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Standard BNQ 1013-110
Ambulances — Vehicle Specifications

Technical specification on electric ambulances

Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), assisted by a group of technical experts, is currently developing a technical specification on electric ambulances.

This project aims at responding to an urgent need in terms of safety of the clients and stakeholders concerned by the use of this type of vehicle. The resulting document will cover, among other things, the performance characteristics expected from an electric emergency vehicle. This standardized document, called “Technical Specification”, defines the minimum requirements that manufacturers will have to apply as part of the design of these ambulances. 

 Finally and in order to ensure conformity to the requirements contained in the Technical Specification, an Applicant’s Guide will also be developed by the BNQ. This document will specify the terms and conditions defined by our organization in order for the various manufacturers to submit a self-declaration of conformity.

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In the field of health care, workers must have access to the best equipment possible to enhance patient recovery. For ambulance attendants, that means operating well-constructed, reliable ambulances that enable them to provide the best emergency medical care possible, while ensuring maximum passenger safety. The BNQ 1013-110 standard, for ambulance assemblers, covers this specific area. It sets minimum requirements, performance parameters and key criteria for ambulances used to transport patients, with respect to interior layout, functionality, external features, comfort and safety. For an ambulance to meet this standard, its specifications must meet a number of requirements:

  • general requirements (construction, base vehicle equipment and national safety mark);
  • specific requirements for the vehicle’s mechanical and electrical systems (for example, control consoles, power train, suspension, batteries, 120 V circuits and sirens);
  • specific requirements for the ambulance module (for example, structure, doors and windows, interior layout, air conditioning and heating, signals, and exterior visibility characteristics).

Download standard

12529ANGBNQ 1013-110 Ambulances - Vehicle Specifications
This new edition supersedes the edition dated September 13, 1999.
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1013-1101013-110A:PAPIERPaperEnglish2014-04-222M1 2015-04-23
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76148 $
1013-1101013-110A:PDFPDFEnglish2014-04-222M1 2015-04-23
M2 2018-06-27
76148 $
1013-1101013-110AR:PDFNetwork PDF License (5 users)English2014-04-222M1 2015-04-23
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8121FRNBNQ 1013-110 Ambulances - Caractéristiques du véhicule
Cette nouvelle édition remplace celle du 13 septembre 1999.
Version Language Publication date Edition Updated on No. of pages Price
1013-1101013-110:PAPIERPaperFrench2014-04-223M1 2015-04-23
M2 2018-06-27
79148 $
1013-1101013-110:PDFPDFFrench2014-04-223M1 2015-04-23
M2 2018-06-27
79148 $
1013-1101013-110R:PDFNetwork PDF License (5 users)French2014-04-223M1 2015-04-23
M2 2018-06-27
79444 $

Standards committee members

Number of committee members: 15
Mr. Patrick BazinetTransports Canada
Mr. Sylvain BernierAmbulances Demers
Mr. Daniel ChouinardFédération des employés du préhospitalier du Québec
Mr. Denis DoréNovacentre Technologie
Mr. Stéphane DoyonAmbulance CTAQ, Québec
Mr. Paul-Philippe FrenetteSociété de l'assurance-automobile du Québec
Mr. Jean GagnonFédération de la Santé et des Services Sociaux (FSSS-CSN)
Mr. Michael HarbecCrestline Coach
Mr. Paul HolzapfelWheeled Coach Industries
Mr. Érick HovingtonAmbulances 0911 Paramédic
Mr. Matthieu JeanCentre intégré universitaire de santé et des services sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale
Mr. Luc JolicoeurMinistère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec (MSSS)
Mr. Richard LandryUrgences-Santé
Mr. Benoît MichaudFraternité des travailleurs et travailleuses du préhospitalier du Québec (Local 592 FTPQ)
Mr. Richard PotvinDemers, manufacturier d'ambulances


Certification offer 

The certification of ambulances under the BNQ 1013-110 standard makes it possible to ensure high-quality vehicles. Ambulance assemblers simply need to submit an application for certification to the BNQ, which will check for compliance with the requirements of the BNQ 1013-110 standard and other requirements of the program. The other requirements are set out in the BNQ 1013-900 certification protocol, under six categories:

  • quality system;
  • quality control laboratory in the factory;
  • qualifications and training of quality control staff;
  • controls and testing in the factory;
  • corrective actions; quality records.

This certification program is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada.

Download document required for certification

12698ANGBNQ 1013-900 Ambulances - Vehicle Specifications - Certification Protocol
This English translation is based on the second edition of the original French document.
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1013-9001013-900A:PDFPDFEnglish2015-10-02139102 $
1013-9001013-900AR:PDFNetwork PDF License (5 users)English2015-10-02139306 $
12482FRNBNQ 1013-900 Ambulances - Caractéristiques du véhicule - Protocole de certification
Cette nouvelle édition remplace celle du 3 mars 2000.
Version Language Publication date Edition Updated on No. of pages Price
1013-9001013-900:PAPIERPaperFrench2015-10-02239102 $
1013-9001013-900:PDFPDFFrench2015-10-02239102 $
1013-9001013-900R:PDFNetwork PDF License (5 users)French2015-10-02239306 $

Certified businesses

Total number:1


Daniel Gagnon, P. Eng.
Program Leader
Bureau de normalisation du Québec
Tel.: 418-652-2230 / 1-800-386-5114, ext. 2230
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