For the first time since 1990, the release of the Canadian Electrical(CE) Code in 2002 will coincide with that of the NFPA’s National Electrical Code. The last version of the CE Code, which is published every four years – unlike the NEC, which is published every three – came out in 1998.

Released Jan. 1, the new CE Code establishes safety requirements for electrical work and the installation of electrical equipment operating, or intended to operate, at all voltages in electrical installations for buildings, structures, and premises across Canada.

The new edition of the CE Code contains several changes that will facilitate greater harmonization with U.S. standards for products such as lighting equipment and heat tracing cables. It includes revisions reflecting new technology and industry practices as well as an index of new or changed rules from the previous edition.

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