With an ElecCheck, you can feel confident knowing electrical experts have carefully inspected your home to identify shock and fire hazards.
What is ElecCheck?

ElecCheck is an inspection of your home's electrical wiring and/or devices by an ElecCheck inspector to identify potential electrical hazards that could lead to a fire or shock.

ElecCheck will be available across Ontario, for homes that meet the criteria, starting on July 3, 2018. It is focused on homes built prior to 1976. Homes built during this time can pose a greater risk of fire and shock hazards due to aging infrastructure or improperly maintained electrical systems. 

ElecCheck inspectors use an ElecCheck checklist to evaluate your electrical system. An ElecCheck includes one visit and will identify any electrical deficiencies that need to be corrected in order to receive an ElecCheck Certificate.

Who Needs It?
An ElecCheck may be requested for one of the following reasons:
For the resale of property
To obtain home insurance
To conform to municipal licensing by-laws (for homes built prior to 1976)
To legalize a multi-unit residential occupancy under the Fire Code

ElecChecks are available for homes that meet the following criteria:

 »  built prior to 1976, or
 »  contain aluminum wiring (regardless of age),
 »  were previously an unlicensed cannabis grow operation (regardless of age), or
 »  to comply with Ontario Reg 213/07 Fire Code, Section 9.8 (for post-1975 homes if specifically required by the Fire Department).
What to Expect
Before the ElecCheck

ElecCheck entitles you to one inspection visit only. You may need to make certain arrangements in your home for the ElecCheck inspector to complete an ElecCheck. A pre-ElecCheck document will be emailed to you after you book your appointment to help you prepare.

Download Preparing for an ElecCheck

During the ElecCheck
  • The inspection will take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete depending on the size of the house and how easily the inspector can access the electrical system;
  • Some outlets, light switch covers may be opened for a closer review; and
  • The power may be turned off at the panel for up to 30 minutes.

What’s not included as part of an ElecCheck?

  • The ElecCheck does not include electrical behind the walls, attics or anything that is concealed at the time of inspection.
After the ElecCheck
  • If no electrical deficiencies were identified, the homeowner will receive an ElecCheck Certificate by mail.
  • If electrical deficiencies were identified, the homeowner will receive a copy of the ElecCheck Outstanding Deficiencies Report by mail. These deficiencies must be corrected before an ElecCheck Certificate can be issued. Whomever is doing the repairs (must be the homeowner, tenant or a Licensed Electrical Contractor) must take out the necessary wiring permit with the Electrical Safety Authority and pay the applicable fees. 
  • Learn more about your obligations when having electrical work done in your home at esasafe.com.
Preparing for an ElecCheck

You may need to move furniture away from walls to allow the ElecCheck inspector to access outlets and other electrical devices.

To ensure a thorough inspection, the ElecCheck inspector
may require access to the following areas of your home:

  • Electrical panel
  • Most receptacles or outlets and switches
ElecCheck entitles you to one inspection visit.
The fee is $399 + HST per unit.
Contact Us

Fill out the ElecCheck - Application for Inspection (Excel file), and submit your completed application with payment via one of the following:

Fax: 1-800-667-4278


Electrical Safety Authority - Customer Service Centre

400 Sheldon Drive, Unit 1

Cambridge, ON N1T 2H9


ElecCheck is a non-regulatory service offered by the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). More information...