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Welcome to CSA Group - We are a not-for-profit membership association serving consumers, business and government. Our purpose is to make standards work for business and people. The Canadian Standards Association - for standards development, information products, sale of publications, training, and membership services. CSA International - for product testing and certification.


A Study in International Standards Harmonization

In 1992, CANENA (a Spanish acronym for Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations of Americas) was created as a forum to harmonize standards and promote the reduction of non-tariff trade barriers for electrotechnical products between Canada, Mexico, and the United States of America.

Understanding the Canadian Electrical Safety Regulatory System. Part II: Canadian Provinces and Territories

Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories are the legislated regulatory authorities for electrical safety in Canada. Under the Canadian Constitution there is a division of powers between the federal and provincial/territorial governments. The federal government has jurisdiction over areas such as defense and communications while the provinces and territories have jurisdictional authority over others such as education, health and electrical safety. As a result in Canada, you have 13 separate electrical safety regulatory authorities.

Understanding the Canadian Electrical Safety Regulatory System

The Canadian Electrical Safety Regulatory System is governed according to two separate principles. The first is the formal legal or legislative arrangement that is the law as it applies to electrical safety in Canada and the second is the participation and cooperation of all Canadian electrical safety stakeholders, particularly the chief electrical regulatory authorities. The next three issues of Ask CSA will outline how the Canadian Electrical Safety Regulatory System works and how it supports the electrical inspector in the field.

Fire Protection Systems. What Inspectors and Regulators Should Know

It depends on a specific approach taken by a particular jurisdiction. Traditionally, electrical inspectors have been involved only in the electrical safety aspects of electrical installations. In respect to the life safety and fire protection systems, these electrical safety requirements are governed in Canada by rules of Section 32 of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC). This section covers the installation of fire alarm systems, smoke alarms and fire pumps, and by the rules of Section 46 – for emergency power equipment and for electrically connected exit signs.

Shock Hazard Test Probe for Submersible Luminaires for Use in a Pool

Section 68 of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, applies to electrical installations and electrical equipment in or adjacent to pools.

Ask CSA: Improperly Installed Heaters Can Pose a Fire HazardE

Question. Recently, a major manufacturer initiated a voluntary recall of in-wall, or baseboard, electric heaters. The media reported that "under certain conditions these heaters could fail, causing the units to overheat, catch fire, and spew flames and molten particles. The heaters may also become energized, creating a potential electrical shock hazard.” Has CSA International ever examined these products and found them to cause a potential or real hazard?