Control Panel Standards for the Canadian Market

Count on Siemens as your trusted partner for control panel standards

Several organizations dedicated to promoting technical safety exist in the United States and Canada. In Canada, the relevant standards are the Canadian Electric Code (CEC), CSA C22.2 No.286 for industrial control panels and assemblies, and CSA C22.2 No. 301 for industrial electrical machinery. Learn more about the relevant standards for Canada below or read our white paper . Questions on industrial control panel standards for Canada? Get in contact with one of our experts for personalized consulting on your industrial control panel application.


Industrial Control Panel Standards for Canada

Prior to 2015, the only requirements for an industrial control panel to be accepted by an ESA inspector in Canada was for it to contain components approved for the Canadian market and to meet the relevant requirements of the Canadian Electric Code (CEC) and the product standard CSA C22.2 No. 14.

However, this changed in February 2015 when the CSA published the standard CSA C22.2 No. 286-15 (Industrial control panels and assemblies). The CSA then followed up in January 2016 with CSA C22.2 – No. 301-16 (Industrial electrical machinery). In 2017, the CSA updated the standard for industrial control panels and assemblies with CSA C22.2 No. 286-17.

Like the US, Canada has a legally binding Canadian Electric Code (CEC). Until recently, the CEC made no mention of the new standards. However, since January 2018, both the CSA C22.2 No. 286 and No. 301 standards have been listed in Appendix A of the 2018 CEC. They will become mandatory after a transition time (by 2022 for C22.2 No. 301)

Siemens has published a white paper on the recent changes to Canadian standards. For panel builders looking to export into the Canadian market, it essential to understand these new standards and how they affect your business. For additional support on Canadian control panel standards, contact one of our experts.


Effectively apply Canadian standards with Siemens as your trusted partner

At Siemens, we are here to help you with the control panel acceptance process by providing certificates that you can easily download using the CAx Download Manager. With the CAx Download Manager, you can quickly select and download different data types for a single component, or an entire bill of materials, in just a few steps. Data types such as product images, 2D dimensional images, 3D models, wiring diagrams, EPLAN macros, manuals, characteristic curves, operating instructions, certificates of compliance, and product master data are all available at your finger tips with the CAx Download Manager.