If you plan to start a business in Ontario that involves electrical products you may need to jump a few hurdles before you get started. If your company is planning on selling, using, displaying, or disposing of electrical equipment in Ontario, you have to make sure that it complies with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. Failing to do so can result in steep fines and penalties, so be sure to do your homework before you start selling electrical products.
If you run a business in Ontario, you have two options for obtaining approval to sell electrical products:
- You can contact the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) to get field approval. Once the product has received field approval, you receive a certified label that has a recognized certification mark that you apply to your products.
- You can also have your products certified by an accredited field evaluation agency such as the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). The agency must be accredited by the Standards Council of Canada or the product marking will not be accepted in Ontario.
While getting your product properly certified may seem like a bit of a hassle, it’s worth the small amount of effort. The ESA has the authority to seize products that have not been certified and dispose of them as they see fit. That’s not all — a person convicted of not complying with the certification can be fined as much as $50,000 and receive up to a year of imprisonment. Corporations can be fined up to $1,000,000.
If you’re thinking about entering the electrical market in Ontario, don’t be discouraged by these rules and regulations. There are plenty of accredited field evaluation agencies available, so finding one to certify your product quickly should be easy. In order to sell products successfully, sometimes you have to put in the necessary legwork. Look at the certification as just another step on your path to success.