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.