Ontario Seeks Input on EV-Supportive Building Code Changes Affecting New Multi-Unit Residential Buil

Ontario's Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MMA) is seeking input on proposed changes to Ontario's Building Code targeted at increasing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in new multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs). The consultation also covers changes targeted at energy efficiency, large buildings and green technology. These proposed changes follow previous Ontario Building Code changes applicable to houses (excluding MURBs) and workplaces.

MMA's EV-related proposed changes contain the following elements:

  • Apply to new MURBS (called "apartment buildings" in the Building Code) where parking is provided within the building

  • 20% of parking spaces must be provided with EV supply equipment installed in accordance with Section 86 of the Electrical Safety Code

  • Remaining parking spaces must be designed to permit future installation of EV supply equipment that conforms to Section 86 of the Electrical Safety Code

  • In-effect date: January 1, 2019

The full text of the proposed changes can be found at 2-CC-B-03-01-01.

MMA's overview notes that a forthcoming consultation regarding proposed EV-supportive amendments to Ontario's Condominium Act, 1998 S.O. 1998, c. 19 will inform the outcome of the Building Code consultation. Condominium owners and residents often report significant barriers in accessing and installing EV charging.

In addition to reviewing the overview, interested stakeholders are invited to consider the proposed technical code amendments and discussion questions.

Stakeholders can provide feedback by September 29, 2017 in the following ways:

  • Provide feedback on the Technical Code Change Proposal by completing the online comment form.

  • Provide feedback on a consultation discussion item by completing the comment form.

  • Submit comments by mail to: 2017 Next Edition Building Code Consultation c/o Building and Development Branch Ministry of Municipal Affairs 16th Floor – 777 Bay Street Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E5

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