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The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) of Ontario has recently held public consultation in which they sought feedback on proposed changes to wiring fees under Risk-based Oversight (RBO) and other planned updates to fees charged for notifications to do work under the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. Feedback received during the consultation is to be considered by ESA in making a final decision regarding these fees. ESA will hold contractor meetings in the Fall of 2019 to provide information on the final changes to the fee guide.

Key Dates:

  • Consultation opened for comment:             June 3, 2019
  • Consultation closed:                                       5 p.m.  July 5, 2019
  • Posting of results of consultation:               July 2019
  • Contractor Meetings:                                      Fall 2019
  • Proposed effective date of fee adjustments: Upon implementation of Risk-based Oversight (early 2020)


The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) of Ontario is discontinuing their Authorized Contractor Program (ACP) and replacing it with Risk Based Oversight (RBO) which is scheduled to go live in early 2020. As a result ACP, which is/was a volunteer program that afforded participants with some benefits such as reduced notification/permit costs and inspection ratios will cease as will the yearly membership fees. In its place ESA proposes a standard fee structure under which all contractors will pay the same fees.

In Ontario, a notification of work (permit) needs to be taken out before or within 48 hours of starting electrical installation, repair and replacement work covered under the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. Notifications are priced based on the nature of the work being done.  A Fee Guide details those wiring fees. 

The proposed changes which would affect HVAC contractors include those in the following excerpt:

There is a proposed fee for HVAC eligible equipment of $35.

DRAFT Section 4.4.1 Mechanical, HVAC and related equipment

This section covers equipment such as:

  • -furnaces1                                         -battery chargers
  • -water heaters1                                -in-floor heating
  • -Air conditioners1                            -heat trace cable
  • -heat recovery ventilators1                        -jacuzzi bathtubs
  • -heat pumps1                                               -steam showers
  • -air handlers1                                               -saunas
  • -boilers1                                             -submersible pumps
  • -gas fireplaces1                                 -elevators
  • -Dishwasher (unlic)                         -power optimizers
  • -rangehood (unlic)

Note1: The fee is $35 for contractors when the installation is limited to furnaces, water heaters, air conditioners, heat recovery ventilators, heat pumps, air handlers, boilers and gas fireplaces only.


The Authorized Contractor Program -HVAC will be discontinued and the RBO HVAC fee needs to be defined. Under RBO, the HVAC program does not require an annual membership fee and the equipment that qualifies is clear. In order to ensure cost recovery the notification fee is set to $35.

Additional details are available here.

For more information contact Mark Rippon at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 223 or e-mail: mrippon@hrai.ca