Frequently Asked Questions

Homeowners' Questions:


Why should I buy a CECA registered private residence elevator? 

An elevating device registered with CECA should be installed and inspected to code by way of a documented process (CECA Standard for Private Residence Elevators).


What is the CECA Standard for Private Residence Elevators? 

This Standard is intended to serve as the basis for contractors or individuals installing, testing, and inspecting private residence elevators. It is also intended for use for insurance companies and owners of these devices. In provinces or territories that do not have an Authority Having Jurisdiction that regulate private residence elevators the requirements of this standard should be enforced by local municipalities. For the purpose of this Standard a private residence elevator is defined as an elevator installed in an enclosed hoistway forming part of the permanent structure of a single family dwelling.


Is there a regulatory body that currently inspects or has authorization over Private Residence elevators? 



I have questions concerning my homeowner insurance related to my Private Residence elevator? 

Please speak to your Insurance Agent or Broker.


Are private residence elevators safe?  

Private residence elevators installed and maintained to current safety codes by qualified personnel and used correctly will provide the highest level of safety.  Having a CECA registered device and staying current with homeowner safety training will help ensure further safety.


Why should I maintain my elevator?  

Having qualified personnel maintain your elevating device ensures continued operation by preventing excessive wear and breakdown, and to ensure the equipment continues to perform as originally designed.


Is there a Facebook page I could refer to?  

Yes! The Canadian Elevator Contractors Association- Private Residence Division has it's own Facebook page! Click here to view it! 


Who should I contact if I have further questions? 

Please refer to your device’s owners manual and/or contact your installing contractor or the manufacturer.


Elevator Contractor questions


Do I have to be a CECA member to register a device? 

No.  This program is open to all elevator contractors willing to participate.


Do I need a CECA-ACEA membership to purchase a permit? 

No.  You can apply for a permit through the site without a ceca-acea membership, you will however need to make a FREE account on this website. You can create an account here.


As a contractor, what benefits do I get from following the CECA Standard?

The CECA Standard is to assure the public that qualified labour and installations meet safety codes and contractors not following the standard will be at increased liability risk.

CECA provides a secure platform for storing as built installation drawings, wiring schematics and maintenance records.


Does the Standard cover all types of elevating devices in private residences? 

At this time the Standard only covers private residence elevators, defined as an elevator installed in an enclosed hoistway forming part of the permanent structure of a single family dwelling.


What are the risks and liabilities of Home Elevators? 

CECA hosted a Risk and Liabilities webinar put on by Chuck Gastle, a lawyer from Gastle Bennett. To view the webinar please click here.

Please also read this important article in the Canadian Underwriters magazine on page 41 -


Building officials


How do I know a private residence device is registered with CECA? 

A CECA Private Residence Elevator label with Unit ID# must be posted on or near the elevator controller to demonstrate that a private residence device is registered with CECA.


Can I check the status of any existing private residence elevator? 

Only the status of CECA registered devices can be found by entering the respective Unit ID# at  


Who's responsibility is it to enforce the safety code (CSA B44) for private residence elevators?

Every Province and Territory will have an Elevating Devices Regulator know as the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for elevating devices. All public or commercial elevators must follow specific Elevator Safety Acts and Regulations including the CSA B44 safety code. However since most AHJ's exclude private residence elevators from their regulations, private residence elevator safety may be left to each individual municipality.