Review of the Canadian Electrical Code, 2018 edition

Status: Closed

Technical Safety BC submitted a recommendation to adopt the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, with minor variations, to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in early December 2018. The proposal also included suggested enhancements to the continuing education program for Field Safety Representatives and BC Master Electricians. When a decision is made by government, electrical industry stakeholders will be notified through our website, e-notification system, and newsletters. Sign up for Technical Safety BC notification and newsletters for the electrical technology here.

**Please note: The current electrical code adopted in BC is based on the Canadian Electrical Code, 2015 edition with some BC-specific amendments.


Technical Safety BC consulted widely with industry stakeholders and the public on the impact of the code changes in BC. This included obtaining input from an expert advisory panel, key industry stakeholders and the public. An online public consultation was launched on June 1, 2018 and remained open until July 30, 2018. In particular, we sought out evidence-based feedback on the impact of the changes related to:

  1. Technical safety – do the electrical code changes increase or decrease technical safety? Why?
  2. Other relevant regulations, codes and standards – do the electrical code changes align with other regulations, codes and standards? Or do they introduce discrepancies?
  3. Change of practice – do the electrical code changes align with current industry practices? Or do they represent a change in industry practice? If so, how significant will that change in practice be?
  4. Cost – do the electrical code changes create cost savings? Or do they introduce additional costs to industry? If so, who specifically will absorb these costs?

Provide your feedback

This consultation is now closed.

See below for the consultation summary report. Please note that because of the high volume of feedback, we do not respond to individual comments.

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Learn about the feedback received

2018 Canadian Electrical Code Review Consultation

Summary results of the consultation

Consultation feedback summary report


Information Bulletin: Adoption of BC Electrical Code, 2018 Edition

Additional information

Top 22 changes you need to know about the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code

Please note: CSA’s impact analyses and documents do not represent Technical Safety BC’s interpretations of the code.

Overall CSA preliminary impact analysis

CSA impact analysis on deletion of subrule 8-106 (subject 4177)

CSA impact analysis on the correlation of load calculation rules with rule 8-104 (subject 3915)

CSA impact analysis on revisions to exceptions for AFCI protection (subject 3931)

CSA impact analysis on the re-write of section 10 (subject 4050)

CSA impact analysis on the installation of identified conductors at control locations (subject 4064)

CSA impact analysis on heaters in wet areas (subject 4121)

CSA impact analysis on revisions for rule 8-105 (5) and (6) (subject 4124) 

CSA impact analysis on caution label for maximum permitted continuous load (subject 4153)

CSA impact analysis on demand loads for electric vehicle supply equipment where energy management systems are installed (subject 4166)

CSA impact analysis on class 2 power and data communication circuits (subject 4168)


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