CSA Group is a global provider of testing, inspection and certification services for products from a wide range of market sectors, and a leader in safety and environmental certification for Canada and the US. As one of the largest standards development organizations in North America, we understand the recognized benchmark that a standard sets – a benchmark that products can be tested and certified to – opens international doors for those products. Our CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide.
For nearly 100 years, CSA Group has worked with industry, manufacturers, and regulators to develop and maintain a comprehensive portfolio of electrical and gas standards. These documents not only address safety, performance, and energy efficiency requirements for products and systems but also cover installation requirements and best practices – most notably the Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code) and the Natural Gas & Propane Installation Code. Many of these standards are model codes that form the basis for supporting regulatory requirements within Canada and the U.S.
Standards, certification, and regulation form the foundation of the Canadian Electrical Safety System. Canadian electrical standards cover everything from installation procedures and overhead & underground electrical distribution systems, to products and system components such as toasters, conductors, and street lighting. This collective group of standards is known as the Canadian Electrical Code, and at its core is C22.1 – Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, a standard that has provided guidance to safe electrical installations in Canada for nearly a century.
The CE Code series is developed and maintained through committees with representation from all sectors of the electrical industry – including all regulatory jurisdictions across Canada – making them truly national standards.
CSA Group maintains a portfolio of over 800 electrical standards that cover a wide range of areas – from the products you buy to the systems of lines and towers that deliver electricity to the performance & testing methods that help determine energy efficiency.
Our technical committees (TCs) consist of members from industry, government, academia, consumers, regulators, and other key stakeholders who provide balanced representation expertise, and feedback to the development of CSA standards. We have held accreditation to the requirements of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) for over 40 years and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) since 1997, during which time we identified efficiencies and developed a refined process for creating harmonized solutions. In fact, a significant portion of CSA Standards are based on international standards, and many of our CE Code product safety standards are harmonized across North America.