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Electrical Contractor/Electrician License:


For electrical licensing information contact:

Electrical Safety Authority – Licensing Department, Customer Service Centre
400 Sheldon Drive, Unit 1
Cambridge, ON
N1T 2H9
Phone: 1.877.372.7233
Website

Ontario law requires electrical contractors to be licensed in order to operate an electrical contracting business. (Licensing Of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians; Ontario Regulation 570/05, (3), Under The Electricity Act of 1998, 2016).

Ontario law defines “electrical contracting business” as a business that is engaged in the carrying out of electrical work. (Licensing Of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians; Ontario Regulation 570/05, (1), Under The Electricity Act of 1998, 2016).

Ontario law defines “electrical contractor” as a person who is licensed to operate an electrical contracting business under this Regulation. (Licensing Of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians; Ontario Regulation 570/05, (1), Under The Electricity Act of 1998, 2016).

Ontario law defines an "electrician" as a person who: (a) lays out, assembles, installs, repairs, maintains, connects or tests electrical fixtures, apparatus, control equipment and wiring for systems of alarm, communication, light, heat or power in buildings or other structures, (b) plans proposed installations from blueprints, sketches or specifications and installs panel boards, switch boxes, pull boxes and other related electrical devices, (c) measures, cuts, threads, bends, assembles and installs conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures that connect panels, boxes, outlets and other related electrical devices, (d) installs brackets, hangers or equipment for supporting electrical equipment, (e) installs in or draws electrical conductors through conductor enclosures, (f) prepares conductors for splicing of electrical connections, secures conductor connections by soldering or other mechanical means and reinsulates and protects conductor connections, or (g) tests electrical equipment for proper function, but does not include a person who is permanently employed in an industrial plant at a limited purpose occupation in the electrical trade. (Ontario Regulation 1051, Under The Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act of 1990, 2016).

Ontario law prohibits a master electrician from carrying out electrical work unless he or she holds a valid certificate of qualification authorizing the carrying out of the electrical work. Such work includes (1) the personal planning and direct supervision of electrical work carried out on behalf of the electrical contractor; (2) the ensuring that the electrical work is carried out in accordance with applicable law, including the Electrical Safety Code and the laws relating to health and safety and consumer protection, on behalf of the electrical contractor; and (3) other matters of a similar nature. (Licensing Of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians; Ontario Regulation 570/05, Under The Electricity Act Of 1998, 2016).

Ontario law defines a “master electrician” as an individual. (Licensing Of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians; Ontario Regulation 570/05 (1), Under The Electricity Act Of 1998, 2016).

Electrical work is defined by Ontario law as work within the scope of the Electrical Safety Code that consists of constructing, installing, protecting, maintaining, repairing, extending, altering, connecting or disconnecting any electrical installation or electrical equipment. (Licensing Of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians; Ontario Regulation 570/05, Under The Electricity Act Of 1998, 2016).
 

Low-Voltage License:


Ontario law does not provide specific licensure of low-voltage home technology professionals.

Low-Voltage Exemption:


A license is not needed for work done on electrical equipment that plugs into an electrical source if the work being done constitutes maintenance, service or repair of the equipment that does not include extending or altering the equipment or installing, extending, altering or repairing any electrical wiring connected to that equipment. (Licensing Of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians; Ontario Regulation 570/05, Under The Electricity Act Of 1998, 2016).

Alarm Installer License:


Ontario law does not contain specific provisions requiring licensure of alarm installers.

Home Improvement License:


Ontario law does not specifically require licensure of home improvement contractors.


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