingly smart and feature countless connected objects.

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