Proposed Amendments to the Electrical Safety Code regulation (O. Reg. 164/99) under Part VIII of the Electricity Act, 1998
Bill or Act:
Electricity Act, 1998
Summary of Decision:
The Minister of Government and Consumer Services approved the regulatory amendment to adopt the 2018 Ontario Electrical Safety Code, which comes into effect on May 16, 2019.
March 6, 2018
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 amendments.
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 Minister of Government and Consumer Services and 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 amendments from March 6 to April 20, 2018.
To review the OESC amendments please refer to ESA's website:
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Public Safety Branch
56 Wellesley St. West.
Toronto, ON M7A 1C1
Attention: Mary Beth Fazzari, Senior Policy Advisor
May 16, 2019