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.  

Gas

Licences

Licence Application Process Update

As of February 26, 2024, we’ve simplified our licence application process for electrical and gas contractors.  

Overview

If you intend to be hired by others to perform gas work, you must be licensed by Technical Safety BC.

A licensed contractor is responsible for ensuring compliance with:

  1. the Safety Standards Act;
  2. all relevant regulations, and;
  3. all applicable safety orders and directives

To perform regulated work, gas fitters must be employed by a licensed gas contractor or must be a licensed gas contractor themselves. If you want to become a gas fitter, you need to get the appropriate certificate of qualification as detailed in Division 2 of the gas safety regulations.

There are two ways of applying for your contractor’s licence:

Hardcopy Original Surety Bond

  1. Complete the Gas Contractor Licence Application form 514.
  2. Provide an original signed hardcopy surety bond with your application.
  3. Mail in the application form and bond to the Technical Safety BC Vancouver office.
 

Electronic Bond (E-bond)

  1. Complete the Gas Contractor Licence Application form 514.
  2. Provide a copy of your signed electronic surety bond with your application. This document may be submitted in any legible format such as a photo of the document, a PDF, or a scanned copy.
  3. Submit the completed application as a PDF via our contact form.
 

To be considered valid, original hardcopy bonds and electronic bonds must contain all of the following:

  • Bond number
  • Bond Amount: $10,000
  • Full legal business name. The name on the bond documents must be the same as the company name provided on the application and both must match exactly with the full legal business name registered in BC.
  • Obligee: British Columbia Safety Authority. The name of the “Obligee” listed on the bond should be “British Columbia Safety Authority” as this remains our legal name.
  • Principal’s signature
  • Insurer’s signature
  • Seal
  • Date

Note: As of February 26, 2024 you are no longer required to have your insurance company send us a copy of your electronic bond nor a matching assurance statement. Instead, we are now accepting copies of bond documents submitted directly by clients as part of the simplified licence application process. Copies of bond documents can be submitted in any legible format, including: PDFs, images/photos of the bond, or scans/photocopies of the document.

*We will accept electronic bonds from an insurer who has Power of Attorney for an insurance company. This must be demonstrated by a Power of Attorney letter supplied by the insurance broker or insurer at the time of submitting the electronic bond.

Licences must be renewed annually. Check with your insurer that your surety bond is still active, then renew through your online account.

If your contact information changes, you can update this information in your online services account or notify us by email or phone.

If you need to change your company name, you can obtain a bond rider from your insurer or insurance broker and send it via our Contact form. We will accept bond riders submitted by the contractor, insurer, or insurance broker.

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