Land Development & Building Advocacy

Ontario has over a million homes in the pipeline but needs developers to put shovels in the ground: report - CBC News

Ontario has more than 1.25 million potential new homes already in the development pipeline — it just needs to figure out how to convince builders to get shovels in the ground, say experts who manage planning in cities across Ontario.

Single-family homes address 'missing middle' -

Taking a broad-based application of this designation to the single-family lot levels land values and divides the most expensive component of housing costs — the land — across a higher number of potential homes.



Enhancements to Building Code Identification Number (BCIN) Qualification Exams

As of May 8, 2023,all candidates will have the option to use the digital Building Code Compendium during BCIN exams, in addition to the continued use of the hardcopy version.

Changes to Ontario’s Building Code – Effective February 28, 2023

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing made amendments to Ontario’s Building Code (O.Reg. 30/23) that are now in force:

  • Building permits are required for demountable stages and associated sound and lighting equipment towers. These stages must also comply with specific technical requirements for stage safety. This amendment responds to recommendations from a Coroner's Inquiry and from an expert panel on strengthening safety standards in the live performance industry following two stage collapses that resulted in injuries and a fatality in 2011 and 2012.
  • Fire damper requirements are being streamlined to facilitate the construction of certain buildings, such as hospitals and long-term care facilities. These changes will reduce construction and ongoing maintenance costs for large, complex buildings that are currently being designed and constructed.

The ministry also made amendments to extend Building Code exemptions for temporary health or residential facilities until March 31, 2024 (O.Reg. 31/23):

  • Previous amendments to the Building Code (through O.Reg 434/22 - Temporary Health or Residential Facilities) that were made to respond to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, have been extended for one more year. The extension is aligned with changes made to Ontario Regulation 144/20 under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 by the Ministry of the Solicitor General by (O.Reg. 32/23). Together, these measures will facilitate continued flexibility in Ontario’s health and shelter systems in support of COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts.