Where to find a qualified designer and registered firm

Qualification with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

The Building Code Act requires that a range of individuals and firms responsible for design activities regulated under the Act be qualified in their appropriate area of design and, when required, registered with the Province. Individuals and, in some instances, their firms must file with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to obtain a Building Code Identification Number (BCIN).

The Ministry’s Qualification and Registration Tracking System (QuARTS) includes a public registry of qualified designers and registered firms.

Ontario Building Code

On June 28, 2006 Ontario Regulation 350/06 was filed to introduce the 2006 Building Code. The new Code is written in an objective-based format to promote innovation and flexibility in design and construction. The objective-based Code continues to contain prescriptive requirements known as “acceptable solutions” that serve as benchmarks for evaluation.

The new Code also includes over 700 technical changes. These changes include measures to increase energy efficiency, improve accessibility, and simplify the design and construction of houses.