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Carnival/Traveling Shows

Carnivals/ Travelling shows and special events are attended by many members of the public every year in Ontario. There is the potential for public exposure to safety risks at these events. The Electrical Safety Authority has been working with industry contacts and event organizers to create a higher level of awareness of the requirements for inspections.

Carnival Brochure


ESA Requirements

Carnival and Travelling Show operators and event organizers must arrange to have rides and equipment inspected at every event to ensure they meet the safety standards defined in the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. We recommend that you take out your permit 6-8 weeks prior to your event. 

  • Equipment must be certified or approved for use in Ontario and bear the mark of a recognized certification agency.
  • Notifications or documentation must be filed for inspection of rides and booths for each show.
  • Defects identified must be corrected and re-inspected by ESA.

2013 Spring Carnival Newsletter

2012 Spring Carnival Newsletter 

2011 Spring Carnival Newsletter


How to Arrange for an Inspection of a Carnival/Travelling Show or Public Event

Please arrange for your electrical inspections by contacting the Electrical Safety Authority at 1-877-372-7233.

Entertainment Industry Notification

For information on the Electrical Safety Authority’s Annual Inspection Program for Carnival/Travelling Show Operators e- mail


EESCO – Entertainment Electrical Safety Committee of Ontario

The Entertainment Electrical Safety Committee of Ontario consists of groups and individuals involved with the use and conditions of use of electrical equipment in the entertainment industry in Ontario. The committee includes ESA (The Electrical Safety Authority), manufacturers, rental houses, venues, labour groups, broadcasters, design firms and production groups.

Television, Film, Live Performance and Event Electrical Guidelines 

Entertainment Electrical Safety Committee of Ontario Website


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