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Digital version of the 2012 Building Code Compendium Now Available

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is making a digital English version of the 2012 Building Code Compendium available upon request. You can request a copy by visiting https://www.ontario.ca/page/request-digital-copy-2012-building-code-compendium

This version is the Building Code in-effect as of January 1, 2022 which includes recent amendments relating to:

  • building permits and inspections for tiny homes
  • remote inspections for all buildings

The digital version of the 2012 Building Code Compendium is available to be used for personal, non-commercial, and commercial uses (under a ministry-approved licensing agreement). Copyright and terms of use apply and can be found below.

Amendment packages for the hardcopy compendium will be made available through Publications Ontario. If you would like to receive the digital Building Code Compendium in another format, please email us at buildingtransformation@ontario.ca

Building Code Amendments in-effect on January 1, 2022

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing made amendments (Ontario Regulation 867/21) to Ontario’s Building Code related to:

  • building permits and inspections for tiny homes
  • remote inspections for all buildings
  • housekeeping amendments

Tiny homes amendments: 

  • create a two-permit system for tiny homes that are constructed in one municipality and are to be located and occupied in another municipality.
  • allow 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.
  • require 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.
  • set out responsibilities for the building officials in each municipality.
  • set 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:

  • update 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.

2019 Building Code Amendments related to Stairs, Guards and Handrails
Amendments related to stairs, guards and handrails came into effect on January 1, 2022. They were part of 2019 changes to the Building Code to further harmonize Ontario’s Building Code with the 2015 National Codes.

Updates on the State of Emergency

January 5, 2022

As of January 5, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. the following measures will be in place for at least 21 days (until January 27) subject to trends in public health and our health system. Read more. 

October 22, 2021

Reopening Ontario – Read the news release  

In the Roadmap to Reopen, the province put together a three-step plan to safely and gradually lift public health measures based on ongoing progress of provincewide vaccination rates and improvements of key public health and health care indicators.
Construction activities will be opened as follows:

Before Step 1 – Open with some limitations to commercial projects
Step 1 –
All construction open
Step 2 –
All construction open
Step 3 –
All construction open

May 13, 2021 – Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order Until June 2

With the new, more contagious variants continuing to pose significant risks, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended the Stay-at-Home Order (O. Reg. 265/21) until at least June 2, 2021. Read more…..

 

May 3, 2021 – Ontario Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Booking for More People 

As of Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., individuals who are 18 or older in 2021 and live in one of the 114 hot spot communities will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a mass immunization clinic through the provincial online booking system or directly through public health units that use their own booking system.

Beginning Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., the following groups throughout the province will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial online booking system and call centre, or directly through public health units that use their own booking system. Read more…

 

April 16, 2021 – Enforcement of the emergency stay-at-home order 

This afternoon, the Ontario Premier announced that the province is strengthening the enforcement of the stay-at-home order. As part of this order, all non-essential construction will cease as of Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Click here for a list of essential construction activities that may continue under the stay-at-home order.

April 7, 2021 – Provincial emergency and stay-at-home order 

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is immediately declaring a third provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). Read more…. 

April 1, 2021 – COVID-19 shutdown: enhanced public health and workplace safety measures 

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, a provincewide emergency brake is in effect as of Saturday, April 3, at 12:01 a.m. At this time there are no changes to construction services. Construction activities or projects and related supporting services, including demolition and land surveying, are allowed. Read more….

February 12, 2021 – Second Provincial State of Emergency 

On Feb. 8th, the Ontario government announced the extension of the Stay-at-Home Order including a regional approach to transition each region from the shutdown measures to a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (the “Framework”).

Information about construction projects  

As of February 10, 2021, all residential construction projects and related construction activities and services including residential renovations across Ontario are allowed to commence and continue. This applies to residential construction in public health unit regions in a Shutdown Zone and in public health unit regions that are subject to the COVID-19 Response Framework.

Restrictions on non-residential activities are still in effect in public health unit regions in a Shutdown Zone. Once a public health unit region has been moved to the COVID-19 Response Framework, there will be no restrictions on construction activities. Please refer to the Provincial website for information on the Framework. Read the list of essential construction services.

Amendments have been made to O. Reg 82/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 1 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act and can be found here.

Read the Q&A that provides recommendations about the O.Reg. 10/21
Read the O.Reg. 10/21 

MMAH Guidance under Ontario’s Building Code for the Winter Use of Patio Tents

Legal Opinion on COVID-19 Provincial Emergency Orders – O.Reg. 82/20, as amended: 

– Legal opinion letter 

– Supporting documents:

O.Reg. 82/20, as amended
Enforcement of emergency order by building inspectors
Letter from the Provincial Solicitor General and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Letter from the Ministry of Health re: Use of hotels and retirement homes
Q&As for enforcement personnel
Relevant Ontario Regulations 

New regulations:

O.Reg. 141/20New regulation addressing temporary facilities to provide assistance during COVID-19 emergency
O.Reg. 137/20 – Timelines respecting the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act are no longer suspended during the emergency order

Government Resources

Updates from the Ontario Ministry of Health including tips on how to protect yourself and recognize symptoms.

A list of essential workplaces in Ontario that includes the construction sector.

Construction site health and safety during COVID-19 from Ontario.ca

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development home page

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing home page

Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility home page

Public Health Ontario

Government of Canada website

 

Industry partners: 

Build Right Ontario

Conservation Authorities in Ontario

ESA (Electrical Safety Authority) updates on COVID-19

PEO (Professional Engineers of Ontario) response to COVID-19

OAA (Ontario Association of Architects) updates on COVID-19 including a Q&A  for industry professionals

OGCA (Ontario General Contractors Association) updates on COVID-19 

OHBA (Ontario Home Builders Association) updates on COVID-19, impacts to job sites, resources and building industry information 

Best practices guide for construction employers from OHBA

PEO (Professional Engineers of Ontario) response to COVID-19

RESCON (Residential Construction Council of Ontario) updates on COVID-19  

TSSA (Technical Standards & Safety Authority)  response to COVID-19 including inspections 

TSSA Legislation and Regulatory information

UL – updates on COVID-19