Publication date of Canada’s building codes pushed to 2021


Canada’s next building code update is expected for late 2021.

Ottawa, ON—The National Building, Fire, and Plumbing Codes, and the National Energy Code for Buildings was expected to be released at the end of 2020—but the industry will have to wait a little while longer. The committees of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) are finalizing updates to the codes. The next editions are anticipated to be available in December 2021.

Publication timing for the updating codes has been extended due to a number of factors, including the complexity of the proposed changes, a significant volume of comments received from the public review, the COVID-19 pandemic, and at the request of the provinces and territories to receive all four model code documents concurrently.

Feedback from the fall of 2019 and winter 2020 will still be included in the updated codes.

Current provincial and territorial building, energy, and safety regulations will remain in effect until the next edition of codes is adopted by the provincial and territorial authority having jurisdiction.

Upcoming editions of the National Model Codes will continue to be available for free in electronic format and at a discounted price for print formats.


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