Upgrading panel - do I need replace the breakers to meet the new AFCI requirements?

ianmurphy

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Location
Ottawa, Canada
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Electrical EIT
I sorry if this has already been asked. We are upgrading our 100A panel which must have been installed ~40 years ago. We are not upgrading the service or relocating anything. Do I need to install AFCI breakers per 26-656 or is there some sort of grandfather clause?
 

texie

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Location
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Electrician, Contractor, Inspector
I sorry if this has already been asked. We are upgrading our 100A panel which must have been installed ~40 years ago. We are not upgrading the service or relocating anything. Do I need to install AFCI breakers per 26-656 or is there some sort of grandfather clause?
Here in the US the NEC would not require them just for a panel change. I don't know what the CEC says. We need more Canadian guys here on the forum.
 

ianmurphy

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Location
Ottawa, Canada
Occupation
Electrical EIT
I will contact the AHJ for Ontario and post the answer for anyone else in my province. Each province might have a different answer though
 
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