Staying Safe Around Electricity At Home

How Do You Choose An Electrical Contractor In Canada?

by Victoria Leclercq

With the Internet, it's easy to find people who say they can fix your electrical issues on Craigslist or other sites. To save some money, you might think this is the right choice, but, it's not really safe to get just anyone to work on your home. If a person's rates or abilities for electrical services seem to be too good to be true, they probably are. 

If your home needs electrical updates, you'll want to make sure the person you hire to do the upgrades is capable and verified within the correct associations. You'll also want to be sure the contractor is responsive to your calls and can work with the time frame you need. Here are a few things you should consider when seeking an electrical contractor.

Association Memberships

Most people who work as qualified and certified electricians or electrical engineers will have association memberships. These memberships connect them to clients and to other contractors for major jobs and services. 

To get into these associations, your contractor will have to apply, pay fees, and have updated certifications. 

  1. The Canadian Electrical Contractors Association The Canadian Electrical Contractors Association (CECA) is a federation of provincial and territorial electrical contractors. It represents over 8,000 electrical contractors around Canada. Those contractors employ approximately 70,000 people. Everyone listed has to be certified and maintain the correct licensing.  
  2. The National Electrical Contractors Association Another affiliation you should see if your contractor is part of is the National Electrical Contractors Association. This association has international chapters and chapters in Canada. Anyone who is listed in this directory must be properly licensed.   
  3. The Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario This organization offers a directory of electrical contractors and their areas of specialization. To be a member, electricians must be certified or qualified in their specific area of specialization. They must also have the correct licensing to work in the area. 

Find a Responsive Contractor

The last thing you want when your home has electrical repairs taking place is to find that you can't get a hold of your contractor. Make sure your contractor is responsive within at least 24 hours. You want to be able to speak with whoever you hire directly, so you can talk to him about changes to dates and times, costs, and your needs. 

Your Time Frame Matters

Your foremost concern when looking for an electrical contractor should be whether or not he is able to complete the job within your time frame. Many contractors have a wait list, so it's wise to consult them about any potential delays, like vacations or times when they already have jobs, before hiring them. You may want to get a contract that has a guaranteed end date, so you can be positive your work will be done on time. 

Keep these tips in mind and you will be able to find an experienced electric contractor, like Crown Electric Ltd,  that can help solve your electrical problems.