As an engineer, anything that is made and placed on the market is subject to a set of rules and standards. By law, all electrical equipment in Canada must meet CSA Electrical Standards. These rules are closely followed by UBC as we are a public Canadian institution and all our equipment must be CSA certified. Below are links to where to find the information regarding CSA approval.
IEEE Standards (Contains both Canadian and International)
How to Determine if Something is CSA Approved
List of Approved Certification Marks for Electrical Products (acceptable in British Columbia)