Regulation - LGIC

Proposed Amendments to the Licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians Regulation (O. Reg. 570/05) under the Electricity Act, 1998

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Electricity Act
Summary of Decision:
The government approved the Ministry of Consumer Services proposal to amend the Licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians regulation to permit Powerline Technicians to apply for a Master Electrician (ME) licence.

As of July 1, 2011, Powerline Technicians with a valid Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) are eligible to apply for a ME licence. Powerline Technicians who currently have a provisional Electrical Contractor business licence are eligible to renew their provisional licence for up to five years to obtain a Powerline Technician C of Q, if necessary, and a ME licence.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
February 22, 2011
Summary of Proposal:
In 2006, the Licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians regulation (O.Reg. 570/05) came into effect establishing a provincial system for licensing of Electrical Contracting businesses and Master Electricians (ME).

This system was implemented to enhance worker safety, increase consumer and public protection, address the underground economy and replace a burdensome and uneven patchwork of municipal licensing requirements.

Powerline Technicians were not listed in the regulation and consequently cannot qualify to take the ME exam and be licensed as a ME.

The Ministry of Consumer Services has drafted proposed recommendations to allow Powerline Technicians to take the necessary steps required to obtain a ME licence.

The Ministry of Consumer Services seeks comments on these proposed amendments.
Contact Address:
Ministry of Consumer Services
Public Safety Branch
777 Bay Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3
Attention: Mary Beth Fazzari, Senior Policy Advisor
Effective Date:
July 1, 2011