Compulsory trades and licences for contractor

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Posted by: from Vaughan
11/7/2018 at 3:06:49 PM

Must a contractor have a licence in the city he/she works in? I live in Vaughan and my contractor said he has a valid licence. His licence is in Toronto only, does it mean he can do work in Vaughan?

What happens if you have a written agreement that all his compulsory trades must hold a valid licence with Ontario collage of trades. what happens if you were mislead and find out that your for example "Plumber" was not working with a valid licence from the Ontario collage of trades when he was working on your home?

Any guidance from anyone is appreciated. This was a big project and a lot of deficiencies are still outstanding.

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Date/Time11/7/2018 at 10:29:23 PM

A trade license is not required in Toronto unless you are doing commercial or hire help. I am a sole proprietor doing only residential by myself, so I don't need workers comp or a trade license. I am licensed as a business though, so be careful if someone says they are licensed, they may mean business license. If you require or request a specialized license and they say they have it, but don't, they likely will be in big trouble, especially if in writing and it goes to court. I would remind them of the outstanding items in writing with a reasonable expected completion date and see where it goes from there.

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Shuja from MSH Design in Etobicoke
Date/Time11/8/2018 at 1:02:48 AM

I agree with Tim above. They will be in trouble if it is in writing. You can also choose to have a home inspector review the work performed and note down the deficiencies. Then you can contact the contractor and have a word with him before taking any action. I would give him the opportunity to fix any discrepancies with the work completed and take it from there.

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Date/Time11/8/2018 at 5:09:31 PM

All electrical work must be completed by a Licenced Electrical Contractor (LEC) in the province of Ontario regardless of the contractor's requirements.

If electrical work was completed without a permit and not by an LEC, I would contact the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).

Just because the electrician is registered with Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) does not mean they are an LEC and are legal to complete the work.


John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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Date/Time11/9/2018 at 5:07:11 PM

Some townships like Oakville have separate fees for licenses to work in their townships, tradespeople like plumbers, electricians should always have a valid license and insurance to work in anybody's home!! Always make sure to check there social media sites for several different reviews and work photos.

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