Review of the Canadian Electrical Code, 2018 edition

Status: In progress

During 2018, Technical Safety BC will review the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) to assess the impact of the code changes in the province of BC and will make recommendations to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on its suitability for adoption in the province of BC. These recommendations will deal with how to proceed on adoption of the CEC and other consequent changes to regulations, if required.

A key component of this work involves working with stakeholders to identify important technical and socioeconomic impacts and to identify any additional issues that are specific to BC. To participate and provide your feedback, please review the sections below. This consultation is open from June 1, 2018 to July 30, 2018. 

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


A technical and socioeconomic analysis on the 2018 CEC is currently underway and is expected to conclude in early summer 2018. This will involve input from key experts from the Canadian Electrical Code Part 1 Committee, education and training institutions, industry, and the engineering sector. Furthermore, areas of high or unknown impact will be consulted on with an advisory panel of stakeholders. These stakeholders have been selected based on their expertise and knowledge in the specific areas of interest.

Technical Safety BC is also consulting widely with industry stakeholders and the public on the impact of the code changes in BC. In particular, we are seeking 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?

Feedback will be reviewed by the advisory panel of stakeholders and considered by Technical Safety BC when making its recommendations to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The final decision will be provided on the website once available.

Periodic notifications will occur through the Technical Safety BC website, e-notifications and newsletters, and direct email.

Provide your feedback

Step 1: Review the materials

We want your feedback on the recommendations we will be making to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. In order to provide informed feedback in the consultation, we encourage you to:

  • Review the proposal and consultation materials
  • Review the detailed summary of changes in the CSA Memorandum of Revisions (MOR)
    • Review the CSA Memorandum of Revisions (MOR)free to access until July 30, 2018.
      Note: Registration (free) on the CSA Communities is required in order to access the document.  You do not have to be a CSA committee member to access the communities website.
    • Review the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, free view-only access
      • Login or register on the CSA website.
      • Click buy-now and select "PDF" format (free).
      • A view access icon will appear on the left side of the page beneath the SKU number.
    • Review the CSA impact analyses (see links below in "Additional information"). 
    • Visit the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) website to purchase a downloadable copy of Part 1 of the Canadian Electrical Code, 2018 edition.
  • Review the feedback provided by others
    • This will be regularly updated below under “Learn about the feedback received”. 

Step 2: Provide your feedback

Once you have reviewed the background material and feel confident that you understand the major changes and what Technical Safety BC is proposing, provide your feedback through the consultation survey.

Please ensure that the feedback you provide is:

  • Clear
  • Relevant to the topic
  • Fits with the impact criteria (described above)
  • Evidence-based (i.e., examples and references are given)

Consultation survey 

Step 3: Check back for updates

Make sure to check back to the website once the consultation closes. We will be posting a summary of the consultation results on this webpage as they become available. Please note that because of the high volume of feedback, we do not respond to individual comments.

Sign up for Technical Safety BC notification and newsletters for the electrical technology here.

Learn about the feedback received

2018 Canadian Electrical Code Review Consultation

Summary results of the consultation

Consultation feedback summary report


Not currently available.

Additional information

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)


Please check back regularly for updates or contact with any further questions or concerns.


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