Proposed Amendments to the Electrical Safety Code Regulation (O. Reg. 164/99) under Part VIII of 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 2021 Ontario Electrical Safety Code, which comes into effect on May 5, 2022.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The approved Electrical Safety Code regulation (O. Reg. 164/99) under Part VIII of the Electricity Act, 1998 has minimal administrative costs to businesses.
The amendments enhance safety, recognize industry best practices, clarify existing rules, and delete outdated provisions to better align with the updated Canadian Electrical Code. The amendments ensure alignment with government initiatives such as reducing regulatory burden and cost on businesses, as well as harmonizing standards.
March 15, 2021
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 15 to April 29, 2021.
To review the OESC amendments please refer to ESA's website: https://esasafe.com/public-consultations/oesc-28th-edition/
Please note that unless agreed otherwise by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, all submissions 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 its proposal. This may involve disclosing any response received, or summaries of them, to other interested parties.
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Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Public Safety and Operations Policy Branch
56 Wellesley St. West, 6th floor
Toronto, ON M7A 1C1
Attention: Sharmila Uruthiranandasivam, Senior Policy Advisor
May 5, 2022