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05-MAY-2022ALBERTA
STANDATA
Gas Codes Notice
Alberta Municipal Affairs has issued a Notice to advise that: the following gas codes were adopted under the Gas Code Regulation (AR 111/2010) and will come into effect on September 1, 2022 under the Safety Codes Act:
  • CSA-B109.1:21 – Compressed natural gas vehicles installation code
  • CSA-B109.2:21 – Liquefied natural gas vehicle installation code
These codes apply to the installation, servicing, and repair of natural gas fuel systems on vehicles for the provision of motive power.
04-MAY-2022ALBERTA
2019 Building Code
STANDATA
Building Code Variance
Alberta Municipal Affairs has advised that certain Professional Schedules related to “19-BCV-024 Schedules of professional involvement” are now available on the Alberta.ca website.
The NBC(AE) Schedules User Guide for the Schedules related to Standata 19-BCV-024 are available from the web site of the  Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.
03-MAY-2022ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #331, dated May 3, 2022, to announce that Ontario Regulation 451/22 was issued to amend the Ontario Building Code.
This regulation was:
•    Made on April 28, 2022;
•    Filed on April 29, 2022; and
•    Published on e-Laws: April 29, 2022
The regulation will be "printed" in The Ontario Gazette on May 14, 2022.

The following amendment came into effect on April 29, 2022:
  • Certain sheds of up to 15 square metres in area exempted from Ontario Building Code requirements
The following amendments will come into effect on July 1, 2022:
  • Removal of certain barriers to multi-residential modular construction
  • Rules for encapsulated mass timber buildings up to 12 storeys high 
  • Revisions to the local building official internship programs
The following amendment will come into effect on November 1, 2022:
  •  New rules for the early and partial occupancy for super tall buildings (i.e., 65 storeys or more)
28-APR-2022ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #329, dated April 28, 2022, to explain that Ontario Regulation 434/22 (see below) was made to incorporate the "Temporary Health or Residential Facilities" administrative requirements that had previously been contained in Ontario Regulation 141/20, made pursuant to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.9.
Since Ontario Regulation 141/20 was revoked on April 27, 2022 and the Ontario government deemed that it was necessary to prolong the SCAMdemic, the requirements of revoked Ontario Regulation 141/20 were transferred to new Ontario Regulation 434/22.
27-APR-2022ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Ontario Regulation 434/22 has been issued to amend the Ontario Building Code.
This regulation was:
•    Made on April 26, 2022;
•    Filed on April 26, 2022; and
•    Published on e-Laws: April 26, 2022
The regulation will be "printed" in The Ontario Gazette on May 14, 2022.

The regulation came into force on April 26, 2022 and adds a new Subsection 1.3.7.   Temporary Health or Residential Facilities to Division C of the Ontario Building Code.

The regulation exempts a temporary health or residential facility and the conversion of all or part of an existing building or structure to a temporary health or residential facility from the requirement to:
•    comply with the Ontario Building Code; and
•    obtain a permit under section 8 or 10 of the Building Code Act.

The regulation will be revoked on March 31, 2023.

Yes, people ..... even the Ontario government knows that getting a permit and complying with the Ontario Building Code is a real pain in the ....
Therefore the government has exempted itself from its own rules.
You know: there are laws for "little people" like you - and there are no laws for the elite.
27-APR-2022ONTARIO
Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997
Ontario Regulation 437/22 has been issued to amend the Ontario Regulation 144/20.
This regulation was:
•    Made on April 26, 2022;
•    Filed on April 26, 2022; and
•    Published on e-Laws: April 26, 2022
The regulation will be printed in The Ontario Gazette on May 14, 2022.

The regulation will be revoked on March 31, 2023.

The regulation contains further exemptions and requirements for a temporary health or residential facilities.
27-APR-2022ONTARIO
2007 Fire Code
Ontario Regulation 319/22 has been issued to amend the Ontario Fire Code.
This 1 page regulation was:
•    Made on March 11, 2022;
•    Filed on April 6, 2022; and
•    Published on e-Laws: April 7, 2022
•    Printed in The Ontario Gazette on April 23, 2022.

It will come into force on the later of the day section 204 of Schedule 1 (Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021) to the Providing More Care, Protecting Seniors, and Building More Beds Act, 2021 comes into force and the day this Regulation is filed.

The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario issued a proclamation that Sched. 1, s. 204 came into force on April 11, 2022.

This Minister's Regulation is administrative in nature and replaces the term: “Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007” with: “Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021” in Clause 9.4.1.1.(1)(b) of Division B of Ontario Regulation 213/07 (Fire Code).
26-APR-2022ALBERTA
2021 Canadian Electrical Code
STANDATA
Electrical Code Variance
Clarence C. Cormier, P. Eng., Provincial Electrical Administrator, has issued the following STANDATA:
The purpose of this variance is to permit liquid-filled transformers to deviate from Rule 2-024 of the Canadian Electrical Code, under certain conditions.
20-APR-2022ALBERTA
2019 Building Code
2021 Canadian Electrical Code
STANDATA
Building Code Interpretation
Electrical Code Interpretation
Paul Chang, Provincial Building Administrator, and Clarence Cormier, Provincial Electrical Administrator, have jointly issued the following STANDATA:
The purpose of this interpretation is to clarify the requirements for installing, altering, or adding to lightning protection systems.
19-APR-2022ALBERTA
2019 Building Code
STANDATA
Building Code Variance
Paul Chang, Provincial Building Administrator, has issued the following Building STANDATA:
The purpose of this variance is to set out the conditions for a building official to accept the use of an unvented roof assembly under Part 9 of the National Building Code-2019 Alberta Edition.
The purpose of this variance is to provide approximately equivalent performance with respect to the thermal resistance for flat and cathedral roofs above attached garages and heated detached garages for residential occupancies.
The purpose of this 21 page variance is to recognize schedules of professional involvement as an alternative solution to the requirements in Articles 2.4.3.1, 2.4.3.2. and 2.4.4.1. of Division C of the National Building Code – 2019 Alberta Edition.
The schedules of professional involvement were first introduced in the 1997 Edition of the Alberta Building Code
(ABC 1997) at the request of the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) and the Association of Professional
Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).
Recently, the AAA and the APEGA provided Alberta Municipal Affairs with revised schedules of professional involvement for use in the Alberta safety codes system. The revised schedules of professional involvement contain major changes to the content, including a different process from what is required by Section 2.4. of Division C of the NBC(AE).
19-APR-2022SASKATCHEWAN
The Construction Codes Act
The Construction Codes Act, S.S. 2021, c.9 (the CC Act) came into effect on January 1, 2022 and replaced the Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Act (the UBAS Act).  It is an Act respecting building, accessibility and energy standards and the inspection of buildings.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations published Explanatory Notes, dated January 2022, to provide users with an explanation of the provisions of the CC Act and the Regulations.

The Building Code Regulations (Saskatchewan Regulations 124/2021) made under the authority of The Construction Codes Act, came into effect on January 1, 2022.

The Energy Code Regulations (Saskatchewan Regulations 125/2021) made under the authority of The Construction Codes Act, came into effect on January 1, 2022.

The Plumbing Code Regulations (Saskatchewan Regulations 126/2021) made under the authority of The Construction Codes Act, came into effect on January 1, 2022.
01-APR-2022ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997
Fire Marshal’s Directive 2022-001
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #328, dated March 17, 2022, to announce that Ontario Regulation 217/22, was made under the Building Code Act, 1992 and will come into force on July 1, 2022.

Ontario Regulation 217/22 requires municipal building departments to notify fire departments (or the clerk of a municipality that does not have a fire department) when a building (other than a house) will be constructed or renovated using lightweight floor or roof systems.

On May 8, 2018, Ontario Regulation 378/18 was filed, and it came into force on July 1, 2019. The regulation requires that by July 1, 2024, every municipality and every fire department in a territory without municipal organization complete a Community Risk Assessment (CRA) and use it to inform decisions on the provision of fire protection services.
On February 25, 2022, the Fire Marshal of Ontario had issued Fire Marshal’s Directive 2022-001 specifying that certain Assistants to the Fire Marshal are required to use information on the presence of truss and lightweight construction systems (commonly referred to as lightweight construction) in a community’s building stock, that is known and documented in the CRA, to inform fire suppression pre-planning activities.  The intent of Fire Marshal’s Directive 2022-001 was to provide firefighters with the necessary information about a building’s structural composition to plan fire suppression activities and help ensure their safety.

Enquiries regarding directive 2022-001, revised technical guideline TG-02-2019 or O. Reg. 378/18 may be directed to Office of the Fire Marshal via email or by Fire Services to their Fire Protection Adviser.

This is not an April Fool's joke.
In Ontario, it takes a provincial regulation to force municipal civil servants to share information and to talk to one another...!
Will the CBO be fined is s/he does not talk to the fire chief?

CodeNews is waiting for the next provincial regulation to force municipal civil servants to show respect for taxpayers.
31-MAR-2022QUÉBEC
La Régie du bâtiment du Québec
Chapter I, Building, Construction Code
The Régie du Building du Québec has announced the publication of a new "Guide sur l’accessibilité des bâtiments" (PDF, 11.1 MB) to promote the accessibility of buildings to persons with reduced mobility.  This educational tool, designed for architects, designers, contractors and other stakeholders, was published as a result of the latest revision of Chapter I, Building, Construction Code, which came into effect on January 8, 2022.
A transitional period of 18 months following the entry into force of the new Chapter I, Building, Construction Code is planned. Construction started after July 7, 2023 must comply with the new standards for the accessibility of buildings to persons with disabilities.
31-MAR-2022QUÉBEC
La Régie du bâtiment du Québec
The Régie du Building du Québec has announced the publication of the revised 2022 edition of the "Bâtiments de construction massive en bois encapsulé d’au plus 12 étages -Directives et guide explicatif  - Version révisée 2022".  (PDF, 5.3 MB)
This updated edition, which incorporates the latest advances in the field of encapsulated timber construction, is available for free download on the RBQ website.
This new version of the document is based on the changes that will be made to the National Building Code 2020 and the National Fire Prevention Code 2020.
28-MAR-2022CANADA
2020 National Building Code
2020 National Fire Code
2020 National Plumbing Code
2020 National Energy Code for Buildings
2020 model national codes
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has published, on March 28, 2022, the following national model codes, developed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, for free, in electronic format:
The 2020 national model codes are available for free, in electronic format, through the NRC’s Publications Archive and for purchase, in printed format, from the NRC's Virtual Store.
04-MAR-2022 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code Compendium
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #326, dated March 4, 2022, to announce that a digital English language version of the 2012 Building Code Compendium available upon request for personal, non-commercial, and commercial uses (under a ministry-approved licensing agreement).

The digital version is the Building Code, current as of January 1, 2022, includes recent amendments relating to:
•    building permits and inspections for tiny homes
•    remote inspections for all buildings

Visit the Ontario government website to request a  free copy of the digital English language version of the 2012 Building Code Compendium.

Amendment packages for the hardcopy version of the Compendium will be made available through Publications Ontario.
02-MAR-2022 ASC/CSA B651, Accessible Design for the Built Environment Joe Rogers, P. Eng., Building Code Coordinator, Province of Nova Scotia has kindly advised that the Canadian Standards Association is holding a public review, from February 23, 2022 until April 24, 2022, of the draft of the next edition of the ASC/CSA B651, Accessible Design for the Built Environment standard.
The purpose of the standard is to specify technical requirements on how to make buildings and the exterior built environment accessible and safely usable by persons with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities.
Registration is required to view the draft standard and submit comments on the ASC/CSA B651 Public Review Site
15-FEB-2022 ALBERTA
2021 Canadian Electrical Code
STANDATA
Electrical  Variance
Electrical Interpretation
Electrical Bulletin
Clarence C. Cormier, P.Eng., Provincial Electrical Administrator, Alberta Municipal Affairs – Technical and Corporate Services, has issued the following Electrical STANDATA:
Electrical STANDATA Variances:
Electrical STANDATA Interpretations:
Electrical STANDATA Bulletins:
14-FEB-2022 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Public Consultation
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing posted an announcement, dated February 11, 2022, on the Regulatory Registry, that it is consulting on Proposal 22-MMAH003, which proposes amendments to the 2012 Ontario Building Code to support the More Homes, More Choice: Ontario's Housing Supply Action Plan.
The proposed amendments address:
  • Phased occupancy of "super-tall" buildings
  • Modular construction of larger buildings, including multi-unit residential buildings
  • Establishing a truss and lightweight construction notification program for firefighter safety
Refer to the Ministry's discussion paper for more details.
Comments on the proposed change are due by March 14, 2022
13-FEB-2022 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Public Consultation on Sheds
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing posted an announcement, dated February 9, 2022, on the Regulatory Registry, that it is consulting on Proposal 22-MMAH002, that would exempt certain sheds that are under 15 m2 in area from Ontario Building Code requirements, including building permit requirements.
Refer to the Ministry's draft wording of the proposed change for more details.
Comments on the proposed change are due by March 12, 2022.
27-JAN-2022 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Public Consultation
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has posted announcements on the Regulatory Registry and the Environmental Registry that a public consultation on proposed changes for the next edition of  the Ontario Building Code (OBC) is being held from January 27, 2022 until March 13, 2022.

This is the second phase of consultations for the next edition of Ontario’s Building Code.  The code change proposals in this phase are intended to align the Ontario Building Code with the 2020 National Construction Codes, in order to minimize new variations between the next edition of Ontario’s Building Code and the National Construction Codes.
The main topics in this phase of consultation include:
  • Farm buildings
  • Encapsulated mass timber construction
  • Earthquake and structural design
  • Accessibility
  • Energy efficiency
  • Fire safety and fire protection systems
  • Safety glazing
  • Plumbing
  • Home-type care occupancies
  • Others: stairs/ ramps/ handrail/ guide design, use and egress, insulated concrete forms, and corrosion resistant ties
The following documents have been posted for review:
In its analysis of the impact of these proposed changes, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing claims that:
"There are no new administrative costs anticipated for regulated entities."

The above statement is almost as good as:  "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you."
Who are they fooling..........!
25-JAN-2022 ALBERTA
STANDATA
Gas Codes Notice
The following STANDATA Notice is now available:
The Notice reminds users of the Alberta Gas Code Regulation that following gas codes were adopted under the Gas Code Regulation (AR 111/2010) and came into effect on February 1, 2021 under the Safety Codes Act:
  • CSA-B149.1-20 – Natural gas and propane installation code
  • CSA-B149.2-20 – Propane storage and handling code
  • CSA-B149.3-20 – Code for the field approval of fuel-burning appliances and equipment
  • CSA-B149.5-20 – Installation code for propane fuel systems and tanks on highway vehicles
  • CSA-B109-17 – Natural gas for vehicles installation code
The following gas codes were adopted under the Gas Code Regulation (AR 111/2010) and will come into effect on February 1, 2022 under the Safety Codes Act:
  • CSA-B108.1-21 – compressed natural gas refuelling stations installation code
  • CSA-B108.2-21 – liquefied natural gas refuelling stations installation code
24-JAN-2022 ALBERTA
2019 Building Code
2019 Alberta Fire Code
STANDATA
Building Code Variance
Building Code Interpretation
Fire Code Variance
Paul Chang, Provincial Building Administrator, has issued the following Building STANDATA:
The purpose of this Variance is to clarify the intent of off-site review as applicable to off-site construction of buildings.
The purpose of this Interpretation is to  further clarify when a request for relaxation of barrier-free requirements is appropriate.

Tina Parker, Provincial Fire Administrator, has issued the following Fire STANDATA:
The purpose of this Variance is to provide an effective alternative solution that ensures portable fire extinguishers are available at Paramount Resources' remote unstaffed energy transmission facilities for the use by employees and/or contractors in the event of a fire.
18-JAN-2022 ALBERTA
2021 Canadian Electrical Code
STANDATA Electrical Notice
The following STANDATA Electrical Notice is now available:
The 2021 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I (twenty-fifth edition) automatically comes into force on February 1,
2022 throughout the Province of Alberta.
Persons who have received permission (or a permit) by the authority having jurisdiction to undertake electrical
installations regulated under the previous 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I (twenty-fourth edition) prior to
February 1, 2022 will be considered in compliance with the Safety Codes Act. Installations permitted on or after
February 1, 2022 are required to conform to the new 2021 edition of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I.
18-JAN-2022 ALBERTA
2019 Alberta Fire Code
2019 Building Code
2015 National Plumbing Code of Canada
STANDATA
Fire Code Interpretation
Building Code Interpretation
Plumbing Code Interpretation
The following joint fire, building, and plumbing joint Interpretation STANDATA, issued by:
• Tina Parker, Provincial Fire Administrator
• Paul Chang, Provincial Building Administrator
• Sidney Manning, Provincial Plumbing Administrator
 is now available:
The purpose of this Interpretation is to clarify the intent of the National Fire Code – 2019 Alberta Edition (NFC(AE)) service provider qualifications for the verification (where applicable), installation, inspection, testing and maintenance of the following fire protection and life safety systems:
• special fire suppression systems,
• portable fire extinguishers,
• fire alarm and voice communication systems,
• sprinkler systems,
• water-based fire protection systems, and
• integrated fire protection and life safety systems.
This Interpretation also provides guidance regarding the qualifications of service providers for the cleaning of commercial cooking equipment exhaust systems and certification of contractors that conduct installations, removals, maintenance, and repairs of aboveground and underground storage tank systems.
18-JAN-2022 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #321, dated January 18, 2022, to announce that Ontario Regulation 867/21, made under the Building Code Act, 1992, came into force on January 1, 2022.

O. Reg. 867/21 was:
  • filed on December 20, 2021;
  • published on e-Laws on December 20, 2021; and
  • printed in The Ontario Gazette on January 8, 2022.
O. Reg. 867/21 contains the following categories of amendments to the 2012 Ontario Buildings Code:
  • building permits and inspections for tiny homes
  • remote inspections for all buildings
  • housekeeping amendments
Tiny Homes Amendments:
  • creates a two-permit system for tiny homes that are constructed in one municipality and are to be located and occupied in another municipality.
  • allows building permit applicants to obtain a building permit and have “off site” inspections done by the building official in the municipality where the home is constructed.
  • requires building permit applicants to obtain a second building permit in the municipality where the tiny home will be located demonstrating compliance with site-specific conditions such as applicable law and requirements related to siting the tiny home, including ingress/egress, foundations and anchoring.
  • sets out responsibilities for the building officials in each municipality.
  • sets out how the mandatory timelines apply in this two-permit system when two different municipalities are involved.
Remote Inspection Amendment (Article 1.3.5.3. of Division C of the Building Code):
  • clarifies that building officials have discretion to use alternative inspection methods when conducting inspections on the construction of buildings such as remote inspections and other means.
Four "Housekeeping" Amendments:
  • updates outdated references to other statutes in the list of applicable law to account for changes made in 2021 by the new Ontario Land Tribunal Act, 2021, as well as changes to the Ontario Heritage Act.
05-JAN-2022 BRITISH COLUMBIA
2018 Building Code
Dan Coulter, British Columbia Parliamentary Secretary for Accessibility, announced on January 5, 2022, that the on-line survey on how to make new buildings in British Columbia accessible has been extended from December 9, 2021 until January 13, 2022 at 4pm.
The on-line survey is now available in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Punjabi, French, and English.
04-JAN-2022 CITY OF VANCOUVER
2019 Vancouver Building By-law
2019 Vancouver Plumbing By-law
On January 4, 2022, BC Publications announced that Revision 3 to the 2019 Vancouver Building By-law (Book I) and the 2019 Vancouver Plumbing By-law (Book II), that includes the consolided amendments effective as of January 1, 2022, has now been published on the BC Publications web site (select "Vancouver Building By-law 2019" or "Vancouver Plumbing By-law 2019", as applicable).

For users of the binder version of the By-laws:
  • the revised pages of the binder version of Book I may be downloaded for printing.
  • the revised pages of the binder version of Book II may be downloaded for printing.
29-DEC-2021 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #320, dated December 29, 2021, to announce the following revised Building Code related fees for registrations for building practitioners regulated under the Building Code Act, 1992, effective on January 1, 2022:
  • $120 fee for initial registration or reinstatement or annual renewal of registrations for: 
    • building officials 
    • on-site sewage system installers 
    • other designers
  • $189 fee for initial registration or reinstatement of registrations for designers or design firms
  • $142 fee for annual renewal of registrations for designers or design firms
  • $41 fee for updating class of registrations for designers or design firms
  • $452 fee for initial registration or reinstatement of registrations for registered code agencies 
  • $333 fee for annual renewal of registrations for registered code agencies
  • $77 fee for updating class of registrations for registered code agencies
  • $198 application fee to the Building Code Commission
  • $11,000 application fee to the Building Materials Evaluation Commission (no change from previous year)
  • $651 application fee for a Minister's Ruling pursuant to Article 2.4.1.2. of Div. C of the Ontario Building Code
21-DEC-2021 ALBERTA
2019 Energy Code
STANDATA
Interpretation
Paul Chang, Provincial Building Administrator, Alberta Municipal Affairs, has issued the following STANDATA Interpretation:
The purpose of this Interpretation is to assist in identifying certain types and uses of oil and gas industry buildings that shelter processing equipment which have been determined to be exempt under the National Building Code-2019 Alberta Edition (NBC(AE)) Section 9.36 or the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2017 (NECB 2017).
20-DEC-2021 CANADA
2020 National Building Code
2020 National Fire Code
2020 National Plumbing Code
2020 National Energy Code for Buildings
Thomas Ferguson, Director, Research and Development, Built Environment Regulations and Specifications, National Research Council Canada has advised that the 2020 editions of the National Building Code of Canada, the National Fire Code of Canada, the National Plumbing Code of Canada, and the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings are expected to be published in the first quarter of 2022.
Provinces and territories have been provided with advance copies of the changes to the national model codes so that they may prepare for adoption and enforcement of new provisions, as applicable, through their building regulations.
Many thanks to Joe Rogers P.Eng, Building Code Coordinator, NS Office of the Fire Marshal, Department of Municipal Affairs, for providing this information.
10-DEC-2021 ALBERTA
2019 Building Code
CSA B149.1 - Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code
STANDATA
Bulletin
Alberta Municipal Affairs and the Alberta Safety Codes Council have published the following Bulletin:
The purpose of the Bulletin is to explain the minimum code requirements to ensure safe and effective venting of gas-fired appliances.
09-DEC-2021 ONTARIO
Electricity Act, 1998
2021 Electrical Safety Code, 28th Edition
The Ontario Electrical Safety Authority's website has announced that Ontario Regulation 771/21 was filed on November 17, 2021 to revoke Ontario Regulation 164/99  and to adopt a new Electrical Safety Code.
Ontario's new 2021 Electrical Safety Code consists of the CSA Canadian Electrical Code Part I, C22.1:21, as amended by the Ontario Electrical Safety Authority's “Ontario Amendments to the Canadian Electrical Code Part 1, C22.1”, dated September 9, 2021.

The new 2021 Ontario Electrical Safety Code (28th Edition) comes into force on May 5, 2022.

Unlike the Canadian federal and provincial Building and Plumbing Codes, the 2021 Electrical Safety Code is not free.

The electronic .PDF version of the Code is now available from the CSA Group's on-line store.
The paper format will be available late January 2022.

In order to find out what the law is concerning electrical issues in Ontario, you will have to pay:
  • $199 + HST for the PDF copy or
  • $223 +HST for the paper copy.
29-NOV-2021 ALBERTA
2021 Alberta Private Sewage Systems Standard of Practice
Notice
Alberta Municipal Affairs advised on November 25, 2021, that that the following Private Sewage Notice is available:
The Alberta Safety Codes Council recently published the 2021 Alberta Private Sewage Systems Standard of
Practice
, which was adopted in Alberta's Private Sewage Systems Disposal Regulation.
The 2015 version of the of the Alberta Private Sewage Systems Standard of Practice will continue to remain in-force until October 31, 2022 and applies to permit applications received up to October 31, 2022.
Permit applications received on or after November 1, 2022 must meet the requirements for the new version in regards to sewage system design and installation.
Congratulations to the Province of Alberta for providing adequate time for everyone to prepare for the new 2021 edition before it comes into effect on November 1, 2022 ....!
29-NOV-2021 ALBERTA
2019 Building Code
2018 Canadian Electrical Code
STANDATA
Building Code Interpretation
Electrical Code Interpretation
Alberta Municipal Affairs advised on November 25, 2021, that that the following joint Building Code & Electrical Code STANDATA Interpretation is now available:
The purpose of this Interpretation is to clarify: the requirements for installing, altering, or adding to lightning protection systems.
25-NOV-2021 BRITISH COLUMBIA
2018 Building Code
2019 Vancouver Building By-law
On November 25, 2021, Jun‘ichi Jensen, Acting Executive Director of the British Columbia Building and Safety Standards Branch advised that a new edition of the Guide to the Letters of Assurance in the BC Building Code 2018 and Vancouver Building By-law 2019 has been published. It has been updated with references to the BC Building Code 2018 and the Vancouver Building By-law 2019.
The Guide contains:
  • Updated information regarding the roles, responsibilities, and activities of key participants in the building regulatory system
  • New flow charts and internal links for better navigability on digital displays
  • Information related to the new Professional Governance Act
  • References to practice guidelines published by the Architectural Institute of BC and Engineers and Geoscientists BC
04-NOV-2021 CITY OF VANCOUVER
2019 Vancouver Building By-law
On November 4, 2021, BC Publications announced that the revised 2019 Vancouver Building By-law (Book I), including the consolided amendments effective as of June 1, 2021, has now been published on the BC Publications web site (select "Vancouver Building By-law 2019").
For users of the binder version of the By-law, the revised pages may be downloaded for printing.
28-OCT-2021 BRITISH COLUMBIA
2018 Building Code
Dan Coulter, British Columbia Parliamentary Secretary for Accessibility, announced on October 28, 2021 that the British Columbia Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing and the Parliamentary Secretary for Accessibility are working to update the BC Building Code to make new buildings more accessible.

An on-line survey is being conducted from October 28, 2021 to December 9, 2021 to obtain feedback about barriers and priorities to enhance accessibility requirements in new buildings.  Feedback will be accepted until 4pm on December 9, 2021.

Background information about the BC Building Code has been posted to help you fill out the survey.
21-OCT-2021 ALBERTA
2019 Building Code
2019 Alberta Fire Code
STANDATA
Building Code Interpretation
Fire Code Interpretation
Alberta Municipal Affairs advised on October 21, 2021, that that the following joint Building Code & Fire Code STANDATA Interpretation is now available:
The purpose of this Interpretation is to clarify:
  • the applicable requirements of the National Fire Code-2019 Alberta Edition  and the National Building Code-2019 Alberta Edition for fixed fire suppression and exhaust systems for commercial cooking
  • the training requirements for kitchen exhaust cleaning personnel within the Province of Alberta.
20-OCT-2021 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Public Consultation
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #318, dated October 20, 2021, to announce public consultations on proposed changes for the next edition of  the Ontario Building Code (OBC).   The consultations will consist of two phases:
  • Fall 2021 Consultation
The code amendment proposals in the Fall 2021 Consultation consist of:
  • Existing technical variations between Ontario’s Building Code and the National Construction Codes
  • Ontario-only changes
  • Low-impact existing technical variations
The proposed changes will be discussed during focused engagement sessions with selected stakeholders starting in November, 2021.
Comments on the proposed changes are due by December 4, 2021.
  • Winter 2022 Consultation
A further consultation is planned in 2022 on changes related to the new 2020 Canadian National Construction Codes and a separate notice requesting feedback will be announced at a later date.

The Proposed Changes for the Next Edition of Ontario's Building Code (Fall Consultation) - Proposal Number 21-MMAH030 was posted on Ontario's Regulatory Registry on October 20, 2021.

The following documents are available for download:
While CodeNews.ca supports the harmonization of construction regulations, it is important to maintain those Ontario code provisions that give Ontario a competitive advantage in design, manufacturing, and construction.
Let's not cripple our industires by shooting outselves in the foot.
IN OTHER WORDS:  DON'T THROW OUT THE BABY WITH THE BATHWATER.
16-SEP-2021 ALBERTA
2015 National Plumbing Code of Canada
STANDATA Plumbing Bulletin
Alberta Private Sewage Systems Standard of Practice
STANDATA Private Sewage Bulletin
Alberta Municipal Affairs advised on September 16, 2021, that that the following STANDATA are now available:
The purpose of this bulletin is to inform the plumbing industry of requirements for installations where the sewage from a plumbing system is discharged into a municipal sewage collection system.
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide clarity on the alarm requirement for on-site wastewater treatment systems.
14-SEP-2021 ONTARIO
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Building and Development Branch
Ontario's Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced to its staff on September 13, 2021 that a new Planning and Growth Division will be created on September 20, 2021 to integrate policy portfolios related to provincial, regional, and municipal land use planning, as well as buildings and construction.
The Planning and Growth Division will consist of:
  • Provincial Land Use Plans Branch
  • Planning Policy Branch
  • Building and Development Branch
Many thanks to Leo Longo of Aird & Berlis LLP for providing this information.
13-SEP-2021 ALBERTA
2018 Canadian Electrical Code
STANDATA Electrical Bulletins
STANDATA Electrical Variance
2019 Alberta Building Code
2019 Alberta Fire Code
STANDATA Fire Variance
Alberta Municipal Affairs advised on September 13, 2021, that that the following STANDATA are now available:
08-SEP-2021 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Public Consultation on "Tiny Homes" and Remote Inspections
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #316, dated September 8, 2021, to announce a public consultation on proposed changes to the Ontario Building Code related to building permits and inspections for Tiny Homes and to clarify the requirements for remote inspections.
The announcement was posted on Ontario's Regulatory Registry on September 8, 2021.
Comments are due by October 23, 2021.
Download a discussion paper titled "Discussion Paper – Proposed Changes to the Building Code for Tiny Homes and Remote Inspections - August 2021"
07-SEP-2021 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Building Code Guides
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #315, dated September 7, 2021, to announce that the following three updates guides, that reflect changes to the 2012 Building Code Compendium amended December 16, 2020, are now available:
  • 2020 Code and Guide for Sewage Systems (price: $40.00)
  • 2020 Code and Guide for Plumbing (price: $40.00)
  • 2020 Ontario Code and Construction Guide for Housing (price: $90 for the softcover version)
The Code and Construction Guide for Housing provides relevant information on requirements for house construction and  includes provisions on stairs, guards and handrails that come into effect on January 1, 2022.
All guides are available for purchase at the Publications Ontario web site.
02-SEP-2021 ALBERTA
2019 Building Code
STANDATA
Building Code Interpretation
Fire Code Interpretation
Paul Chang, Alberta Municipal Affairs Provincial Building Administrator, has graciously advised that the following joint STANDATA Building/Fire Interpretation is now available:
The purpose of this Interpretation is to clarify the applicable requirements of the National Fire Code-2019 Alberta Edition  and the National Building Code-2019 Alberta Edition for occupancies licensed to provide overnight childcare services.
02-SEP02021 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Transit Corridor Lands
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #314, dated September 2, 2021, to announce that Order in Council 690/2021, designating the transit corridor lands for the Ontario Line in the City of Toronto, came into force on June 3, 2021.
Properties that fall on, or within 30 meters of, the designated transit corridor lands for this project are subject to certain conditions set out in the Building Transit Faster Act, 2020.  This includes the requirement to obtain a corridor development permit from Metrolinx to build, alter, or place a building or other structure on designated transit corridor lands, in addition to any required municipal permits, licences and/or approvals before work can proceed.
As of June 3, 2021, corridor development permits are applicable law under the Ontario Building Code for any building permit application on, or within 30 metres of, the designated transit corridor lands for the Ontario Line in the City of Toronto.

Background:

On December 16, 2020, the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing made Ontario Regulation 762/20, to amend Ontario’s Building Code to update the list of applicable laws to align with the Building Transit Faster Act, 2020.
On March 12, 2021, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation delegated certain functions, including the administration of corridor development permits, in the Building Transit Faster Act, 2020 to Metrolinx. This delegation of functions was intended to streamline project delivery and support accelerated completion of priority transit projects.

For more information:

26-AUG-2021 QUÉBEC
La Régie du bâtiment du Québec
On August 26, 2021, the Régie du Building du Québec (RBQ) announced the following new measures to protect the public and enhance quality in the construction industry:
  • Qualification and continuing mandatory training for contractors
As of April 1, 2022, construction supervisors will have to complete a minimum of 16 hours of continuing education every 2 years.  This requirement will affect more than 21,000 companies.
The RBQ is setting up unique, updated, computerized exams, which will allow for accelerated marking, a rigorous validation of skills and the faster issuance of licenses.
  • Increase the number of Inspectors and Inspections
The RBQ plans to increase its presence in the field by hiring almost 130 new staff by 2022. Of these, more than 70% will focus on inspections and investigations.
  • Information for the Public
The RBQ plans to provide more information to consumers to help them make informed choices concerning their contractors. The complaint process will also be revised as well as the protection offered to the public.
26-AUG-2021 QUÉBEC
Le Bureau de normalisation du Québec
On June 20, 2021, the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) announced the publication of the first reference standard for the investigation and rehabilitation of buildings contaminated by dry rot. The Régie du Building du Québec collaborated on the work as a member of the standardization committee.
Dry rot is a fungus that feeds on wood and destroys it. It is a destructive and hard-to-control fungus that frequently attacks houses in Quebec.
Download a free copy of BNQ Standard 3009-610, "Dry Rot Contamination of Dwellings - Investigation and Rehabilitation of the Building" contains information concerning best practices for decontamination work, corrective work and communication with the customer.
This publication is only available in the French language.
03-AUG-2021 QUÉBEC
Le Bureau de normalisation du Québec
Le Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) is holding a public consultation on a draft standard, BNQ 3009-500 - "Practices for the Inspection of a Residential Building", which is intended to be a consensus standard to establish and standardize building inspection practices for housing and would be applicable to all categories of residential building in Québec.
The consultation, in the French language, commenced on July 5, 2021 and will end on October 3, 2021.
To comment on the proposed standard, visit the BNQ Consultation web site.
03-AUG-2021 ALBERTA
2019 Building Code
STANDATA
Errata to the Building Code
Alberta Municipal Affairs advised on August 3, 2021, that that the following Building Code STANDATA is now available:
The purpose of this STANDATA is to correct an error in section 3.8 of Div. B of the National Building Code-2019 Alberta Edition related to accessible examination and treatment rooms.
21-JUL-2021 CANADA
National Research Council of Canada
National Guide for Wildland-Urban Interface Fires
The National Research Council of Canada has published the 2021 National Guide for Wildland-Urban Interface Fires.
The Guide is intended to mitigate the growing risk of damage and loss due to Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) fires by improving the resilience of buildings, infrastructure and communities to wildfire.
This 162 page Guide provides support for diminishing the risk in the WUI areas of Canada and includes information on:
•    hazard and exposure assessment
•    vegetation management and construction measures
•    community planning and resources
•    emergency planning and outreach
The Guide is a comprehensive resource for anyone working towards minimizing the impact of WUI fires on buildings, infrastructure and communities and improving their resilience, including local governments and authorities, planners, emergency managers, developers, insurers, and property owners.
13-JUL-2021 BRITISH COLUMBIA
2019 Vancouver Plumbing By-law
Revision 2
The revised sections of the 2019 Vancouver Plumbing By-law (Book II), effective as of June 1, 2021 have now been published on the BC Publications website.
The consolidated edition of the 2019 Vancouver Plumbing By-law (including Revision 2) is posted here.
A “Point in time” folder has been created which allows you to view the content as it read prior to June 1, 2021. The “Point in time” folders are accessible within each Part (if applicable).
Amendments to the 2019 Vancouver Building By-law (Book I) effective as of June 1, 2021 will be published later this year.
Also, the Chief Building Official of Vancouver had advised earlier, on June 1, 2021, that Section D-2.11. in Appendix D of the January 1, 2021 consolidation of the Vancouver Building By-law amendments was not correctly updated along with the rest of the online Building By-law amendments. This omission has now been corrected, and consolidated text matching the enactment of Building By-law #12715 has now included removing the discrepancy between this and other versions.
02-JUN-2021 CANADA
Canadian Free Trade Agreement
Joe Rogers P.Eng, Building Code Coordinator, NS Office of the Fire Marshal, Department of Municipal Affairs, has kindly advised that the Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table (RCT) established under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) has published the full text of the Reconciliation Agreement on Construction Codes that was signed by all federal, territorial, and provincial governments.
The Agreement is intended to:
  • Reduce or eliminate differences and variations in the technical provision of construction codes in Canada;
  • Ensure timely adoption of construction codes;
  • Transform the national code development system to meet the needs of all parties;
  • Provide freely available national and construction codes.
31-MAY-2021 ALBERTA
2019 Building Code
STANDATA
Building Code Variance
Alberta Municipal Affairs advised on May 31, 2021, that that the following Building Code Variance is now available:
The purpose of this variance is to allow the use of Structural Insulated Panels in buildings constructed under Part 9 of the National Building Code – 2019 Alberta Edition.
24-MAY-2021 CANADA
2017 National Energy Code for Buildings.
Codes Canada announced on May 21, 2021 that Natural Resources Canada, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and CSA Group have worked together to develop training courses to help users apply the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) 2017 (as well as videos) targeted to contractors, designers and building officials.
The following NECB 2017 on-line training courses are self-paced and interactive:
The following training videos explain the full and abridged compliance checklists for the NECB 2015/2017:
While the full checklist can be used for any project, the abridged checklist can only be used for projects following the prescriptive compliance path. The Designer Perspective videos explain how to complete the checklists. The Enforcement Perspective videos, which are targeted to building officials, explain how to review the checklists.
These training materials complement the NECB 2017, which is available in print format in the NRC Virtual Store, and in free electronic format from the NRC Publications Archive.
18-MAY-2021 ALBERTA
2019 Building Code
STANDATA
Building Code Variance
Alberta Municipal Affairs advised on May 18, 2021, that that the following Building Code Variance is now available:
This variance covers the use of steel rung-type ladders or “ship’s ladders” / “fixed industrial stairs” as an alternative for interior stairways for accessing rooftop HVAC equipment.
12-MAY-2021 ALBERTA
Alberta Private Sewage Systems SOP
On May 12, 2021, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the availability of the following guidance document:
Temporary Onsite Wastewater Treatment System at Work Camps: Guidance Document
Due to the temporary nature of work camps, it is difficult to apply the Alberta Private Sewage Systems Standard of Practice (SOP) to this industry.  Alberta Municipal Affairs has developed this guidance document to clarify existing and new requirements for sewage treatment and disposal systems in the work camp industry. This guidance document applies to daily sewage effluent volumes of less than 25 m3 (5500 Imperial gallons). Greater effluent volumes (more than 25 m3) are under the jurisdiction of Alberta Environment and Parks. The guidance document applies to existing work camp variance holders, new variance applications, and management plans. These guidelines ensure consistent requirements are maintained and enforced throughout the work camp industry.
06-MAY-2021 CITY OF VANCOUVER
2019 Vancouver Building and Plumbing By-laws
On May 6, 2021, BC Publications announced that the consolidation of amendments to the 2019 Vancouver Building By-law (Book I and Book II) effective as of January 1, 2021 has now been published onlinein its Public Library.
A “Point in time” folder has been created which allows viewing the content as it read prior to January 1, 2021. The “Point in time” folders are accessible within each Part if applicable.
For users of the binder versions of the By-laws, the revised sections of the By-laws may be downloaded from:
28-APR-2021 ONTARIO
TSSA
Gaseous Fuels Code Adoption Document
Propane Code Adoption Document
Oil and GasPipelineSystems CodeAdoption Document
Zenon Fraczkowski, P.Eng, Manager of Fuels Engineering, Program Administration, Technical Standards & Safety Authority advised on April 28, 2021 that the TSSA Director has amended the Gaseous Fuels Code Adoption Document (CAD).  CAD FS-255-21 was published on March 1, 2021 and becomes effective on May 1, 2021.  This CAD amendment supersedes CAD FS-225-17 (dated April 10, 2017).  However CAD FS-225-17 will continue to apply until May 1, 2021.

Significant changes made by this new CAD amendment include:
  • Adoption of the B149.1-20 Natural gas and propane installation code (with Ontario amendments) including the addition of:
  •     Annex O “Field Approval of Special Effects”;
  •     Annex P “Installation of piping or tubing in rocky areas”:
  •     Annex Q“Mandatory Safety Checks for Residential (one or two family dwelling) Natural Draft Boilers Equipped with a Draft Control Device 300,000 Btuh or less”:
  •     Annex R “Existing B-Vent (not certified for exterior applications) which has been installed outdoors”:
  •     Annex S “Mobile Food Service Equipment”.
  • Adoption of TSSA Field Approval Code TSSA-FA-2020 (which adopts B149.3-20)
  • Adoption of TSSA Digester, Landfill & Biogas Code TSSA-DLB-2020 (which adopts B149.6-20)
  • Adoption of TSSA High Pressure piping Code TSSA-HPP-2020
  • Adoption of TSSA Field Approval Code for Mobile Food Service Equipment”, TSSA-MFSE-2020
An amendment to the Propane Code Adoption Document was published on December 8, 2020 and came into effect on February 8, 2021.
The major changes implemented in CAD FS-254-20 were:
  • Adoption of B149.2-20 for propane storage and handling requirements
  • Adoption of, B149.5-20 for propane vehicle conversion requirements
  • Adoption of B149.1-20 for appliances and equipment on highway vehicles, mobile units, etc. when propane is used for fuel purposes
  • Adoption of TSSA-FA-2020 -Field Approval Code for appliances on those units that are not approved
  • Adoption of Mobile Food Service Equipment Code for appliances on those units that are not approved
An amendment to the Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems Code Adoption Document was published on December 8, 2020 and came into effect on February 8, 2021.  A major change implemented in CAD FS-253-20 was the adoption of a new edition of CSA Z662-19 Oil and gas pipeline systems, as well as minor editorial changes.
13-APR-2021 ALBERTA
2019 Building Code
STANDATA
Building Code Interpretation
Building Code Variance
Building Code Bulletin
Alberta Municipal Affairs advised on April 13, 2021, that the following 3 Building Code STANDATA are now available:
The purpose of this interpretation is to provide clarification when manufactured engineered components need not be designed by a registered engineering professional.
The purpose of this variance is to recognize the acceptability of CSA A277 certification in place of the Alberta labeling program for relocatable industrial camp buildings.
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide guidance on when a building permit is required.
09-APR-2021 QUÉBEC
Construction Code
Chapter I.1 – Energy Efficiency of Buildings, and National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2015 (amended)
Codes Canada Publication Sales has announced that, as of March 22, 2021, the Quebec Construction Code, Chapter I.1 – Energy Efficiency of Buildings, and National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2015 (amended) is available now in print format and free electronic format through the NRC Virtual Store.

This new document is published by the National Research Council of Canada on behalf of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec.

The document sets out technical requirements for the energy efficient design and construction of new buildings, additions, and public swimming pools in Quebec. These requirements are expected to improve the overall energy performance of buildings by 27.9%, on average, relative to the existing energy efficiency requirements in effect in Quebec since 1983.

The document contains both new Chapter I.1, Energy Efficiency of Buildings, of the Quebec Construction Code and an amended National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2015 clearly indicating the changes adopted by the province of Quebec. With its reader-friendly format, this document is an indispensable tool for building designers, energy consultants and subcontractors, construction professionals, and regulatory officials in Quebec.
07-APR-2021 CANADA
National Building Code
National Fire Code
National Plumbing Code
National Energy Code for Buildings.
Paul Chang, Alberta Municipal Affairs Provincial Building Administrator, has graciously advised that the Canadian model national codes are now available for direct download.  In other words, one is no longer required to set up an account and log in to view a document.
Recent model national codes available for direct download include:
Other code documents may be found by searching the NRC Publications Archive.
07-APR-2021 ALBERTA
2019 Building Code
Alberta Municipal Affairs advised on April 7, 2021, that its Building Codes and Standards Web Page has been updated to provide direct references to its Building Codes, Standards, Guidelines and Forms.
The following Codes are listed:

Codes Currently In Force in Alberta:
Historical Alberta Building Codes
Historical National Energy Codes for Buildings (NECB)
02-MAR-2021 NEW BRUNSWICK
General Regulation –
Building Code Administration Act
Barrier-FreeDesign Building Code  Regulation –
Building Code Administration Act
The Province of News Brunswick filed Regulation 2021-2 under the Building Code Administration Act to amend
the General Regulation – Building Code Administration Act on January 28, 2021.  This regulation adopts the following National Codes of Canada in New Brunswick:
  • National Building Code of Canada 2015
  • National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011
Also, Regulation 2021-3 was filed under the Building Code Administration Act to amend the Barrier-FreeDesign Building Code  Regulation – uilding Code Administration Act on January 28, 2021.

Both regulations came into force on February 1, 2021.

CodeNews.ca thanks:
Dana Scherf, P.Eng.,
Director, Code and Life Safety,
Principal; Senior Code Consultant
Morrison Hershfield

for alerting us to this news.
22-FEB-2021 QUÉBEC
Construction Code
Chapter III, Plumbing
A regulation (Décret 65-2021) amending Chapter III, Plumbing, of the Construction Code (Chapter B-1.1, r. 2) was published in the Gazette officielle du Québec, on February 10, 2021, to incorporate the 2015 National Plumbing Code - Canada, along with modifications to adapt it to the specific needs of Québec. It also retains several Québec modifications made in previous editions.
The main changes introduced by this regulation are:
  • more stringent and comprehensive requirements for potable water conservation
  • new articles to address the use of stainless steel piping
  • a ban on the installation of piping containing asbestos
  • updating the editions of the referenced standards
  • the introduction of a standard on oil separators, which governs their manufacture and performance in order to restrict oil discharges into sewers (among others, for mechanical maintenance garages)
  • adding additional benchmarks to meet the requirement to sell certified plumbing products
Décret 65-2021 will come into force on March 27, 2021 and includes a six-month transition period, during which either the current 2010 NPC edition or the new 2015 NPC edition may be used.
22-FEB-2021 QUÉBEC
Ventilation and Transmission of COVID-19 in Schools and Care Facilities
The Québec Ministry of Health and Social Services has published a report on the ventilation and transmission of COVID-19 in schools and in care facilities.
The report is titiled:  "VENTILATION ET TRANSMISSION DE LA COVID-19 EN MILIEU SCOLAIRE ET EN MILIEU DE SOINS RAPPORT DU GROUPE D’EXPERTS SCIENTIFIQUES ET TECHNIQUES (JANVIER 2021)"
This 38 page report was prepared by a group of scientific and technical experts along with the Régie du bâtiment du Québec and made 19 recommendations.
06-FEB-2021 ALBERTA
2019 Building Code
STANDATA
Application for Barrier-Free Relaxation
Alberta Municipal Affairs advised on February 4, 2021, that the Application for Barrier Free Relaxation form has been updated.
View the latest version of the form on the Alberta Municipal Affairs website, where you can download a .pdf version of the Application for Barrier-Free Relaxation or you can submit the application electronically.
02-FEB-2021 ALBERTA
Gas  Code  Regulation
STANDATA Gas Code Variance
STANDATA Gas Safety Information Bulletin
Alberta Municipal Affairs advised on February 2, 2021, that, Sidney Manning, the Provincial Gas Administrator had authorized the issuance of the following STANDATA variance:
Sidney Manning, the Provincial Gas Administrator has authorized the issuance of the following STANDATA Gas Safety Information Bulletins:
02-FEB-2021 ALBERTA
Gas  Code  Regulation
Notices
Alberta Municipal Affairs advised on February 2, 2021, that the following gas codes adopted under the Gas Code Regulation (AR 111/2010) came into effect on February 1, 2021 under the Safety Codes Act:
  • CSA-B149.1-20 - Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code – This code provides the minimum requirements for the installation of natural gas and propane appliances and equipment downstream of a natural gas meter or from a propane distributor’s tank.
  • CSA-B149.2-20 – Propane Storage and Handling Code – This provides the minimum requirements for the storage, handling, transportation and transfer of propane.
  • CSA-B149.3-20 – Code for the field approval of fuel-related components on appliances and equipment – This code applies to the requirements for site specific fuel burning appliances and equipment for which there is no recognized Canadian standard.
  • CSA-B149.5-20 – Installation Code for Propane Fuel Systems and Tanks on Highway Vehicles – This code applies to the installation of propane fuel system components and tanks on highway vehicles for the provision of motive power.
  • CSA-B108-18 – NGV Refuelling Stations Installation Code – This code applies to natural gas fuelling stations that may be used for fleet and public dispensing operations.
  • CSA-B109-17 – Natural Gas for Vehicles Installation Code – This code applies to the installation, servicing, and repair of natural gas fuel systems on highway vehicles for the provision of motive power.
Further details are published in the Notice - Gas codes in force under the new regulation

The following additional Gas Code Notices were issued:
28-JAN-2021 ALBERTA
Gas  Code  Regulation
STANDATA Gas Notice
Alberta Municipal Affairs advised on January 28, 2021, that certain gas fireplaces manufactured by Canadian Hearth Manufacturing Inc. and Luxor Manufacturing Inc.:
  • Must be immediately removed from operation.
  • Shall not be installed, sold or offered for sale within Alberta.
Download the Notice from the Alberta government website for details.
18-JAN-2021 ALBERTA
2019 Building Code
2019 Fire Code
STANDATA Building Code Bulletin
STANDATA Fire Code Interpretation
Alberta Municipal Affairs advised on January 18, 2021, that:
08-JAN-2021 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Amendment Package #9 (December 16, 2020 update) to The 2012 Building Code Compendium (Publication #: 300411) is now available for free download from the Publications Ontario eCommerce store.

The hardcopy binder insert version of Amendment Package #9  (Publication #: 300410) is expected to be available "around January 25, 2021" at a cost of $40.00, according to Publications Ontario.

Download the 140 page free .pdf copy of Amendment Package #9 from the Publications Ontario eCommerce store.

Amendment Package #9 contains the following amendments to the 2012 Building Code Compendium:
  • O. Reg. 209/20 to address the delivery of Building Code services such as reviewingbuilding permit applications and conducting inspections related to COVID-19 effective May 11, 2020.
  • Building Code Act changes that recognize the Minister’s authority to make regulations described undersection 34 of the Act effective July 21, 2020.
  • O. Reg. 511/20 to add requirements for community benefits charges to the list of applicablelaw effective September 18, 2020.
  • O. Reg. 762/20 to revise the following effective December 16, 2020:
    • the list of applicable law to reference section 3 of the Building Transit Faster Act, 2020 with respect to the issuance of a permit under that section;
    • minor errors and omissions through housekeeping changes;
    • two spent provisions related to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
07-JAN-2021 ALBERTA
2019 Building Code
STANDATA Building Code Interpretation
Alberta Municipal Affairs advised on January 7, 2021, that Paul Chang, Provincial Building Administrator, has authorized the issuance of the following STANDATA Building Code Interpretation:
The Province of Alberta’s Barrier-Free Administrator and Provincial Building Administrator are receiving barrier-free relaxation requests that they deem are either not appropriate for relaxation or that lack the required review by the authority having jurisdiction (i.e.  accredited municipality or agency) during the building permit application stage.
This interpretation is intended to clarify when a request for relaxation of barrier-free requirements is appropriate.
06-JAN-2021 ALBERTA
2019 Building Code
STANDATA Building Code Bulletin
Alberta Municipal Affairs advised on January 6, 2021, that Paul Chang, Provincial Building Administrator, has authorized the issuance of the following STANDATA Building Code Bulletin:
This bulletin is intended to clarify the application of Division C, Sentences 2.4.2.1.(4) and 2.4.2.1.(7) as it relates to an architect or engineer providing the services of the other.
05-JAN-2021 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #310, dated January 5, 2021, to announce that the Ontario Building Code was amended on December 16, 2020 [ THREE WEEKS AGO ] by Ontario Regulation 762/20 but decided not to make any announcements until now.
The regulation came into force on December 16, 2020.

According to the Ontario government's e-bulletin:
O. Reg. 762/20 includes a number of housekeeping changes to correct minor errors and omissions.
The housekeeping changes harmonize with the National Building Code (NBC) and in general:
  • Corrects errors in equations and data taken from the NBC,
  • Adds information, such as references and names of organizations, that was omitted,
  • Supports public safety, and
  • Reduces redundancies.
Two spent provisions related to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act were deleted. These amendments do not add any new technical requirements to the Building Code or change the intended meaning of the provisions.
In addition, updates were made to the applicable law sections to align with the passage of the Building Transit Faster Act, 2020.

O. Reg. 762/20 is the second amendment to the Ontario Building Code made by a Mininster's regulation.  Code amendments prior to O. Reg. 762/20 and O. Reg. 511/20 had been made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

O. Reg. 762/20 was:
  • Made on December 16, 2020
  • Filed on December 16, 2020
  • Published on e-Laws on December 17, 2020
  • Printed in The Ontario Gazette on January 2, 2021
  • Announced to code users in the Ontario government's CodeNews e-bulletin #310 on January 5, 2021
In other words, the regulation was in force before anyone, including building officials, knew about it.
If a government wants its citizens to follow the law, it should announce the law as soon as possible BEFORE the law comes into force.
Ontario is quickly becoming a banana republic as far as the rule of law is concerned.
2021 SEE 2021 NEWS ARCHIVES Link to archives of News at CodeNews for items posted between January 1 - December 31, 2021.
2020 SEE 2020 NEWS ARCHIVES Link to archives of News at CodeNews for items posted between January 1 - December 31, 2020.
2019 SEE 2019 NEWS ARCHIVES Link to archives of News at CodeNews for items posted between January 1 - December 31, 2019.
2018 SEE 2018 NEWS ARCHIVES Link to archives of News at CodeNews for items posted between January 1 - December 31, 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
Wednesday
04-DEC-2019
Alek Antoniuk was a speaker at The Buildings Show 2019, which took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
He spoke at: Session WS111 - The 2020 Ontario Building Code Updates, in Room 701A of the South Building, to an audience of over 230 persons.
THIS PRESENTATION WAS SOLD OUT    DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION SLIDE DECK
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  
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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:

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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.

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Poland and Ukraine Against Russian Imperialism

Poland understands what it's like stopping Russian Kacapy from plundering, destroying, murdering, raping, torturing its citizens.

The Russians tried to annihilate Poland in 1920 but the Polish people routed the Kacapy and sent them packing all the way to Moscow.  Yes, the Kacapy can be beaten.

Unfortuntaely, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt gave away Poland to mass murderer Joseph Stalin at Yalta in 1945 and it took the Polish Solidarity movement until 1989 for Poland to regain its independence from the Kacapy.

Now, the people of Ukraine are fighting for their lives, their culture, their language, and their freedom.
Poland is helping Ukraine by taking in refugees and giving them work permits, sending arms to the Ukrainian freedom fighters, and supporting Ukraine's bid for membership in the European Union.

Unfortunately, schmuck-faced Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg announced that the government of Austria (which is the birthplace of mass murderer Nazi Adolf Hitler) opposes Ukraine's membership in the European Union.
Nothing much has changed since World War 2, has it?  We know the Nazis by their deeds.

And while we are discussing German speaking people ........ why did it take Germany 2 MONTHS to finally decide to send tanks to help the Ukrainians?
What is it that makes Austria and Germany so unwilling to help the Ukrainians?

Do we need to blow up the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea to get their attention?

Sława Ukrainie! - Слава Україні!

Alek Antoniuk
April 26, 2022

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