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:

I’ve been an electrician for the last decade and have slowly seen the changes with afci’s.
While interpretation of the code is up to your local authority, afci’s are code.
In Winnipeg, new housing required AFCI’s on all common area plugs, bedrooms, and interior garage plugs, eave plugs. Kitchen counter plugs, bath plugs, outside plugs that were typically GFCI protected, fridge and microwave plugs were not required to be protected with afci.
I’ve been out of electrical for a couple years, so some of the interpretations or grey areas may have change along the way.

Working for a home builder in Edmonton, I’ve seen the AFCI requirement in bedrooms only for at least 2 years. I don’t believe the other common areas are a code requirement yet.

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