Canadian Electrical Code

First published in 1927, the Canadian Electrical Code is a safety standard for all electrical work and electrical equipment operating at all voltages in electrical installations for buildings, structures, and premises in Canada. It is published by the CSA Group (formerly the Canadian Standards Association), a private organization that exists to develop national safety standards for a wide range of electrical equipment, industrial machinery, and construction materials.
Despite the use of the term “Canadian”, the CEC is not a single national law; rather it is a group of laws locally-adopted by individual provinces, territories, and municipalities in an effort to standardize their enforcement of safe electrical practices. In some cases, the CEC is amended or altered as part of the adopting legislation.

Most of the product-specific standards relevant to electric signs are located in Section 34 “Signs and Outline Lighting”. These standards are updated every three years. The current edition of the CEC was released in January 2021; the 26th edition will be released in 2024.


Because the CEC must be adopted by provincial authorities or local councils, the version of the CEC in force in each jurisdiction may differ. As of February 2023, the current versions of the CEC are:

Province/territoryAuthority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)Adopted Code editionEffective Date
AlbertaAlberta Municipal Affairs2021 CE CodeFebruary 1st, 2022
British ColumbiaTechnical Safety BC2021 CE CodeOctober 1, 2022
ManitobaManitoba Hydro2018 CE CodeOctober 1, 2018
City of Winnipeg2021 CE CodeJuly 1, 2022
New BrunswickProv. of NB. Dep of Public Safety2021 CE CodeSeptember 2022
Newfoundland and LabradorProvince of Newfoundland and Labrador2021 CE CodeJuly 1, 2021
City of St. John’s2021 CE Code
Northwest TerritoriesNorthwest Territories Public Works and Services2018 CE CodeJuly 1, 2021
Nova ScotiaNova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education2021 CE CodeMay 1, 2021
NunavutNunavut Community and Government Services2018 CE CodeAugust 2019
OntarioElectrical Safety Authority2021 CE CodeMay 5, 2022
Prince Edward IslandPrince Edward Island Inspection Services2021 CE CodeJune 12, 2021
QuébecRégie du Bâtiment du Québec2018 CE CodeOctober 1, 2018
SaskatchewanSaskPower2021 CE CodeNov 1, 2021
YukonYukon Department of Community Services2021 CE CodeApril 1, 2022