OFA provides comments on the adoption of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) with amendments, as the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC). As an energy intense industry, agriculture is challenged by electrical safety and reliability issues throughout the province. As our sector and many other commercial and industrial sectors expand in rural Ontario, challenges including electricity quality, brownouts, grid terminal voltage drops and surges, and uncontrolled ground currents, become greater challenges for our rural farm communities. OFA recommends the Ministry enable training for electricians to recognize and mitigate uncontrolled ground current issues that result both from wiring faults behind the meter, and grid system design characteristics. OFA also suggests the Ministry of Energy collaborate to enable a review of testing protocols to ensure they reflect current farming practices. To reduce the time and cost it can take to make equipment compliant and electrically safe, OFA recommends the Ministry develop guidelines to address tedious situations.
Submissions & Correspondence
OFA letter to Minister of Government and Consumer Services regarding proposed amendments to Electrical Safety Code Regulation
Updated: April 26, 2021