Why doesn’t Ottawa seek industry sponsors so that National Building Code can be FREE for EVERYONE to read?
Contractor Randy Elliott asks a good question: If the Criminal Code is available free online, why isn't the National Building Code of Canada?
July 20, 2018 by Steve Payne
It’s been a couple years since we last asked the simple question: Why do contractors have to PAY to access the National Building Code of Canada?
It occurs to us, if there are such huge costs involved in printing and distributing the NBC, why doesn’t Ottawa seeks sponsors?
How much would an insulation firm pay to have an ad on the inside front cover of the National Building Code? You’d think… a decent amount of money, no?
For those hardcore Marxists out there who object to the private sector getting ANY piece of a government project, perhaps they might want to consider than Karl Marx himself – who rarely worked a day job – was sponsored pretty well his whole life by Friedrich Engels, whose father owned a big textile mill. If sponsorship was good enough for Karl Marx, it should be good enough for the unionized bureaucrats who put the NBC together. No?
Here’s another comment from a contractor about the NBC…
Just another government gouge. The government is saying, re: the National Building Code, “Do what we demand AND pay us for the privilege to dance to our bureaucratic orders.” Gouge, not service. What happened to “service” in government?
40 years in my trade, 35 years in business, today I go to look up codes online in Canada for a better building product and I have to pay hundreds dollars to provide a better quality product for my clients and for government compliance in code? What next, should I have to pay for criminal codes, too? Should I have to pay for the privilege of staying out of jail? This is not an extreme exaggeration. Which gouging Canadian government brought this Building Code gouge in? WOW!