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More inspectors needed to meet...News

The City of Ottawa's chief building official (CBO) wants to hire 12 new full-time employees to help his overburdened department meet its deadlines to inspect new buildings and make sure they're safe to...

Independent Review of Building...News

The review’s final report which was commissioned by government following the Grenfell Tower fire to make recommendations on the future regulatory system.Details: The Independent Review of Building...

Update to Appendix A (2012 Building...News

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has developed an Appendix Note on Article 8.6.2.2. of the 2012 Building Code. Appendix Notes to the Code are provided for explanatory purposes only and do not form part of the...

INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS ARE KEY TO...News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2018 INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS ARE KEY TO PREVENTING ILLEGAL BUILDING OTTAWA, ON – The new home industry in Ontario is made up of a number of working parts – not...

ESA Consultation on Proposed...News

ESA is seeking the views of stakeholders on proposed amendments to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC).  ESA is holding a public consultations on the proposed changes in Ontario amendments to the Ontario...

Bridge collapses into flooded creek...News

Police say there were no injuries but the driver had to be rescued by emergency crews. A dump truck driver was stranded inside the cab of his vehicle when the bridge he was travelling over in Port Bruce, Ont.,...

Windsor debuts new e-permit system...News

"The ability to submit plans and drawings digitally has been a common request from prospective builders," said Dilkens in a media release. "We've heard that feedback loud and clear." The mayor added parts of the...

Rezoning denied for giant garageNews

City council has denied a zoning bylaw amendment for a west end property which would have accommodated an oversized garage. After Director of Community and Development Services Mark Jensen acknowledged the...

Independent Review of Building...News

Interim report which was commissioned by government following the Grenfell Tower fire to make recommendations on the future regulatory system. The independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety is...

Ontario CodeNews Issue 253 —...News

December 15, 2017  Dear Ontario Building Code users, I am pleased to announce that a new tool to support tall wood construction is now available: Ontario’s Tall Wood Building Reference: A...

Vaughan appoints new Deputy City...News

After a thorough recruitment process, the City of Vaughan is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jason Schmidt-Shoukri as Deputy City Manager, Planning and Growth Management, effective Dec. 4,...

Public review on proposed changes...News

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) invites Code users and stakeholders to participate in the fall 2017 public review of proposed changes to Codes Canada publications. This national public...

Tighter building codes are Ottawa's...News

OTTAWA — Government officials are crafting tougher building codes that could make both new homes and renovations of existing properties more costly in coming years, part of Ottawa’s wider plan to cut...

New report compares London to other...News

London built new homes and apartment units last year at nearly the same rate as cities three times its size, new figures show. More than 800 new residential units were created for every 100,000 people in London in...

Rental unit overrun by maggots,...News

Nitin Mehra thought he was doing a good deed. The Ottawa man, 32, agreed to join a city-funded program that matches private landlords with homeless people who need a permanent place to live. Seven months...

Waterloo kicks off regional transit...News

The Region of Waterloo has launched the process of finding a private developer to undertake a significant multi-use development that would incorporate a regional transit hub and serve as the region’s bookend...

Building-code changes could add...News

The Capital Regional District is polling the construction industry to determine if it’s ready for a change to the provincial building code. The CRD is doing a survey on behalf of the region’s...

Shortage of building inspectors in...News

Faced with a shortage of building inspectors, Chatham-Kent will soon host a job fair to fill the positions. The municipality is in need of three building inspector/bylaw enforcement officers immediately, according...

Toronto building codes, inspections...News

The day following a massive fire that tore through a 24-story building in west London’s North Kensington district, killing a dozen and injuring more than 70 people, Toronto officials say strict building codes...

Wellington North fills bylaw...News

WELLINGTON NORTH - There will soon be a new person working for Wellington North, but councillors approved the hiring after receiving assurances it was only a temporary position. Council approved the temporary...

LYALL'S FILES: Wynne government’s...News

While intentions may be good, "Ontario's Fair Housing Plan" does not do enough to increase the supply of housing in Ontario during the biggest housing crisis in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) for...

Humber River Hospital achieves LEED...News

The project was intended for LEED Silver but surpassed that goal, explains a release, and has since been coined one of the most energy efficient acute care hospitals in North America. ​Highlights of the project...

Environmental sustainability key to...News

Ranging from 17- to 20-metres long and supported by angled helical piles with concrete caps, the five new steel truss pedestrian bridges with wooden decks now span the environmentally-sensitive Cold Creek which...

Magnetawan's Grill and Grocery...News

MAGNETAWAN — The community’s lone grocery store abruptly closed its doors last week. The Magnetawan Grill and Grocery was closed immediately on Feb. 21 after chief building officer Brian Horsman posted a...

Building codes across Canada to be...News

Canada’s national building codes will be changing over the next five years to adapt to the effects of climate change, officials confirmed to Global News on Monday. The National Research Council (NRC),...

Ontario Climate Change Solutions...News

The Ontario government has filed Ontario Regulation 46/17 – Ontario Climate Change Solutions Deployment Corporation. The regulation creates a new provincial agency under the Development Corporations...

Federal task force to review wired...News

Widely used in schools, hospitals and offices, but linked to hundreds of injuries, the CGSB is planning to strip wired glass of its safety designation at the end of the month.  OTTAWA—A federal...

Building of The Year Awards 2016News

Due to their beauty, intelligence, creativity, or service to the community - represent the best architecture of the year narrowed down the list 5 per category, and now to 14 stunning winners. As a peer-based,...

BUILDING OFFICIALS SUPPORT...News

BUILDING OFFICIALS SUPPORT SALVATION ARMY The Pine Ridge Chapter of the Ontario Building Officials Association recently held their fifth annual charity golf tournament at scenic Shelter Valley Pines Golf Club to...

Georgian Bluffs employee assaulted...News

Grey County OPP officers say an employee with the Township of Georgian Bluffs was assaulted with a machete after speaking with a property owner about a bylaw issue. Police were called to an address on Grey 1, east...

Bunkhouse bluesNews

VanBerlo’s troubles began this April when an inspector with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit found fault with his bunkhouses. The inspector got the Norfolk building department involved and it’s been...

National model building code should...News

Canada’s federal environment and climate change department “should work with partners” to figure out how to produce data used to measure intensity, duration and frequency of storms, and the...

National model building code should...News

Canada’s federal environment and climate change department “should work with partners” to figure out how to produce data used to measure intensity, duration and frequency of storms, and the...

Continuing lack of building...News

'The liability at the end of the day is on the builders themselves, it's not on the city' For all but a few months of the last five years there has been no building inspector employed by the City of Iqaluit,...

Code enforcement can be dangerous...News

Decatur’s four-person Code Enforcement staff performs thousands of inspections each year, deals with hundreds of weed complaints and demolishes dozens of houses. It’s a job that is often contentious and...

City of Regina releases the results...News

The City of Regina has released its results of property bylaw enforcements for 2015. Property concerns typically are related to resident behaviour, property maintenance, front-yard and increased on-street parking,...

End Tarion’s new home warranty...News

Ontario's Premier Kathleen Wynne said the time for monopolies is over (National Post, Apr. 17, 2015). We think she’s absolutely right! Monopolies are notoriously inefficient and ineffective - the prices are...

Bootleg Apartments: An Answer to...News

THIS IS WHAT I KNOW-There’s no question that the affordable housing crisis in LA is a major issue. Median rent grew 27 percent between 2000 and 2013 while household incomes for renters fell by 7 percent in the...

City of Guelph fines itself over...News

City completed work on community centre changeroom without proper approvals. The City of Guelph charged itself for failing to obtain a building permit before starting change room renovations at a...

Is DOE’s Energy Code Deadline a...News

In 2009, desperate for economic relief, governors of all 50 U.S. states pledged to increase energy efficiency in buildings in exchange for a combined $3.1 billion in state energy program funding through...

Forest to appeal court order to...News

A decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found in favour of Dysart et al on Feb. 5 in a case between the municipality and Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve. The case was heard by Judge Guy Di Tomaso...

UPDATE: Gymnasium costs won't be...News

CORNWALL, Ontario - City officials, including staffers and council members, have met behind closed doors with proponents of a plan to see a multi-million dollar gymnasium built at the Benson Centre in Cornwall,...

ROXUL® Inc. celebrates LEED®...News

According to the CaGBC, "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in 150 countries. LEED®...

Shipping container house debuts in...News

Here's what Jason Halter likes about building houses from shipping containers: you can only get so fussy when you're working with shipping containers. The design language there is more industrial, says the Toronto...

Furniture in hallway, lack of...News

Toronto Fire Services says that some furniture in a hallway where afire broke out in an apartment building housing seniors is a concern.  Three people died and another 15 were sent to hospital after...

LEED Platinum certification for new...News

On 28 October, the STEM building has earned the coveted and prestigious certification LEED PLATINUM N / C . According to information available on the Canada Council for Sustainable Development of the site , the...

Uptown Community Improvement Plan...News

The Municipality of Leamington is pleased to announce the approval of an Uptown Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Grant for the owners of 60 Talbot Street West (Ricci, Enns, Rollier & Setterington LLP). The...

Guelph’s next chief building...News

GUELPH — The City of Guelph's search for its next Chief Building Official is underway and at-present an in-house only effort. Ann Pappert, the city's Chief Administrative Officer, said in an email that the...

Building code changes eclipse...News

Changes to Ontario’s building code have eclipsed the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board’s plan to install solar panels on the roofs of 13 elementary schools. Board chair Todd White said new...

Minister's Progress Update to...News

October 16, 2015 11:30 A.M. Ministry of the Attorney General Today Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur sent the following letter to the Honourable Paul Bélanger: Dear Mr. Justice Bélanger, I...

Ontario Reports on Elliot Lake...News

Province Making Buildings Safer, Improving Emergency Response Practices Ontario is providing an update on its progress to address the recommendations of the Elliot Lake Commission of Inquiry. The Elliot Lake...

City introduces program to reduce...News

Guelph, ON, August 20, 2015 – Starting September 1, the City will implement the Radon Gas Mitigation Program for all new buildings constructed in Guelph. “Radon gas exists everywhere,...

Ontario Investing $125 Million in...News

Fund Will Help 128 Hospitals Continue to Provide High-Quality Health Care August 19, 2015 10:15 A.M. | Office of the Premier Ontario is providing approximately $125 million in 2015-16 to hospitals across the...

Marking 10 Years Since Katrina,...News

A Florida-based consumer advocacy group has outlined six recommendations to strengthen U.S. system of building code development, adoption and enforcement. The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)...

Quake tragedy jolts Nepal into...News

Earthquake that destroyed 150,000 buildings in capital alone pushes Nepal to make construction safer Nearly four months later, the country has tried to address the issue with new building codes but experts say...

Winnipeg artists lose 'sanctuary'...News

City says Ross Avenue building has serious fire and building code violations Some Winnipeg artists have been forced out of their studio spaces after the city deemed the building to be unsafe. Twenty-six tenants,...

Quebec aims to boost lumber market...News

Quebec is the first province to allow lumber in the construction of buildings up to 12 stories tall. MONTREAL—The Quebec government is hoping to give a shot in the arm to the province’s forestry sector...

Spring Valley building inspector...News

SPRING VALLEY - The village's chief building inspector is back at work more than seven months after being sidelined during a dispute with Mayor Demeza Delhomme. ​Walter Booker, 53, returned to Village Hall...

B.C. battling to keep tall wood...News

Quebec is looking to snatch B.C.'s bragging rights for having some of Canada's tallest wood structures, but the University of British Columbia (UBC) is working hard to keep the glory. The Origine, a 13-storey...

BUILDING CONSTRUCTION-Wood reaches...News

On the surface, it looks like a small tweak to the Ontario Building Code. But some construction industry experts say changing rules for wood-frame buildings will alter city skylines to something lower, more liveable...

Beware of illegal builders, Tarion...News

The head of the private corporation created to protect buyers of new homes in Ontario is sounding the alarm bells about illegal building. “People should be aware that in the greater Grey-Bruce area,...

Section of bricks falls from...News

Alan Richards was sleeping in his ground-floor Halifax apartment Thursday when he was awoken by something that sounded like strange weather. “It sounded like unusual thunder,” Richards said. “I...

Building Inspector: Deck not...News

EVANSTON (WLS) -- Building inspectors said a porch that collapsed on Memorial Day in suburban Evanston was not properly attached to the home. No one was seriously injured."Pretty much most deck failures occur where...

One exit from upstairs apartment...News

CORNWALL – Cornwall has seen two fires in the last two months where people were trapped in upstairs apartments with only one exit. In one case, a man died in April in a Sixth Street blaze in an apartment...

Stacking the 'deck' against...News

Sitting back, watching television in your family room, you’d never expect to spontaneously fall clear through to the basement. With strict building codes in place in Canada, why would you? But relaxing on...

Building Safety Month Week One:...News

Building codes, standards, and the diligence of dedicated building safety professionals are important ingredients in keeping our communities safe. So are the efforts each of us can take individually. Building...

Young girl avoids injury after roof...News

Classes at the United Conservatory Of Music were cut short Saturday morning when a mezzanine ceiling collapsed, sending debris tumbling to the first floor. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the 3800 block of 27...

Here's how to assess building code...News

In the case of high-wind events, such as hurricanes, research shows that modern building codes can make a difference in reducing the amount of storm-related damage. Strong building codes reduce property damage,...

Hamilton issues Ontario’s first...News

City of Hamilton Issues Ontario’s First Six-Storey Wood Frame Building PermitHAMILTON, ON – March 20, 2015 – Today, the City of Hamilton’s building division announced it has issued...

Cobourg house not a hotel: ownerNews

COBOURG - It certainly doesn’t look like a hotel. But it was being advertised on hotels.com and bookings.com. Windsor resident Jay Forbes travelled to Cobourg by train on March 10 to stand on a...

Unlocked doors, security blind...News

The N.W.T. prison from which two women escaped six years ago still had a number of safety and security gaps in recent years, according to Tuesday's Auditor General of Canada report on...

South Dundas group fighting...News

The proposal to erect two large storage bins between Morrisburg and Iroquois is now at the mercy of the courts. Opposing residents, called the Concerned Citizens of South Dundas, have appealed the building code...

Roof collapse leads to evacuationNews

One of the two buildings slated for demolition should the Mac’s gas and convenience store pass the Ontario Municipal Board hearing, is already suffering some severe issues. The building at 21 Prince Edward...

West Philly "Ice Palace" Starts to...News

Sunshine and warmer temperatures caused the West Philadelphia "ice palace" to melt partially Sunday. Yet with that melting comes new concerns of a collapse. The Locust Medical Center building at 52nd...

Fire races up high-rise Dubai...News

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One of the world's tallest residential towers caught fire early Saturday in Dubai's Marina district, sending hundreds of residents pouring into the streets as bright yellow...

Why Canadian lumber stocks are...News

After 20 years as a bad news story, Canada’s forestry sector is in the midst of a renaissance that makes it a great place for investors, says Sean Steuart, an equity analyst at TD Securities. “The story...

Engineering Licensing Body Obtains...News

Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) obtained an Order in the Superior Court of Justice on Friday, February 13 against 2322650 Ontario Limited (operating as Erie Structures) and its principals W illiam David...

Project insurance a key impact to...News

As the gates open to allow six-storey wood mid-rise construction in Ontario, this new industry faces a number of obstacles to success. One hinges on the perception that wood is a combustible building...

MID-RISE WOOD-FRAME RESIDENTIAL...News

In cities across North America , the low-density sprawl that has characterized development since the mid-20th century is giving way to a growing landscape of mid-rise buildings; five- to six-storey structures that...

Lowe's Garden Center Roof Collapses...News

The Lowe's in Framingham was the third Lowe's in New England to have a collapse in a week.Framingham Firefighters responded to a report of a roof collapse at Lowe’s Home Improvement store on Route 30 in...

Sam Hamad announces new sprinkler...News

Quebec government reacts to L'Isle-Verte coroner's report into tragedy that left 32 dead.The Quebec government is making automatic sprinklers mandatory in most seniors' residences following the coroner's report into...

Ontario’s wood-frame construction...News

There’s big news for Ontario’s building industry that could have a major impact on how townhomes and midrise condos are built. Since Jan. 1, revisions to the Ontario building code allow wood-frame...

After the Fall-learning the lessons...News

PEO is taking a leading role in helping improve the regulatory framework surrounding the building design industry in Ontario. Although only a small portion of the Algo Centre Mall rooftop parking lot collapsed and...

One Dead, Two Injured After Set...News

Construction worker killed after ceiling collapses while crews were repairing an unsafe structure on the Taiwan setOne man was killed and two more injured when a structure on the Taiwan set of director Martin...

SUPPORT FOR DOWNTOWN: During visit...News

Orangeburg Mayor Michael Butler and Orangeburg City Councilwoman Liz Zimmerman Keitt dined Monday afternoon at Ferse’s 5&10, putting what they said was a direct investment into the city’s downtown...

Planned building code updates will...News

Updates coming to the Ontario Building Code will force new homes to be more energy efficient and while it will cost more to build them, homeowners will save at least that much in lower energy costs, says an expert...

Why Do Buildings in Kenya Keep...News

Two buildings collapsed recently in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. Now, many Kenyans are worried about the safety of buildings around the country. Officials from the National Construction Authority are travelling...

Ontario builders talk wood at first...News

"As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Ontario Home Builders' Association (OHBA) we decided the next logical step was to bring all the stakeholders together to have an open discussion about the opportunities...

Children injured as ceiling...News

Grade II listed building more than 30 years ago.The London Ambulance Service said paramedics were called to reports of a collapsed ceiling shortly before 9.30am.“We checked over 15 children aged between nine...

Not playing by the rules in...News

The cavalier disregard of certificates of occupancy and other code violations by Lakewood township officials must stop. A simple drive though town reveals that overcrowding and other manifestations of poor planning...

Engineering firm found guilty for...News

A provincial court judge has found an engineering firm guilty of building code infractions that endangered the structural integrity of a downtown Calgary condominium complex, forced the evacuation of several...

Home builders association supports...News

Fees could increase by 20 per cent over the next two years PETERBOROUGH -- The regional home builders association is standing behind a proposed hike to building permit fees in Peterborough. A 20 per cent increase...

Six-storey wood frame construction...News

A home-building innovation recently approved by Calgary city council is now set to go provincial under a private member’s bill introduced in the Alberta legislature late last month.Bill 203 would see the...

Building Collapse: Structure...News

Professor Mojekwu expressed strong conviction that with adequate law enforcement, the errors that could lead to building collapse could be identified and corrected.He said that the process – from conception to...

'Great changes' made to building...News

Recent changes to provincial building code to ensure new buildings and major renovations are more accessible could have a huge impact on people living with a disability in Sault Ste Marie. Under the amendments...

Conditional Building Permits: A...News

There are many situations in which a developer may need to begin construction before a certain date, but cannot get their building permit in time. In Ontario that is usually because they cannot yet meet some very...

Appleton homeowner offers to pay...News

The owner of a house that was built in violation of the town’s land-use laws has offered to pay a $2,500 fine rather than tear down or move the building. Appleton Code Enforcement Officer C. Toupie Rooney said...

ecoENERGY Efficiency for BuildingsNews

Natural Resources Canada's ecoENERGY Efficiency for Buildings (PDF, 752 KB) program provides tools and information to improve the energy performance of new and existing commercial and...

Can Taller Buildings Make Toronto...News

A two-story-high change in Ontario’s building code could help to increase density and ease affordable housing strains in the city of Toronto. As of January 1st, developers can now construct wood-frame...

Spring Valley mayor urges more...News

SPRING VALLEY – Following multiple fires and complaints of numerous housing violations, Mayor Demeza Delhomme said Sunday he wants more village fire and building inspectors in order to ensure safe housing...

Innisfil’s only legal basement...News

Legalizing her basement apartment was more work than Susan Burke expected, but the Town of Innisfil made the process easy.“There really are a lot more requirements than I would ever dream of,” Burke...

Bethlehem officials frustrated at...News

In his 30 years in business on Bethlehem's East Third Street, Saraceno Design owner John Saraceno has seen every building on his block revitalized, at least to some degree.That is, every building but one. The former...

City Attorney pushes to enforce...News

San Francisco's Planning Department has repeatedly come up short when it comes to upholding city building codes for one of the city's worst code breakers. The City's Planning Department was taken to task by the...

Ladacor completes largest shipping...News

CALGARY, Dec. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Ladacor today announced the official hotel opening of Days Inn in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, following fast-tracked construction utilizing Ladacor's Advanced Modular...

Developers rushing to beat building...News

Ottawa developers are in a mad rush to complete condo plans before the new year, as changes to the province’s building codes will require most new buildings to add wider doorways, power doors and elevators.The...

Nearly 13,000 chickens wiped out in...News

A barn fire northeast of Milverton has killed about 13,000 chickens and left just over $1 million in damage, according to the Perth East Fire Department.  Perth East Fire Chief Bill Hunter said the call came...

Apartment building evacuated and...News

AMSTERDAM — A Dutchman’s attempt at a romantic wedding proposal was simply smashing.The unidentified lover in the central town of Ijsselstein rented a crane, planning to descend in front of his...

Improving Workplace Safety with New...News

Ontario Government Committed to Preventing Construction Injuries Ontario is improving safety for construction workers by making new training for those who work at heights mandatory as of April 1, 2015 The new...

Three children die in China...News

At least three dead and three injured as kindergarten collapses in north of the country, official news agency reports. Three children in a kindergarten in a northern Chinese town were killed when the building...

Hard time for Waterford seniorNews

WATERFORD - The courts take a dim view of people who don’t comply with their orders. A Waterford man learned that the hard way this year when he was sentenced to six months in jail for contempt of...

Documents reveal extent of crisis...News

It was mid-September when management of the Canada Science and Technology Museum realized they had no hope of saving their roof from collapse. For two weeks they had battled to keep the leaking roof and mould from...

Buildings Dept: No Permit Issued...News

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — According to the Department of Buildings, the company handling the demolition of a building in Staten Island that partially collapsed, killing one worker, did not have a permit for the...

Erie region officials: Housing...News

There is no budget, no framework and no personnel assigned yet.Right now, it's just a recommendation.However, local officials who deal with blight, zoning, code enforcement and other housing-related issues say a...

Buffalo, New York Area, Great...News

Two days after a major lake-effect snow event dumped more than 60 inches of snow on areas south of Buffalo, killing at least eight people and stranding others in vehicles for more than 24 hours, residents are being...

UPDATED: Council under fire after...News

A WIRRAL councillor says the local authority has “serious questions to answer” after last night’s King Street building collapse. Two boarded-up shops with unoccupied flats above came tumbling...

A bunkie gets built on Lake of Bays...News

"Bunkie" is an affectionate Canadian term for a sleeping structure, very popular in Muskoka, the summer playground two hours north of Toronto. Evan Bare of 608|Design and Nathan Buhler BLDG Workshop appropriated the...

Two killed, nine buried in housing...News

Two people died, five were injured and nine others are still buried in rubbles after a building collapsed in central China's Henan Province, confirmed local sources on Monday.The seven-story building, under...

Dramatic images capture a training...News

Canada Task Force 1 is made up of 120 members from Vancouver's Fire Services, BC Ambulance Services and City Of Vancouver Engineering Department who volunteer their time to prepare for a disaster.Can-TF1 is one of...

1 Killed, 2 Injured in Building...News

One person has died and two were injured after a building in the West Lawn neighborhood on Chicago's Southwest Side collapsed Saturday afternoon.Police responded to a call about a roof collapse on the 4100 block of...

Law requiring up-to-date taxes for...News

WATERLOO — Should Seneca County’s Code Enforcement Office continue to deny building permits to property owners who are delinquent in paying property taxes?The Seneca County Board of Supervisors’...

Development fee bylaw is under...News

GRAVENHURST - Not all residents are happy with Gravenhurst’s new development charges bylaw. According to town staff, a local developer has appealed the development charges bylaw that came into effect on...

Sarnia explosion caused by dust...News

An explosion that killed an employee and injured four others at the Veolia ES Canada plant in Sarnia, Ont., this weekend started in a dust collector outside the building, the Ontario Ministry of Labour...

Inaccessible Iqaluit: resident says...News

Getting around Iqaluit can be tough for anyone, but it's especially tough for Wendy Ireland who relies on a wheelchair.Ireland is part of Iqaluit's new accessibility committee. The committee can't meet at city hall...

Partial building collapse in French...News

"Considering the time of day ... and on Royal Street, it's very fortunate that no one was hurt," Holmes said. The building's tenants were not home at the time of the collapse, and there was no construction taking...

Norwood’s Worst Landlords ExposedNews

On his dining room table, Victor Rosario has six letters from the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s Code Enforcement Division certifying the numerous violations in his apartment at 3540...

Keeping Ontarians Safe from Carbon...News

CO Alarms Now Mandatory in All Homes Ontario is taking another step to keep families and homes in Ontario safe by making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all residential homes.  The new regulation, which...

First Ever Jail Sentence for Doing...News

Court sends strong message to repeat offenders whose actions put public safety at risk. MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - On Oct. 2, 2014 a contractor was sentenced in a Hamilton,...

Historical building collapse could...News

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — There’s an empty space where the 207-year-old Fornell House used to be. For Metalartz owner Linda Lacerva, whose business is across the street, it’s been an adjustment....

Insurers should think more...News

Canadian insurers need to "start thinking" about the risk of property losses from wildfires in Canada and should consider lobbying regulators to require hurricane straps on new homes in order to reduce wind loss,...

Agents on the hook for illegal...News

The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO), the body that licenses and governs real estate agents, is cracking down on representatives who advertise two-unit homes without making clear whether the second unit —...

Canada building permits drop from...News

Canadian building permits plunged from a record in August, led by lower intentions for medical buildings in Quebec and multiple-unit housing in Ontario. The value of municipal permits fell 27.3 per cent to...

Ontario’s first platinum...News

Toronto and Region Conservation’s (TRCA) new Restoration Services Centre has been awarded the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification by the Canada Green...

Hillsborough cracks down on...News

TAMPA — People all across Hillsborough County have built additions to houses and businesses without obtaining the required permits.How widespread is the problem?The Hillsborough County Property...

Wood May Be Key to Low Death Toll...News

When the earth rumbled just before bedtime in China’s Yunnan province on Tuesday and authorities set their highest-level emergency alert, many braced for heavy casualties. But two days later, the official...

‘Mini dwellings’ gaining...News

SASKATOON – A 24-year-old Saskatoon woman is the proud owner of a 136 square foot home she and her friends built from the bottom up. “I started to look at plans when I was 16 and every house I looked at...

Cuomo signs first responder...News

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (A1896/S6675) that requires property owners to notify their local governments whenever a newly constructed or rehabilitated residential structure...

Growth in Zero Energy Building...News

William A. (Bill) Turner, PE, LEED AP®, Sr. VP of The H L Turner Group Inc. (Turner Group) and President/CEO of Turner Building Science & Design, LLC predicts that the pace of growth in Zero Energy Building...

Building permits up 11.8 per cent...News

OTTAWA -- Statistics Canada said Monday that municipalities issued building permits worth $9.2 billion dollars in July, up 11.8 per cent from June and topping expectations.The federal agency said it was the fourth...

Ontario municipalities alerted to...News

LONDON, ON, Aug.19, 2014 /CNW/ - The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is speaking out in favor of greater safety should the Province of Ontario proceed with regulations permitting taller wood-frame construction....

Tragic accident in Toronto on a...News

Firefighters worked brick by brick to rescue workers trapped in the basement when the roof fell in on a Brookdale Ave. home in north Toronto.

Building Code Act amendment raises...News

PEO has once again expressed concern to the Ontario government about a potential incursion on its jurisdiction under the Professional Engineers Act.The concern relates to an amendment to...

Wood Industry Stands by Safety of...News

OTTAWA, Aug. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - It's a fact; wood-frame construction has been the preferential construction option for millions of homeowners throughout North America for decades. From the...

Town blocks mobile fireworks...News

Mississauga, Burlington and Milton all permit fireworks to be sold from a trailer. The Town of Oakville has taken legal action to block a Toronto-based fireworks company from setting up a mobile retail location in...

Apartment owner fined $3,000 for...News

Not having an interconnected fire alarm tested and maintained has cost a Machar Avenue apartment owner a $3,000 fine.A city news release says a complaint was filed last spring.Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Chief John Hay...

Waterloo should license all...News

WATERLOO — A Waterloo landlord says the city's rental bylaw should protect all tenants in the city — not just those living in converted single-family homes. Paul Jackson, a local landlord and longtime...

Scugog builder pleads guilty to...News

SCUGOG -- A Port Perry developer has pleaded guilty to demolishing a portion of a historic home without the proper permits and has been fined $800. John Sullivan appeared before a provincial court judge on Aug....

Dell Rapids councilor, son caught...News

The son of a Dell Rapids alderman may face fines for starting a home construction project before obtaining a building permit or proper rezoning.Josh Crisp, son of Alderman Mark Crisp, has applied for a building...

Canadian dollar lower after 13.5%...News

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar was lower Thursday amid a strong increase in building permits.The loonie was down 0.13 of a cent to 91.5 cents US of a cent to cents US after charging ahead almost four-tenth of a...

City of Kitchener officials say...News

If you're looking to buy a new house you may find yourself shopping around in the Kitchener area. Officials with the city say building permits are at a three year high, which is a surprise because they expected the...

OBOA - AMTS 2014 - FacebookNews

2014 - 58th  ANNUAL Meeting & Training SessionsSunday September 28th - Thursday October 2nd Hosted by The City of Niagara Falls, has a facebook page. BE SURE  TO LIKE 2014...

MPAC Streamlines Building Permit...News

As part of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation’s (MPAC) commitment to improving operational efficiencies, we have updated our approach to receiving building permit files by streamlining the...

Fire, flood forces evacuation of...News

Police have charged one man with mischief after a hotel in Mississauga had to be evacuated due to water damage from a fire hose early Sunday morning. Emergency crews were called to the Holiday Inn at 970 Dixon Rd....

Fire, flood forces evacuation of...News

Police have charged one man with mischief after a hotel in Mississauga had to be evacuated due to water damage from a fire hose early Sunday morning. Emergency crews were called to the Holiday Inn at 970 Dixon Rd....

The Honourable Ted McMeekinNews

Ted McMeekin was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. He was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2000 as the MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Aldershot. He was re-elected in 2003. McMeekin was then...

Mississauga moves to cut off...News

MISSISSAUGA— If you live in Mississauga and have “municipal squirrels” nibbling on your window panes or a nearby rooster waking you up at dawn, don’t bother complaining to your...

ICLR to host special webinar on...News

First thing the morning of June 18, Western University engineering’s Storm Damage Assessment Team, led by Kopp, was on the ground to work with Environment Canada to assess and rate the tornado. The team also...

Post-tornado inspection work nearly...News

Inspections of homes damaged by a tornado that ripped through a central Ontario community were expected to be completed on Sunday as volunteer hydro workers lent a hand to patch holes in battered houses.Ontario...

Irish Try to Eradicate Ghosts of a...News

ATHLONE, Ireland — The demolition getting underway here recently was in a housing complex where a 2-year-old, probably chasing a dog, had climbed through a fence last year and drowned in a pool of water behind...

WNY's Dr. Mayor helps resuscitate...News

When several people were injured when a brick wall at the front of a West New York building collapsed this evening, Mayor Felix Roque, a doctor, ran out of his office a few doors down and resuscitated one of the...

Oakville Contractor Convicted and...News

Mississauga, ON – June 10, 2014. A contractor was convicted in a Burlington, Ontario court on May 26, 2014 of a charge relating to performing electrical work illegally and another charge of...

Student sues school board over...News

Sean says: “As you can see, my left arm will go further than my right.” Sean Lloyd’s doctor says the nerve damage in his arm is likely permanent. A year ago he was a student at Assumption in...

Hoarder dies after floor collapses...News

BOSTON - A 66-year-old Connecticut woman was found dead in the basement of her home after the first floor collapsed under the weight of a waist-deep pile of newspapers, bottles and other household detritus, local...

The New Wood Mid-Rise OpportunityNews

Over the course of the coming year,changes will be recommended around the way Canadian homes and businesses are constructed. Panels of expert shave spent countless hours over the last five years reviewing the...

Building inspector stands by...News

Belleville's chief building officer refuses to risk public safety by bending Ontario Building Code regulations, even if it comes at the costs of public dislike for his style of management. Ted Maracek, the head of...

New evidence emerges in the Elliot...News

The $20-million, two-year inquiry into the deadly mall disaster may now hinge on an anonymous tipster. At last count, the public inquiry investigating Elliot Lake’s deadly shopping mall collapse has amassed...

Orlando to outsource some building...News

In Orlando, the inspector who checks to see if a new house or hotel meets state building codes may be working for a private company in Tampa. The reason: City Hall plans to outsource part of its permitting...

More bricks tumble from...News

Even though crews worked throughout the night to help shore up the exterior wall of a building on 7 Street S.W. in downtown Calgary, witnesses nearby reported hearing a loud noise and spotted more bricks falling to...

Mike Holmes: Permit me to make a...News

You’ve heard me talk about why getting municipal building permits is a good idea when undertaking a renovation. There are also a few other less obvious reasons why building permits work to protect you, but not...

Court finds sale not closed if the...News

Two recent decisions of the Ontario Superior Court have determined that an open municipal building permit — where the city has not closed its file — constitutes a serious title defect allowing a...

Renovations may hide problems from...News

If you're considering buying a renovated house, Bob Aaron advises you get proof the work was done with a building permit. I just learned that my house was renovated without a proper permit from the city. Do I...

London seeing red over building...News

City hall is in the red on building permit costs, and staff is warning another increase in fees could come in a year. The city’s annual report on the fees goes to Tuesday’s meeting of the planning and...

Yorkshire businessman ordered to...News

Yorkshire businessman ordered to pay £40,000 fines following building works. A Yorkshire businessman has been left ruing his actions after being ordered to pay over £40,000 in fines and costs for carrying...

Scugog nails down charges for Port...News

John Sullivan charged by Scugog Township PORT PERRY -- John Sullivan, of Sullivan Homes, has been charged by the Township for tearing down a house without a permit on Casimir Street. February 11, 2014 ...

Four firefighters injuredNews

Fire officials are sifting through charred rubble to determine what caused a massive warehouse fire in Mississauga. Four firefighters were injured one critically after parts of a warehouse near...

Slow, unstoppable Wyoming landslide...News

Efforts to stop this slow-moving slide, including huge concrete walls, have proved futile. Workers can only watch helplessly as a slow-motion landslide spanning hundreds of yards splits a house in two and buckles...

The Inspection Group Tests Google...News

The Inspection Group, Inc. (TIG), one of the nation's leading field data collection, analysis, and reporting companies for the Public and Affordable Housing Industry, is field-testing Google Glass through the Google...

Former Grew building passed last...News

The former Grew Manufacturing property on Hwy. 6/10 just south of Rockford was a charred and frozen shambles on Monday, March 24, 2014 after an overnight fire which took firefighters from eight departments all night...

Yukon catching up on inspections of...News

130 Whitehorse buildings will be inspected this year Many of the buildings owned by the Yukon government haven't been inspected in years, but the government says now it's come up with a new system to...

Collapsed Little Burgundy building...News

Inspectors will be on site today to survey the structural integrity of the former community centre in Montreal's Little Burgundy neighbourhood.(Salimah Shivji/CBC) Oscar Peterson's sister, Daisy Sweeney, taught...

Chile Earthquake: Strict Building...News

Residents stay on the top floor of their building during a vertical evacuation in Iquique on Tuesday. Strict building regulations enforced due to Chile's history of violent seismology have been credited...

A forest industry shout-out to Bill...News

The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) is congratulating Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro on his cabinet appointment as the new minister of municipal affairs. The Ontario Forest Industries...

Province unveils proposed changes...News

A submitted proposal by the Ontario government to make amendments to the provincial building code, allowing the construction of wood buildings up to six storeys, has caught some members of the cement and concrete...

Crackdown coming on building...News

Timmins City Hall planning to get tough on building permits. Timmins Times LOCAL NEWS photo by Len Gillis. The City of Timmins is going to getting ready to crack down on property owners who think they have...

Beacon Street building may be...News

BOSTON - Boston Building Inspectors Friday began assessing damages at 298 Beacon St., the scene of the horrific fire that killed two Boston firefighters Wednesday. Inspector David Johnson said an examination...

Construction halted at Brazil World...News

The construction company said in a statement that the fatal incident occurred when a worker fell about 26 feet while helping install temporary seats at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo. (Andre Penner/The...

Municipal Affairs Minister Linda...News

TORONTO -- Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Linda Jeffrey is leaving provincial politics to run for mayor of Brampton, Ont., prompting another cabinet shuffle. Jeffrey said she was troubled by the spending...

Possible building code changes good...News

NORTH BAY - An announcement today by Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli should be well-received by Northern Ontario forestry communities. Fedeli said today he is pleased with word of proposed amendments to the Ontario...

Watering down building codesNews

MONTREAL - In the aftermath of the L’Isle-Verte fire that killed 32 people in a seniors’ residence two months ago, one thing has come to be viewed by many as a symbol of the little that did go right on that...

Waterford man sentenced for...News

A Waterford man’s long-running dispute with the Norfolk County building department has culminated in jail time. In Ontario Superior Court in Simcoe Wednesday, Justice James Turnbull sentenced Claire Hayes, 69,...

Police charge engineer in fatal...News

A discredited engineer who declared a leaking Northern Ontario mall structurally sound just weeks before its roof-deck garage collapsed was charged Friday in what police described as a “challenging...

Provincial Policy Statement-2014News

The Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) is the statement of the government’s policies on land use planning. It applies province-wide and provides clear policy direction on land use planning to promote strong...

TARION 2013 Trend WatchNews

Tarion is always looking for opportunities to work with the building official industry. Many of you were at the recent AMTS Conference in Hamilton, and were kind enough to fill out a survey at the Tarion tradeshow...

Fire Safety Commission Decision on...News

The inspection Order was made by Dale Mayhew, an Assistant to the Fire Marshall with the Wilmont Fire Department, on September 14, 2011. The Order provided that: The Barn (farm building) is not to be used for...

OAA Perspectives MagazineNews

Mentorship Spring 2012/2013 Any skilled occupation or profession is built, consciously or unconsciously, formally or informally, around mentoring. Knowledge has to be passed from generation to generation,...

Construction Looking Forward...News

BuildForce Canada, formerly the Construction Sector Council recently released its Ontario Labour Market Initiative Forecast, Construction Looking Forward 2013-2021. The forecast which uses a scenario-based...

The Inquiry's public hearings-Video...News

Please find Video stream Broadcast of The Inquiry's public hearings are being held at the White Mountain Building, 99 Spine Road, in Elliot Lake, starting March 4, 2013. http://elliotlakeinquiry.ca/index.html

OBOA Attends Home Show - (CHIS)...News

Before Christmas, the Canadian Home Improvement Show (CHIS) was held in Toronto with the OBOA attending to promote building officials and increase technical knowledge. The CHIS hosts an annual event for provincial...

ONTARIO REGULATION 332/12 made...News

ONTARIO REGULATION 332/12 made under the BUILDING CODE ACT, 1992 Made: October 31, 2012 Filed: November 2, 2012 Published on e-Laws: November 5, 2012 Printed in The Ontario Gazette: November 17,...

OBOA Applies for Standing and...News

Ontario Building Officials Association Application for Standing and Funding: Commission's Website - Applications TAKE NOTICE that the Applicants will bring an Application on Friday, the 26th day of October,...

OPENING REMARKS OF COMMISSIONER...News

Commission's Website Ontario Building Officials Association Application for Standing and Funding: Commission's Website - Applications Counsel for Robert Wood has advised that he intends to bring an application...

Fire Protection Systems Seminar -...News

Topics include: 1.       Introduction to flammable & combustible liquids 2.       Review of Building Permit Application Drawings 3.       Applicable Codes and Standards ...

Ontario Strengthening Protection...News

Ontario is taking steps to help home buyers make informed choices and protect their investment when buying a home. This fall, as part of a broader consumer protection initiative, the province will consult...

Training Certificates for the...News

Changes to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing's Building Code Training and Qualification program will be effictive December 31, 2012. See attached PDF files below.. File: Code News 207

Icynene awarded OBOA Recognition...News

Mississauga, ON. 11 September 2012. Leading spray foam manufacturer, Icynene, was awarded an OBOA Recognition Certificate by the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA)today for its efforts in helping...

Proposed Accessibility Standards...News

Proposed Amendment to the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 - Design of Public Spaces (Accessibility Standards for the Built...

Province names head for inquiryNews

TORONTO -- There are far more questions than answers about what went wrong at Elliot Lake's collapsed Algo Centre Mall. Attorney General John Gerretsen has announced that Justice Paul R. Belanger will lead the...

Survey on NPC Interpretation and...News

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) is a non-profit disaster mitigation and prevention research organization affiliated with the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry and the University...