Ontario Technical Briefing on 2015 National Code Changes
February 21, 2019
On January 30th, 2019 Staff attended the Technical Briefing on 2015 National Code Changes to learn the status in Ontario. The meeting was attended by other associations within the construction industry as well
The biggest takeaway from this meeting was that changes that were originally to take effect as of January 1, 2019 did not. There has been no code change implementation at the provincial level at this time and some of the documents relevant to what was supposed to have happened have been taken down from the website.
It was stated that the goals forthcoming are to ultimately be in alignment with changing technologies and National codes but that does not necessarily mean automatic adoption. It was acknowledged that Ontario is behind and needs to catch up and that broader harmonization would provide benefits.
The objective is better code making in the future and that they are still just in the beginning of the process. The Ontario Code is out of step and there is a focus on areas where it needs to be harmonized.
Many changes that are related to health and safety are current priorities and they want to end the practice of opening the code making process for other objectives.
It was acknowledged that given the timing of the processes any form of real catch-up might not be reasonable for another one or two code cycles.
Of a more general nature the presenting group remarked that they would love to see the code makers speak more in regulatory language to make the transitions easier from code to regulations easier to execute.
Also, they recognize that there are time and training considerations for any changes that need to be considered. Longer lead times allow for easier integration and adherence to standards and for old inventory to be consumed. They also acknowledged that there is “Code Fatigue” from frequent changes and not enough lead times. There needs to be better management of the process.
For your reference:
Approximately 59% of the current code is harmonized with technical requirements in the national code
18% have no federal counterpart – Ontario only
23% have variances from national code.