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Many standards are now available at no cost
As of September 1, 2017, many of our standards were made available at no cost. Standards that have been jointly developed with other Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) or those adopted from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) are still available for a fee from our reseller partners.
Standards available at no cost
Browse our catalogue to inquire about available standards available at no cost.
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Organization of the catalogue
The Standards Numerical Index lists our standards numerically by product and service and includes:
amendment or corrigendum, if any
Several elements are included in the numerical designation of a standard. For instance, the designation numbers: CAN/CGSB-12.1-2017 contain the following elements:
National Standard of Canada
CAN/CGSB National Standard of Canada
1—Individual standard number
2017—Year of Publication
Some standards published before January 1, 1992, show an "M" before the year of the latest edition. This indicates that the standard was written using metric (SI) units. Documents published after January 1, 1992, do not include the "M" because they all use metric units.
Other important terms related to standards
A standard approved as a National Standard of Canada by a CGSB standards committee, with any modifications from the standard identified. The adopted standard may be republished or endorsed.
The standard is published under CGSB cover bearing the designations of the CGSB and of the originating organization with permission of the copyright holder. The preface of an adopted standard contains any variations required for use in Canada. An example of an adopted, republished standard is CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014, which is also International Organization for Standardization ISO 9712:2012.
Reaffirmation of standards
The declaration that an existing standard continues to be valid as is and that it still conforms to the requirements of a CGSB or National Standard of Canada, as applicable.
Note: The Standards Numerical Index lists our standards numerically by product and service and includes: CGSB Reference, document title, document publication date and the amendment, if any.
Standards that are available at no cost can be obtained in PDF format using the web links provided. If you have any questions or require alternative formats, please contact us by email at email@example.com.