January 28, 2020 - Message from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Amendment to the 2012 Building Code
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing amended Ontario’s Building Code (O. Reg 332/12) to further harmonize Ontario’s Building Code with the 2015 National Codes. The amendments are based on code change proposals the ministry consulted in 2016 and 2017.
Changes come into effect on:
- May 2, 2019: requirements to the Building Code came into effect in the following areas:
- removal of technical requirements related to electric vehicle charging infrastructure in houses and non-residential large buildings, such as workplaces
- January 1, 2020: the majority of the amendments come into effect, including:
- fire safety measures that include fire prevention and early detection and warning systems
- structural sufficiency of buildings to withstand external forces and improve resilience
- water conservation improvements to plumbing fixtures
- public health and safety requirements
- accessibility requirements for barrier-free access
- updated standards referenced in the Building Code
The self-study/participant manuals are currently being updated and will be available for purchase on April 13, 2020.
The Ministry Building Code examinations will include the above noted amendments effective June 1, 2020. There are also amendments related to stairs, guards, and handrails, that come into effect on January 1, 2022, however, the June 1, 2020 examinations will not include these amendments.
August 9, 2018 - Message from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Building Code Examinations to Reflect Current Building Code Requirements Effective September 4, 2018
Effective Tuesday, September 4, 2018, Building Code examinations will be updated to reflect the Building Code as of January 1, 2018. They will also reflect amendments to Supplementary Standards SB-10 and SB-12 that took effect on January 1, 2017.
Humber College will continue to administer Building Code examinations on behalf of the ministry.
The Syllabi on the ministry's website will also be updated to reflect the current requirements.
For further information, visit the ministry's website or call 416-585-6666.