This blog calls for the Ontario government and law enforcement to end the ESA's monopoly, cut fees across the board.

Limit its absolute power. Investigate and stop the alleged criminal abuse of that power and self-enrichment.

Expose fundamental flaws that deteriorate safety causing more accidents, fires and fatalities.
It looks like there are grounds to suggest that the preceding and/or the following could be true.

Three mandatory licenses for a self-employed residential electrician is a legalized robbery by the Electrical Safety Authority.

Well, thanks to ESA inventiveness in creating new ways of extracting money from the regulated subjects, we are not merely electricians anymore. Today the Electrical Safety Authority proudly calls us an electrical contractor, a master electrician and a licensed electrician. Three in one!

In order to work as a self-employed residential electrician I must now obtain three licenses and pay thousands of dollars to the ESA money extracting geniuses.

Nowadays we pay huge amounts just for the right to work as a mundane house electrician. We still do exactly the same work dealing with simple wires, breakers, switches and lights as say, 15 years ago. The only difference is, today electricians pay about 30 fold greater amounts for two more unnecessary licenses plus associated with them other expenses, hurdles, wasted time, delays and red tape.

It gets even more interesting and weird because the ESA allows homeowners to do the identical electrical work in their homes without a single license! So in order to do the same work an experienced self-employed electrician must have three licenses and a clueless homeowner needs none!

Is this a nightmarish or genius invention to extract or extort money from us?


It looks like there are two parasitic electric regulators, each with such a noble single priority of public safety on paper. And with the greatest appetite, creativity, authority, and ability to get other people's money. The ESA collects unnecessary fees while operating strictly under cover of the law.

But these fees still feel like a fraud, smell like abuse of power and taste like legalized crime. What would you call it?

Ontario College of Trades and Electrical Safety Authority, roll-back licensing fees that ESA increased by 3000 percent or so virtually overnight in on July 1, 2006 and then OCOT jacked its fee up by 500% or so on January 1, 2013.

Why must I have three licenses and thousands hours of hands-on experience in order to work as a self-employed residential electrician in Ontario?

Why do I need to pay for three licenses to work as a self-employed home electrician in Ontario?

And why a clueless homeowner needs no license and no experience to do the same work?

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Ask the ESA these or any other questions via email ESA.Cambridge@electricalsafety.on.ca

Ask your MPP.

Email the Mister directly Ms. Tracy MacCharles. Or visit web site of the Minister of Government and Consumer Services, which is accountable for the ESA activities.

Or do you have your own story of abuse, neglect, unfair treatment, overcharge, etc. to share publicly? Join us in a class action if you think they are parasites and sue them together with us!


When a bunch of abused folks speaks out, nothing happens.

If there are hundred or thousand of us, we will prevail and restore the justice, common sense, and fairness!



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SECA - Small Electrical Contractor Association. We should create it in order to fight for what is just, fair and right

ECAO - Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario

CoAC - Contractor Advisory Council

OESC - Ontario Electrical Safety Code