Electrical Code Updates

Homes and commercial properties that are not up to current electrical codes as set electrical safety inspectinoannually by the Canadian Electrical Code are at a far greater risk of leading to serious accidents and injuries. Every year, there are thousands of accidents, fires, injuries and even deaths caused as a result of a home or commercial site not meeting the standards of a current electrical code. In addition to the increased potential for injury and loss of life, a home, office or other commercial building that does not meet the standards of the current Canadian Electrical Code will more than likely end up costing a fortune in insurance, making the need to maintain a home or commercial site’s electrical standards vital in terms of safety and financial concerns.

What are electrical code updates?

The Canadian Electrical Code is updated every three years to ensure that both home and business owners receive the safest and most efficient electrical components and equipment from certified electricians. It also ensures that electricians themselves remain up to date on their repair and installation methods for both residential and commercial projects. Everything from electrical system design, installation and inspections are covered under the CEC to protect people and their property from potential issues with electrical equipment and systems. Since 1927, the CEC has been keeping unsafe electrical equipment and installation methods from putting Canadians, their loved ones and their possessions from harm, which is why it is vital to make sure that your property is up to date with the standards set by the CEC, and that you work with electricians who know the code and adhere to all of its guidelines and restrictions.

The certified electrical experts at Highmark Electric are all completely up to date with their understanding and application of the standards set in the latest CEC. When you work with Highmark on either a residential or commercial electrical installation or repair project, you can rest assured that all of the work we do is up to code, and will continue to meet CEC standards in the future. Yours and your loved one’s safety is of paramount importance to us, which is why we are committed to providing honest assessments of a residential or commercial electrical system, and will be happy to help you keep your system up to date to avoid any problems in the future.

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The current updates set by the latest CEC are as follows:

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    GFCI protection for laundry areas

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    GFCI protection is now required for all 125-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles installed in a laundry room, whether or not a sink is present

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    GFCI protection for kitchen dishwashers

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    AFCI circuit breakers prevent fires by detecting unintended electrical arcs and disconnecting power before those arcs result in fire. The list of areas required to provide AFCI protection has been expanded to include kitchen and laundry areas. It includes all 120-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere branch circuits supplying not just outlets but also devices that are installed in rooms requiring AFCI protection

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    Extra-duty covers at wet locations

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    There is an increased risk of electrical shock as today’s dishwashers age. As a result, a new provision requires GFCI protection for all dishwashers, whether they include a receptacle outlet or are hardwired in

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    AFCI protection for kitchen and laundry areas

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    Dedicated circuits for the charging of electric vehicles

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    New provisions have been added requiring a dedicated, separate branch circuit serving no other outlets for charging electric vehicles to prevent the overloading of circuits. In addition, a receptacle should be installed for each space of a multi-car garage.

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    All 15- and 20-ampere, 125- and 250-volt receptacles installed in a wet location – including temporary installations - must have an enclosure and covers that are weatherproof whether an attachment plug cap is inserted or not

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