Ministry of the
Solicitor General

Reconciliation Agreement on Construction Codes

Communiqué du commissaire des incendies

Reconciliation Agreement on Construction Codes

Communiqué 2020-17

September 28, 2020

On August 27, 2020 Ontario signed the Reconciliation Agreement on Construction Codes under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA).

In taking this important step, Ontario is committed to further harmonizing the Ontario Building Code and Ontario Fire Code with the National Construction Codes. The harmonization of codes will help reduce barriers related to trade, product manufacturing, building design and maintenance.

The Agreement was jointly signed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, with responsibility for Ontario’s Building Code, and the Solicitor General, with responsibility for Ontario’s Fire Code.

Key elements of the Agreement include:

  • Greater alignment of technical requirements in provincial / territorial codes with the National Construction Codes, meaning that over time Ontario’s Codes will be more harmonized with those in effect in other provinces and territories;
  • Timely and consistent adoption of Construction Codes across Canada so that the same rules are in place at the same time;
  • A transformed national code development system, including a new governance structure that will be more responsive to provinces and territories;
  • Access to free National Construction Codes across Canada (in digital format);
  • Development of an Implementation Plan that will provide details and direction on how the changes will be achieved.

Ontario’s Building Code and Fire Code establish fire, health, safety, accessibility and energy efficiency standards for buildings in the province. While signing the Agreement means that the technical content of Ontario’s Building and Fire Codes will begin to more closely reflect that of the National Construction Codes and codes across the country, Ontario will continue to maintain certain provisions in its Building Code and Fire Code that will differ from the National Construction Codes.

As we progress through this important initiative, Ontario will work closely with stakeholders to ensure safety remains a key priority in future changes to codes. For more information, please contact Technical Services at 647-329-1100 or TechnicalServices@ontario.ca.