ESA inspectors are busy and this would undermine their Authorized Contractor Program
Is it really a good idea to tell the public not to pay electricians until a Certificate of Inspection has been produced? Really?
November 20, 2014 by Steve Payne
Further on the extensive PR by Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), every time they find an unlicensed electrician. In a recent press release, the ESA’s director of licensing, Normand Breton, told the public not to “settle the final bill” with an electrician unless they provide a Certificate of Inspection of their work. (See the exact quote in the story here.) Greg P. suggested this approach needs a little refining. Here is what he says:
“We have to be careful with this one. As an ACP contractor, I can file as a small job and not get the Certificate of Inspection until the following month. ESA inspectors are busy and this would undermine the ACP (Authorized Contractor Program). This may also mean that a COD customer will get off without paying the bill at all, or I will spend forever chasing him for my money. It would make more sense to require that the contractor prove, by way of a notification number, that the permit has been applied for. The customer can validate the notification number by calling the ESA call center.”