Ensuring Compliance With the Ontario Building Code Including the 2020 Amendments

Online /
Oct 4 - 7, 2021 /
Course Code: 12-1014-ONL21

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 4 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

8:30 am to 2:30 pm (30 minute lunch & 15 minute break)

Students are required to purchase their copy of the current Ontario Building Code Compendium amended Jan. 1, 2020 to the course

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • develop valuable knowledge on key parts and interpretation of the Ontario Building Code 2012
  • discover what new areas of the New Building Code
  • discover how municipalities are enforcing the Ontario Building Code
  • find out how the objective based codes can work to your advantage and save thousands of dollars
  • enforce rules of construction in future preventing litigation, reducing risk of costly building

The 2012 Ontario Building Code Compendium is divided into a number of parts dealing with the size and the use of the building as well as parts dealing with various specialty fields involved in the design of building elements (e.g. Non-combustible construction, Barrier free) This course is focused on how to use the 2012 Ontario Building Code. It is of a general nature and will teach you and familiarize you with finding the pertinent section dealing with the subject matter. It specifically deals with the use of the Ontario Building code and which parts apply to the different types of buildings. This is an interactive course where you are working with the code as well as the instructor with real examples.

Students are required to purchase and bring their copy of the current Ontario Building Code Compendium amended Jan. 1, 2020 to the course.

Course Outline:

  • The Building Code Act
  • Fire Protection, Occupant Load, Occupant Safety and Accessibility
  • Combustible Construction
  • Building Size and Construction Relative to Occupancy
  • Fire Alarm and Detection
  • Additional Requirements for High Buildings
  • Emergency Lighting and Power Supply
  • Exit Requirements
  • Vertical Transportation
  • Plumbing

Who Should Attend
Building officials • Building code, Architectural and Engineering Consultants • Home Inspectors • Designers • Developers • Individuals who are required to achieve compliance • Persons who want to prepare to write provincial examinations in order to receive a BCIN Registration

Special Features & Requirements

Students are required to purchase and bring their copy of the current Ontario Building Code Compendium amended Jan. 1, 2020 to the course.

More Information

Time: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Daily Schedule:
8:30 am Session begins
1:30 pm Adjournment

Welcome, Introduction, Course Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

The Building Code Act

  • Design of building code
  • Powers to enforce Building Code
  • The Building Code Act
  • Building by-law
  • Different order enforcement
  • Powers of the inspector
  • When do you require a building permit
  • Some drawings and applications for a building permit

Part 1A-Scope and Definitions

  • Abbreviations
  • Legal definitions
  • Defined terms

Part 2A -Objective A2

  • Application
  • Designated structures
  • Design and general review
  • Permits and inspections
  • Conditional permits

Part 3A

Functional Statement

Part 1B General

  • Standards documents, numbering system, code reference

Part 3B Fire Protection, Occupant Load, Occupant Safety and Accessibility

  • Fire protection through compartmentalization, sprinkler system
  • Classification of buildings
  • Major occupancy
  • Multiple occupancy
  • Multiple occupancy and fire protection requirements

Combustible Construction

  • Non-combustible construction
  • Foamed plastic
  • Fire resistance rating
  • Fire separations
  • Closures
  • Fire walls
  • Fire stopping
  • Flame spread rating
  • Roof assemblies
  • Occupant load
  • Building fire safety

Building Size and Construction Relative to Occupancy

  • Building classification
  • Number of streets
  • Sprinkler vs non sprinkler
  • Sprinkler in lieu of roof rating
  • Spatial separation and exposure to fire
  • Exposure protection
  • Number size of unprotected openings
  • Limiting distance

Fire Alarm and Detection

  • Fire alarm
  • Types of fire alarms
  • Sprinklers in lieu of fire detectors
  • Voice communications

Provisions for Fire Fighting

  • Access to basements, access to fire routes
  • Water supply
  • Sprinkler systems

Additional Requirements for High Buildings

  • Limits to smoke
  • Fire fighters elevator
  • Smoke venting
  • Stand pipe system requirements
  • Pressurization

Emergency Lighting and Power Supply

  • Main lighting levels
  • Emergency power supply


  • Openings through rated floor assembly
  • Exit requirements from mezzanine
  • Interconnected floors
  • Smoke control

Safety within Floor Areas

  • Separations of suites
  • Hazardous area
  • Public corridors
  • Number of exits
  • Assembly occupancy
  • Care
  • Detention occupancy

Exit Requirements

  • In a sprinkled area
  • In unsprinklered area
  • Travel distances
  • Height and width of exit
  • Protection -fire compartmentation
  • What type of glass- G.W. or tempered
  • Number of exits

Vertical Transportation

  • Elevator requirements
  • Fire separations
  • Linen and refuse chutes
  • Fire separation make up
  • Service facilities

Health Requirements

  • Room sizes
  • Size of windows
  • Windows protection in apartment buildings

Care and Detention

  • Hospitals and nursing homes
  • Residential occupancies


  • How to calculate the number of plumbing fixtures in different types of buildings
  • Water distribution systems
  • Traps and interceptors

Barrier-Free Design

  • Path of travel
  • Occupancy requirements
  • Design standards
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Ramps

Portable Classrooms

  • Requirements
  • Grouping
  • Separations
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Exiting

Pool Design Overview

  • Pool designations
  • Pool and deck design
  • Public pools
  • Emergency provisions for public pools

Air Supported Structures

  • Spatial separation
  • Clearances to surrounding
  • Flammable materials
  • Structural requirements
  • Back up emergency power
  • Professional design

Part B4 Structural Design Overview

  • Design requirements
  • Building higher buildings
  • Next to lower buildings
  • Loading live and dead load
  • Use and occupancy
  • Wind loads
  • Live loads due to earthquakes
  • Foundations
  • Excavations
  • Signs

Part B5 Wind, Water and Vapour Protection (Environmental Separation)

  • Separation of environment
  • Environmental loss
  • Heat transfer
  • Air leakage
  • Precipitation
  • Surface water
  • Moisture in the ground
  • Prevent mould

Part B6 Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Overview

  • Design and installation
  • Air duct design system
  • Supply, return air, exhaust air system

Part B7 Plumbing Overview

  • Plumbing facilities
  • Materials, fixtures
  • Corrosion resistant materials
  • Connections to drainage
  • Potable water systems
  • Protection from contamination

Part B8 Sewage Systems Overview

  • Sewage system: classification of system, limitations, design standards, earth pit privy tanks, treatment and holding class 1 to class 5 sewage systems,
  • Operation and maintenance, grease interceptors

Part B9 Housing and Small Buildings

  • Scope of part 9 in detail
  • Different materials, systems and equipment
  • Compressive strength of concrete
  • Wood products
  • Snow loads
  • Design of areas and spaces
  • Resistance to forced entry
  • Fire protection of exits
  • Occupancy classification
  • Spatial separations
  • Damp proofing vs waterproofing
  • Footing and foundations
  • Masonry
  • Wood frame construction
  • Wood design use of tables
  • Heat transfer, air leakage and condensation
  • Cladding, stucco, interior finishes
  • Ventilation
  • Design of floor system framing
  • Design of roof system framing

Part B10 Change of Use Overview

  • Application
  • Performance level
  • Re-use of existing building
  • One occupancy changed into another occupancy
  • Site documents
  • Occupancy of unfinished buildings
  • Demolition of buildings
  • Notices to chief building officials
  • Equivalents
  • Search warrants
  • Sewage systems-qualifications
  • Conditional permits
  • Occupancy permits
  • Climatic date
  • Documents referenced in the Ontario Building Code
  • Disputes versus Building Code Commission

Part B11 Renovations Overview

  • Multiple occupancies
  • Performance level evaluation
  • Compliance alternative measures

Part B12 Resource Conservation

  • Energy efficiency for building under part 9
  • Insulation R values in different degree zones
  • Lighting/electrical requirements

Part I-C1

  • Administrative provisions
  • When field review is required

Part C2-Alternative Solutions Disputes

  • Resolutions
  • Rulings

Part 3C-Qualifications

  • Who needs to be qualified with a BCIN Registration number
  • Registration by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Quarts

Final Overview of Provincial Examination System

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Summary and Final Adjournment


Albert Peach, CBCO, CRBO, CET, MAATO

Albert J Peach has over 30 years of Code enforcement and interpretation coupled with in excess of a decade of teaching Code specific courses to Building Officials, engineers, architects and designers.


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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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