The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is an administrative body that enforces the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. The ESA is also responsible for licensing electrical contractors and master electricians, training inspectors, and conducting safety inspections of electrical installations throughout Ontario.
The ESA encourages the public to request copies of “Certificates of Inspection” for all work done in homes and businesses. According to the ESA, homeowners who are planning any renovation project that involves electrical wiring or devices will need to ensure that all electrical installation, repair, and replacement work complies with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.
The Code is updated every three years to address the unique issues brought about by emerging technologies and improvements to safety practices. The Code states that electrical permits need to be taken out before or within 48 hours after electrical work starts. Homeowners or business owners who initiate the electrical work will need to take out the permit. However, if either party hires a certified electrician, then the electrician must take out the permit.
The Code also states that homeowners and business owners are not allowed to take out permits on behalf of their contractors or anyone else. Moreover, there are specific ESA fees depending on the type of work that is to be done. Clients need to remember that only licensed electricians are allowed to do wiring in Ontario.