ESA is a not-for-profit self-funded organization. As a result, ESA charges for inspection and other services. Revenues from the provision of services are directed at covering ESA’s operating expenses and supporting public electrical safety education.
ESA will be implementing an average 1.9% wiring fee increase effective January 20, 2015. Following consideration of stakeholder feedback, ESA has set the fee adjustment at the rate of inflation.
We expect to make a similar inflationary adjustment in January 2016. The specific adjustment amount will be communicated to stakeholders well in advance of its implementation.
Wiring fees cover the costs of processing of wiring permit, inspections of wiring work and enforcement of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, investigations of Code violations, Enforcement efforts against illegal work, maintaining and up-date the Code to cover technological or marketplace changes, and public awareness efforts re: safe electrical work, among other related activities.
More information on how ESA uses wiring fees can be found in the most recent Summary Report to Contractors here.
Earlier this year, ESA consulted with stakeholders via our advisory councils and an open call for comment earlier this year. Comments from stakeholders and ESA’s response can be found here. ESA thanks everyone who participated in these consultations and appreciates all feedback received.
For any inquiries, including ESA inspections, call: 1-877-ESA-SAFE (1-877-372-7233).