For over 100 years, CSA Group has remained an organization dedicated to safety, sustainability, and social good. From developing standards for aircraft parts, bridges, and wire rope in 1919, to enhancing standards with over 70,000 global members.
Celebrating our first century of higher standards
Since developing our first standard in 1919, we’ve since established the Technical Committee to work towards the first ever guidelines to assess and measure Building Energy Systems. We’ve published the first national standard on home inspections through a single recognized document, and the world’s first standard to address mental health in the work place. We’ve also been certified as the first compressed natural gas dispenser in North America.
But these are just a few of our milestones, over the last century, we’ve helped change the landscape of testing, inspection and certification, and standards development.
100 years. Amazing innovation can happen in that time; life changing discoveries, that bring the future into focus.
But to make progress, someone has to pave the way, somebody has to make sure that safety accompanies innovation.
That’s what CSA Group has done since 1919, with the standards developed with our members, and the support of our testing, inspection and certification team - the people who love the work they do, they understand its importance, they’re committed to it.
The life expectancy and health expectancy of people around the world has been greatly enhanced through the introduction of standards.
We’ve always put people first: innovators, builders, workers, and consumers. We hear their voices and guard their safety.
We focus on patients and care-givers by developing standards that support an integrated system of care. From healthcare facilities, to community paramedicine.
Since the first Canadian Electrical Code in 1927, we’ve been pioneers in electrical safety, so consumers can be confident where they live and work, and in the products they use.
When innovation moves forward, we update the codes and standards we’ve developed to keep products, services, and places safe.
The standards we develop help all of us be better stewards of our planet; a commitment that’s more important than ever.
We focus on enabling cleaner energy to help innovators advance efficient solutions for use everywhere, from large urban centers to remote regions of Canada’s North.
To advance climate change, we’ve led the way in greenhouse gas accounting, and developed the world’s first carbon capture and storage standards. We’re updating infrastructure standards to support resiliency.
We make a lasting impact by supporting public policy, addressing new challenges, and creating an environment in which innovation can thrive.
We produce standards to ensure that Canada’s infrastructure continues to innovate and put engineering advancements and new technologies to use.
We work diligently to create standards worthy of shaping public policies that protect lives across the country.
We continue to protect the future of Canada’s natural resources, with standards for forestry, mining, oil and gas, and water resources.
We’re proud of all we’ve done; the 3,000 standards we’ve developed together with our 10,000 members, and the countless lives we’ve saved and improved together.
It’s a very exciting place to be, and it’s very much a function of the people we’ve attracted and the important work that we do.
You made it happen, with your expertise, your passion, and your tireless work.
I believe our first century was only the beginning, let’s keep looking forward, working together, and holding the future to a higher standard.
Holding the future to a higher standard
We currently work in more than 54 areas of technology, including electronic vehicles, alternative fuels, nano materials, wind solar energy, and fuel cells.
CSA Communities reach 70,000 global members
CSA Communities reach 70,000 global members who collaborate to develop and enhance standards.
We're authorized to issue approvals in the Japanese Hazardous Locations market
We are authorized to issues certificates of approval to help manufacturers access the Japanese Hazardous Locations market.
We publish the first edition of the Z1003.1 standard addressing mental health in the workplace.
The Psychological Health and Safety in the Paramedic Services Organization standard is published to assist paramedic services organizations in identifying, managing, and improving psychological health and safety.
We align all of our divisions under CSA Group
CSA Standards, OnSpeX and CSA International are merged under the singular CSA Group brand to better reflect our presence as a leader in the global marketplace.
We acquire UK-based firm, SIRA
We strengthen our European footprint by acquiring SIRA Test and Certification Limited, SIRA Certification Service, SIRA Environmental, and SIRA Consulting Limited.
We acquire International Approval Services, Inc.
We acquire International Approval Services, Inc., and begin to develop standards for gas equipment, fuel cells, and related energy sectors in Canada and the U.S.
The Metric Practice Guide is published
We publish the Metric Practice Guide that would prove to be instrumental in helping professionals understand and apply the International System of Units.
We are officially recognized as a standards development organization
We are officially accredited by the Standards Council of Canada as a standards development organization.
We develop the Occupational Health and Safety Standards
We develop the Occupational Health and Safety Standards. The national Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Standards is developed to define requirements for reducing risk in the workplace.
We become a member of the International Organizations of Standards
We become a member of the voluntary organization, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), whose members are recognized authorities on standards development.
We rename the organization to represent our expanding scope
We rename the organization from the Canadian Engineering Standards Association (CESA), to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
The first edition of the Canadian Electrical Code is published
The first edition of the Canadian Electrical Code is published, which remains one of CSA Group's most important and influential series of standards.
The steel railway bridges standard is issued in Canada
We issue our first ever standard for steel railway bridges in Canada. The original copy of this standard still remains at our head office in Toronto.
CESA is founded
The Canadian Engineering Standards Association (CESA) is founded and is federally chartered to create standards for needs including aircraft parts, bridges, and wire rope.