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.
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Law abiding electrical PROs pay ESA for the sins of others

The ESA delivers a wide spectrum of services, including:
  • enforcement activities
  • compliance and investigation of unlicensed contractors
  • laying of charges
  • root cause analysis of investigations
  • etc.

Why should the law abiding electrical workers pay for these services?

Violators should pay for their illegal actions.

Why doesn't ESA just subcontract out these activities by hiring private, for-profit investigators competing with each other for more convictions at a lower cost?

There should be some pay back to the ESA from the private sector investigators for the privilege of acting on behalf of the Electrical Safety Authority!

Instead of paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars to employee investigators, ESA could receive additional revenue from subcontracted investigators! Pay-per-convction-investigators will be eager to do their utmost to get more violators, more fines, and more income.

Anyhow, the ESA should increase fines and make the unlicensed contractors pay for their sins. ESA should not use fees collected from the law abiding electrical workers to pay for illegal activities of others.

Why should master electricians and electrical contractors pay for these ESA activities:
  • community education and training
  • public awareness activities
  • research
  • technical assistance and bulletins?

All these services are beneficial to general public and to all Ontarians. So why a small group of electrical PROs is required to pay for the well-being of the society as a whole?

Do you think that senior management of the Electrical Safety Authority is self-enriching, abusive, incapable, negligent, disorganized, monopolistic and worthless? If yes, then ask them to answer these and other questions.

ESA received Licensing Revenue from electrical contractors & master electricians
FY2013 - 3,578,000             (FY2013 stands for Fiscal Year 2013)
FY2014 - 3,727,000

in FY2013 ESA has spent $608,000 of contractor licensing revenue on public communications, education and awareness efforts like:
  • live radio interviews
  • taped radio interviews
  • audio news releases
  • television segments
  • information toolkit distribution
  • public education
  • awareness campaigns

and in FY2014 $671,000 or about $63,000 more!

$608,000 is 17% of $3,578,000 in FY2013
$671,000 is 18% of $3,727,000 in FY2014

Meaning that in just two years you and I paid almost $1.3 millions out of our pockets on the province wide public education and awareness.

We are asking again, why should a few thousand of electrical contractors and master electricians pay for the public education, awareness, and electrical safety of the entire province?

Government should pay for the services beneficial to general public and to all Ontarians.

Do you agree? If yes,

Ask the ESA these or any other questions via email

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!

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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