AFCI in Alberta common living spaces

Can someone explain how they report this? I’m not yet inspecting but in Alberta I don’t believe I ever see AFCI in bedrooms, halls, family rooms. Is this code or a recommendation?
This is from InterNACHI training-
“A combination type arc-fault circuit interrupter should be installed to provide protection at all branch circuits that supply 120-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere outlets installed in family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, parlors, libraries, dens, bedrooms, sunrooms, recreations rooms, closets, hallways, and similar rooms or areas.”

“Should be” typically means it shall be done.

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am I missing something? if no homes have this I assume it is not code, why ‘should’ it be required?

Maybe it is a newly adopted code. But you can do it like this:

I recommend AFCIs in_____,,_,_____,amd ____ fr enhanced safety. That way you are making a recommendation for safety, staying away from the “code” word and they can either do it or not.

Happy inspecting!


This type of feature is generally provided at the breaker level.

The 2015 Canadian Electric Code has the details: