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Tell us if you ever refer to the National Building Code of Canada – and you might win a $100 gas card

The National Building Code of Canada has no legal weight on its own. Only if your province or local municipality has used parts of the code, must you comply with them. We want to know if you find the NBC a useful document.


May 22, 2014
By Steve Payne

The National Building Code (NBC) of Canada has no legal status unless your particular province or jurisdiction has decided to use parts of it for their “own” legislation.

You can thank John A. Macdonald and his visionary colleagues for that.  When Canada became a real country in 1867, under the British North America Act, it was decided that the provinces – not Ottawa – would decide on their own building codes. But in the 1940s, the National Building Code was developed as a model code for these various jurisdictions to borrow from.

Having said all this, we want to know if you have used the NBC, as a document, at any time.

You’ll see a poll to the right of this article. You can tell us what use you make of the NBC in that poll.

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If you’d like to go further, and tell us what you think of the NBC as a useful document, BELOW, in a post, you might win a $100 gas card. We will draw one name at random, no matter what you say about the code.

So let us know.


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2 Comments » for Tell us if you ever refer to the National Building Code of Canada – and you might win a $100 gas card
  1. RAVINDER PANESAR; P.Eng says:

    NATIONAL BUILDING CODE IS FOUNDATION CODE AND IS A MOTHER TO ALL PROVINCIAL CODES. IT IS A SYMBOLIC FOR INTERNATIONAL REFERANCES AND PRIDE.

  2. Refer to the NBC all the time. As a province, NL, adopts the Code in its entirety, as do some other provinces across the country.

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