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CIPH's Request for Timely Automatic Adoption of the NPCC

May-30-16   (0 Comments)
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The following is an important letter that CIPH has just sent to the Chair of PTPACC (The Provincial/Territorial Policy Advisory Committee on Codes). They are a committee made up of senior representatives appointed by provincial and territorial deputy ministers that provides policy advice to the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes.


This forum gives the provinces and territories the opportunity to provide guidance on the scope, content, format, and development process of the Codes.


This is an important initiative led by CIPH’s Plumbing Industry Advisory Council in terms of providing uniformity of codes and standards in Canada.  


View the Canadian System of Codes & Standards and how it works.


Mr. James Orr

Director, Standards Development, Building & Fire

Government of Alberta

10155 - 102 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 4L4


SUBJECT: Request for Timely Automatic Adoption of the NPCC


Dear James:


The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating would like to invite PTPACC to become part of a nationwide initiative to bring timely automatic adoption of the National Plumbing Code of Canada (NPCC) by 2020.    This initiative is closely integrated with Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade in the guiding principles and intent including:

  • establishing equal treatment for all Canadian persons, goods, services and investments;
  • ensuring provincial/territorial government policies and practices do not create obstacles to trade; and
  • providing the basis for eliminating trade barriers caused by differences in standards and regulations across Canada.

The lack of harmony affects our economy, industry’s supply chain channels, restricts productivity & product availability, and adds a burden to plumbing and building inspectors in the field. It is estimated that the additional cost to Canadian consumers attributed to the fragmentation in terms of duplicative certification and testing and different regulations can be upwards of 40%. The lack of harmony also restricts labour mobility where tradespersons need to be aware of province-specific code and regulations to work.


CIPH would like to facilitate the formation and the management of a working group to tackle this important work which would comprise of three key categories: Government, Industry, and Allied Stakeholders.  The group will interface with the various provinces, SDO’s and other government ministries.

This is just an initiation to the process and the working group would fine tune the steps including the funding details as we move towards encouraging the participating provinces and territories towards timely automatic adoption of the plumbing code. If you are in  greement please feel free to contact me by July 15, 2016. PTPACC’s support and input will be extremely valuable and important.


Yours Sincerely

Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating


Ralph Suppa

President & General Manager


Kevin Ernst

Chairmin Plumbing Industry Advisory Council

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