Electrical and Elevators

Electrical Systems

Codes and Standards

"7. (1) Subject to this Act, all electrical work and equipment must conform to the standards set in the prescribed edition of the Code."

Electrical Code

The electrical code and standards are part of the Regulations to the Electrical Protection Act. For your convenience, the codes have been extracted—but the codes in the Regulations are official.

Electrical Safety Codes

Subject to the amendments set out in Schedule B, the edition of the Code authorized by subsection 7(1) of the Act, and adopted under subsection 22(2) of the Act, is

Canadian Standards Association Standard C22.1, Canadian Electrical Code Part I, Twenty Third Edition, Safety Standard for Electrical Installations.

The following standards are adopted:

(a) Canadian Standards Association Standards:

C22.3 No. 1-06, Overhead Systems,

C22.3 No. 3-98, (R2007), Electrical Coordination,

C22.3 No. 4-1974, (R2004), Control of Electrochemical Corrosion of Underground Metallic Structures,

C22.3 No. 7-06, Underground Systems,

CAN/CSA-C61400-1-08, Wind Turbines – Part 1: Design Requirements;

CAN/CSA-C61400-2-08, Part, Wind Turbines – Part 2: Design Requirements for Small Wind Turbines;

CAN/CSA-C61215-08, Crystalline Silicon Terrestrial Photovoltaic (PV) Module – Design Qualification and Type Approval;

(b) National Research Council of Canada – National Building Code of Canada, section 9.34, Electrical Facilities.



There are currently no alterations to the Code in the Northwest Territories.

Standards Organizations

Electrical products bought and sold in the Northwest Territories must be safe for people to use and not cause a fire or a shock. The Electrical Protection Regulations say that all electrical products must be approved: "no person shall sell, display, advertise, use, offer for sale or otherwise dispose of in the Territories, any electrical equipment that has not been approved."

A certification agency, accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, must certify all electrical equipment that is used or installed in the N.W.T. It is a violation of the Electrical Protection Act of the N.W.T. and the Canadian Electrical Code Part I to buy, sell, use or connect electrical equipment that is not approved. This requirement applies to all electrical equipment that can be connected to or plugged into an electrical power supply. The requirement does not normally apply to battery operated electrical equipment.

To help you know if an electrical product is approved, the following is a list of certification organizations that the Standards Council of Canada has accredited as acceptable to certify electrical equipment and products for use in Canada. When purchasing electrical equipment, specify that the product must be approved and look for the certification mark.