115 volt AC outlet pattern.

Friends just had whole house renovated/rebuilt. New everything! Noticed that all the 115 volt outlets are a different pattern. With the ground uppermost the right duplex socket is 'T' shaped. (That's the live pin?) This is in eastern Canada. Is this a new standard? Although i've seen those plugs with one pin at right angles to the other, years ago! Also noticed that outlet near sinks etc. are not the GFI type. That either means that one further upstream in the string is or that the circuit breaker panel has GFI type breakers? Any comments?
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Those outlets are rated 20 amp, and yes, the outlets by the sinks are probably protected upstream

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Not familiar with Canada but in the US, those are 20A outlets. Certain devices that use more or close to 15A by themself will have a matching male plug that will not go into a std 15A outlet.
What you should check is that the breaker for those outlets is a 20A breaker and the wire from the breaker to the outlets is 12/2.
Worst case would be 20A duplexes, 20A breaker and 14/2 wire. Fire hazard
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