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In order to ensure the quality of construction work, the Building Act provides for the adoption of a Construction Code covering buildings and equipment for public use, including electrical, petroleum and plumbing facilities as well as those intended for the use, distribution or storage of gas.
The Construction Code applies to designers of plans and specifications (architects, engineers, technologies) and contractors.
This code is adopted chapter by chapter.
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Chapter I – Building has been in force since November 7, 2000. The new version of this chapter of the Construction Code, which went into effect on January 8, 2022, consists of the National Building Code of Canada 2015, with amendments for Québec. This edition is available from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). Meanwhile, you can refer to the Gazette officielle du Québec for further information.
Chapter I.1 – Energy efficiency of buildings has been in force since June 27, 2020. Consisting of the National Energy Code for Buildings edited by the National Research Council of Canada in 2015 and amended for Québec, this chapter regulates the energy efficiency of large residential buildings as well as institutional, commercial and industrial buildings. This new edition is available on the website of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).
Chapter II – Gas has been in force since December 2, 2003. It consists of the National Gas and Propane Installation Code (CSA B149.1), the Propane Storage and Handling Code (CSA B149.2), the Natural Gas Fuelling Installations Code (CSA B108-14), the Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems standard (CAN/CSA Z662-15), and the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) – Production, Storage and Handling standard (CAN/CSA Z276-15) (edition Z276-18 went into effect on July 31, 2018), with amendments made to Chapter II, Section VII – Gas in order to facilitate its application, adapt it to the specific needs of Québec, and take into account the provisions of the Building Act (RSQ c B-1.1). It should be noted that this chapter includes a provision that automatically brings new editions of these codes and standards (including addenda or supplements) into force. Amendments to Chapter II – Gas are therefore included in new editions. Note as well that, for approval of appliances, Chapter II – Gas refers to the construction and testing requirements set forth in the Code for the Field Approval of Fuel-related Components on Appliances and Equipment (CSA B149.3), which must be met in order to ensure the compliance of appliances.
Chapter III – Plumbing In force since October 1st, 2002. Consisting of the National Plumbing Code of Canada - 2015 with Québec amendments, the latest edition went into effect on March 27, 2021. It is available on the website of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).
Chapter IV – Elevators and other elevating devices has been in force since October 21, 2004. It consists of the Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators (ASME A17.1-2007/CSA B44-07), the Lifts for Persons with Physical Disabilities standard (CAN/CSA B-355-09) and the Private Residence Lifts for Persons with Physical Disabilities (CAN/CSA B613-00), which are published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
Chapter V – Electricity has been in force since October 1st, 2002. Its most recent amendments have been in effect since October 1st, 2018. This chapter consists of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1, 23rd edition, with Québec amendments (CSA C22.10-18).
Chapter VII – Passenger Ropeways has been in force since October 21, 2004. It consists of the Passenger Ropeways standard (CAN/CSA Z98) published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and has been amended to facilitate its application and adapt to the specific needs of Québec.
Chapter VIII – Petroleum Equipment Installation has been in force since April 1st, 2007.
Chapter IX – Amusement Rides and Devices has been in force since May 3, 2012. It consists of the Safety Code for Amusement Rides and Devices (CAN/CSA Z267-00, confirmed in 2011) published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) with amendments made to the Safety Code in order to facilitate its application and adapt to the specific needs of Québec.
Chapter X – Bathing Places has been in force since March 14, 2013.