I've been getting conflicting opinions from electricians on this issue... I'm doing a kitchen reno. I have removed the existing electric wall oven and gas cooktop. A new Gas Range (all gas, not dual-fuel) will be installed near where the old gas cooktop was, using the existing gas line. The question is: Does Code require a 240V 50A range receptacle installed behind the gas range? It appears that for new construction the answer is yes for sure. But some electricians believe that a renovated kitchen does not require this. Also, I believe that an exception applies if the kitchen is in a multi-family dwelling. (We have a tenant in our legal basement apartment.) Has anyone had experience with this?
UPDATE: @doozit commented below that this document was just a proposal, which wasn't accepted. (It isn't described as such on the ESA webpage)
This reference might be enough for you and your electricians to break the tie:
31.Delete CE Code Rule 26-744(4) and replace with the following:
(4) A receptacle of CSA Configuration 14-50R, as shown in Diagram 1, shall be installed at a suitable location in every single dwelling and in every dwelling unit of an apartment or similar multi-dwelling building for supplying electric energy to an electric range.
32.Add Rules 26-744(10), (11), (12) and (13) as follows:
(13) Notwithstanding Subrule (4), the range receptacle need not be installed in
(a) dwelling units where a built-in gas-fired or electric cook top or a built-in gas-fired or electric oven is installed;
(b) other than single dwellings where provision has been made for a gas range; or
(c) dwelling units where power from a supply authority is not available and the capacity of local generation is less than 6 kW.
So it looks like you don't need the receptacle as long as a cooktop or oven is installed.
I posted the original question. For the record, I went ahead and installed the slide in gas range WITHOUT providing a 240V 50A receptacle, knowing full well that this was likely contrary to Code. I did this because the Code requirement would have incurred significant extra expense and inconvenience as the new cable would need to be routed through finished basement ceilings including the ceiling in my tenant's apartment. And this requirement does not appear to be related to safety in any way, only to the convenience of a future owner of the house.
Check the manufacturer's installation instructions for the range, to determine the electrical requirements. A gas range typically only requires a 15 or 20 ampere 120 volt receptacle.
I'm not familiar with Canadian electrical code, but I can't see why a 50 ampere circuit would be required for a gas range. If you were installing an electric range, a 120/240 volt, 50 ampere circuit would likely be required.
For our kitchen remodel which replaced an electric range/cooktop with a natural gas range. Since the wire and outlet were available, I basically (relocated slightly to be in the new range's location) left the 40 amp 120/240 volt outlet and wiring there in case someone wants to use
a welder or heavy duty compressor an electric oven someday.
The new range has two ovens: a conventional size bake/broil/etc portion powered mostly by natural gas (the igniter is a non-sparking electric heating mechanism), and an 8 inch high electric oven as the lower drawer. That oven requires 12+ amps at 120 volts, so 20 amp 120 volt service in the form of a standard residential outlet was needed.
Any reason not to do the same thing in your situation?
this is a very clear rule. your one electrician is incorrect. section 26 of the OEC requires no 240v outlet where a built in gas range or oven is installed (this means it is hard plumbed to the gas line - it cannot have a quick disconnect - but they aren't allowed anyhow). its OEC section 26-744 (revision date november 2011) section 4), 10)-13). you will however need a 110v outlet for powering the lights and electronics for the range (26-712-2, ii.)
"BUILT IN" is a built-in oven and or built-in countertop cook-top. A "slide-in" range does NOT qualify as it can be easily removed and replaced with an electric range. Ontario code REQUIRES an adequate electrical supply be provided at ANY slide-in range location, whether you chose to install electric or gas. That is Ontario Code - and must be met any time a "full renovation" is done - ie- any time walls are opened and any electrical or structural changes are made.