ESA Response to COVID-19
UPDATE: January 6, 2022
ESA is working diligently to address the emerging issues during the recent wave of the Pandemic. We will continue to focus on the highest safety-related priorities of the province, while protecting our staff and the public. ESA has updated our guidance documents for inspections.
December 10, 2021
ESA Vaccination Requirements
For many of the sites ESA inspects, our inspectors have a statutory right of entry and are not subject to vaccine-related access restrictions. However, ESA also recognizes the importance of protecting our staff and our communities. Thus, we have instituted a mandatory vaccine disclosure protocol and rapid antigen testing program as outlined below.
October 8, 2021
Guidance for Homeowners: How to Prepare for Your Inspection
Based on the latest public health guidelines, ESA is using a wide range of options at the Inspector’s discretion in order to inspect electrical installations in occupied dwellings. If an onsite inspection is determined to be required, please review the following guidelines on how to prepare: How to Prepare for Your Inspection
June 8, 2021
Guidance for LEC’s/Stakeholders on the Submission of Photos or Video Files to ESA Inspectors During COVID-19 Outbreak
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ESA issued ESA Guidance Regarding Inspections During the COVID-19 Outbreak to support inspection of electrical installations while prioritizing public health mandates. At the Inspector’s discretion, if a physical site visit can not take place, they will use a wide range of options to conduct an inspection, including photos and/or recorded videos from LEC/Installers to demonstrate compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. Learn more below...
- ESA Guidance on Submission of Photos or Video Files to ESA Inspectors During COVID-19 Outbreak
- ESA Guidance Regarding Inspections During the COVID-19 Outbreak
April 19, 2021
ESA’s response team has been working diligently to address the emerging issues. We are moving into circumstances that will require us to focus on the highest safety and related priorities of the province, while protecting our staff and the public.
February 1, 2021
Safety & Technical Training
In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, ESA will not be scheduling additional public classroom courses at this time. We will continue to monitor provincial and regional health measures, and key public health indicators. Online courses are continuing as scheduled. Virtual classroom courses will be offered early 2021. Please visit the Safety and Technical Training page for updates.
Master Electrician Exams
In-Person: In light of the Ontario Government’s announcement effective January 14, 2021, ESA has postponed all in-person Master Electrician Examinations until February 28, 2021. We are closely monitoring the situation and will advise of new in-person examination dates once we have more information. ESA apologizes for any inconvenience during this unprecedented health crisis. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
Online: ESA is currently developing an online option to write the Master Electrician exam remotely from the comfort and safety of your home or another location of your choice. We plan to be able to offer this option in March 2021. Information on how to enrol will be posted on our website soon.
January 13, 2021
ESA’s response team has been working diligently to address emerging issues. We are moving into circumstances that require us to focus on the highest safety and related priorities of the province, while protecting our staff and the public. Please review the guidelines below regarding inspections.
The Ontario Government made an announcement “Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives”, effective January 14, 2021. Although our offices are closed, ESA continues to process licensing renewals and other applications. As every situation is different, ESA is committed to working with all our licence holders on a case-by-case basis to help understand and support your business needs during these difficult times. If your business has been impacted by Covid-19 and you wish to discuss your licensing renewal fees, please email our Licensing Department or phone 1-877-372-7233 and we will work together with you to find a solution.
Master Electrician (ME) Exams
In light of the Ontario Government’s announcement effective as of January 14, 2021, ESA has postponed all Master Electrician Examinations until February 28, 2021. We are closely monitoring the situation and will advise of new dates, once we have more information.
ESA apologizes for any inconvenience during this unprecedented health crisis and thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding.
Doing our Part
ESA is doing our part to support social distancing and help slow the spread of COVID-19.
We have limited operational site visits and taken precautionary measures to keep the Ontario public and our employees safe, such as:
- Closed our offices to the public. Access is only available for mail and courier deliveries.
- Cancelled training courses, Master Electrician exams, large gatherings and conferences/networking events.
- Suspended all business air travel, including domestic.
- Moved stakeholder engagement activities, including Advisory Council meetings, to video/conference call.
Check this page often. ESA will continue to monitor and provide updates related to COVID -19 as circumstances change.
Questions? Contact ESA general media enquiries
About the Electrical Safety Authority
The Electrical Safety Authority's (ESA’s) role is to enhance public electrical safety in Ontario. As an administrative authority acting on behalf of the Government of Ontario, ESA is responsible for administering specific regulations related to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, the licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians, electricity distribution system safety, and electrical product safety. ESA works extensively with stakeholders throughout the province on education, training and promotion to foster electrical safety across the province.
More information on the Electrical Safety Authority can be found at www.esasafe.com, through https://twitter.com/homeandsafety and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ElectricalSafetyAuthority.
For further information:
Electrical Safety Authority
905-712-7819 or Media.ESA@electricalsafety.on.ca