Individual Convicted and Fined for Doing Electrical Work Without License

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Posted by: from Oakville
5/16/2012 at 8:27:04 PM

On March 21, 2012 an electrical contractor was convicted in a Windsor Ontario court of numerous charges related to performing electrical work without an electrical contractor's license and failing to make arrangements for the inspection of electrical work by the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). He was found guilty on seven counts of performing electrical work without an electrical contractor's license, seven counts of failing to apply for inspection, four counts of failure to procure a connection authorization, and one count of falsely representing himself as a licensed electrical contractor. The total fine was $19,000 for the violations plus $4,750 as a victim impact surcharge.

Under Ontario Regulation 438/07, Licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians, only Licensed Electrical Contractors are permitted to contract to perform electrical work in Ontario.

"Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous players out there who present themselves as being able to do electrical work when they don't hold the appropriate license and they don't follow the rules and regulations. If you hire them, you may end up with unsafe electrical wiring, or may need to arrange to have a licensed electrical contractor make repairs to their work," said Scott Saint, ESA's VP and Chief Operating Officer. "We remind anyone considering hiring someone to do electrical work to follow 'the three Cs': check to ensure the contractor holds a valid electrical contractor license; confirm that they are arranging the appropriate inspections from ESA; and call ESA at 1-877-ESA-SAFE (1877-372-7233) if you suspect someone is misrepresenting themselves."

ESA reminds consumers of the requirement to ensure that anyone you hire to perform electrical work has a valid ECRA/ESA Electrical Contractor Licence. This will ensure that the Electrical Contractor you have hired:

is fully insured

uses qualified electricians to perform the electrical work you require

will arrange for permits with the ESA

can deliver an ESA Certificate of Inspection

can provide references

will prepare a written cost estimate of the work

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Date/Time5/28/2012 at 3:01:55 PM

Here is the list for all of Ontario...


John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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Robert from Electrilight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time6/11/2012 at 7:36:06 AM

Thanks John,

Wow, extensive list. Glad to see something is being done finally.



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Date/Time3/28/2013 at 11:50:00 AM

You're correct in some aspects. But a homeowner can pull electrical permits and if the inspector deems the homeowner competent to an extent then they can do the work themselves or a relative specified. Resi stuff only.

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Audio Authority in Vaughan
Date/Time4/4/2013 at 7:45:17 PM

I agree that people should be licenced, however I previously did some work at a client's home where he had provided the permits and had the ESA inspect the work, only to get zapped when I touched a switch and there were many mistakes that we both noticed throughout the project. What this tells me is that the ESA took the homeowners for a ride as well. For the money they charged we should expect more. Who's policing the authority?

My point is the ESA makes a big deal out of licensed electricians to take your money but at the end its homeowners beware!

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