Ontario Building Code 2012
BCIN Self Study Manuals/Training Courses


Ontario regulation 88/19

The ministry amended Ontario’s Building Code (O. Reg 332/12) to further harmonize Ontario’s Building Code with the 2015 National Codes. These changes will help reduce red tape for businesses and remove barriers to interprovincial trade throughout the country. The amendments are based on code change proposals the ministry consulted in 2016 and 2017.

Changes come into effect on three dates:

  • May 2, 2019: requirements to the Building Code came into effect in the following areas:
    • removal of technical requirements related to electric vehicle charging infrastructure in houses and non-residential large buildings, such as workplaces
  • January 1, 2020: the majority of the amendments come into effect, including:
    • fire safety measures that include fire prevention and early detection and warning systems
    • structural sufficiency of buildings to withstand external forces and improve resilience
    • water conservation improvements to plumbing fixtures
    • public health and safety requirements
    • accessibility requirements for barrier-free access
    • Updated standards referenced in the Building Code
  • January 1, 2022: new Building Code requirements related to stair dimensions, guards and handrails come into effect.
  • George Brown College is currently updating the self-study/participant manuals and will be available for purchase on April 13, 2020.

    The Ministry BCIN exams will be updated to the above Regulation commencing on June 1, 2020.

    For additional Information
    Valeria Ivanova
    Building Code Coordinator
    (416)415-5000 ext. 6725


    About Manuals

    Note: Effective August 1, 2018 the Building Code manuals can be purchased from Soho Business Solutions at the following link: Order Manuals

    George Brown College and the Ontario Building Officials Association are pleased to announce a long-term partnership to integrate their building code training platforms. The overall mission is to enhance Building Code education at both a provincial and national level by improving the quality and accessibility of training products and services. George Brown College’s educational experience in combination with the Ontario Building Officials Association’s industry experience will allow us to offer superior products and services to professional building officials and building code practitioners both in preparation for Building Code examinations as well as professional development.

    For training related inquiries please contact

    Michael Leonard
    Coordinator, Membership and Training
    (905) 264-1662 ext. 224

    Valeria Ivanova
    Building Code Coordinator
    (416)415-5000 ext. 6725

    Ontario Building Code Training Courses

    Image of construction hat on top of blueprints Safe and efficient construction in our communities requires a high calibre of expertise among municipal building officials, builders, design professionals and other Ontario Building Code users. Keeping up-to-date on the Building Code also promotes building safety and efficient construction within the province.

    In addition, a range of Building Code practitioners must register under the Building Code in order to practice in Ontario. Code training can help them prepare for qualification examinations.

    For complete information on qualification and registration please visit the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing web site.

    A new edition of the Building Code went into effect January 1, 2014, and this creates an additional need for Code training.

    The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has transferred responsibility for Building Code training to George Brown College. This includes the development and delivery of both training courses and self-study manuals.

    Training materials for the 2012 Building Code have been updated by George Brown College. These materials are delivered by the community college sector and potentially other authorized bodies, with George Brown College as the lead institution.

    Course Delivery Organizations

    George Brown College, in partnership with other training organizations, offers both Overview and Detailed Technical Courses to those involved in the enforcement of the Building Code Act and Regulations as well as those involved in the design and supervision of construction.

    Courses are offered either in-class, on-line or through self-study. Click here for a complete list of Course Delivery Organizations offering in-class courses.

    Self-Study Manuals

    Self-study manuals can be purchased Here

    Contact Information

    Building Code Information Officer, George Brown College
    416-415-5000 x6725