Electrical Safety Authority
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is an administrative authority mandated by the Government of Ontario to enhance public electrical safety in the province. We are both a safety regulator and advocate.
Our powers and duties derive from The Electricity Act and The Safety and Consumer Statutes Administration Act including responsibility for four regulations:
- The Ontario Electrical Safety Code (Regulation 164/99) which defines how electrical work will be done;
- Licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians (Regulation 570/05) which sets requirements for those doing electrical work;
- Electrical Distribution Safety (Regulation 22/04) which defines safety accountabilities for Ontario’s Licensed Distribution Companies (LDCs); and
- Electrical Product Safety (Regulation 438/07) which addresses approval of electrical products before their sale, and response to unsafe industrial and commercial products in the marketplace.
ESA’s primary activities are: identifying and targeting leading causes of electrical safety risk; ensuring compliance with regulations; promoting awareness, education and training; and collaborating with stakeholders to improve the state of electrical safety in Ontario.
ESA is a private, not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario with staff deployed across the province.