Finding the Right Contractor
When looking to hire someone for electrical work, ensure you find an authorized expert. In Ontario, only a Licensed Electrical Contracting Business can be hired to do electrical work in your home. Licensed Electrical Contracting Businesses are bonded and insured, providing you with peace of mind.
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With so many people out there offering to do electrical work for you, it can be confusing. Only one can be hired to do electrical work in your home — a Licensed Electrical Contracting Business.
Here are a few tips to help you learn the difference:
Always ask to see the ECRA/ESA licence number before you hire someone to do electrical work in your home.
Many unlicensed electrical contractors may offer their services at a lower rate, but consider these consequences:
- Their work has been found to be up to four times faultier than work done by licensed contractors.
- If an unlicensed contractor gets hurt on the job, the homeowner may be responsible as the unlicensed contractor may not be insured.
- Insurance claims linked to work performed by an unlicensed contractor, may be denied by the insurance company.
Note: General Contractors are not licensed to do electrical work and they usually subcontract it. Verify any business subcontracted for electrical work has an ECRA/ESA licence number.
It’s important to remember whoever is doing the electrical work must be the one to file a notification of work with ESA.
According to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, electrical work must be reported to the Electrical Safety Authority by filing a notification of work within 48 hours of when it starts. The Licensed Electrical Contracting Business you hire will do this for you.
It’s a red flag if a contractor asks you to file a notification of work in your name. They could be an unlicensed contractor, and you must be careful. Even if the electrical work is small, unlicensed work can be dangerous. That’s why it's important to stay safe when it comes to electrical work and hire the right contractor. Visit this page for a list of other red flags.
Hire someone who can legally do electrical work in Ontario.