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15-APR-2019ALBERTA
2019 Alberta Edition of the National Building Code
2017 Edition of the National Energy Code for Buildings  
2019 Alberta Edition of the National Fire Code
James Orr, Director, Safety Codes & Standards, Alberta Municipal Affairs has advised that the 2019 editions of the Alberta Building and Fire Codes (and while available, the 2017 NECB goes with these code editions) are delayed as they will be made freely available (online and in downloadable form) as is the current 2014 edition.
The codes are anticipated to be available before the end of April.
Alberta Municipal Affairs will provide further information and any associated guidance as soon as it is available.
CodeNews.ca thanks our loyal reader, Kevin Kiejko, for pointing out the delay.
11-APR-2019ONTARIO
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Building Code Conservation Advisory Council
The 2019 Ontario Budget, announced on April 11, 2019, reported that the Ontario government's Agency Review Task Force, which is comprised of five government Members of Provincial parliament, had commenced (in November, 2018) its comprehensive review of all Provincial agencies to support the government’s commitment to restoring accountability and trust.
To date, this task force has reviewed over 60 agencies (almost one-third of more than 190 Provincial agencies).
The Building Code Conservation Advisory Council is the first of 10 Provincial agencies that the task force has recommended be dissolved, as they have become unnecessary, or because there are more cost-effective ways of achieving their goals:
It recommends that the ministry could seek expert advice on conservation matters of the Building Code from working groups rather than through a Provincial agency.
10-APR-2019TSSA Operating Engineers Regulation Consultation
ONTARIO
Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000
Operating Engineers Regulation
The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is holding a public consultation until May 4, 2019 on the creation of alternate rules for the Operating Engineers Regulation.
The proposed changes are intended to implement recommendations made by a panel of industry stakeholders to adopt a risk-based framework for the Operating Engineers Regulation. Under this approach, businesses would have the option to either comply with the alternate rules or continue adhering to requirements in the current regulation.
The consultaion documents consist of:
06-APR-2019 ONTARIO
Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000
Liquid Fuels Handling Code
The Technical Standards & Safety Authority’s Fuels Safety Program, in consultation with industry stakeholders, has updated the Liquid Fuels Handling Code Adoption Document. The amendments, which will be effective as of May 21, 2019, include:
  • Revised Tank Record-keeping Requirements;
  • Editorial Clarification on Standards Referenced;
  • Time to Comply Added to Fire Extinguisher Requirements;
  • Rules around Commissioning of Vertical Storage Tanks (built to CAN/ULC-S601 or API 650 Standard);
  • Explanatory Background Added to Leak Detection; and,
  • Monitoring of ASTs and Corrections.
03-APR-2019National Research Council of Canada
CCBFC
Construction Codes of Canada
Frank Lohmann, Manager, Codes Development System at the National Research Council of canada, reported, on April 3, 2019, that the National Codes of Canada are now available for free download.
They are available by visiting the NRC Virtual Store.
The 2005, 2010, and the 2015 editions of the codes are available in .pdf format.
In order to assist our loyal CodeNews.ca readers, we have prepared a Step-By-Step Guide to assist you in navigating the free NRC Virtual Store ordering process
02-APR-2019NOVA SCOTIA
Building Code
Joe Rogers, P. Eng., Building Code Coordinator for the Province of Nova Scotia, has announced that the following amendments have been made to the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations:
  • Regulation No. 44/2019, effective on May 1, 2019, includes changes related to recreational cabins.
  • Regulation No. 45/2019, effective on September 1, 2019, includes changes related to adaptable housing.
The above regulations have been published in Volume 43, No. 7 of the March 29, 2019 edition of Nova Scotia's Royal Gazette.
19-MAR-2019ONTARIO
Ontario Building Code
Next Edition
On March 6, 2019, Richard Lyall, President of RESCON (Residential Construction Council of Ontario), reported in his RESCON Blog, that the Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for Ontario, delivered a speech at RESCON's annual general meeting in February, 2019, where the Minister addressed the next edition of the Ontario.
The Minister is reported to have said:

“Also, we were just talking about the building code and the fact that about harmonizing our code to the national code is something that is very important to our government."

“So we have a number of balls up in the air that we are working on right now. We have to leave our house in better fiscal order … We have to do things differently …"

“The previous government consulted on the changes but as of Jan. 1, 2019, the changes weren’t finalized, they didn’t come into effect. The code was the same on Jan. 1st, 2019, as it was on Dec. 31st. We’re working again to update the building code to reflect some of the technological consultations and some of the changes, some of the expert research, some of the input that was done as part of the national construction code that was released in 2015. I’ve been pretty consistent when I’ve spoken (previously) to say that we need to catch up. We need to have that harmonization. We need to do it for jobs, we need to do it for inter-provincial trade, we need to do it to make it easier for Ontario manufacturers and developers and business to be operating in our province, and for people to have that consistency to be able to keep costs down. Reducing red tape, having efficient regulations, putting health and safety in the window is something that our government puts as our priority."

CodeNews.ca graciously thanks Richard Lyall for permission to copy the above quotes from the RESCON Blog.

So, there you have it folks:
  • the next edition of the Ontario Building Code will focus on harmonization with the National Building Code of Canada and will be based on the 2015 changes to the National Building Code of Canada
  • in the next edition of the Ontario Building Code, the government will place greater emphasis on:
    • reducing red tape
    • efficient regulations
    • giving priority to health and safety
18-MAR-2019 ONTARIO
2007 Ontario Fire Code
In its Bulletin #001/19, dated March 18,2019, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) announced that Ontario Regulation 33/19, a regulation made under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, to amend the 2007 Fire Code (Ontario Regulation 213/07) by making housekeeping changes (to update or clarify requirements) and by adding requirements for the following:
  • hazardous extraction operations, and
  • out-of-service firefighters’ elevators.
For purposes of the new requirements, “hazardous extraction” means a process to remove or separate a substance from a solution or mixture that involves the use of flammable liquids, combustible liquids or flammable gases as solvents in the process.  Amendments include new requirements for the following:
  • door release hardware for exits and access to exits,
  • egress aisles,
  • fire safety planning,
  • ventilation, and
  • prohibited locations.
Requirements for prohibited locations became effective on March 14, 2019.  All other requirements come into force on July 1, 2019.
For more details, see Fire Marshal's Communiqué 2019-02, dated March 15, 2019.
14-MAR-2019 ALBERTA
Gas Safety STANDATA
Gas Safety Information Bulletin
Fire/Electrical Interpretation
Fire/Building Variance
On March 14, 2019, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced that the following Gas Safety Information Bulletin has been revised:
This Bulletin lists nationally recognized certification bodies or inspection bodies, currently operating in Alberta, that are accredited by the Standards Council of Canada to inspect and approve uncertified gas-fired appliances and equipment.

On March 14, 2019, Alberta Municipal Affairs also announced that the following Fire/Electrical Interpretation had been issued:
This Interpretation identifies the applicable requirements where a building fire alarm system requires inspection, testing, maintenance,or the installation of devicesor other equipment.  It also defines who is able to inspect, test, maintain and install fire alarm systems in Alberta.

On March 14, 2019, Alberta Municipal Affairs also announced that the following Fire/Building Variance had been issued:
This Variance sets out the conditions for the use of antifreeze solutions in sprinkler systems that are located in -20°C or colder climates within the Province of Alberta.
08-MAR-2019

ONTARIO
Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000
Fuels Safety Program Advisory
On March 8, 2019, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) issued an Advisory (FS-243-19) titled "Cell Phone Use at Gas Station Dispensers" to announce that it will permit cell phones to be used for payment at dispensers at licensed gasoline facilities in Ontario.
This was in response to a risk assessment related to “Risk Associated with Cell Phone Use During Refueling”, dated February 4, 2019, by Adrian Pieroraio, P. Eng. & Syed Taha of BakerRisk, that was commissioned by the Canadian Fuels Association.
The assessment concluded that the chance that a cell phone will ignite the vapours generated at the pumps is negligible (i.e. one chance in 10 billion).
08-MAR-2019 National Research Council of Canada
CCBFC
Construction Codes of Canada
Joe Rogers, P. Eng., Building Code Coordinator for the Province of Nova Scotia, forwarded the following update issued by Martin Thériault, Director Built Environment Regulations and Specifications, Construction Research Centre, NRC:

"On February 28, 2019, the Government of Canada confirmed funding that will support ongoing and future building code development work. This is good news that will allow NRC to continue to support the building code development system and to provide free access to the national model codes.
Starting in spring 2019, NRC will offer free online access to the National Building Code, the National Fire Code, the National Plumbing Code, and the National Energy Code for Buildings, as well as the provincial codes published by NRC. Paper copies of the Codes, along with other supporting documents including the Guides, will be offered at a reduced cost. Due to these changes, longer term subscriptions are not currently available. Please touch base with us again in April for an update and more information."
For more information, contact:
Martin Thériault, Director Built Environment Regulations and Specifications
Construction Research Centre, National Research Council Canada, Government of Canada
E-mail:    martin.theriault@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Tel:     613-991-9952
26-FEB-2019 QUÉBEC
Le chapitre III, Plomberie
du Code de construction du Québec
On February 25, 2019, the Corporation of Master Plumbing Mechanics of Québec and the Régie du bâtiment du Québec, in collaboration with Réseau Environnement and the Montreal chapter of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, announced the publication of the "Backflow Prevention Device Guide: Protecting Drinking-Water Systems from Cross-Connection".

This 88-page reference guide (5.5MB pdf) covers the use of backflow prevention devices in Québec and covers:
  • backflow prevention regulations
  • the basic principles of cross connection
  • types of backflow prevention devices and their installation
  • examples of cross-connection incidents
This guide is available only in the French language......
24-FEB-2019 UL Standards
ULC Standards
UL ISO Standards
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. has now posted its entire library of UL-authored Standards for open-access online viewing capability for any interested individual or organization globally, for the first time in its 125 years.  As part of its long-term vision, UL has announced that this is a natural next step on the path that it have been on for many years.  Philip Piqueira, Vice President Global Standards, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. has stated that:

"The best way to continue to build upon our mission is to offer this new digital view to provide basic access to UL Standards for everyone.
Through this measure, global users of any economic means will be able to find, reference and employ our comprehensive UL Standards library. We believe that providing greater access and transparency to our Standards is the right way to continue to build trust deep into the next century."

Individuals can view all UL and ULC standards by logging into the UL Standards Sales Site.

Meanwhile, as reported in the 18-JUL-2018 News at CodeNews entry, Public.Resource.Org (PRO) successfully fought efforts by the ASTM, NFPA, and ASHRAE to prevent it from publishing standards that are incorporated by reference into law.
Congratualtions to UL for setting an example!
20-FEB-2019 ALBERTA
2018 Canadian Electrical Code
STANDATA
On February 20, 2019, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced that the electrical STANDATA have been updated to the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code and are now available on the Municipal Affairs website.
15-FEB-2019 ALBERTA
2019 Alberta Edition of the National Building Code
2017 Edition of the National Energy Code for Buildings  
2019 Alberta Edition of the National Fire Code
On February 14, 2019, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced that the following codes were adopted in February 2019 by provincial regulation:
  • 2019 edition of the Alberta Building Code based on the 2015 edition of the National Building Code
  • 2019 edition of the Alberta Fire Code based on the 2015 edition of the National Fire Code
  • 2017 edition of the National Energy Code for Buildings
The new codes come into effect on April 1, 2019 and there is a transition period to facilitate transition to the new codes from the previous codes. In support of greater harmonization to the national codes, both the Alberta building and fire codes have also been renamed.
Mandatory code update training is not required for updates to the 2019 Alberta editions of the National Building Code and National Fire Code or to the 2017 edition of the National Energy Code for Buildings.
An overview of key code updates is posted at the National Research Council site.
A new 74 page slide deck presentation of the building and energy code changes is available on the Alberta Municipal Affairs web site.
05-FEB-2019 ONTARIO
2018 Ontario Electrical Safety Code
(27th edition)
Ontario Regulation 478/18 was filed on November 16, 2018 to adopt the 27th edition of the Electrical Safety Code, which consists of:
  1. the “Canadian Electrical Code Part I, C22.1-18”, issued by the Canadian Standards Association; and
  2. the amendments contained in the “Ontario Amendments to the Canadian Electrical Code Part I, C22.1-18”, dated September 11, 2018 and issued by the Electrical Safety Authority.
Ontario Regulation 478/18 comes into force on May 16, 2019.  Electrical work conducted after that date needs to meet the new requirements.

The Electrical Safety Authority has published a document concerning "Frequently Asked Questions about the 2018 Ontario Electrical Safety Code – 27th Edition".

The 2018 edition of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code reflects changes in technology and the marketplace, and incorporates feedback from stakeholders, technical reviews and new safety insights. The new edition includes changes designed to enhance electrical safety and protect workers and the public including:

  • Re-write of Section 10 requirements for bonding and grounding have been reorganized and reduced in size with some changes that will improve safety and simplify the installations;
  • Expanding the use of Tamper-resistant receptacles in educational facilities and hotels/motels;
  • Requirements for installing an identified (neutral) conductor at each control (switch) location of permanently installed luminaire;
  • Alignment with the Ontario Building Code to prevent the installation of high-voltage conductors over buildings;
  • Providing of adequate working space for electrical workers to undertake necessary repairs, maintenance and installation of transformers greater than 50kVA;
  • Prohibiting of installation of cables in concealed locations in corrugated roof decking
  • Adding requirements for Energy Storage systems; and
  • Facilitating the use of Power over Ethernet to provide a pathway for sources of electricity.
01-FEB-2019 ALBERTA
Electrical Code
On January 31, 2019, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced that the Twenty-fourth edition of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part1 I (CSA-C22.1-18) was published in January 2018 by the Canadian Standards Association and automatically comes into effect on February 1, 2019 throughout the Province of Alberta.
30-JAN-2019 ALBERTA
Building Code Variance
STANDATA
On January 30, 2019, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following  Building Code Variance:
14-BCV-018R1     Sprinkler-Protected Glazing in Fire-Resistant Wall Assemblies
The variance sets out the conitions for the use of sprinkler protected glazed assemblies used in fire rated wall assemblies.
Ontario Building Code users already have the luxury of a made-in-Ontario requirement to address these systems, which are found in Article 3.1.8.18. of Division B of the current Ontario Building Code.
01-JAN-2019 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #272, dated December 24, 2018, to announce new Building Code related fees for registrations for building practitioners regulated under the Building Code Act, 1992, effective on January 1, 2019:
- $114 Initial Registration/Reinstatement and Annual Renewal for Building Officials & Independent Designers & Septic System Installers
- $181 Initial Registration/Reinstatement for Design Firms
- $136 Annual Renewal for Design Firms
- $39 Updating class of registration for Design Firms
- $430 Initial Registration/Reinstatement for Registered Code Agencies
- $317 Annual Renewal for Registered Code Agencies
- $73 Updating class of registration for Registered Code Agencies
Other fee increases:
- Applications to the Building Code Commission:   $189
- Applications for Minister’s Rulings authorizing the use of innovative products:     $621
- Applications to the Building Materials Evaluation Commission:     $11,000 (no increase)
28-NOV-2018 ONTARIO
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
On November 28, 2018, Ontario's "Government for the People" announced a public consultation on increasing housing supply in the province.
You are invited to download:
The consultation document includes a number of Ontario Building Code related question:
"How do we encourage homeowners to create legal second units and new rental supply?"
"How do we encourage innovation in the building industry while maintaining high standards of safety and efficiency?"

The consultation closes on January 25, 2019 and the responses will help inform the government's Housing Supply Action Plan that will address the barriers getting in the way of new ownership and rental housing.
22-NOV-2018 National Research Council of Canada
CCBFC
Construction Codes of Canada

Free National Codes Coming Soon - the National Research Council is learning from Ontario!

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced the Canadian federal government's 2018 Fall Economic Statement.  The statement includes a proposal to make the National Building Codes freely available to all Canadians.

Page 71 of the 2018 Fall Economic Statement states:
"For small businesses—which account for approximately 99 per cent of Canada’s construction industry—the cost of purchasing building codes, and the lack of harmonization between provincial/territorial codes and national codes, make it harder to succeed and grow. The Government is proposing to provide $67.5 million over five years to the National Research Council of Canada, with $13.5 million ongoing, to make access to the National Building Codes free, and to provide sufficient resources for the federal government to address provincial, territorial, and other stakeholder code development priorities in a more timely way."

Ontario has had its Building Code available on-line for free, as a regulation, for many years.
05-NOV-2018 ALBERTA
Building Code Variance
STANDATA
On November 14, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following  Building Code Variance:
This variance addresses concerns that the current under slab insulation provisions of Section 9.36. of Div. B of the Alberta Building Code are excessive and discourage the use of hydronic heating.
05-NOV-2018 CCBFC
Construction Codes of Canada
Revisions and Errata packages are now available from the NRC Construction Research Centre for the following documents:

2017 print publications:
    National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2017 – Revisions and Errata – Sept. 2018 (PDF, 514 KB)

2015 print publications:
    National Building Code of Canada 2015 – Revisions and Errata – Sept. 2018 (PDF, 2 MB)
    National Fire Code of Canada 2015 – Revisions and Errata – Sept. 2018 (PDF, 416 KB)
    National Plumbing Code of Canada 2015 – Revisions and Errata – Sept. 2018 (PDF, 1.3 MB)
    National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2015 – Revisions and Errata – Sept. 2018 (PDF, 234 KB)

Please e-mail Alek Antoniuk to obtain a direct link to download the files.

CodeNews.ca thanks Joe Rogers, P. Eng., Building Code Coordinator for the Province of Nova Scotia, for this update.
31-OCT-2018 NOVA SCOTIA
Building Code
Joe Rogers, P. Eng., Building Code Coordinator for the Province of Nova Scotia, has announced a public consultation on proposed amendments to the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations pursuant to the Building Code Act, R.S. N.S. 1989, Chapter 46 .

Schedule “A” of the proposed amendments will offer additional compliance options to the Nova Scotia Building Code for the construction of tiny homes and recreational cabins and, subject to the public consultation, will come into effect on April 1, 2019.

Schedule “B” of the proposed amendments will add "adaptable housing requirements" for certain houses, duplexes, triplexes, townhouses, row houses, and boarding houses and, subject to the public consultation, will come into effect on September 1, 2019. 
The consultation period will run from October 31, 2018 until December 14, 2018.
Comments or questions on these changes can be sent by:
  • facsimile tot (902) 424-3239
  • e-mail at OFM@novascotia.ca
  • regular mail to:  Attn: Joe Rogers, P. Eng., Building Code Coordinator
    NS Office of the Fire Marshal , Department of Municipal Affairs
    PO Box 231, Halifax Central
    Halifax, NS
    B3J 2M4
22-OCT-2018 ONTARIO
2007 Ontario Fire Code
In its Bulletin #006/18, dated October 22, 2018, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) announced that it is conducting a public consultation on proposed amendments to the Fire Code related to floor areas or portions of floor areas containing hazardous extraction operations, associated with cannabis production. 
In farm buildings, the requirements would apply where hazardous extraction operations specifically pertain to cannabis processing. 
These proposed amendments were supported in principle by a Technical Advisory Committee comprised of various stakeholder groups that was convened by the OFMEM as part of the consultation process.   
Public comments must be submitted before the consultation period ends on November 21, 2018.   
Follow this link to the consultation on the Ontario Regulatory Registry.
The proposed changes may entail a consequential amendment to Ontario's Building Code to reference applicable provisions in the Fire Code as they apply to new or renovated farm buildings that contain cannabis extraction processes where flammable liquids, combustible liquids or flammable gases are used as extraction solvents. This consequential amendment, should it proceed, would be consulted on separately by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs at a future date.
04-OCT-2018 ALBERTA
Building Code Variance
Building Code Interpretation
Fire Code Interpretation
STANDATA
On October 4, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following Building Code and Fire Code STANDATA:

Building Code Variance
Building Code and Fire Code Interpretation
02-OCT-2018 ONTARIO
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Steve Clark, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and HousingOn Monday, October 1, 2018, the Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for Ontario, addressed the 2018 annual convention of the Ontario Building Official’s Association in Kingston, Ontario..

A copy of Minister Clark's speech is available here.

Minister Clark specifically stated:

"During the election campaign and at the recent AMO conference, people told me that our regulations can be too cumbersome and complicated."
"Business owners and municipalities alike told me that they are drowning in paperwork…  Struggling to keep up with regulations…  And are being held back by red tape from innovating or taking advantage of business opportunities."
"For too long, excessive regulations have discouraged business owners and some have walked away from operating in our province.  Others never bothered to invest in the first place."
"Our government is committed to shortening development and building approval timelines, so that we can unlock development."
"I look forward to working closely with you as we update the Building Code, reduce red tape, and make sure that the people of Ontario are safe."
19-SEP-2018 ONTARIO
2007 Ontario Fire Code
In its Bulletin #005/18 issued on September 10, 2018, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) announced that Amendment Package No. 2018-1 is now available for the “2015 Fire Code Compendium” publication in cooperation with ServiceOntario Publications.  The amendment package relates to the content of O. Reg. 108/18 that amends the Fire Code in relation to testing of standpipe fire department connections.  The Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 has also been updated with the latest amendments, including three new regulations made under the Act.

The revised pages are available from the ServiceOntario Publications site.  The document may be retrieved by typing document number “112128” in the Search bar and then may be directly downloaded at no cost.
20-JUL-2018 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Ontario Regulation 388/18, which amends the Ontario Building Code, was filed on July 20, 2018 under the Building Code Act, 1992, S.O. 1992, c. 23.
The regulation was made, filed, and published on the e-Law website on July 20, 2018.
It is scheduled to be printed in The Ontario Gazette on August 4, 2018.
This scope of this amendment is limited to Toronto's Lower Don area, specifically identified as land outlined in red on a map numbered 230 and filed at the Toronto office of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing located at 777 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The amendment specifies the conditions for occupancy of buildings on this land, including a requirement that hydraulic modelling demonstrates that the lot or parcel of land on which the building is constructed is no longer susceptible to flooding due to the completion of the flood protection features described in Section 4.5 of Waterfront Toronto's , “Port Lands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure Due Diligence Report”.
18-JUL-2018 In a July17, 2018 article in The Register, Thomas Claburn has reported that the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday vacated injunctions that prohibited Public.Resource.Org (PRO) from publishing copyrighted technical standards online.  PRO was sued for intellectual property violations in mid-2013 by the ASTM and was joined by the NFPA, ASHRAE, and  the American Educational Research Association.  The standards published by these standards development  organizations (SDO's) are referenced by government legislation.

The court's ruling addressed only the statutory fair use issue – which may provide a full defense to some, if not all, of the SDO’s infringement claims in this case – and leave for another day the question of whether the United States Constitution permits copyright to persist in works incorporated by reference into law.

It is likely that this case will be decided, eventually, in the U. S. Supreme Court.

If publication of standards referenced by legislation (such as the Ontario Building Code) is deemed fair use, then it would be a lot easier to comply with the legislation because the standards could be referenced at almost no cost.
11-JUL-2018 ALBERTA
Canadian Electrical Code
STANDATA
On July 11, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following Canadian Electrical Code STANDATA:
This STANDATA was published in response to requests for clarification on solar photovoltaic (PV) dc arc fault protection and how this relates to rodent protection requirements.
04-JUL-2018 ONTARIO
Planning and Building Regulatory Policy
On July 4, 2018, the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) released its report, titled "Streamlining the Development and Building Approvals Process in Ontario".
Richard Lyall, RESCON President, has characterized the report's recommendations as follows:
"This is low-hanging fruit for Premier Doug Ford and the new Ontario government. One of their platform planks was to cut red tape to help industry thrive – we recommend they start here."

The report's key recommendations are directed mainly at the Province but also the municipal sector, and are as follows:
  1. Pass a Transparency Act to improve timelines, support a transparency checklist.
  2. Implement Working Group recommendations on other timelines.
  3. Endorse a “client-centric agency checklist.”
  4. Establish a common data/file platform for e-permitting.
  5. Organize an e-permitting pilot project funded by excess reserve funds. (Excess funds? - What are those guys smoking?  There is no such thing.  If a municipality accumulates more money than necessary in its Building Permit Stabilization Fund, it must lower the cost of building permits.  A Building Permit Stabilization Fund is not a slush fund...!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
  6. Require a coordinating professional, and supporting documentation.
  7. Pilot test an expanded version of “complete professional submissions”
On July 4, 2018, The Builder Advocate newsletter of the (OHBA) announced that the OHBA has corresponded directly with nearly a dozen cabinet ministers who have portfolios directly impacting the land development, new housing and professional renovation industries and that its key issues for the new Ontario government range from (but not limited to):
  • Inclusionary Zoning
  • HST threshold on new homes
  • Regulations being developed under the Conservation Authorities Act
  • Modernizing apprenticeship ratios
  • Ontario Building Code
  • The structure of the new home warranty system in Ontario
  • OMB / LPAT Land Use Planning Appeals
  • Growth Plan Implementation
03-JUL-2018 ALBERTA
Canadian Electrical Code
STANDATA
On July 3, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following Canadian Electrical Code STANDATA:
29-JUN-2018 ONTARIO
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Steve Clark, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and HousingOntario Premier Doug Ford has appointed Steve Clark, who represents the riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, to be the new Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for Ontario.

Steve Clark served as mayor of Brockville from 1982 to 1991. He was first elected at age 22 and was the youngest mayor in Canada at the time.  He later worked as an advertising salesman for the Brockville Recorder and Times, as an administrative assistant to Bob Runciman, and as the chief administrative officer of the township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.  He was first elected to the provincial Legislature in a by-election on March 4, 2010.
CodeNews.ca congratulates Steve Clark and wishes him success in implementing the long overdue changes required to make Ontario an affordable place to build safe buildings for people.
29-JUN-2018 ALBERTA
Fire Code Variance
On June 29, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following Fire Code STANDATA:

Variance
16-JUN-2018 ONTARIO
Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000
Amusement Device Code Adoption Document
The Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) announced, on June 14, 2018, that it is hold a public consultation on proposed amendments to the Amusement Device Code Adoption Document (CAD).
The Code currently adopted in Ontario for amusement ride design is the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) published Z267-00  Safety Code for Amusement Rides and Devices. This standard was last updated in 2000 and CSA has no active working committees to maintain or modernize the Z267 Code.
The CSA and ASTM’s F24 Committee created a subcommittee that developed a new amusement ride standard referred to as the F2783 Standard Practice for Design, Manufacture, Operation, Maintenance, and Inspection of Amusement Rides and Devices in Canada.
The draft CAD amendments are available for viewing on the TSSA website.
Should you have comments, questions or feedback to share with TSSA, please fill out and submit the CAD Feedback Form no later than June 27, 2018.
31-MAY-2018 ALBERTA
Fire Code Interpretation
Fire Code Bulletin
Building Code Interpretations
Building Code Bulletin
STANDATA
On May 30, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following Fire Code STANDATA:

Interpretation
Bulletin
Alberta Municipal Affairs also announced the publication of the following Building Code  STANDATA:

Interpretation
Bulletin
04-MAY-2018 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #264, dated May 4, 2018, to announce revisions to the existing Appendix Notes. The revisions affect existing Appendix Notes A-8.6.2.2. and A-8.6.2.2.(5).
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs has advised code users that an electronic version of the updated pages of the Building Code Compendium will be available through ServiceOntario Publications.
A copy of the revised Appendix Notes, that was provided by the Ministry, is available for readers of CodeNews.
02-MAY-2018 ALBERTA
STANDATA
Joint Code Interpretation
On May 2, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following STANDATA:
Code Interpretation:   14-FCI-003   Mobile/Temporary Cooking Equipment
The purpose of this interpretation is to assist owners/operators of mobile cooking operations and safety codes officers with the minimum requirements under the Safety Codes Act for mobile cooking operations.
The joint interpretation was signed by:
  • Tina Parker, Provincial Fire Administrator
  • Sidney Manning, Provincial Plumbing and Gas Administrator
  • Paul Chang, Provincial Building Administrator
  • Clarence Cormier, Provincial Electrical Administrator
Unlike Ontario, the Province of Alberta has ONE  Safety Codes Act for Fire, Plumbing & Gas, Building, and Electrical matters and there are no bureaucratic hurdles to prevent the administrators to issue one joint code interpretation.  Hell would freeze over before something like this happened in Ontario.
30-APR-2018 Ontario Building Code Commission Justice A decision by Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward M. Morgan was released on April 27, 2018, in a case where the Toronto Star newspaper challenged the application of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) to 14 administrative tribunals, all of which are designated as “institutions” in the Schedule to the FIPPA General Regulation. Among other things, FIPPA sets out terms on which access is granted to documents held by government and wider public sector institutions. The Toronto Star contended that, by applying FIPPA to tribunals that preside over adversarial processes, adjudicate disputes, and act judicially or quasi-judicially, FIPPA violates the open courts principle embedded in s. 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The learned Justice issued a declaration that the application of ss. 21(1) to (3) and related sections of FIPPA pertaining to the presumption of non-disclosure of “personal information” to Adjudicative Records held by the institutions named in the Notice of Application infringes s. 2(b) of the Charter and is not justified under s. 1. It is therefore of no force or effect.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward M. Morgan's ruling applies only to requests for Adjudicative Records from the 14 institutions named in the Toronto Star's Application and, by extension, any other analogous institution listed in the Schedule to FIPPA that operates in an adjudicative capacity and that holds Adjudicative Records.  
THEREFORE, THE RULING APPLIES TO THE BUILDING CODE COMMISSION.
The impact of this decision is that the Building Code Commission will have to be more open to requests for information from the public. It will not be necessary to file FOI requests to obtain BCC rulings.  The BCC will have to release ALL BCC DECISIONS in a timely manner, as well as the Applicant's and Respondernt's written arguements.
The learned Justice suspended the declaration of invalidity of this aspect of FIPPA 12 months in order to allow the government to change its rules.
The citation for this case is:  Toronto Star v. AG Ontario, 2018 ONSC 2586
24-APR-2018 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #261, dated April 24, 2018, to announce that it has developed the following tools to help designers and building officials implement and enforce the current requirements of Supplementary Standard SB-10 "Energy Efficiency Requirements", as amended on December 22, 2016:
1. Checklists
•    The Ministry has developed checklists that can be submitted with building permit applications for all buildings other than Part 9 residential buildings.
•    The checklists highlight the key energy efficiency requirements to help designers and building officials ensure designs comply with the current set of requirements.
•    The Ministry strongly advises users to consult with the authority having jurisdiction, if the checklist is going to be submitted to that authority.
•    The checklists are available for downloading by visting the buildrightontario website.
2. COMcheck
•    MMA has secured updates to COMcheck software developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (US Department of Energy).
•    The COMcheck software helps designers calculate trade-offs using the ASHRAE 90.1 compliance path.
•    Updates for Ontario reflect the energy efficiency values included in the SB-10 that was released in December 2016.
•    The customised version of the COMcheck software for Ontario is available from the United States of America's website.
3. Energy Modelling Guidelines
•    MMA has developed guidelines to help improve the consistency in annual energy use simulation results following questions from stakeholders about rules and assumptions used in calculating building energy use.
•    The guidelines aim to support designers in fulfilling their professional and contractual obligations to produce designs that meet the energy efficiency requirements and building officials to verify that designs meet these requirements.
•    In supporting compliance with the Building Code’s energy conservation requirements, these guidelines also support broader government efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the buildings sector.
•    The Ministry has indicated that these guidelines are likely to undergo changes in the future as opportunities for further synthesis are identified. (or, alternatively, when the current money squandering Liberal government is voted out of office on June 7, 2018 by voters who have had enough of climate change experiments paid by fleeced taxpayers)
•    You can obtain a copy of the guidelines, including requests for this document to be produced in alternate formats, by contacting: codeinfo@ontario.ca
19-APR-2018 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs held a webinar for "selected" code users on Thursday, April 19, 2018 to provide further information on electric vehicle charging requirements.
CodeNews Consulting Corporation, Consulting Architect, is pleased to provide a copy of the slide deck prepared by the Ministry, for the unwashed masses who were not privy to the contents of the webinar.
24-MAR-2018 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Ontario Regulation 79/18, which amends the Ontario Building Code, was published in The Ontario Gazette on March 24, 2018.
The regulation was:
  • Made on February 21, 2018
  • Filed with the Registrar on March 6, 2018
  • Published on the e-Laws website on March 7, 2018
The regulation deletes references to the "Ontario Municipal Board" and substitutes them with the term: “Local Planning Appeal Tribunal”.
Although the Building and Development Branch has not made any announcements concerning this change to the Ontario Building Code, CodeNews Consulting Corp., Consulting Architect, is an avid reader of The Ontario Gazette and we are pleased to be the first publication to announce this code change to our esteemed readers.
22-MAR-2018 ONTARIO
2007 Ontario Fire Code
In its Bulletin #004/18 issued on March 20, 2018, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) announced that Ontario Regulation 108/18 has been filed.  This regulation was made under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 and comes into force on July 1, 2018.  It amends the 2007 Fire Code (Ontario Regulation 213/07) with changes related to the checking, inspection, and testing of hose standpipe systems.
Enquiries regarding the new regulation may be directed to the Technical Services Section of the OFMEM.  Staff members may be reached by telephone at (647) 329-1100 or by e-mail at FireSafetyStandards@ontario.ca
15-MAR-2018 ALBERTA
STANDATA
Building Code Interpretations
Building Code Bulletins
Building Code Variance
Energy Codes Information
On March 15, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following STANDATA:
Interpretations:
•  14-BCI-019/14-FCI-002 - Occupancy Classification for Buildings Used For Parking, Repairing and Servicing Tank Vehicles
•  14-BCI-020 - Non-Liquid Disposal Systems
Bulletins:
•  14-BCB-004/14-FCB-003 - Occupancy of Buildings Under Construction
•  14-BCB-005/14-FCB-004 - Commissioning of Life Safety and Fire Protection Systems (Integrated Systems Testing)
Variance:
•  14-BCV-018 - Sprinkler-Protected Glazing in Fire-Resistant Wall Assemblies
Information related to Energy Codes:
•  ABC Section 9.36 – Q & A – Performance Path
13-MAR-2018 QUÉBEC
Le chapitre Plomberie du Code de construction du Québec
On March 13, 2018, La Régie du bâtiment du Québec announced that the Master Plumbing Mechanics of Quebec, in collaboration with the Régie du bâtiment du Québec, has prepared a Good Practices sheet on the removal of condensate from appliances. This document provides details and solutions on the different ways to safely remove condensate from a heating, ventilation or air conditioning system to the drainage system.
The good practice sheets are available only in the French language......  tant pis, anglophones!
08-MAR-2018 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #260, dated March 8, 2018, to announce that:
  • Minister's Ruling MR-17-S-28 was issued by the Director of the Building and Development Branch on December 29, 2017 to amend MMA Supplementary Standard SA-1, "Objectives and Functional Statements Attributed to the Acceptable Solutions".  The amended document is labelled as the "December 11, 2017 Update".  Since the Minister's Ruling is not available on the Ontario government's website at this time, CodeNews Consulting Corp., Consulting Architect, has published a copy of Minister's Ruling MR-17-S-28 for the convenience of users of the OBC.
  • New English and French language editions of "Technical Support for Electric Vehicle Charging Requirements in the Building Code that are in Effect January 1, 2018 - Houses - Questions and Answers - Provided on March 8, 2019" has been published.  Since these documents are not available on the Ontario government's website at this time, CodeNews Consulting Corp., Consulting Architect, has published the English language copy and the French language copy for the convenience of users of the OBC.
  • New English and French language editions of "Technical Support for Electric Vehicle Charging Requirements in the Building Code that are in Effect January 1, 2018 -Non-residential Buildings - Questions and Answers - Provided on March 8, 2019" has been published.  Since these documents are not available on the Ontario government's website at this time, CodeNews Consulting Corp., Consulting Architect, has published the English language copy and the French language copy for the convenience of users of the OBC.
  • "Electric Vehicle Appendix Notes", dated March 2018, has been issued.  Since this document is not available on the Ontario government's website at this time, CodeNews Consulting Corp., Consulting Architect, has published a copy of "Electric Vehicle Appendix Notes" for the convenience of users of the OBC.
An electronic version of the updated pages of the Building Code Compendium will, eventually, be available at ServiceOntario Publications.
08-MAR-2018 ALBERTA
Building Code, Fire Code,
Energy Efficiency Code, &
Elevating Devices Code
On March 8, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced that the next editions of the Alberta Building, Fire and Energy Codes (that are currently based on the 2010 editions of the National Building Code and National Fire Code, and the 2011 National Energy Code for Buildings) are planned to be updated to the 2015 national code editions, including the 2017 interim changes to the National Energy Code for Buildings.
The currentl 2013 edition of the Elevating Devices Codes will also be updated.
06-MAR-2018 ONTARIO
Electrical Safety Code
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)  is seeking the views of contractors, consumers, businesses and other stakeholders on 25 proposed amendments to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC).
The ESA has provided instructions (.pdf format) and a template (in MS Word .docx format) for comments and other feedback.
The consultation runs from Tuesday March 6 to Friday April 20, 2018.
The Electrical Safety Code regulation (O. Reg. 164/99) under the Electricity Act, 1998 provides for the adoption of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) together with Ontario specific amendments to the CEC as the OESC.  If approved, the Electrical Safety Code regulation would be amended to adopt the updated OESC.
05-MAR-2018 NOVA SCOTIA
Electrical Code Regulations
David MacLeod, C.E.I., P.Eng., the Provincial Chief Electrical Inspector, Province of Nova Scotia, issued Electrical Bulletin 2018-01 announcing that, effective May 1, 2018, the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1- 24th. edition will be adopted per Nova Scotia's Electrical Code Regulations, which are made under the authority of section 6 of the Electrical Installation and Inspection Act.
Questions regarding the bulletin may be forwarded to the Provincial Chief Electrical Inspector:
David MacLeod, C.E.I., P.Eng.
Phone:     902-424-8018
Email:      David.MacLeod@novascotia.ca
24-FEB-2018 ONTARIO
Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997
In its Bulletin #003/18 issued on February 20, 2018, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS), Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management announced that it is holding a public consultation on proposed regulation under the FPPA that is intended to increase transparency and accountability by requiring all fire departments report to the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) on a number of standard response times.
This new regulation is based on expert advice MCSCS received from a Fire Safety Technical Table that was established in January 2017 to help develop recommendations for modernizing the delivery of fire services in Ontario.  
Summaries of the proposed regulation and instructions on how to provide comments are available on the Ontario Regulatory Registry.  MCSCS has announced that "public comments must be submitted before the consultation period ends on March 18, 2018".
When some people run around in uniforms, they get the idea that others MUST do things ...... ! (Hint: try: "we ask you to .....")
17-FEB-2018 SASKATCHEWAN
The Uniform Building and
Accessibility Standards Act (Adoption of Codes)
The province of Saskatchewan has published an Order in Council #44/2018, dated January 24, 2018 and filed on January 25, 2018, to revise the  Appendix to The Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Regulations.
The revisions include:
  • Definition of Care Occupancy
  • Alternative Family Care Homes
  • Barrier-free Residential Occupancies
  • Carbon Monoxide Alarms
The Order in Council was published in the Saskatchewan Gazette on February 2, 2018 and the revisions came into effect on January 25, 2018 (the date when the Order in Council was filed with the Registrar of Regulations).
When will civil servants realize that the design and construction industry needs TIME to prepare for changes to Building Codes?
Projects take months, if not years, to design and here we have a case where a civil servant wants you to comply with a requirement BEFORE it is even published.
17-FEB-2018 BRITISH COLUMBIA
2012 Building Code
The BC Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ministerial Order No. M013 on January 8, 2018, pursuant to the Building Act, S.B.C. 2015, c. 2, s. 3 to amend Book I  (General) of the British Columbia Building Code, established by the British Columbia Building Code Regulation, B.C. Reg. 264/2012.  
The changes to the Building Code include:
  • Window Guard Relaxations
  • BC Energy Step Code
  • Letters of Assurance Schedules
They became effective on January 31, 2018.
07-FEB-2018 ALBERTA
STANDATA
Electrical Update
Fire Code Bulletin
On February 6, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following STANDATA:

Electrical Update:
Fire Code Bulletin:
31-JAN-2018 ALBERTA
Interpretation
STANDATA
Energy Code
On January 30, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following new STANDATA Building Code Interpretation:
Alberta Municipal Affairs has published an NECB 2011 Compliance Checklist (.xlsm format) for providing information required by the Authority Having Jurisdiction  to show compliance with requirements to meet the National Energy Code for Buildings 2011 (NECB 2011).
An electronic copy of this Checklist must accompany project plans and specification documents being submitted to the Authority Having Jurisdiction when applying for a building permit in Alberta.
18-JAN-2018 CCBFC
Construction Codes of Canada
National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2017
The 2017 edition of the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings is now available for purchase.
CodeNews thanks Gary Chu, Construction & Standards Regulations Specialist at BASF Canada Inc. for providing the update.
18-JAN-2018 ONTARIO
2007 Ontario Fire Code
In its Bulletin #001/18 issued on January 18, 2018, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) announced that it is holding a public consultation on proposed amendments to the Fire Code related to new requirements for:
•    Combustible Furniture Located in Corridors / Lobbies
•    Notification for Out of Service Firefighters’ Elevators
The proposed changes to the Fire Code reflect feedback received from two Technical Advisory Committees led by the OFMEM and comprised of a wide range of stakeholder groups.
Public comments must be submitted before the consultation period ends on February 20, 2018.
Summaries of the proposed amendments and instructions on how to provide comments are available on the Ontario Regulatory Registry.
View the proposed changes at:
•    Proposed Change to 2015 Ontario Fire Code - Table 1.2.1.A
•    Proposed Change to 2015 Ontario Fire Code - 2.4.1.1. and 2.4.1.2
•    Proposed Change to 2015 Ontario Fire Code - 7.1.1.1
•    Proposed Change to 2015 Ontario Fire Code - 7.2.2.2
12-JAN-2018 ALBERTA
Variance
STANDATA
On January 12, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following new STANDATA Building Code Variance:
01-JAN-2018 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
On January 1, 2018, the following requirements contained in Ontario Regulation 139/17, as amended by O. Reg. 462/17 and O. Reg. 563/17, come into effect:
  • Sewage System Leaching Chambers Amendments
  • Certain Plumbing Amendment
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Systems
For a consultation on how these changes affect your project, contact Alek Antoniuk, OAA, CodeNews Consulting Corp., Consulting Architect, at:
+1-416-856-0241 or by e-mail.
01-JAN-2018 BRITISH COLUMBIA
2012 Building Code
2012 Plumbing Code
2012 Fire Code
The Building and Safety Standards Branch of the Office of Housing and Construction Standards in the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has invited code users and other stakeholders to participate in a public review to provide feedback on proposed changes for the next edition of the BC Building, Plumbing, and Fire Codes.
The proposed changes have been categorized as:
     BC Building Code
        - Area Calculation of Exposing Building Face
        - Asbestos
        - Energy Efficiency Standards
        - Exit Signs
        - Factory-Constructed Buildings
        - Fenestration
        - Heritage Buildings
        - Mid-Rise Combustible Construction
        - Outdoor Design Conditions and Air Cleaning
        - Radon
        - Stairs - Dimensions of Tapered Treads
        - Stairs - Handrails in Curved Stairs
        - Stairs - No Spiral Stairs
     BC Plumbing Code
        - Asbestos
        - Plumbing Fixtures
     BC Fire Code
        - Application - Fire Systems
        - Emergency Lighting
        - Smoke Alarms
        - Use of Elevators
The public review started on  December 12, 2017 and ends on February 28, 2018.
A separate consultation is planned on proposed accessibility changes early in 2018.
The next editions of the British Columbia Codes are anticipated to be available in 2018, with an effective date late in 2018.
2017 SEE 2017 NEWS ARCHIVES Link to archives of News at CodeNews for items posted between January 1 - December 31, 2017.
2016 SEE 2016 NEWS ARCHIVES Link to archives of News at CodeNews for items posted between January 1 - December 31, 2016.
2015 SEE 2015 NEWS ARCHIVES Link to archives of News at CodeNews for items posted between January 1 - December 31, 2015.
PRIOR TO
01-JAN-2015

SEE NEWS ARCHIVES
Link to archives of News at CodeNews for items posted prior to January 1, 2015.

Seminars:

DATE
SEMINAR
Thursday
29-NOV-2018
Alek Antoniuk was a speaker at The Buildings Show 2018. The event took place on November 28 - 29 in the South and North Buildings of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
He spoke at Session, TS103 - Ontario Building Code Update: Three of the Most Recent Changes You Need Know, on Thursday, November 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Room 715 of the South Building.
THIS PRESENTATION WAS SOLD OUT  
DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION SLIDE DECK
Friday
22-JUN-2018
Due to popular demand, Alek Antoniuk delivered a repeat seminar on the recent major changes to the Ontario Building Code and Act that was delivered at the 2018 AATO Annual General Meeting and Conference.  
Friday
27-APR-2018
Alek Antoniuk delivered a seminar on the recent major changes to the Ontario Building Code and Act at the 2018 Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario, on Friday, April 27, 2018, in Vaughan, Ontario.
Wednesday
21-MAR-2018
Alek Antoniuk delivered a seminar on the major changes to the Ontario Building Code, contained in O. Reg. 139/17, for the Golden Triangle Chapter of the OBOA on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
The Golden Triangle Chapter has opened the presentation to designers and other code users for a nominal fee of $40 for the seminar.
Thursday
25-JAN-2018
Alek Antoniuk delivered a seminar on the major changes to the Ontario Building Code, contained in O. Reg. 139/17, which came into effect on July 1, 2017, as well as the  changes that will come into effect on January 1, 2018 and January 1, 2020, for the Greater Toronto Area Chapter of the OBOA.  Three slide decks were presented:
  •     the retirement home changes that came into effect on  July 1, 2017
  •     the “house” changes  that came into effect on  July 1, 2017
  •     the electric vehicle charging system changes that will come into effect on January 1, 2018 and January 1, 2020, as a result of O. Reg. 563/17
Continuing education certificates have been issued to OAA members who attended the seminar.
Thursday
18-JAN-2018
Alek Antoniuk delivered a seminar on the major changes to the Ontario Building Code, contained in O. Reg. 139/17, which came into effect on July 1, 2017, as well as the  changes that will come into effect on January 1, 2018 and January 1, 2020, for the Niagara District Chapter of the OBOA..  Three slide decks were presented:
  •     the retirement home changes that came into effect on  July 1, 2017
  •     the “house” changes  that came into effect on  July 1, 2017
  •     the electric vehicle charging system changes that will come into effect on January 1, 2018 and January 1, 2020, as a result of O. Reg. 563/17
Tuesday
12-DEC-2017
Alek Antoniuk delivered a seminar on the major changes to the Ontario Building Code, contained in O. Reg. 139/17, which came into effect on July 1, 2017, as well as the  changes that will come into effect on January 1, 2018, for the City of Niagara Falls' Building and Fire Services staff..  Three slide decks were presented
  •     the retirement home changes that came into effect on  July 1, 2017
  •     the “house” changes  that came into effect on  July 1, 2017
  •     the electric vehicle charging system changes that will come into effect on January 1, 2018
Tuesday
14-NOV-2017
Alek Antoniuk delivered a seminar on the major changes to retirement homes and houses, contained in O. Reg. 139/17, which came into effect on July 1, 2017, as well as the electric vehicle charging station requirements that will come into effect on January 1, 2018, to a meeting of the Wellington Waterloo District Chapter of the OBOA.

CodeNews Consulting Corp., Consulting Architect, has prepared an additional presentation that will be of interest to architects, engineers, other designers, building officials, and builders on:

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Systems (30 minutes long)
Wednesday
26-JUL-2017
Alek Antoniuk delivered a presentations on the major changes to retirement homes and houses, contained in O. Reg. 139/17, which came into effect on July 1, 2017, for the Town of Orangeville's Building Department and its invited guests, including selected architects, engineers, and municipal building officials.

Presentations are now available for your organization.  CodeNews Consulting Corp., Consulting Architect, is not aware of the general availability of any presentations on the recent OBC changes. Therefore, CodeNews has prepared the following two presentations that will be of interest to architects, engineers, other designers, building officials, and builders:
  •     the retirement home changes (45 minutes long)
  •     the “house” changes (90 minutes long)
To arrange for an on-site presentation for your staff or the members of your organization, call Alek Antoniuk at +1-416-856-0241.
Wednesday
08-JUL-2015
Alek Antoniuk delivered a presentation titled: "Considerations for Building & Fire Departments in Enforcing the Code" at the Fire and Life Safety in Modern Construction Seminars, in Waterloo, Ontario, hosted by the University of Waterloo and Sereca Consulting.  This presentation examines the implications of 6-storey wood framed construction for building and fire officials.  Ontario's Exit Cocoon Conundrum is explained.

The slide deck for this presentation contains slides from a presentation titled: "Mid-rise Wood Frame Buildings", dated April 7, 2015, presented by Alan Shaw, CBO, City of Sarnia, Vice President of the Ontario Building Officials Associaiton (OBOA).  Use of the OBOA's material in this slide deck is authorized by Mike Seiling, President of the OBOA.
8:30-12:00
14:00-17:30
Friday
09-MAY-2014
Alek Antoniuk delivered a presentation titled: “New Accessibility Changes to the Building Code” at the 2014 OAA Conference.  A morning session and an afternoon session were held at the Queen Elizabeth Fairmont Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Boulevard West, Montréal.

The “New Accessibility Changes to the Building Code” presentation consists of Slide Deck 1 and Slide Deck 2 and references the following documents:
Tuesday
01-APR-2014
Alek Antoniuk delivered a presentation titled: “Ontario Building Code - April 2014 Update” at the Dinner Meeting of the Toronto Chapter of Construction Specifications Canada.
Thursday
13-FEB-2014
The Society of Fire Protection Engineers, National Capital Region Chapter, held its 32nd Annual Meeting and Education Forum in Ottawa, Ontario.
Keynote Speakers for the topic of Mid-Rise Wood Frame Construction were:
  • Ineke Van Zeeland, M. Eng., ASFPE – Manager, Codes & Standards, Canadian Wood Council
  • Alek Antoniuk, B.E.S., B. Arch., OAA – Code Consultant
  • Evelyne Cardinal, OAA, MRAIC – Farrow Dreessen Architects Inc.
  • Sean Tracey, P.Eng., MIFireE – Assistant Deputy Chief Community Standards, City of Ottawa
Alek Antoniuk's presentation is titled: "Mid-Rise Combustible Construction - A Building Code Perspective" and reviewed the following areas:
  • Ontario’s interest in mid-rise combustible construction
  • Ontario’s code consultations
  • Fire safety during construction
  • Ontario’s policy dilemma
The presentation references the following documents:
Wednesday
22-JAN-2014
Alek Antoniuk and David Johnson presented a seminar on " Understanding the Impact on Multi-residential Construction of Changes to Part 3, 2014 Ontario Building Code & the Announced Requirements for Accessibilty for 2015".  This seminar is sponsored by RESCON and buildABILITY.

Alek Antoniuk's presentation is titled: "An Overview of the Accessibility Amendments to Ontario’s Building Code" and is intended to cover the highlights of the changes to the 2012 Ontario Building Code resulting from the filing of O. Reg. 368/13, as they apply to “Part 3" multi-residential buildings.
The presentation references the following documents:
David Johnson's presentation was on the "Changes to Part 3 of the 2012 Ontario Building Code for Multi-Residential construction".
Tuesday
10-DEC-2013
Alek Antoniuk delivered a NORR ed presentation titled: “2012 Ontario Building Code Update”.
The presentation referenced the following documents:

Newsletters:

RESCON News Letter

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RESCON Industry News
October 2015
In this issue, Alek Antoniuk's RESCON CodeLetter #10 provides an update on current consultations on building related legislation and standards and provides further information on the "X" Permit proposal for Ontario.
RESCON Industry News
September 2015
In this issue, Alek Antoniuk's RESCON CodeLetter #9 examines whether  it is possible to cut the Gordian Knot around construction regulations in Ontario and points to the example of Quebec and Alberta.
RESCON Industry News
August 2015
In this issue, Alek Antoniuk's RESCON CodeLetter #8 provides a chronological list of changes to Building Code documents related to the barrier-free changes
and also asks the question: “Is Information on the OBC Accessibility (Barrier-Free) Changes Readily Accessible?”
RESCON Industry News
May 2015
In this issue, Alek Antoniuk's RESCON CodeLetter #7 reports on efforts to release the more than 92 unpublished rulings that have been made by the Building Code Commission since 2010, including recent rulings on standpipe and hose systems.
RESCON Industry News
April 2015
In this issue, Alek Antoniuk's RESCON CodeLetter #6 examines whether Ontario's building regulatory system is capable of efficiently adapting to new technologies, such as off grid buildings.
RESCON Industry News
March 2015
In this issue, Alek Antoniuk's RESCON CodeLetter #5 reports on a recent ruling by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that a municipality is not liable for any harm or damage resulting from any act or omission of a Registered Code Agency.
RESCON Industry News
February 2015
In this issue, Alek Antoniuk's RESCON CodeLetter #4 reviews the new Ontario Building Code mid-rise combustible construction requirements of Ontario Regulation 191/14 and how Ontario's building exit rules may create problems for your design.
RESCON Industry News
December 2014
From the December 2014 RESCON Industry News:

Regulatory reform is long overdue


I encourage you to read and comment on Alek Antoniuk’s latest RESCON CodeLetter #3.
RESCON has long been an advocate of Regulatory Change in Ontario as we believe the current system that regulates Development/Building activities is no longer capable of responding in an efficient manner to the rapid changes in processing information and construction activities, resulting from the use of new and emerging technologies.
I asked Alek to tackle this subject, given that the expertise he developed while at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing puts him in a unique position to share his perspective on this topic.
RESCON believes it’s time to start a conversation between industry stakeholders and the regulators who control our Industry on how we can affect the changes that would benefit all by:
  • Reducing redundant practices and minimizing red tape
  • Recognizing entrepreneurial expertise
  • Encouraging the use of emerging technologies  
Join the conversation. Now is the time for action.

Michael Steele. B. Tech. (C.M.)
Director, Technical Standards / RESCON
Email: michael.steele@rescon.com
RESCON Industry News
September 2014
In this issue, Alek Antoniuk's RESCON CodeLetter #2 reviews the new Ontario Building Code accessibility and barrier-free design requirements of Ontario Regulation 368/13 and how they may affect your building project if you apply for a building permit after January 1, 2015.
RESCON Industry News
August 2014
This issue includes Alek Antoniuk's first article of the RESCON CodeLetter, of a series of articles that will be released throughout the year.

A number of regulatory authorities in Canada publish newsletters to inform code users about code changes::

JURISDICTION
CODE
PUBLICATION
British Columbia Building Code Technical Bulletins
Alberta Building Code STANDATA
Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations Announcements
Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner Bulletins and Announcements
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing Ontario CodeNews (Building Code, including plumbing)
Electrical Safety Authority ESA Newsletters (Electrical)
Technical Standards & Safety Authority Corporate News
(Boilers & Pressure Vessels, Elevating Devices, Hydrocarbon Fuels)
Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management OFM e-Bulletin (developments of interest to the fire safety community, including items pertaining to fire safety standards, legislation and codes)
Régie du bâtiment du Québec Les nouvelles
Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education Building and Plumbing Code Newsletter

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THE UNBEARABLE SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE LEFT
"Passing judgment on other people’s standards seems baked into the DNA of liberals and leftists.
They can’t contain themselves, they HAVE to be condescending.
Justin Trudeau demonstrates it every time he lets slip some sarcastic remark in front of the common folk — “Thanks for your donation,” “We like to say peoplekind.” "

Kelly McParland   
National Post

1:38 PM EDT     April 15, 2019

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