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  • Writer's pictureZack Jurkowski

Can General Contractors Do Their Own Electrical Work?

The regulations and laws around who is allowed to perform electrical work vary from place to place, so it's important to check the specific requirements in your area.

Can I Do My Own Electrical Work In Quebec?

Similar to plumbing, the regulations and laws around who is allowed to perform electrical work vary from place to place. In Montreal, Quebec, Canada, electrical work is regulated by the Corporation des maîtres électriciens du Québec (CMEQ), which is responsible for issuing electrical licenses and regulating the electrical trade in the province.

According to the CMEQ, electrical work must be done by a licensed electrician or by an apprentice working under the supervision of a licensed electrician. This means that general contractors in Montreal are not allowed to do their own electrical work unless they hold a valid electrical license.

Furthermore, this means that even homeowners are not allowed to do their own electrical work.

It's important to note that the regulations around electrical work are in place to protect public safety. Improperly installed or maintained electrical systems can pose a serious fire risk and put you and your home in danger. Hiring a licensed electrician ensures that the work is done safely and to code, protecting you and your home from potential issues.

If you're planning a renovation project that involves electrical work, it's a good idea to hire a licensed electrician to handle the job. This is ideal if your goal is to upgrade or change your electrical panel, or upgrade your service entrance to have access to more power (for example, when adding an extension or swimming pool to your home).

If you're planning a more extensive renovation, for example remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, you may be better served hiring a licensed general contractor. You can work with your general contractor to coordinate the electrical work as part of the overall project, but be sure to verify that the electrician they plan to use is licensed and in good standing with the CMEQ. This will give you the peace of mind that the work is being done by a qualified professional and that your home is in good hands.


Montreal Contractors is a qualified company, holding an active bonded license as a General Contractor and Specialized Contractor with the Régie du Bâtiment du Québec (RBQ License: 5767-5480-01), ASP Health & Safety Certification and a $2M liability policy. Our employees have all passed background checks, are registered with CNESST and have their ASP Health and Safety certification.

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