Role of ESA

The Electrical Safety Authority

The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) was established in 1999 with the mandate to enhance public electrical safety in Ontario.

ESA is a delegated administrative authority, an independent, not-for-profit corporation acting on behalf of the Government of Ontario with specific responsibilities for electrical safety. As part of its mandate, ESA administers regulation in four areas: the Ontario Electrical Safety Code; licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricianselectricity distribution system safety and  electrical product safety. ESA also administers the Appeals Regulation.

Funding comes from fees paid for safety oversight, safety services, and licensing.

ESA’s vision is an Ontario free of electrical fatalities and serious injury, damage, or loss.

Our activities include:

  • Identifying and targeting leading causes of electrical risk;
  • Raising awareness, educating, and training in electrical safety;
  • Ensuring compliance with regulations;
  • Investigating fatalities, injuries and fire losses associated with electricity;
  • Engaging with stakeholders to improve safety.

ESA’s current work is guided by our Harm Reduction Strategy a five-year strategic plan that targets a 30 percent reduction (five year average) in electrical fatalities and fire fatalities from 2010 to 2015.

Sound strategy is built on solid research. ESA gathers and analyses critical data on electrical injuries, fatalities and fires in the province and publishes the findings annually in the Ontario Electrical Safety Report (OESR.).

ESA employees share a passion and conviction for improving electrical safety. Across the organization, all staff adhere to our code of conduct

The Safety and Consumer Statutes Administration Act and an Administrative Agreement with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services establish the legal framework for ESA’s operation as an Administrative Authority. In addition, ESA is designated the Ontario Authority responsible for electrical safety by Ontario Regulation 89/99.

The Electrical Safety Authority works independently and with other organizations to provide information and services to the public that can protect you against potential shock and fire hazards.

We work closely with the Fire Marshal’s Office and the Coroner’s Office to produce an annual Electrical Safety Report that reinforces the ongoing requirement to take precautions when dealing with electrical installations. A dedicated Consumer Advisory Council assists us in preparing information and defining campaigns to protect the public from potential electrical hazards.