At Hi-Lite Electric, it is our job to make sure your home is electrically safe. More fire damage is caused in homes by faulty wiring and negligence than any other source. That is why we complete a Complimentary 12 Point Home Electrical Safety Check in EVERY home we go to. It is our goal to address current problems, detect nearing problems, and prevent future damages. We believe that by the time we leave your home, you should know without a doubt that your homes electrical system is safe.
Sometimes repairs need to be made right away, sometimes they can wait a while, and other times it may just be an option to think about. Our electricians are trained to look over your home and educate you about the safety of your homes electrical system. Sometimes a home may need a lot of electrical work, other times it may be in excellent condition. Our friendly electricians take it upon themselves to make sure that you know the condition of your homes electrical system.
Unlike other companies that may try to push unneeded costly repairs on you, our electrician looks for the most economical solution, that still provides the highest level of safety, which gives our customers peace of mind!
All this may sound like a lot of work, it is! But its something we do for every customer while we are at your home, FOR FREE!
For New Residential projects, inspections are required when installing a wiring system in a structure that didn't previously have one.
Renovation Residential inspections apply to any changes, repairs, or replacements of wiring devices. However, if you're the owner of a single-family dwelling and are replacing specific light fixtures and switches, you might not need a permit.
A Residential Unit includes various types of homes, like detached, semi-detached, row houses, duplexes, and more.
In summary, homeowners in Canada may need inspections for new installations and renovations, but some minor changes might not require permits. Make sure to contact the Customer Service Centre if you're unsure about your specific project's requirements.
The need for an inspection depends on your project. Generally, before or within 48 hours of starting electrical work, you must file a notification with the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). This notification, also known as a "permit," records the work and initiates ESA's review. An ESA Inspector will then confirm the inspection requirements by examining your notification and the ongoing electrical work. In a nutshell, you typically require an inspection when starting electrical projects, and filing a notification with the ESA is the first step to ensure your work meets safety standards in Canada.
Electrical work can be carried out by the homeowner, an occupant, or a Licensed Electrical Contractor (LEC). Homeowners and occupants are allowed to do their own electrical work, but they must follow the Ontario Electrical Safety Code and obtain necessary permits. However, tackling electrical tasks yourself can be risky due to the complexity. ESA strongly advises hiring an LEC who understands safety requirements.
If you hire someone for electrical work, Ontario law requires them to be a Licensed Electrical Contractor, except for specific exceptions like maintenance on equipment. When hiring a general contractor, ensure they use a licensed subcontractor. Always ask for the LEC's ECRA/ESA licence number or verify it at esasafe.com.
In Ontario, LECs are the sole legal entities permitted to perform electrical work in homes or establishments. To ensure you're choosing the right contractor, always request their ECRA/ESA licence number. If you're working with a general contractor who subcontracts electrical tasks, they must use an LEC. All LECs are:
Obligated to secure permits.
Qualified to execute electrical work following the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.
Capable of providing a Certificate of Inspection when needed.
Able to furnish references.
Hiring an LEC in Ontario ensures safe and compliant electrical work for your property.