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Important Code Sections

Outlet Requirements in an Island

Rule 26-712 (d)

a) a sufficient number of receptacles 95-15R split or 5-20R) along the wall at counter work surfaces (excluding sinks, built-in equipment, and isolated work surfaces less than 300 mm long at the wall line) so that no point along the wall line is more than 900mm from a receptacle measured horizontally along the wall line.

b) at least one receptacle (5-15R split or 5-20R) installed at each permanently fixed island counter space with a continuous long dimension of 600mm or greater and a short dimension of 300mm (11 3/4") or greater.

c) at least one receptacle (5-15R split or 5-20R) installed at each peninsular counter space with a continuous long dimension of 600 mm or greater and a short dimension of 300mm (11 3/4") or greater.

Outlet Requirements along a Counter top

Rule 26-724 (d)

iii) isolated work surfaces that are less than 300mm (11 3/4") do not need a counter receptacle.

Workspaces along the counter top must be wired with 5-15R or 5-20R receptacles so that no point is more than 900mm (35 3/8") from a receptacle (this means that your first receptacle is <=900mm (35 3/8") from the end of the counter and each receptacle is a max of 1800mm (70 3/4") from the next receptacle).

iv) islands or peninsular counters must have a receptacle installed on them if they measure 300mm x 600mm (11 3/4" x 23 5/8") or larger.

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Outlets in Drawers

USB Charging

In general, the BC Electrical Code does not allow the use of receptacles in cupboards and drawers. However, there are some exceptions in rule 26-710 (h) & (i) such as microwave ovens, in line water heaters, and garbage disposal units.

There are some USB-only charging outlets which may be installed as long as they are approved for use in Canada.

For example, the product shown above is certified for use in Canada. The best thing to do is always confirm that the product you are installing or having installed has a manufacturer’s approval label indicating it is approved for use in Canada. Refer to this bulletin showing the approved certification marks for electrical products.

Section 26-710 (h)

Of the CEC states that AC outlets are prohibited behind cabinet doors and in-drawer except for use with dishwashers, disposals, exhaust hoods and a few other exceptions.

The CEC states that USB ports are allowable so all Docking Drawer Blade USB and Docking Drawer Blade Duo USB in-drawer outlets are CSA 22.2 approved and allowable for installation in Canada.

The CEC states that AC outlets are allowable in a drawer if the outlet is de-energized when the drawer starts to close more than 20% So all Style Drawer Blade in-drawer outlets AC outlets that de-energize are allowable for installation in Canada.

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The CEC does not allow for any in drawer charging of any electronics. This page has the explenation well laid out. Any in Drawer charging outlet must be 'off' by the time the drawer is 20% closed.