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Please note:  References to mandatory reporting obligations as referenced in Section 5, 6, and 7 of the Guidelines Field Evaluation Agencies are no longer applicable with respect to consumer electrical products.

For more information, you may call ESA at 1-877-ESA-SAFE (1-877-372-7233).

Why the Change?

In 2011, the federal Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) administered by Health Canada came into effect, outlining the responsibilities of industry across Canada for consumer product safety, including mandatory incident reporting and document retention. 

This created concurrent product safety systems (federal and provincial) for consumer electrical products in Ontario.  The ESA, the Ministry of Consumer Services (MCS) and Health Canada have been working together to address this duplication.

What Happened?

Earlier this year, MCS invited stakeholders to comment on proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 438/07 (Product Safety), which would provide clarity and reduce regulatory duplication for industry.  

On June 26, 2013, the Ontario government amended Regulation 438/07, removing obligations for mandatory reporting to the ESA. The regulation has also been amended to include a consumer electrical product definition (consistent with the definition under the CCPSA), and to eliminate ESA’s authority to order notification to the public and require corrective action respecting consumer electrical products. 

What is ESA’s Role Now?

The ESA will continue to play an important role in managing the safety of electrical products.  The ESA will retain responsibility for pre-market approval requirements for all electrical equipment and products (including consumer electrical products) offered for sale in the Ontario marketplace, and will also retain responsibility for post-market safety oversight of industrial products.

Health Canada, the MCS and ESA are committed to working together to ensure that electrical safety remains a key priority and that industry is aware of its respective obligations. ESA will be in contact with affected stakeholders to discuss revisions to the product safety guidelines as a result of the changes to the regulation.  A link to amended Regulation 438/07 will be provided once available.