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Five-Year Corporate Strategy 2021-2025

ESA is in the process of preparing its next five-year strategic plan for 2021-2025 and wants to get input from our key stakeholders on some core elements.

You are invited to participate in this strategy development process by responding to a consultation survey. 

How to participate in the consultation

Please review the next five-year strategic plan materials below:

Consultation Backgrounder

Consultation Survey

Infographic - An overview of view ESA's Five Year Strategic Plan

ESA's Five Year Strategic Plan 


Complete and email the survey to by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to provide your insights. Your feedback is integral to ESA’s strategic plan and is sincerely encouraged and valued.




Completed Working Groups & Consultations

Recently Closed

2020 RBO & Wiring Fees

ESA launched a stakeholder consultation on wiring fees under Risk-based Oversight (RBO) and other updates to fees charged for notifications to do work under the Ontario Electrical Safety Code when RBO goes live in early 2020. 

ESA is not increasing existing fees as published in its fee guide.

ESA produced a simple and clear document to explain the planned updates and the rationale for each. ESA has also provided a “redline” version of the fee guide, so you are able to see what the updated 2020 fee guide could look like.

Consultation Document - 2020 Wiring Fees

2020 Fee Guide - "Redline" Version

Instructions for Providing Feedback

Consultation closed on Friday July 5, 2019.

Consultation Feedback Form - Word

Consultation Feedback Form - Fillable PDF

Responses must include:

  •  Name of the responding individual or organization
  •  Phone and/or email contact information
  •  To what stakeholder group you belong:
    • electrical contracting business                      
    • individual electrician
    • Local Distribution company              
    • the general public
    • safety organization                            
    • regulator
    • other (specify)
  •  Responses to the questions posed in the consultation document above. You can elect not to answer a question. You may also make additional comments.

Any personal information you might provide in this consultation process is subject to ESA’s Privacy Policy. The information will be used to assist us in conducting and evaluating the results of the consultation, which may involve disclosing your comments to other participants, institutions and interested parties during and after the consultation. Your name will not be disclosed without your consent.

More information on Risk-based Oversight...


MGCS 570/05 Hardship Clause

In April, the Provincial Government held a public consultation on proposed changes to introduce an undue hardship clause under ESA’s Licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians.  On June 12, 2019, the Provincial Government announced that the undue hardship clause has been officially adopted into law.  This amendments will come into effect on January 1, 2020.

The introduction of an undue hardship clause will permit the Statutory Director of Licensing the discretion to allow additional time (within reason) for Master Electrician licensees to meet the renewal deadline if they have missed it due to undue hardship (e.g. serious illness).   

For more information and background on this Government-led amendment, please see the Ontario Government’s Newsroom announcement or the consultation materials posted on the Regulatory Registry.


Past Consultations

Consultation/Working Group Date
MGCS 570/05 Licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians April 2019
Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC) 27th Edition April 2018
Licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians (Regulation 570/05) April 2017
Electrical Distribution Safety Regulation 22/04 April 2017
2017 Wiring Fee Adjustment July 2016
Exploring an Amendment to the Electrical Distribution Safety Regulation July 2016
Five-Year Licensing Renewal January 2016
Public Electrical Safety Awareness Survey November 2015
2015 Community Powerline Safety Summit June 2015
2016 Wiring Fee Adjustment June 2015
Public Electrical Safety Measure on LDC Scorecard March 2015 
Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC) 26th Edition March 2015
2015 Wiring Fee Adjustment July 2014
Harm Reduction Strategy 2.0 August 2014
2013/2014 Changes to Wiring Services Fees and Licensing Fees October 2012    
Proposed changes to Rule 2-005 - 2012  August 2011
Proposed Ontario Technical Amendments - 2012 August 2011