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Licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians (Regulation 570/05)

 

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is consulting on proposed amendments to two regulations under the Electricity Act, 1998, Part VIII.

The consultation is available on the Ontario Government’s Regulatory Registry. The ministry encourages interested stakeholders to provide feedback by April 3, 2017.

The Ministry is proposing to amend the Licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians regulation (Regulation 570/05). The proposed housekeeping amendments to the licensing regulation aim to remove out-dated references, such as references to provisional licences which are no longer valid, correct reference errors in the regulation, clarify existing requirements, align with other regulators’ requirements, and align language in the regulation with the language found in the Electricity Act. If approved, these regulatory changes will come into effect on July 1, 2017.

 

Electrical Distribution Safety Regulation 22/04

 

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) has posted a public consultation on proposed changes tothe Electrical Distribution Safety Regulation 22/04 reporting requirements of serious electrical incidents by Local Distribution Companies (LDCs) to ESA and proposed changes to the definition of worker, investigation assistance, and force majeure.  MGCS has also taken this opportunity to propose changes to ensure regulations reference existing standards that LDCs are currently following.

The consultation is available on the Ontario Government’s Regulatory Registry. The ministry encourages interested stakeholders to provide feedback by April 3, 2017.

Last year, ESA held working groups and a public consultation to identify the impact of requirements for LDCs to report serious electrical incidents involving distribution assets.  The proposed changes reflect the outcomes of our consultation process with LDCs. All working group and consultation materials can be found on our website.  ESA has also discussed the amendments to reference current standards at the Utility Advisory Council (UAC).  All UAC meeting minutes can be found on our website.

 

Completed Consultations

2017 Fee Adjustments

 

Every year ESA reviews wiring fees to determine whether an increase and/or fee adjustments are required.  This process includes financial analysis, forecasting, and collecting stakeholder input through advisory councils and an open public consultation.

ESA reviewed all the feedback received as well as its financial outlook based on the year-to-date activity. 

Based on all that input and mindful of the impact of fee adjustments on stakeholders, ESA is not going to increase wiring fees overall in 2017.

We will be making adjustments to two fee calculations:

  1. clarifying the Fee Guide to make clearer the difference between nursing homes and long term care facilities vs. retirement residences. This is not a fee change but a clarification of wording to better ensure that facilities are appropriately categorized.
  2. adjusting fees for residential generators with a transfer switch. For installations where a second inspection visit will be required, the higher fee will be established upfront rather than a second inspection fee being incurred later.

These two changes will come into effect on Friday February 3rd, 2017.

Consultation Materials:

Consultation Document - 2017 Wiring Fees 

ESA received questions regarding Proposed Change #1: An adjustment to Section 4.1.3 of the Fee Guide “Apartment Building and Retirement/Nursing Home”.  ESA provided the Addendum below to offer the industry clarification and further explanation of this fee.

2017 Wiring Fees - Retirement Home Long Term Care Home Fee Addendum

 

Other Completed Consultations

Consultation Date
Exploring an Amendment to the Electrical Distribution Safety Regulation July 2016
Five-Year Licensing Renewal January 2016
Public Electrical Safety Awareness Survey November 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