Review of the Canadian Electrical Code, 2018 edition

Status: Closed

Throughout 2018, Technical Safety BC reviewed the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) to assess the impact of the code changes in the province of BC. Technical Safety BC is now in the final stages of preparing its recommendations to adopt the 2018 CEC to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. These recommendations will deal with how to proceed on adoption of the CEC and other consequent changes to regulations as required.

A key component of this work involved working with stakeholders to identify important technical and socioeconomic impacts and to identify any additional issues that are specific to 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. The results of this consultation are available below and the final decision will be posted on the website once available.

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

Process

Technical Safety BC consulted widely with industry stakeholders and the public on the impact of the code changes in BC. In particular, 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

Decision

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)

Questions

Please check back regularly for updates or contact engage@technicalsafetybc.ca with any further questions or concerns.

 

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