ESA Fees

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. 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.

2016 Fee Adjustments

Effective January 8, 2016 all wiring fee items will increase by an average 1%. 

In addition, a number of individual fee prices have been adjusted:

  • All Service Reconnect fees will equalize at 2015 rate of $296 followed by the 2016 1% fee increase
  • All Miscellaneous fees will equalize at 2015 rate of $150 followed by the 2016 1% fee increase
  • Labour fee and Plan Review items increase by 1.75%
  • An adjustment to the way fees are set for large New Residential Single Family Dwellings
      •  “Very Large Houses” are defined as 7,000 sq. ft. or more of indoor liveable space.
      • Fees for “Very Large Houses” with existing service size breaks of up to 200A and between 201 to 400A will increase from $217 to $452.
      • Fees for “Very Large Houses” with service size break 401A and over will follow Commercial pricing methods instead of Residential.
      • “Very Large Houses” permits are entitled up to three inspection visits; for members of the Authorized Contractor Program (ACP), two visits.
  • An adjustment to the way fees are set for New Apartment Buildings
      • The existing fee of $96 for each of the first 4 units remains.
      • The fee for additional units will remain $47 per unit when the device count per unit 80 or less, but increase to $96 per unit for 81 + devices

Earlier this year, ESA consulted on these changes with stakeholders via our advisory councils and through an open call for comment. Detailed information on the changes above and the consultation process can be found here.  

We recognize that fee adjustments have a real impact on Licensed Electrical Contractors.  While we have made every effort to offset the impact of increasing business costs, we do need to make this slight adjustment to fees in order to cover our costs in order to ensure electrical safety across Ontario.

Visit in early December 2015 for the detailed Fee Schedule and to access the Quick Reference Guide, the updated application form and other helpful information.

Please forward comments or questions regarding the 2016 fee schedules to the ESA Customer Service Centre at


Amendment to 2015 Fee Guide

The 2015 Fee Guide contains a new pricing structure for New Residential Single Family Dwellings and New Apartment Buildings. Please be advised that ESA will not be implementing this change in pricing structure and the work is priced as follows:

Section 4.1.1 - Single Family Dwelling

The per unit fee for all single family dwellings, regardless of square footage, is:

  Contractor  Non-Contractor
With service size up to 200A [R030]  $217  $485
With service size 201-400A [R031]  $313  $634
With service size 401A+ [R052] $452  $849


Section 4.1.3 - Apartment Building and Retirement/Nursing Home

For Apartment Building and Retirement/Nursing Homes, the fee is $96 (NC $104) [R019] for each of the first 4 units plus $47 (NC $51) [R019] for each additional unit, regardless of the quantity of outlets in each unit.

2015 Electrical Inspection Fee Guide (Effective Jan. 20, 2015)

2015 Fee Cheat Sheets (Effective Jan. 20, 2015)

2015 Fees Residential Reference Guide (Effective Jan. 20, 2015)

2015 Commercial Reference Guide (Effective Jan. 20, 2015)

Click here to order a free 4"x5" version of the Fee Schedule (your ESA account number must be provided to place the order)

For any inquiries, including ESA inspections, call: 1-877-ESA-SAFE (1-877-372-7233).