Proposed Amendments to the Electrical Safety Code regulation (O. Reg. 164/99) under the Electricity Act, 1998
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Electricity Act, 1998
Summary of Decision:
The Minister of Government and Consumer Services approved the regulatory amendment to adopt the 2015 Ontario Electrical Safety Code, which comes into effect on May 5, 2016.
February 5, 2015
Summary of Proposal:
The Electrical Safety Code regulation (O. Reg. 164/99) under the Electricity Act, 1998 provides for the adoption of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) together with Ontario specific amendments to the CEC as the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC). The CEC is amended every three years, which requires the OESC to also be updated. If approved, the Electrical Safety Code regulation would be amended to adopt the updated OESC.
Ontario adopts the CEC as one part of the OESC. All Canadian provinces adopt the CEC as the basis for their provincial electrical safety codes, which may include province-specific deviations.
The other part of the OESC is the Ontario-specific amendments to the CEC, which consist of a series of Ontario-specific technical and administrative rules. The OESC sets the minimum safety standards for safe electrical installations, products and equipment in Ontario. Regular updates to the CEC and the OESC are necessary to ensure they reflect changes in technologies and respond to electrical incident trends.
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is a delegated administrative authority responsible for administering Part VIII of the Electricity Act, 1998, and its regulations on behalf of the government. It is responsible for administering the OESC and for day-to-day operations such as safety inspections of electrical installations.
The ESA is consulting on the Ontario-specific technical and administrative rules on February 5 - March 23, 2015.
To review the OESC amendments please refer to ESA's website: http://www.esasafe.com/about-esa/stakeholder-engagement/consultations
Please note that unless requested and agreed otherwise by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, all materials or comments received from organizations in response to this consultation will be considered public information and may be used and disclosed by the ministry to assist the ministry in evaluating and revising the proposed regulatory amendments. This may involve disclosing materials or comments, or summaries of them, to other interested parties during and after the request for public comment process.
An individual who provides materials or comments and who indicates an affiliation with an organization will be considered to have submitted those comments or materials on behalf of the organization so identified. Materials or comments received from individuals who do not indicate an affiliation with an organization will not be considered public information unless expressly stated otherwise by the individual. However, materials or comments by individuals may be used and disclosed by the ministry to assist in evaluating and revising the proposed regulatory amendments.
Personal information of those who do not specify an organizational affiliation, such as an individual's name and contact details, will not be disclosed by the ministry without the individual's consent unless required by law. If you have any questions about the collection of this information, please contact Mary Beth Fazzari at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Public Safety Branch
777 Bay Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3
Attention: Lydia Ma, Senior Policy Advisor
May 5, 2016