Training and more resources coming on 2024 Ontario Building Code

On April 24, 2024 Building Knowledge Canada and Enbridge Gas presented a free webinar to help stakeholders in the province’s construction industry better understand the changes in the new Ontario Building Code.

The seminar looked at what’s in and what’s out in the new code, which was announced earlier this month and which comes into effect on January 1, 2025. Andrew Oding, vice president of Building Knowledge Canada, and moderator for the webinar noted that the industry will need time and training to get up to speed on the changes, adding that “this is a historical change to the largest provincial building code in the history of Canada. And this is no small task.”

Guest speakers from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing went over the many changes in the new code, including the ways in which it harmonizes with the National Building Code of Canada. According to Mansoor Mahmood, director of building services for the ministry, the new Ontario code will be “77 per cent harmonized” with the national code. Changes include areas such as regulations around farm buildings, septic systems, carbon monoxide, radon, and accessibility.

James Ross, manager, building code policy development for the ministry, said training sessions on the new code will be announced in coming weeks, and a compendium which consolidates the national building code provisions and the Ontario amendments will be available in digital and print versions.

The ministry is also finalizing its strategy for capacity building, added Cengiz Kahramanoglu, manager, code development and advisory services. Those plans include releasing technical bulletins by May, holding seminars before summer, hosting a roadshow involving numerous stakeholders for in-depth training likely in the fall, and releasing a tools and check list to support the new requirements.

The webinar was presented in partnership with the Ontario Home Builders Association, the Ontario Building Officials Association, and the Home Construction Regulatory Authority. The organizations will also be providing input to the ministry on training materials.

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