Changes to Canadian Electrical Code

Effective March 4, 2025, a new version of the Canadian Electrical Code will be adopted in BC. Learn more about the changes and our timeline for transition.  

Changes to Canadian Electrical Code

Effective March 4, 2025, a new version of the Canadian Electrical Code will be adopted in BC. Learn more about the changes and our timeline for transition.  

Permits

Annual State of Safety 2022

State of Safety 2022: Permits

We issue installation and operating permits to contractors and asset owners to promote work being done correctly and to connect them to the safety system. The data collected helps us track where regulated work is being done and by whom, should compliance and enforcement action be needed to correct unsafe work.

This repository of data makes for a stronger safety system as risks and trends are shared with the appropriate asset owners so that they can foresee any hazards tied to their equipment or systems.

Installation Permits

In 2022, a total of 155,620 installation permits were issued, a 3% decrease compared to 2021.

Installation permits increased by 114% in the amusement devices technology in 2022. This is due to the re-opening of many amusement-based businesses after the pandemic health and safety orders were lifted in 2020 and 2021.

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An Overall Decrease

Conversely, there was a 19% decrease of installation permits for boilers, pressure vessels, and refrigeration. Gas also saw a decrease of 12% for installation permits. This was likely due to the economic slowdown, which caused a decrease in housing permits and increased costs of materials and labour.

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Operating Permits

There were 112,645 active operating permits in 2022, an increase of 6% compared to 2021.

The largest increases of operating permits in 2022 compared to 2021 can be seen in the amusement devices (32% increase) and electrical (28% increase) technologies.

The increase for the amusement devices technology was due to the re-opening of many businesses in this industry post pandemic.

Outreach Efforts

For the electrical technology, the increase was in part due to our outreach efforts in several regions to confirm clients had the appropriate operating permits for their regulatory work.

Operating Permits and Installation Permits by Year (2018-2022)
Operating Permits and Installation Permits by Category 2022

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