Codes & Standards Report
March 3, 2017
Ontario- Bill 59
The door-to-door sales prohibition was reintroduced as government regulation superseding the private member’s Bill by MPP Yvan Baker. This is a welcomed change as the ministry has consulted with HRAI, CWQA and CIPH. The associations jointly met with the ministry in December to begin consultation. The Bill has been referred to committee. We are analyzing the changes in anticipation of sending a supporting letter to committee when it begins hearing in early 2017.It is anticipated that the formal regulatory consultation will begin in the spring 2017.
CIPH/PMI Comments on the Updates to the Ontario Building Code
PIAC submitted comments to the proposed code changes to the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs. The bulk submission included over 400 comments on plumbing, heating and hydronics. As a result of the submission, CIPH was asked to become a permanent “alternate” voting member of the Technical Advisory Committee. CIPH has nominated Rob Waters to fill the role.
Vancouver Plumbing Bylaws
The City of Vancouver has made some positive changes to their proposed bylaws after consultation with CIPH and PMI. The flowrates they have proposed have now been aligned with the 2015 NPC. Work is still to be done regarding other items on the proposed bylaw amendment for appliances and irrigation. The bylaw proposal has been delayed pending further consultation from industry on appliances and food waste disposers. A staff report is anticipated for industry to review.
Omnibus Bill 70 received royal assent on December 8th. The Bill- now regulation allows OCOT to create new trades. CIPH, CWQA, CHC and HRAI meet with the Ontario College of Trades on October 20th to experiment with the consideration of forming a new subtrade for hydronics ahead of the Bill passing to see if the process would be acceptable to the trade boards and the stakeholders. The purpose of the meeting is to collaborate with the various trade boards to find solutions to the challenges to the role of a hydronics installer.
Saskatchewan (Codes updates)
As a follow up to the ongoing efforts by CIPH to encourage the province to update the NPC reference, the Ministry of Health has responded with their potential cycle windows of 2016/17 for their legislative reviews. At that time they will review the options of updating from the 2005 NPC model. As a note, by then the 2015 NPC will be well established and referenced by other provinces. With the planned legislative review, there may be an elegant opportunity to craft an automatic codes adoption model into legislation for the province to seamlessly enact.
Bi- National Harmonization of Standards
ULC Standards and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. published ANSI/CAN/UL/ULC 1201:2016 Sensor Operated Backwater Prevention Systems in December of 2016. For the industry, it was the first single (not mirror) Technical Committee consisting of Canadian and American stakeholders; using a single joint standard development process. SCC provided funding for the work in developing this first edition joint standard.