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For 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.

CSA Group

Celebrating a century of higher standards

Since developing our first standard in 1919, we’ve 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.

2018

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CSA Communities reach 70,000 global members

CSA Communities reach 70,000 global members who collaborate to develop and enhance standards.

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We launch CSA OnDemand™

We launch the CSA OnDemand subscription database making it more efficient for customers to access codes and standards.

2017

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We're authorized to issue approvals in the Japanese Hazardous Locations market

We are authorized to issue certificates of approval to help manufacturers access the Japanese Hazardous Locations market.

2016

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We open a medical lab in South Korea

We open a medical lab in Songpa-gu, Seoul, specializing in testing and certification services for electro-medical and lab equipment.

2013

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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.

2012

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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.

2011

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We acquire European-based firm, IntraTest GmbH

We expand our European-based medical device testing capabilities with the acquisition of IntraTest GmbH.

2009

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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.

2004

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Our OnSpeX division is launched

We launch our OnSpeX division focusing on consumer product evaluation services, data management, and quality management.

2002

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We're authorized for energy efficiency verification testing

The U.S. Department of Energy authorizes CSA International for energy efficiency verification testing.

1999

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CSA International is founded

CSA Certification and Testing division becomes known as CSA International.

1997

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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.

1991

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We become a nationally recognized testing laboratory

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration accredits us as a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

1984

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We establish the Quality Management Institute

We establish the Quality Management Institute to administer Z299 and ISO 9000 quality assurance registration programs.

1979

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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.

1974

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We are officially recognized as a standards development organization

We are officially accredited by the Standards Council of Canada as a standards development organization.

1960

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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.

1948

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We develop the Personal Protective Equipment standard

We develop Canada’s first Personal Protective Equipment standard to help reduce workplace injury and death.

1947

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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.

1946

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We introduce our first certification mark

The first certification mark is introduced to demonstrate that a product has been rigorously tested against applicable standards.

1944

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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).

1940

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We start testing and certifying products

We begin testing and certifying electrical products intended for sale and installation in Canada.

1927

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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.

1920

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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.

1919

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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.

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