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  • Ontario Electrical Safety Code - Directors Order on Rule 2-000(a)

Ontario Electrical Safety Code - Directors Order on Rule 2-000(a)

Connection Authorization for Licensed Distributor and Licensed Generator Owned/ Operated Generation Facilities

ESA, as the regulator of electrical safety in Ontario, is constantly reviewing the current electrical safety requirements to ensure the regulatory framework continues to provide the appropriate balance between the need to ensure safety while supporting modernization and eliminating unnecessary encumbrance on industry. ESA identified an inconsistency between the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) Distribution System Code (DSC) and the Ontario Electrical Safety Code with respect to generation facilities. ESA recognizes the need to align both the OEB and ESA’s rules in order to provide consistency in the marketplace.  To address this issue, ESA has made an amendment to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code to ensure alignment between the OESC and the Distribution System Code.

The Amendment takes effect August 6, 2013.

To view the Director's Order, Click Here.


ESA has consulted with Stakeholders to gather comments and feedback on the proposed Directors Order to Amend Rule 2-000 (a).


To View the complete Consultation Paper click here




The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is a private, not-for-profit corporation designated by the Minister of Government and Consumer Services under the Safety and Consumer Statutes Administration Act, 1996 to administer and enforce Part VIII of the Electricity Act, 1998 and regulations made there under.

ESA, as the regulator of electrical safety in Ontario, is responsible for regulating the safe use of electricity and electrical products and equipment in Ontario and to serve the public interest as it relates to electrical safety.  The ESA is accountable to the Minister through an independent Board of Directors and an Administrative Agreement. 

As an organization, ESA’s overall mission is to improve electrical safety for the well-being of the people of Ontario.  Its long-term vision is an Ontario free of electrical fatalities, serious injury, damage and loss.  Given finite resources, ESA works in conjunction with its electrical safety partners that make up the integrated electrical safety system to fulfill its mandate. 

ESA’s approach is to identify significant harms and to take appropriate measures to prevent, mitigate, or eliminate them. Using this approach, ESA has developed its 2011-2015 Strategic Plan Getting to Zero: A Commitment to Safety, which establishes the strategic initiatives and 5-year goals for the organization.  ESA’s 5-year vision is to achieve a 30% reduction in electrical contact and fire fatalities within Ontario. 

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Electrical Safety Codes

The Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) is developed by the Canadian Standards Association. It has been developed on a 3 and 4-year cycle since 1927. The CEC is a voluntary document and its requirements can only become mandatory when adopted into legislation or regulation by a government entity. Ontario adopts the CEC as one part of the OESC. The other part of the OESC consists of a series of Ontario-specific amendments, which include a set of Ontario-specific administrative rules.  In some cases, Ontario amendments exceed those found in the CEC, in other cases they differ depending on specific circumstances within the Ontario context.

ESA is designated by Ontario Regulation 89/99 as the responsible authority for the purposes of administering and enforcing Part VIII of the Electricity Act, 1998 and regulations made there under, including Ontario Regulation 164/99, which adopts, by reference, the Canadian Electrical Code together with specific Ontario amendments and is referred to as the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC). 

To ensure that the OESC reflects changes in technologies, and responds to reports of electrical incidents, the OESC is updated every three years.  However, amendments to the OESC may be warranted in between the three years cycle in order to respond to changes in the marketplace.  As such, a Statutory Director may, in writing, pursuant to subsection 113(5) (a) of the Electricity Act, provide notice through issuance of a Director’s Order to amend the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. 

The authority given under subsection 113(5)(a) provides ESA with the regulatory flexibility to support regulatory activities and the facilitation of marketplace changes. Since the Director’s Order functions as a temporary condition or requirement, typically amendments made through this process are formalized in the next code cycle.


ESA Feedback

The Directors Order will harmonize the Ontario Electrical Safety Code and the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) Distribution System Code (DSC) and provide consistency in the marketplace. Comments submitted as part of the consultation process ahve been reviewed and taking into consideration.

View ESA's response to each comment.