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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Installing an Electric Vehicle Charging Station?

Here’s what you need to know:electric vehicle icon

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular among Ontarians. EV Charging Stations are being installed on a regular basis in residential, commercial and industrial locations.

Requirements

  • The installer shall take out a permit (also called an Application for Inspection) with the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) prior to starting the installation. Contact ESA at 1-877-ESA-SAFE (372-7233).
  • Installation shall be in compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (the Code), specifically Section 86 – Electrical Vehicles Charging Systems. (ESA will be issuing a bulletin about EV charging station requirements shortly.)
    • If only an outlet and associated equipment (breaker and wiring) are required, fee code R078 applies. There will be a charge for any additional outlet or charger.
    • If a new panel or service is required, the corresponding permit fees will apply.
  • Installation is required to be done by a Licensed Electrical Contractor (LEC)
    • If a Local Distribution Company (LDC) or its affiliate is doing the installation, the LDC or its affiliate is required to hold an electrical contracting licence through ECRA/ESA and take out a permit for the installation.
  • Equipment shall be certified for use in Canada by a nationally recognized certification agency – CSA, cUL, cETL or display other certification marks approved by ESA.
  • A Certificate of Inspection will be issued by ESA once the installation is in compliance with the Code.

 

Note: there are different levels and types of charging – level 1, level 2 and level 3 – that utilize different voltages and amperages.