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.
The ElecCheck service is available for high risk homes that meet the criteria (i.e. homes built prior to 1976, the home has aluminum wiring, it is or has been a cannabis grow operation). Fires caused by deteriorated or improperly maintained electrical systems are more prevalent in homes built prior to 1976. Ontario Electrical Safety Code rules changed after 1975 to increase safety, and the materials used to make electrical equipment and conductors are now safer.
ElecCheck is used for several reasons, including:
ElecChecks are available for homes deemed to be high risk – homes built prior to 1976. Homeowners can request an ElecCheck directly or the owner can provide consent to a representative (i.e. a real estate agent).
Older homes pose a greater risk of fire and shock hazards due to aging infrastructure. There is also a higher likelihood of work that may have been performed by unqualified persons over the years. By 1975 Ontario Electrical Safety Code rules had changed to increase safety, and materials used for electrical equipment and conductors do not deteriorate the same as older cloth and rubberized products.
ElecCheck requests for homes built after 1975 will be accepted only if the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) deems them high risk using specific criteria (i.e. home has aluminum wiring, it was/is a cannabis grow operation).
If your home falls outside the scope for an ElecCheck, please speak with your insurer or real estate representative, whichever may be applicable.
An ElecCheck checklist will be used to evaluate your electrical system including electrical panels, switches, outlets and light fixtures. The fee for an ElecCheck includes one visit. The inspection will take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete in your home.
The ElecCheck does not include electrical inside the walls, attics or anything that is concealed at the time of inspection.
The wire type may indicate the age of the home. For example, if the home has knob and tube or aluminum branch circuit wiring it would likely have been built before 1976.
The price for an ElecCheck is $399.00 +HST.
A pre-ElecCheck document will be emailed to you after you book your appointment to help you prepare.
An ElecCheck Outstanding Deficiencies Report will be sent to you if deficiencies are found. These deficiencies must be corrected before an ElecCheck Certificate can be issued. An electrical permit from the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) will be required to be taken out by the person who made the repairs (i.e. a Licensed Electrical Contractor or the homeowner).
Since ElecCheck is a non-regulatory service offered by ESA at the request of a homeowner or representative, ESA cannot compel a homeowner to address deficiencies that do not pose immediate Life or Property risks. If ESA identifies defects that put Life and/or Property at risk, ESA will follow up under our regulatory mandate.
You also may be required to make some or all of the changes to satisfy an insurer’s or real estate transaction request.
Customers are advised in advance that deteriorated equipment may break or fall apart during an inspection.
They are made aware that ESA will leave any equipment that may be damaged in a safe condition, and the customer is responsible for the final repair.
The homeowner will receive a report once the inspection has taken place and the deficiencies will be identified in the report. The homeowner will be required to correct anything that could put someone’s Life and/or Property at risk (referred to as a Life and/or Property defect). (See also: Do I have to correct everything the ElecCheck finds?)
Yes. At the time of booking, an ESA Customer Service Representative will advise customers that if serious defects (Life and/or Property) are found, they will be required by law to fix them. All customers who have booked an ElecCheck are also sent documents in advance of the visit that include this information.
Deficiencies identified during the ElecCheck must be corrected within 30 days in order to obtain an ElecCheck Certificate.
Currently, ElecCheck is available in select areas of the province around Kitchener, Hamilton, Milton, Ottawa, London and the GTA. Contact our Customer Service Centre for exact boundaries in these areas.
ElecCheck is available across Ontario for homes that meet the criteria (i.e. homes built prior to 1976, the home has aluminum wiring, it is or has been a cannabis grow operation).
If your home doesn’t fall within the high risk criteria, please contact your insurer or real estate representative, whichever may be applicable.