Specific Requirements for the Canadian Market

Installation and Product Standards

The installation standard in Canada is the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC). The CEC and the NEC are similar, but not 100% equivalent.

The same is true for the CSA standards and corresponding UL standards (see Table 67). Some of the major differences are detailed below.

Certification Process

As in the U.S., nationally recognized testing laboratories (such as: CSA, ETL, TUV, and UL) are able to certify equipment according to these CSA standards. Refer to Acceptance of Electrical Equipment in US.

Technical Differences between Canadian and U.S. Standards

Some examples of differences between the Canadian and U.S. standards that currently apply to motor starters are listed in Table 67. The TeSys™ product line is designed for compliance and compatibility with both the UL and the CSA requirements.

  • Type E and Type F applications do not require the use of large spacing adapters when used in Canada.

  • Group installation is recognized but the rules to define the common branch-circuit protection setting is quite different.

  • Industrial control panels must meet CSA C22.2 No. 14.

  • Elevator equipment appliances must comply with the specific CSA Nr. B44.1 standard.

  • Product marking requirements differ slightly.

Comparison of CSA and UL Standards

Standard Name

CSA Standard

UL Standard

Enclosed and Dead-Front Switches

CSA C22.2 No. 4

UL 98

Low-Voltage Fuses: Part 1: General Requirements

CSA C22.2 No. 248

UL 248

Molded-Case Circuit Breakers, Molded-Case Switches, and Circuit-Breaker Enclosures

CSA C22.2 No. 5

UL 489

Industrial Control Equipment

CSA C22.2 No. 14

UL 60947

Elevator Equipment

CSA No. B44.1

Partially UL 60947

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