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Ontario Building Code

The Building Code Act, 1992 is the legislative framework governing the construction, renovation and change-of-use of a building. The Ontario Building Code is a regulation under the Act that establishes detailed technical and administrative requirements as well as minimum standards for building construction. The purposes of the Ontario Building Code include; public health and safety, fire protection, resource conservation, environmental integrity and accessibility although its primary purpose is the promotion of public safety through the application of appropriate uniform building standards. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is responsible for the development of, and the amendments to the Building Code Act and the Code. The Ministry may be contacted at its website: www.mah.gov.on.ca.