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.

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.

View all wiring fee consultation materials

Electrical Inspection Fee Guide

2016 Electrical Inspection Fee Guide (Effective Jan. 8, 2016)

2016 Fee Code Summary List (Effective Jan. 8, 2016)

2016 Fees Residential Reference Guide (Effective Jan. 8, 2016)

2016 Commercial Reference Guide (Effective Jan. 8, 2016)

Click here to order a free 4"x5" version of the Fee Schedule (your ESA account number must be provided to place the order) Please note: Due to the potential Canada Post disruption, shipments of the Fee Guide will be delayed.

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