Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

August 1, 2016

Appearing below are the final six examples of Canadian Electrical Code changes involving wiring devices and cable management, compiled by Legrand. This is the third in a three-article series on the 22 changes.

17. Rule 68-202, Subrule (1) (B) —Pumps

Required to be protected by a Class A GFCI.

Rule 68-202, Subrule (1)(b) is clarified to require that swimming pool pumps be protected by a Class A GFCI if located within 3 m of the inside walls of the pool, and not suitably separated from the pool area by a fence, wall or other permanent barrier.

18. Rule 78-052, Subrule (4) — Marinas and Yacht Clubs – Receptacles

All receptacles are to be protected by a Class A GFCI.

The previous exception that did not require receptacles of CSA configuration L5-15R and L5-20R supplying shore power to boats to be Class A GFCI protected has now been removed. All receptacles rated at 125 V, 15 A or 20 A installed in conformance with Subrule (1) of Rule 78-052 are to be Class A GFCI protected.

19. Rule 78-102, Subrule (3) — Marine Wharves, Structures and Fishing Harbours – Receptacles

All receptacles are to be protected by a Class A GFCI.

The previous exception that did not require receptacles that were utilized to supply shore power to boats to be Class A GFCI protected has now been removed. All receptacles rated at 125 V, 15 A or 20 A installed in conformance with Subrule (1) of Rule 78-102 are to be Class A GFCI protected.

20. Rule 86-300, Subrules (2) and (3) — Electric Vehicle Charging Systems – Control and Protection

New subrules added pertaining to electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) supplied by separate branch circuits under Rule 86-300.

EVSE requires a dedicated circuit to prevent overload and subsequent nuisance tripping of overcurrent protection on the branch circuit that supplies the charging system. EVSE can draw high currents for fast charging; if a Level 2 EVSE requiring a 240V, 30A circuit is to be installed, there may not be enough capacity remaining to add this as a new branch circuit to an existing 100A panel. Owing to the fact that there may be insufficient capacity in the power distribution system to accommodate a new dedicated branch circuit just for this purpose, there is now an exception provided in new Subrule (2). This allows the EVSE to be connected to a branch circuit supplying other load(s), given controls are in place to prevent the calculated demand of the circuit from being exceeded to ensure the circuit is not overloaded. New Subrule (3) requires that for all exceptions permitted in new Subrule (2), the requirements in 2015 CE Code, Part 1: Section 8 — Circuit Loading and Demand Factors must be used to calculate demand. A specific requirement related to this exception in Subrule 8-106(2) requires that where two or more loads are switched so that only one can be used at a time, the load with greatest demand shall be used to determine the calculated demand.

21. Rule 86-306 — Receptacles for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment

Prior references to “electric vehicle charging equipment” within Rule 86-306 have been changed to “electric vehicle supply equipment.”

Each receptacle that is to be used for charging an electric vehicle must be labelled in a legible and permanent manner identifying it as an EVSE receptacle. Other requirements include that the receptacle must be a CSA 5-20R single receptacle supplied by a 20 A, 125 V branch circuit, or an appropriate CSA configured receptacle referenced from 2015 CE Code, Part 1: Diagrams 1 or 2 when the branch circuit is rated more than 20 A or more than 125 V. In addition, the receptacle is to be protected by a Class A Type GFCI when installed outdoors within 2.5 m of finished grade.

22. Rule 86-400 — Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Locations – Indoor Charging Site

Prior references to “electric vehicle charging equipment” within Rule 86-400 have been changed to “electric vehicle supply equipment.”

Where electric vehicles are charged indoors, ventilation must be provided if required by the manufacturer’s instructions for the electric vehicle or the EVSE. Depending upon the type of batteries used by the electric vehicle, adequate ventilation must be provided to prevent any dangerous accumulation of hazardous gas.

Within Rule 86-400, requirements include the provision of an electrical interlock ensuring the ventilation equipment is operating when the EVSE is operating, as well as the functionality that the EVSE must be turned off if the supply to the ventilation equipment is interrupted.

Read Part 1, published in the July 26 issue of Electrical Industry News Week and Part 2, published in the August 2 issue.

 

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2021 Canadian Electrical Code Overview of Changes

EIN CSA Group Logo 2022 400CSA C22.1:21, Canadian Electrical Code, Part I contains many updates and changes that are potentially significant to electrical professionals. This online, self-guided course provides the key changes and impacts to the industry presented in an easy-to-follow format.

 Designed for professionals with a good working knowledge of the Code and who solely need the key changes including general updates or those made for clarification, safety, and new products and systems. Key changes due to Rule relocation or deletion are also noted.

This course may help save valuable time to help keep electrical projects safe and in compliance. This training is developed with input from a broad cross-section of electrical industry experts and with cooperation from all provinces, territories and several key jurisdictions across Canada. 

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Natural Resources Canada will provide funding through non-repayable contributions of between 50 and 75 percent of the total eligible project costs, with a maximum funding of up to $300,000 per project. The CFP will close on August 18, 2022.

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Omnicable joins ETIMETIM North America announced that OmniCable has joined the product classification standards organization. Headquartered in West Chester, PA, OmniCable has 24 locations throughout North America, and also owns Houston Wire & Cable (HWC). The company partners with many electrical manufacturers and only sells to distributors.

According to John Dean, Director of Marketing & E-Commerce, OmniCable/HWC, “The wire and cable industry is often called commodities, but there are very distinct features and attributes for the different products our manufacturers produce. 

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Atkore United Poly SystemsAtkore Inc. announced that it has acquired United Poly Systems, a manufacturer of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pressure pipe and conduit, primarily serving telecom, water infrastructure, renewables, and energy markets.

“We are pleased to complete the acquisition of United Poly Systems, which strengthens Atkore’s product portfolio, expands our manufacturing capacity and further enables us to meet HDPE customers’ needs,” stated John Pregenzer, President of Atkore’s Electrical business. “HDPE pipe and conduit is a growing market that is expected to benefit from U.S. infrastructure legislation, and United Poly Systems is a great addition to Atkore. We welcome these employees and look forward to working together to continue to serve and support our customers.”

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 permit....no record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

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Grimard is more competitive and produces estimates 3X faster with Procore

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When the pandemic lockdowns started in March of 2020, Grimard (an electrical contractor) had to decide whether to shut down its operations entirely or implement a new platform with people who were now freely available for work. Once they implemented Procore, they found a way to efficiently communicate with stakeholders and offer full transparency in terms of project costs and planning. It also allowed Grimard to utilize historical data to make project estimates more accurate. Grimard was able to streamline its bidding process, which made it more attractive to potential clients and helped the business grow.

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Iron+EarthThe RenuWell Project partners are excited to announce the groundbreaking of two pilot sites located near Taber, Alberta. These pilot sites are the first of their kind to repurpose inactive oil and gas infrastructure as a foundation for renewable energy development and job creation.

When operating, the solar projects will generate 2,030 MWh annually – enough electricity to power 280 average Alberta households or irrigate 11,700 acres of farmland for an average year. This is roughly equivalent to $200,000 in electricity sales per year with 1,100  tCO2e savings in GHG emissions. Over a 25-year lifespan, the projects will generate 50,750 MWh, with GHG emission savings of 28,420 tCO2e.

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David O'ReillyBy Elle Bremmer

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with David O’Reilly, Vice President Home & Distribution and Secure Power Divisions with Schneider Electric Canada for a discussion regarding the Wiser EnergyTM smart home solution, the Wiser Approved training program, and his thoughts on several different subjects, including sustainability and future technologies currently in the works at Schneider Electric. David has been with the company for five and a half years in his role.

We recently published a study (version en français ICI) from Schneider Electric showing a strong interest from Canadians in smart home technology. 

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