Licensing Complaint process
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is responsible for licensing electrical contractors and master electricians in the province of Ontario and for ensuring that only licensed electrical contracting businesses are permitted to offer or provide electrical wiring services directly to the public.
The Licensing complaint process is intended to deal with non-compliance issues in relation to companies or individuals acting as electrical contractors who do not hold the appropriate ECRA/ESA Electrical Contractor or Master Electrician Licence, or where an ECRA/ESA licence holder is failing to meet the requirements of their licence.
Types of Non-Compliance Licensing Complaints
Enforcement: Enforcement activities are directed at dealing with persons who operate or hold themselves out as operating an electrical contracting business, or who act as or hold themselves out as a master electrician without holding a valid ECRA/ESA licence.
Where it is suspected that an Electrical Contractor is operating without an ECRA/ESA Licence, check ECRA/ESA’s list of Licensed Electrical Contractors or contact the Customer Service Centre at 1-877-esa-safe (372-7233).
Where there is reason to believe that an Electrical Contractor or Master Electrician does not have an ECRA/ESA Licence a complaint should be filed.
Discipline: Discipline activities are directed at persons who hold an ECRA/ESA Electrical Contractor or Master Electrician Licence where the Registrar has reason to believe they are not living up to the licensing requirements as set out under the Safety and Consumer Statues Administration Act, 1996; Part VIII, section 113.2 (2) of the Electricity Act, 1998; or Ontario Regulation 570/05.
Where there is reason to believe that an ECRA/ESA Licensed Electrical Contractor or Master Electrician is no longer meeting the licensing requirements a complaint should be filed.
How To File A Licensing Complaint
STEP 1: Contact ESA’s Customer Service Centre
A licensing complaint may be filed by contacting ESA in one of the following ways:
Phone: 1-(877) esa-safe (372-7233)
Fax: 1-(800) 667-4278
Mail: 400 Sheldon Dr, Unit 1, Cambridge ON, N1T 2H9
STEP 2: Provide The Details Of The Complaint
- The Complainant’s Name (person filing the complaint), Mailing Address, Phone Number (note: this information will not be provided to the person named in the complaint)
- If the complaint is about a licensed Electrical Contractor, a licensed Master Electrician or an unlicensed Electrical Contractor
- The name of the electrical contracting company, master electrician, or individual performing electrical work, if known
- The site address and type of electrical work being performed
- The date the work took place
- Include as much detail and supporting information as possible
What Happens With A Complaint After It Is Filed?
Pursuant to its mandate of enforcing the Electricity Act, 1998, ESA reviews all licensing complaints received to determine if regulatory action is required. After receiving a complaint, ESA will:
- Conduct a preliminary review of the complaint
- In most cases involving a complaint against a licensed electrical contractor or master electrician, the ESA will contact the licence holder to ask for a response to the allegation(s)
- Review all of the information and documentation available to ascertain whether there has been a contravention of the Act or associated regulations
- Take appropriate regulatory action as required
How Long Does The Complaint Process Take?
The length of time varies depending on the complexity of the issues, the availability of information and documentation, and the level of cooperation of those involved.