The Canadian Standards Association is a not-for-profit membership-based association serving business, industry, government and consumers in Canada and the global marketplace.

As a solutions-oriented organization, we work in Canada and around the world to develop standards that address real needs, such as enhancing public safety and health. Advancing the quality of life. Helping to preserve the environment. Facilitating trade.

We help people understand standards through education and information products and services. Each year, thousands of people benefit from the training materials, workshops and seminars offered by the CSA Education & Training.

Electrical standards are part of our everyday lives. From the products you buy to make your life more enjoyable to the systems of lines and towers that deliver the electricity to power these products, Canadian Standards Associations (CSA) offers over 700 CSA electrical standards and application tools to keep you safer.

Our Electrical standards address everything from fuses and light bulbs to sophisticated equipment for control and laboratory use. They are developed by of experts and stakeholders, representing all interested groups.

Since 1927, CSA's Canadian Electrical (CE) Code has provided the signature standards for addressing shock and fire hazards of electrical products in Canada. Regularly updated to address changing technology and operating conditions  Read more...

Whether you're a contractor, installer, designer or manufacturer, it's your responsibility to ensure that you follow the most up-to-date safe electrical installation requirements. The 2012 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, builds on an 80-year legacy as a key component of the Canadian electrical safety system.

The 22nd edition of the CE Code contains over 180 updates and revisions - the most comprehensive set of changes ever. New and extensively updated sections apply to emerging technology, renewable energy sources including solar & wind, new requirements for electric vehicles, and more.

Ensure that your company and employees are in full compliance with local jurisdictions Minimize costly reworks due to use of out-of-date or incorrect installation practices. Enhance your competitive advantage by understanding impacts of key emerging technologies.

In addition to ensuring your company and its workers are following the most up-to-date electrical installation requirements to help reduce risk and improve safety, the extensive updates and revisions to the 2012 Canadian Electrical Code can also positively benefit your specific business, regardless of industry: Read more...

Producers, transmitters, distributors, and customers of electricity have a fundamental interest in the safety, performance, efficiency, power quality, reliability and compatibility of electrical operating systems. Standards are an essential tool which support and complement these interests.

Standards are both technical blueprints necessary for interoperability and connectivity and are a means with significant public policy and economic importance. Further to this, technical standardization, though all too often underappreciated by the general public, has significant public interest implications with respect to safety, welfare, trade, economic growth, competitiveness, and cost.

With the changing regulatory environment of the electric power industry in Canada, North America, and internationally, greater reliance has been placed on recognized international, regional and national standards related to electrical system safety, reliability, compatibility, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and performance to ensure due diligence on the part of electric utilities. Read more...

1 Definition for the Act
  2 Definitions
  3 Application to utilities
  3.1 Residential electricity consumption
  3.2 Relation to the Safety Standards General Regulation
Part 1 — General Qualification and Licensing Provisions
  Division 1 — Individuals Who May Perform Regulated Electrical Work
  4 Individuals who may perform electrical work
  5 Repealed
  Division 2 — Certificates of Qualification for Field Safety Representatives
  6 Who may apply for a certificate of qualification as a field safety representative
  7 Classes of field safety representative
  8 Requirements for classes A, B or C certificates for industry training credential holders
  9 Field safety representative certificates for applied technologists
  10 Field safety representative certificates for professional engineers
Part 2 — Permits, Inspections and Regulated Products
  Division 1 — Permits
  11 Permits for electrical work
  12 Supervision ratios under installation permits
  13 Exemption if electrical work subsumed in permit for elevating device or gas work
  14 Operating permit
  15 Operating permit not required
  16 Duties of a utility representative named on an operating permit
  17 When a homeowner may perform electrical work under a permit
  18 When permit is not required for electrical work
  19 Inspection of electrical work 

The Electrical Safety Authority is designated by Ontario Regulation 89/99 as the responsible authority for purposes of section 113 of the Electricity Act, 1998 and regulations made thereunder. The only such regulation is Ontario Regulation 164/99 as amended by Ontario Regulation 10/02.

This regulation adopts, by reference, the Canadian Electrical Code together with specific Ontario amendments and is referred to as the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (the OESC).

The Ontario Electrical Safety Code is primarily a technical document and it is prescriptive in approach. The OESC describes the standards for electrical installations in detail.

Risk associated with technical compliance can be decreased by taking appropriate measures to ensure that those who perform electrical work are qualified, competent and appropriately certified or licensed. Read more...

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