Regulations & Codes
A recycled title adorns the Ontario government's latest initiative to be framed as red tape reduction. Bill 213, the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2020, is an omnibus effort to amend more than two dozen statutes.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing says the underlying principle of improving accessibility will be maintained, and connects the revisions to the government's commitment to cut red tape that is slowing down the production of new housing.
The 2019 Ontario budget lists the Building Code Conservation Advisory Council among 10 provincial agencies deemed to be unnecessary or imprudent expenditures.
The new policy would give developers a basis to challenge any local government's veto of non-employment land uses in suburban office parks.
Construction site security is under renewed scrutiny after a member of the public gained access to a downtown property and scaled a crane.
Corporate tenants are increasingly demanding child care in their buildings to help female employees go back to work after maternity leave.
Mixed-use developments in Toronto are creating neighbourhoods that are unaffordable for many people, according to a new study.
Ontario is looking to boost elevator availability in multi-storey residential buildings, as well as long-term care and seniors’ homes.
The CaGBC is working to spearhead the next evolution of green building with the launch of its Zero Carbon Building Standard.
Provincial authorities are preparing to introduce requirements relating to sound transmission due to deficiencies that could cut down on noise complaints.
The development of courtyard apartments, multiplexes and town homes could be among the building blocks of better housing affordability in Ontario.
Flooding is giving rise to new research on how green roof performance metrics can better manage water capacity.
If it becomes law, the Reliable Elevators Act would require maintenance contractors to restore out-of-service elevators within 14 days in most buildings.
Han Dong, the Liberal MPP for Trinity-Spadina, is proposing to set time limits for elevator repairs with a private member's bill.
Understanding code creep and why Canadian property owners need to be aware of foreign, just as much as local policy when it comes to tenant
New criteria for calculating thermal bridging and a mandate for heat/energy recovery systems in a wide range of conditions could have the most significant impact on the design and construction of new buildings.
Industry proponents of sustainability are looking beyond buildings and thinking on a larger scale with low-impact communities.