1 ELECTRICAL LICENSING c The Electrical Licensing Act being Chapter 214 of The Revised Statutes of Saskatchewan, 1930 (effective February 1, 1931). NOTE: This consolidation is not official. Amendments have been incorporated for convenience of reference and the original statutes and regulations should be consulted for all purposes of interpretation and application of the law. In order to preserve the integrity of the original statutes and regulations, errors that may have appeared are reproduced in this consolidation.
2 2 c. 214 ELECTRICAL LICENSING 1 Short title 2 Interpretation 3 Application of Act 4 Canadian Electrical Code to govern 5 Non-application of Act 6 Examining board 7 Licenses 8 Contractor s bonds and licenses 9 Journeymen 10 Inspectors 11 Regulations Table of Contents 12 Revocation and suspension of license 13 Authority to start work 14 Municipal bylaws 15 Fees and charges 16 No licensed municipal inspector 17 Inspector s powers 18 Disconnections 19 Approval of material 20 Connection permit 21 Apprentices 22 Offences and penalties SCHEDULE
3 ELECTRICAL LICENSING c CHAPTER 214 An Act respecting Licensing of Electrical Supply Houses, Contractors, Journeymen and Electricians Short title 1 This Act may be cited as The Electrical Licensing Act , c.4, s.1; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.1. Interpretation 2 In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires. the expression: Apprentice 1. Apprentice means a person who works as assistant to a journeyman with a view to qualifying himself to become a journeyman; Assistant inspector 2. Assistant inspector means a person acting as an inspector for a municipality, public utility company or public service corporation, who is appointed to enforce the requirements of this Act and the regulations thereunder in the municipality or in the territory where the company or corporation operates, without remuneration from the commission; Board 3. Board means a board of examiners appointed by the Saskatchewan Power Commission; Commission 4. Commission means the Saskatchewan Power Commission; Contractor 5. Contractor means a person having a regular place of business who engages in the business of installing wires, conduits, apparatus, fixtures or other appliances for conveying or using electricity for light, heat or power; Electrician 6. Electrician means an engineer or a specially authorised person with a knowledge of electricity and the requirements of the regulations, employed in a mine, factory, warehouse, institution or public building, who is competent to take charge of the operation or maintenance of the electrical installation, machinery and apparatus or the repair and alteration of wiring in the mine or building in which he is employed; Inspector 7. Inspector means a person appointed by the commission to enforce this Act and the regulations thereunder; Journeyman 8. Journeyman means a person who is competent to take charge of the installation, repair or alteration of wires, conduits, apparatus, fixtures or other appliances for the conveying or using of electricity for light, heat or power; License 9. License means a certificate issued to an assistant inspector, supply house, contractor, journeyman or electrician; Supply house 10. Supply house includes a manufacturer of electrical supplies, a jobber in electrical goods, the agent of such manufacturer or jobber or a wholesale or retail merchant dealing in electrical supplies, either wholly or in part, for distribution or sale in Saskatchewan , c.4, s.2; 1930, c.86, s.2; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.2.
4 4 c. 214 ELECTRICAL LICENSING Application of Act 3 The provisions of this Act shall apply to electrical wiring and the installation of electrical apparatus in buildings, structures and mines for the purpose of supplying electricity for light, heat or power, the inspection of such work, and the sale of electrical material, equipment and apparatus. 1930, c.86, s.3; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.3. Canadian Electrical Code to govern 4(1) All electrical work done in Saskatchewan shall conform to the requirements of the latest authorised edition of the Canadian Electrical Code and any amendments or additions thereto made from time to time by the commission. (2) Subsection (1) shall apply retrospectively to the first day of October, 1928, to all work done outside the limits of any city or town , c.4, s.4; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.4. Non-application of Act 5 The provisions of this Act shall not apply to: (a) electrical work within power houses, substations or other places wherein the production of electricity is carried on, except in structures to which the public, other than employees, have free access and entry for business or other purposes; (b) work on street railway or railway cars or locomotives; (c) the insertion of incandescent lamps in sockets or receptacles or the replacement of such lamps, the carboning, trimming or operation of arc lamps, the connection of utilisation equipment to branch circuits by means of attachment plugs or the use or operation of same, or the replacement of fuses controlling circuits or equipment or the installation or replacement of motor and associated equipment , c.4, s.5; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.5. Examining board 6 The commission shall appoint a board, consisting of two or three members, qualified in electrical engineering and construction, who shall examine candidates for licensing as journeymen and electricians and report the results to the commission. 1930, c.86, s.4; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.6. Licenses 7 Persons desiring to obtain licenses as journeymen or electricians shall be subject to an examination by the board, and upon establishing their fitness to the satisfaction of the board shall receive licenses in the respective forms contained in the schedule of this Act , c.4, s.7; 1930, c.86, s.5; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.7.
5 ELECTRICAL LICENSING c Contractor s bonds and licenses 8(1) Any person wishing to carry on business in Saskatehewan as a contractor shall apply to the commission and shall deposit a guarantee bond in a penal sum of $500 for the contractor himself and $500 additional for each journeyman employed on his payroll, in such form and with such conditions as may be satisfactory to the commission, and shall be granted an interim permit (form A); and on producing to the commission twenty-five service connection permits (form B), of which at least five shall be for buildings other than residences, duly signed by inspectors or assistant inspectors, shall be granted a license (form C). (2) An interim permit renewable at the option of the commission, may be issued for a period not exceeding one year, during which period the holder of the permit may work as a journeyman without a journeyman s license. (3) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1), contractors incorporated in Saskatchewan at the date when this Act comes into force, or unincorporated contractors who have paid a business tax as such to the municipality in which they carry on business, shall be entitled to receive a contractor s license forthwith on depositing with the board the necessary bond. (4) A contractor s license shall not be granted to an individual unless he holds a journeyman s license (form D) nor shall such a license be granted to a firm unless one of its members holds a journeyman s license or the firm employs at least one journeyman , c.4, s.8; 1930, c.86, s.6; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.8. Journeymen 9(1) Journeymen shall satisfy the board that they have served at least four years apprenticeship to the trade and are conversant with the requirements of this Act and the regulations, or shall pass a written or practical examination, or both, as required by the commission. (2) Every candidate for a journeyman s license shall satisfy the board that he is competent to do work on a new or existing electrical installation in renewing, repairing or changing electrical wires, conduits or apparatus for light, heat or power on an employer s account, and that he is conversant with this Act and the regulations. (3) Failure to pass the necessary examination will debar the candidate from again offering himself for a period of six months , c.4, s.9; 1930, c.86, s.7; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.9. Inspectors 10 The commission may appoint a chief inspector, inspectors, and assistant inspectors for the purposes of this Act. Assistant inspectors shall be employees of municipal corporations, public utility companies, or public service corporations or other qualified persons who are licensed (form E) by the board to conduct inspections and issue service connection permits (forms B, F and G) , c.4, s.10; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.10.
6 6 c. 214 ELECTRICAL LICENSING Regulations 11 The commission may, with the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, make regulations for: (a) the evidence to be furnished by candidates for journeymen s and electricians license (forms D and H) as to previous experience, the examination of such candidates and the granting of licenses; (b) the granting of licenses to supply houses (form I) dealing only in approved fixtures, apparatus and material; (c) requiring the applicant for a license under clause (b) to furnish a bond in a prescribed form; (d) the granting of interim permits and licenses to contractors; (e) the forfeiture of contractors bonds and the enforcement of the obligations therein contained; (f) determining the duration of licenses and providing for their renewal; (g) fixing the fees to be paid by supply houses, contractors, journeymen and electricians for licenses, interim permits and examination; (h) fixing the fees for inspections and the issue of connection permits, and for re-inspections and special inspections; (i) prescribing causes for which a license may be reyoked, cancelled or suspended; (i) defining the duties of inspectors and governing their operation; (k) the appointment of assistant inspectors and defining their jurisdiction; (l) prescribing the manner of giving and serving notices and orders; (m) controlling or prohibiting the installation, erection, use or sale within the province of electrical equipment, apparatus or material considered dangerous to life or property , c.4, s.11; 1930, c.86, s.8; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.11. Revocation and suspension of license 12 The commission may revoke, cancel or suspend a license for any cause defined by the regulations , c.4, s.12; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.12. Authority to start work 13 A contractor s license or interim permit shall authorise the holder to begin work but shall not relieve him from submitting to the proper inspection authority plans required by the latest authorised edition of the Canadian Electrical Code or from notifying within the time limited by section 22 the inspection authorities, local or provincial, having jurisdiction in the matter, of the completion of work requiring inspection, or from complying with the code or local requirements regarding permits if called for by an assistant inspector under authority of any municipal bylaws which may apply , c.4, s.13; 1930, c.86, s.9; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.13.
7 ELECTRICAL LICENSING c Municipal bylaws 14(1) A municipal bylaw heretofore or hereafter passed for the regulation or control of the installation, erection or use of electrical equipment or apparatus, or for the licensing of electricians or contractors, shall have effect only in so far as it is not repugnant to any of the provisions of this Act or the regulations. (2) Except in cases where the commission has, under the provisions of section 16, undertaken the duty of making inspections, it shall be the duty of the council of every city and town concurrently with and in addition to the exercise by their inspectors of the powers conferred upon them by this Act, to see that the provisions of this Act and the regulations are observed within the limits of the municipality, and to enforce the same therein. (3) No person shall be appointed or continued as an inspector by a municipality who does not hold an assistant inspectors license under this Act. (4) In case the council of a city or town fails in any particular case to take the measures necessary to secure the due observance, within the limits of the municipality, of the provisions of this Act and the regulations, and to enforce the same therein, the commission may, after giving to the council seven days notice in writing of its intention so to do, take such steps as it deems expedient in order to secure such observance and enforcement , c.4, s.14; 1930, c.86, s.10; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.14. Fees and charges 15 No fees or charges shall be payable to an inspector appointed by the commission for inspections or examinations made within the limits of a municipality except as provided by the next following section , c.4, s.15; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.15. No licensed municipal inspector 16(1) A city or town without an inspector duly licensed under this Act may arrange with the commission to make inspections and examinations within the municipality on terms to be agreed upon. (2) Where a city or town has no such inspector, the commission may, on notice to the council make the necessary inspections in the municipality until a license inspector is appointed or until an agreement has been made under subsection (1). The commission may recover from the municipality reasonable fees and charges for the work done by its inspector within the limits of the municipality , c.4, s.16; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.16. Inspector s powers 17 An inspector or assistant inspector may at any time within reasonable hours: (a) enter any premises for the purpose of inspecting the premises or any electrical equipment had, kept or used thereon; (b) inspect and examine all electrical material, equipment and apparatus found on the premises , c.4, s.17; 1930, c.86, s.11; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.17.
8 8 c. 214 ELECTRICAL LICENSING Disconnections 18 Notwithstanding anything in any other Act contained, the disconnection of any service because of conditions involving danger to life or property shall be made only under the authority of the commission, except in cities or town which have an electrical distribution system owned by the municipality , c.4, s.18; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.18. Approval of material 19 Before offering for sale in Saskatchewan electrical material, apparatus or equipment of any kind, agents of manufacturers or supply houses whose headquarters are outside of the province shall obtain for the material, apparatus or equipment which it is proposed to sell, the approval of the commission and its written authority to sell the same , c.4, s.19; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.19. Connection permit 20 No municipal or other corporation or person shall connect any installation with its or his distribution system except under the authority of and in accordance with a permit duly issued under this Act or the relevant municipal Act or bylaw. 1930, c.86, s.12; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.20. Apprentices 21 No apprentice or other person shall perform any electrical work or instal any electrical material or appliances except as an assistant to, in the presence of, or under the supervision of a licensed journeyman or a contractor holding an interim permit, continuously employed upon the same piece of work or contract. 1930, c.86, s.13; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.21. Offences and penalties 22(1) Every person who obstructs an inspector in the performance of his duties under this Act shall be liable to a penalty of not more than $10 for each offence. (2) Every person who works as a journeyman without having first obtained a journeyman s license shall incur a penalty of not more than $5 for each offence. (3) Every corporation which connects an installation with its distribution system without first obtaining a connection or special or interim connection permit, or which fails to disconnect a dangerous installation within the time limited therefor, and every person who makes such connection or is guilty of such failure shall incur a penalty of not less than $10 nor more than $100 for each offence, and a further penalty of not less than $10 for every day during which such failure continues. (4) Every person who carries on the business of electrical contracting without a valid and subsisting license or interim permit therefor shall be liable to a fine of not less than $5 nor more than $25 for every day during which he so carries on business. (5) Every person who employs a person other than an electrician or contractor to do electrical work in a mine, factory, warehouse or public building except under conditions of emergency, shall incur a penalty of not less than $5 for each offence. (6) Every agent of a manufacturer resident outside Saskatchewan who offers for sale equipment which has not been previously approved by the commission shall incur a penalty of not less than $10 nor more than $100 for each offence.
9 ELECTRICAL LICENSING c (7) Every supply house which exposes for sale material, equipment or apparatus dangerous to life or property and which has not been previously approved by the commission, shall incur a penalty of not less than $10 nor more than $100 for each offence. (8) Every contractor who fails to notify the proper inspection authority in writing of the completion of an installation, within seven days after such completion, shall incur a penalty not exceeding $10 for each offence. (9) Every person who violates any provision of this Act for which violation no other penalty has been provided shall incur a penalty of not less than $5 nor more than $ , c.4, s.22; 1930, c.86, s.14; R.S.S. 1930, c.214, s.22. No. SCHEDULE FORM A (Sections 8 and 13) CONTRACTOR S INTERIM PERMIT To whom it may concern: This is to certify that of is authorised under the above Act to conduct a business of an electrical contractor pending qualifying for license on the premises at in the of from 19 to 19 unless this permit is sooner revoked, cancelled or suspended For Board of Examiners.
10 10 c. 214 ELECTRICAL LICENSING FORM B (Sections 8, 10 and 20) SERVICE CONNECTION PERMIT Permit No. To the At The service installation of at, installed after October 1st, 1928, was inspected on the day of, 19, and does not conform to the requirements of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1, in the following respects: These items should be changed as follows to meet the requirements of the Code: If Items Nos. are not so changed on or before the day of 19, the service must be discontinued on that date until the necessary changes have been effected. 19.
11 ELECTRICAL LICENSING c FORM C (Sections 8 and 13) No. CONTRACTOR S LICENSE To whom it may concern: This is to certify that of is authorised under the above Act to conduct a business of an electrical contractor on the premises at in the of from 19, to 19, unless this license is sooner revoked, cancelled or suspended. 19. For Board of Examiners. No. FORM D (Sections 8 and 11) JOURNEYMAN S LICENSE To whom it may concern: This is to certify that of has complied with the requirements of the above Act and is licensed to work as a journeyman from 19, to 19. This license is not valid unless signed by party to whom issued.... Signature. 19. For Board of Examiners.
12 12 c. 214 ELECTRICAL LICENSING FORM E (Section 10) No. ASSISTANT INSPECTOR S LICENSE To whom it may concern: This is to certify that of is authorised under the above Act to conduct inspections and issue certificates from 19, to 19, on behalf of the Saskatchewan Power Commission within the following area: 19. For Board of Examiners.
13 ELECTRICAL LICENSING c FORM F (Section 10) SERVICE CONNECTION PERMIT (Special Permit) Permit No. To the At The service installation of at, installed previous to October 1st, 1928, was inspected on the day of 19, and does not conform to the requirements of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, in the following respects: The installation is approved on condition that the following changes are made, namely: and provided also that the insulation resistance is maintained in accordance with the present standard and the load is not increased. All future changes and alterations shall conform to the Code requirements. 19. Inspector.
14 14 c. 214 ELECTRICAL LICENSING FORM G (Section 10) SERVICE CONNECTION PERMIT (Interim Permit) Permit No. To the At The service installation of at, installed previous to October 1st, 1928, was inspected on the day of 19, and does not conform to the requirements of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, in the following respects: As this installation is liable to become unsafe to life and property the following changes must be made on or before the day of 19, or the service must be discontinued on that date until the necessary changes have been effected: Note. On notification that the required changes have been effected and after re-inspection of this installation, a Special Permit (form F) may be issued. 19. Inspector.
15 ELECTRICAL LICENSING c FORM H (Section 11) No. ELECTRICIAN S LICENSE To whom it may concern: This is to certify that of is authorised under the above Act to do electrical work on the premises of the at from 19, to 19, unless this license is sooner revoked, cancelled or suspended. 19. For Board of Examiners. No. FORM I (Section 11) SUPPLY HOUSE LICENSE To whom it may concern: This is to certify that of, of electrical material and apparatus have submitted their stocks for examination and are only handling approved material and apparatus under this Act. This license is valid until the day of 19, unless sooner revoked, cancelled or suspended. 19. For Board of Examiners.
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