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Out of Province Contractors

Background

In January 2009, Canada's Premiers endorsed amendments to the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) that commit all provinces and territories to improving labour mobility for certified workers in professions and trades.

The Ontario Labour Mobility Act, which received Royal Assent December 15, 2009, ensures that workers certified to practice in one province or territory are entitled to be certified in that occupation in Ontario without having to complete additional material training, experience, examinations or assessments.

The AIT and the Ontario Labour Mobility Act allow for certain certification and licensing requirements to continue, such as applications and application fees, evidence of good character and criminal background checks, evidence of good standing, active practice, additional non-material testing, experience, examinations or assessments for local jurisprudence or local knowledge, and post-certification conditions.

For more information about labour mobility, visit the Ontario College of Trades website.

 

Master Electricians Licensed from other Canadian jurisdictions

A Master Electrician licensed from another province or territory is required to successfully complete the qualifying Master Electrician Examination, which tests for local knowledge and local jurisprudence, in order to be eligible to apply for a Master Electrician Licence in Ontario.

 

Electrical Contractors Licensed from other Canadian jurisdictions

An Electrical Contractor licensed from another province or territory is required to apply for an Electrical Contractor Licence in Ontario and meet all licence requirements, including the requirement to designate a Master Electrician licensed in Ontario.

 

Application Process

About the Qualifying Master Electrician Examination

The qualifying Master Electrician Examination is administered by the Electrical Safety Authority. 

The examination is 3 hours in length and consists of 80 multiple choice questions.  It tests an applicant’s knowledge of Ontario laws, rules and regulations governing the installations and repair of electrical equipment and material, and the supervision of such work, as well as safety and business acumen.

The examination is divided into the following three sections:

  1. The Ontario Electrical Safety Code (33%) -All sections of the 2012 Ontario Electrical Safety Code and ability of the applicant to properly use the Code as a Reference Book
  2. Worker Safety (33%) – Ontario rules, laws, and regulations governing; Internal Responsibility System, Recognizing Hazards, Occupational Health and Safety Requirements, The Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations for Construction and Industrial Projects, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act 1997, and WHMIS
  3. Business Administration (33%) – Ontario rules, laws and regulations governing; Consumer Protection, Employer Responsibilities, Business Management, Bill C45, Consumer Protection Act and the Construction Lien Act, Human Rights Code, and the Labour Relations Act 1995, as they relate to electrical contracting.

Pre-Master Electrician Training Course

ESA and various Ontario community colleges offer a non-mandatory preparatory course for writing the master electrician examination.  For more information and a current schedule of courses being offered by ESA, visit the Master Training & Exam section or contact an Ontario community college for a listing of their courses.

Eligibility to write the qualifying Master Electrician Examination

To be eligible to write the qualifying Master Electrician Examination an individual must provide proof of a minimum of 3 years experience in one of the following classifications;

  1. Practising the trade of electrician — construction and maintenance, electrician — domestic and rural or industrial electrician under a certificate of qualification in the applicable trade that is not suspended. For more information relating to Ontario’s C of Q requirements please contact the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT), 1-800-387-5656 or (416) 326-5800;
  2. Working for an electrical contractor as a licensed professional engineer registered with the Professional Engineers of Ontario. For more information relating to Ontario’s professional engineer requirements please contact the Professional Engineers of Ontario,1-800- 339-3716 or (416) 224-1100; www.peo.on.ca
  3. Working for an electrical contractor in the capacity of a certified engineering technician or a certified engineering technologist registered with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists, or practising the trade of powerline technician under a certificate of qualification in that trade that is not suspended. For more information relating to Ontario’s certified engineering technician or technologist requirements please contact the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists, (416) 621-9621; www.oacett.org

Note: Applicants applying from outside Ontario must include a copy of their Canadian provincial or territorial qualification in conjunction with a valid Ontario qualification, as applicable, as proof of 3 years experience.

Applying to Write the Qualifying Master Electrician Examination

To apply to write the qualifying Master Electrician examination, complete the Master Electrician Examination Application Form and fax it to (905)507-4572 or contact the Registrar’s office (905)712-5385 for further information.

The current exam schedule and application form can be found under the Master Training & Exam section.

Applicants are required to successfully complete the Master Electrician Examination with a minimum mark of 70%, or 56 correct answers.  If applicants are not successful on their first attempt, they are granted one opportunity to rewrite the exam, applicants who are unsuccessful two (2) times will be subject to a review, and may not be permitted to write again unless the applicant has participated in a Pre-Master Electrician Training Course or other related course.

Applying for a Master Electrician Licence

Upon successful completion of the qualifying Master Electrician Examination, applicants must then submit a completed Master Electrician Licence application form with the applicable licence fee.  See the Licensing Forms section.

It is important to note that, in addition to having successfully completed the Master Electrician Examination, applicants must meet all other licence requirements in order to be granted a Master Electrician Licence.

Please note: Applicants must apply for a Master Electrician Licence within 12 months of successfully completing the Master Electrician Examination.

Applying for an Electrical Contractor Licence

To operate as an Electrical Contractor in Ontario applicants must submit a completed Electrical Contractor Licence application form with the applicable licence fee.  See the Licensing Forms section.

It is important to note that applicants must meet all licence requirements, including the requirement to designate a licensed Master Electrician, in order to be granted an Electrical Contractor Licence.