New board announced to harmonize construction codes in Canada

The federal government has dissolved the Canadian Commission for Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC), and replaced it with the Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) as part of its effort to harmonize construction codes across the country. The CCBFC has been responsible for developing national model codes since 1991.

The change is part of a series of governance changes, which also included dissolving The Provincial/Territorial Advisory Committee, which advised the CCBFC on policy matters. Under the new governance model, The Canadian Table for Harmonized Construction Codes Policy will now oversee the newly created CBHCC, and an Advisory Council for Harmonized Construction Codes will provide policy advice. The government will continue to hold open meetings for feedback on code development from stakeholders.

The new code system governance was developed over the past two years by provincial, territorial and federal governments, and includes commitments to reduce variations in technical requirements between codes; to implement more timely adoption; and to develop a national code system that meets the needs of all jurisdictions.

Canada’s National Model Codes include 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.

The public review of proposed changes to the 2020 editions of the National Model Codes continues until December 23, 2022.

Click here for more information.

National Research Council Canada