Code Authorities in Canada

A Quick find for authorities responsible for codes in Canada.

Building, Plumbing and Fire Codes

Responsibility for building regulation in Canada rests with the provinces and territories; each province and territory can adopt any code or standard that suits their needs. Fortunately, in Canada, there are processes in place that work to minimize variations in codes and standards and promote consistency and uniformity. So, for the most part, building codes are based on NATIONAL MODEL CODES, and are adopted in each of the provinces and territories with little or no change.

There are two senior groups which are essentially responsible for building codes in Canada – one looks after the development and maintenance of the codes, what goes into them and the other represents the authorities that adopt and administer the codes, the provinces and territories.

These two groups are the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) and the Provincial/Territorial Policy Advisory Committee on Codes (PTPACC).

The CCBFC develops and maintains six of Canada’s model construction and fire codes and oversees the work of several standing committees, special purpose committees, and task groups.

Proposals to change or amend codes may be made at the national level, through the Canadian Codes Center (CCC) . Information on provincial and territorial codes can be obtained by contacting the appropriate provincial or territorial authority.

The Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners also actively participate in the development of codes and standards relating to fire safety.

The 2010 national model codes are now available. For information contact the Canadian Codes Centre (CCC).”

Electrical Codes

Responsibility for electrical safety rests with the provinces and territories. In Canada, every province and territory adopts and enforces the same installation code, the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), Part I.
With regards to equipment standards, these requirements are basically set through the Canadian Electrical Code Part II. This ensures that equipment installed in conjunction with the CEC will be compatible and safe to use under the installation rules.

The electrical codes are eventually incorporated into each jurisdiction’s regulations for enforcement.

Regulatory authorities are active in the development of the CEC. An influential body regarding electrical safety is the Canadian Advisory Council on Electrical Safety (CACES).

Generally, the administration and adoption of the Canadian Electrical Code is addressed at the provincial and territorial level, whereas the enforcement of the Code may be at either the provincial, and/or municipal level. Information on the Canadian Electrical Code within each jurisdiction can be obtained by contacting the appropriate provincial or territorial authority.

Gas Codes

Responsibility for gas safety rests with the provinces and territories. In Canada, every province and territory adopts and enforces the same gas code, CAN/CSA-B149 Series of Codes. This responsibility normally covers the installation of natural gas appliances, equipment, components, and accessories where gas is to be used for fuel purposes, and propane storage/handling.

The gas codes are eventually incorporated into each jurisdiction’s regulations for enforcement.

Regulatory authorities are active in the development of the gas codes. An influential body regarding gas safety is the Inter-provincial Gas Advisory Committee (IGAC).

Generally, the administration and adoption of the gas codes are addressed at the provincial and territorial level, whereas the enforcement of the codes may be at either the provincial and/or municipal level. Information on the gas codes within each jurisdiction can be obtained by contacting the appropriate provincial or territorial authority.

PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL AUTHORITIES


                            AUTHORITY                                 CODE INFORMATION  

 Alberta

BUILDING

FIRE

PLUMBING

ELECTRICAL

GAS

ENVIRONMENT


British Columbia

BUILDING

FIRE

PLUMBING

ELECTRICAL

GAS

ENVIRONMENT






Manitoba

BUILDING

FIRE

PLUMBING

ELECTRICAL

GAS

ENVIRONMENT






New Brunswick

BUILDING

FIRE

PLUMBING

 (English)

ELECTRICAL

GAS

ENVIRONMENT


   New Brunswick

BUILDING

FIRE

PLUMBING

 (French)

ELECTRICAL

GAS

ENVIRONMENT


Newfoundland and Labrador

BUILDING*

FIRE

PLUMBING*

ELECTRICAL

GAS

ENVIRONMENT


Northwest Territories

BUILDING

FIRE

PLUMBING

ELECTRICAL

GAS


Nova Scotia

BUILDING

FIRE

PLUMBING

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ELECTRICAL

GAS

ENVIRONMENT


Nunavut

BUILDING

FIRE

PLUMBING

ELECTRICAL

GAS

ENVIRONMENT


Ontario

BUILDING

FIRE

PLUMBING

ELECTRICAL

GAS

ENVIRONMENT


Prince Edward Island

BUILDING

FIRE

PLUMBING

ELECTRICAL

GAS

ENVIRONMENT


Quebec

BUILDING

FIRE

PLUMBING

(English)

ELECTRICAL

GAS

ENVIRONMENT


 Quebec

BUILDING

FIRE

PLUMBING

(French)

ELECTRICAL

 GAS

ENVIRONMENT


Saskatchewan

BUILDING

FIRE

PLUMBING

ELECTRICAL

GAS

ENVIRONMENT


Yukon

BUILDING

FIRE

PLUMBING

ELECTRICAL

GAS

ENVIRONMENT