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Draft regulations are published in the Gazette officielle du Québec prior to their adoption in order to obtain the public’s comments, which will then be analyzed by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ).

Draft regulation to amend Chapter I, Building, of the Construction Code

On December 16, 2020, the draft regulation to amend Chapter 1, Building, of the Construction Code, was published in the Gazette officielle du Québec in order to obtain the public’s comments. 

This draft regulation seeks to adopt by reference the 2015 edition of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) published by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), including revisions and errata published in September 2018 with Québec amendments.

Among others, this draft regulation seeks to:

  • facilitate access to buildings through new layouts and increased clearances for accessing equipment
  • improve users’ safety in stairs and on ramps (reduce the risk of falling)
  • reduce the risk of spreading a fire by improving the integrity of fire separations and requiring the installation of sprinklers
  • improve the evacuation of buildings during a fire (detection, alarm, evacuation measures)
  • provide better protection against risks related to climate change (wind, rain, snow, ice) and earthquakes, with risk values for seismic-resistant design having been updated in keeping with new knowledge
  • improve the health of occupants (ventilation, water cooling towers, drainage).

This draft regulation includes the following changes to current regulations:

  • amendments resulting from updates to the NBC (and generally adopted by other provinces)
  • retaining changes resulting from the Québec government priorities contained in the 2010 edition of the NBC
  • the withdrawal of several previous Québec amendments to harmonize code requirements with those of the NBC 2015 published by the NRC, in order to conclude the Canada-wide accord on the harmonization of construction codes [Fr] This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window.
  • amendments arising from industry requests and providing possibilities other than construction methods authorized by the current code.

As presented, this draft regulation also makes it possible to carry out, in part, one of the priorities contained in the 2013-2020 plan of action on climate change as well as one of the commitments of the 2030 Energy Policy. It further meets some of the objectives laid out in Québec’s Equals in Every Respect: Because Rights Are Meant to Be Exercised, as well as Aging and living together: at home, in one’s community, in Québec.

Draft regulation to amend Chapter VIII, Buildings, of the Safety Code

Published alongside this draft regulation is the draft regulation to amend Chapter VIII, Buildings, of the Safety Code. This draft regulation amending the Safety Code is required in order to add to section 344 of the new edition of Chaper I, Building, of the Construction Code, the list of standards applicable to all buildings, based on their year of construction. This update is intended to ensure the compliance of existing buildings to standards applicable at the time they were built, thereby ensuring the health and safety of persons as well as the protection of buildings against fire and structural damage.

Publication date: December 16, 2020
End of the consultative period: January 29, 2021

Should you have any comments, please email them to projet.reglement.commentaires@rbq.gouv.qc.ca, or mail them to:

À l’attention de Madame Caroline Hardy
Secrétaire générale et directrice des affaires institutionnelles par intérim
Régie du bâtiment du Québec
800, place D’Youville, 16e étage
Québec (Québec) G1R 5S3

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