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Electrical Safety Authority

The Electrical Safety Authority is Ontario’s electrical safety regulator. Our job is to help enhance electrical safety for the people of Ontario, with the goal of creating an Ontario where people can live, work and play safe from electrical harm.

What is a Licensed Electrical Contractor (LEC)?

In Ontario, any business that offers or performs electrical work must be licensed by the Electrical Safety Authority. The Licensed Electrical Contractor (LEC) employs qualified electricians and a designated master electrician, and must abide by the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, and other applicable laws.

A lot of people are sometimes tempted to take on their own electrical work, but it’s important to hire a Licensed Electrical Contracting (LEC) Business to do the work because a bad job can lead to deadly shocks or electrical fires —and you don’t want to be putting your life and your loved ones at risk.

In Ontario, if you are hiring someone for your electrical work, it’s actually the law to hire a Licensed Electrical Contracting (LEC) Business. There are a number of things you should always watch out for when hiring a LEC, like making sure they have a 7-digit ECRA/ESA number on all their paperwork, trucks, and business cards. It is also important to remember that if a LEC does the work, they will have to also file for a notification of work (permit) with the Electrical Safety Authority ESA, if they ask you to do it that is a big red flag.

If you live in Ontario and are looking to find a Licensed Electrical Contracting Business in your area head to:

“Why we love the people at Electrical Safety Authority is because it’s their job is to help enhance electrical safety for the people of Ontario. Their ultimate goal is to ensure Ontarians can live, work and play safe from electrical harm and that’s Making It Right!”

– THE HOLMES’

CONTRACTORS / TV PERSONALITIES

Mike Holmes

PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTOR / TV HOST

Mike Holmes Jr

PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTOR / TV HOST

Sherry Holmes

CONTRACTOR, PART-TIME DESIGNER & WEEKEND DIYER

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