Finding a cheap electrician to change a thermostat, replace an electrical cabinet or move an outlet are very popular searches on Google.

Every week, we receive hundreds of calls and service requests for an electrician from individuals or businesses. All are looking for an available professional, and above all, a cheap electrician. But what is a cheap electrician?

The price of an electrician seems to be a very important criterion of choice, which comes as a surprise before:

  • The availability of the electrician
  • Experience
  • Accreditations (such as RBQ license and insurance)
  • The guarantees they offer
  • Customer service

In addition, the law requires calling on an electrician for all electrical work to avoid penalty of heavy fines! There are only 3 electrical jobs you can do yourself!

Let’s clear this up right away. Finding an electrician at $40 per hour, as we sometimes hear, is impossible. The reason is simple. Electricians' services are not free. In Quebec, rates for electricians are set each year by the Corporation of Master Electricians of Quebec (CMEQ). For the most recent rates, consult the reference hourly rates.

Price of an electrician for residential work

The price of an electrician for residential work will vary from $98 to $130 per hour depending on experience, location, and the nature of the electrical work to be carried out. The CMEQ reference hourly rate is from $98.70 to $102.77.

Price of an electrician for commercial work

The price of an electrician for commercial work will range from $100 to $190 an hour. The CMEQ reference hourly rate is from $105.79 to $166.40.

Whether the work is residential or commercial, hourly rates are generally doubled for emergencies, evenings, weekends or holidays.

The price of travel, rental of equipment and materials for electricians

Electricians charge travel costs to get to the site, as do their fellow plumbers. They are generally in the range of $40 to $80. They also charge rental fees for equipment such as a large ladder. Again, he may be overloaded during the evenings, weekends and holidays. The electrician will also charge for the materials he uses such as a switch, electrical panel, dimmer, fuses, electrical boxes, connectors, etc.

The electricians’ expenses in Quebec

To be in business, electricians have fixed costs that they must cover for each hour worked:

  • Salary
  • Vacation
  • Social advantages
  • Compensation fund
  • Security equipment
  • Health and safety (CNESST)
  • Health Service Fund
  • Employment Insurance
  • Quebec parental insurance plan
  • Régie des rentes du Québec
  • Training Fund
  • Residential sectoral contribution
  • Qualification Fund
  • CMEQ contribution
  • AECQ and ACRGTQ contribution
  • Contractor's license
  • Contractor's license bond
  • Insurance
  • CCQ direct debit
  • Service truck
  • Equipment and tools
  • Overhead (administration, advertising, etc.)

Examples of electrician prices in Quebec

Depending on the type of work, an electrician will either offer you an hourly rate like those indicated above or will offer you a flat rate. Here are examples of electrical work rates:

  • Move a thermostat: from $90 to $110
  • Change a thermostat: from $90 to $110
  • Install a thermostat and a switch: $285
  • Order a catch: $90 to $110
  • Stagger a dryer outlet: $240
  • Repair an electrical outlet: $120
  • Install a fan: $120
  • Install 6 lights, 2 thermostats and 1 smoke detector: $820
  • Installation of a tv outlet and 3 lights: $400
  • Install a chandelier or light fixture: from $90 to $130 per chandelier / light fixture
  • Install a range hood: $100 to $140
  • Install switches: $15 to $25 per switch

These prices may be different depending on if it is the electrician or you who supply the equipment.

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