B44-16 Elevating Safety Code and MCP Requirements


To improve the safety of elevating devices across the province, BC’s Elevating Devices Safety Regulation has been amended to include the adoption of a new safety code for elevators and escalators, CSA B44-16. The new code will come into effect on April 30, 2020.

There are two main requirements that will impact licensed contractors and equipment owners. They are:

  • Maintenance control programs (MCPs): MCPs are a customized maintenance schedule for each elevating device that reflects its use and installation. MCPs are now required to ensure each device is properly maintained throughout its life cycle.
  • New testing requirements: There are new requirements around annual and five-year testing of elevator systems (Category 1 and Category 5 tests), and for testing of escalators and moving walks (Category 1 tests for escalators and moving walks).

Why are these changes important?

MCPs help ensure that maintenance of each elevating device matches its usage. A unit can now be inspected and maintained when it needs it, not just when the code outlines. There will be a minimum requirement for licensed contractors to perform maintenance visits at least once every three months. Asset owners and contractors may still elect to have monthly maintenance visits if that is best for the device.

The new testing requirements help ensure that critical life safety systems are regularly tested. In jurisdictions where the new testing requirements have been implemented, safety defects have been identified that would not have been detected otherwise.

Asset owner responsibilities

Equipment owners are responsible for ensuring maintenance work is performed on their devices. You should reach out to your licensed contractor to assess the scope of the code changes and to make sure your maintenance contract complies with the new regulations.

MCP deadlines

An MCP must be in place for each elevating unit starting April 30, 2020, and no later than September 30, 2021.

Licensed contractors are required to provide an MCP Transition Plan to Technical Safety BC by April 30, 2020. This plan should describe how they intend to onboard their portfolio of units into an MCP model. 

Other amendments

Licensed contractors are also affected by other important amendments to the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation such as the new supervision requirements for mechanics and mechanics-in-training. View more information about the regulatory amendments



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