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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

ESA will not be implementing a wiring fee increase in 2017.

Every year we review wiring fees and 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 are effectve Friday February 3, 2017. 

Please forward comments or questions regarding the 2017 fee schedules to the ESA Customer Service Centre at

View all wiring fee consultation materials


Electrical Inspection Fee Guide

2017 Electrical Inspection Fee Guide (Effective Feb 3, 2017)

2017 Fee Code Summary List (Effective Jan. 8, 2016)

2017 Fees Residential Reference Guide (Effective Feb. 3, 2017)

2017 Commercial Reference Guide (Effective Feb. 3, 2017)

Click here to order a free 4"x5" version of the Fee Schedule (your ESA account number must be provided to place the order)

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