BC SAFETY AUTHORITY 2015 CANADIAN ELECTRICAL CODE CHANGES SUMMARY OF DECISION From April 7 to May 15, 2015, BC Safety Authority (BCSA) consulted extensively with industry clients and stakeholders on the proposed changes to the 2015 Canadian electrical Code. To all that participated in the consultation process, we want to express our appreciation for your interest, time and insight. After reviewing the proposed changes to the Canadian Electrical Code in conjunction with stakeholder feedback received during the consultation process, BC Safety Authority has decided to recommend the following changes to the provincial government. Decision Summary Initial Proposal Adopt the 2015 edition of the Canadian Electrical Code for use in British Columbia Modified Proposal Accepted Recommendation Not Applicable Proceed with initial proposal Not Applicable Proceed with initial proposal Not Applicable Proceed with initial proposal Not Applicable Proceed with initial proposal Not Applicable Proceed with initial proposal Section 0 Change definition of “electrical contractor” and add definition of “National Building Code of Canada” to retain existing definitions for consistency with provincial laws. Section 2 Do not adopt Subrule 2-104(1) (electrical equipment ratings) as standards cannot be achieved as written Section 10 Amend Rule 10-802 (material for system grounding conductors) to enable the use of aluminum in dry locations Add “(see Appendix B)” to title of Rule 10-002 Appendix Add note for 10-002(1) (Object [of grounding and bonding]) to Appendix B to retain information from Rule 10500 deleted from 2015 edition Consultation Process BCSA conducted consultations with industry, clients, and stakeholders, from April 7, 2014 to May 15, 2014. A working group, made up of internal and external stakeholders engaged in a technical review of the proposed changes and created the process for the consultation. Outreach included targeted letters and meeting invitations, face to face meetings, telephone follow-up and an industry-wide open house meeting and webinar. To encourage participation and transparency in the consultation process, BCSA also published an online discussion paper and frequently asked questions (FAQs), including detailed rationales for each proposed change In addition, complete and unabridged comments received from individual respondents were posted on BCSA’s website Conclusion In total, BCSA conducted outreach to over 8,500 individuals, organizations and associations. On those, feedback was received from 38 participants, including 7 associations representing over 8,000 members in total. BCSA submitted a recommendation for amendment to the Province of BC in June 2015 to adopt the 2015 edition of the Canadian Electrical Code for use in BC, with BC amendments.