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The following draft regulations have already been published in the Gazette officielle du Québec for comments and are currently in the process of being adopted.

Draft regulation amending the Construction Code, Chapter 1, Building, to ensure access to the interior of residential housing units

On February 21, 2018, the draft regulation amending the Construction Code, Chapter 1, Building, to ensure access to the interior of residential housing units, was published in the Gazette officielle du Québec in order to obtain comments from the public.

The public comment period ended on April 7, 2018. However, this regulation is not in force yet.

This draft regulation applies all housing units located on the ground floor of a building, with certain exceptions, or those served by an elevator, in all new constructions or expansions to buildings of more than 2 storeys and more than 8 housing units.

This regulation makes it possible to choose from 2 levels of accessibility, i.e.:

  • the minimally accessible apartment, which provides first-level accessibility to some of the apartment’s rooms
  • the adaptable apartment, which provides access to the apartment’s main rooms and reduces costs related to future adaptation work.

Regulation’s objectives

This draft regulation seeks mainly to:

  • develop a pool of housing units accessible to individuals with a mobility disability, at a lower cost
  • progressively reduce the cost of adapting housing units through the construction of adaptable and accessible apartments.
  • meet expectations expressed by associations representing the interests of handicapped persons as well as senior citizens at hearing of the Comité consultative permanent (permanent advisory committee) on the accessibility and safety of buildings for disabled individuals.
  • fulfill government commitments relating to the implementation of the À part entière policy: to truly exercise the right to equality, as well as the objectives of the ageing policy Vieillir et vivre ensemble : chez soi, dans sa communauté, au Québec (Growing old and living together: at home, in your community, in Québec).

Publication date: February 21, 2018
End of the consultation period: April 7, 2018

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Draft regulation amending Chapter II, Gas, of the Construction Code (chapter B-1.1, r. 2) and the draft regulation amending Chapter III, Gas, of the Safety Code (chapter B-1.1, r. 3)

On February 21, 2018, draft regulations amending Chapter II, Gas, of the Construction Code (chapter B-1.1, r. 2), and Chapter III, Gas, of the Safety Code (chapter B-1.1, r. 3), were published in the Gazette officielle du Québec in order to obtain comments from the public.

The public comment period ended on April 7, 2018. However, this regulation is not in force yet.

Regulations’ objectives

These draft regulations seek mainly to:

  • update standards and codes adopted by reference and remove the publication years
  • adapt the CSA B149.3 standard “Code for the field approval of fuel-related components on appliances and equipment” and its appendix D
  • adopt appendix D “Fueling stations for vehicles powered by LNG” of the CSA Z276 standard “Liquefied natural gas (LNG): Production, storage, and handling.”
  • increase the safety of gas installations
  • extend fees to the distribution of compressed and liquefied natural gas in the Safety Code, much like natural gas distributed by pipeline.
  • integrate, in the Code, exemptions contained in section II.2 of the Regulation respecting the application of the Building Act.

Publication date: February 21, 2018
End of the consultation period: April 7, 2018

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The Régie du bâtiment du Québec has also produced documents allowing you to quickly identify differences between the current regulations and the new ones:

Draft regulation amending the Regulation respecting the professional qualification of contractors and owner-builders

On December 27, the draft regulation amending the Regulation respecting the professional qualification of contractors and owner-builders was published in the Gazette officielle du Québec, in order to obtain comments from the public.

The period for submitting comments has been closed since February 9, 2018. However, this regulation is not yet in effect.   

This draft regulation amends certain measures relating to the licence security when a contractor also holds an itinerant merchant’s security.   

The licence security is a financial guarantee, which the contractor obtains from an association, insurance company or financial institution to guarantee the execution of his contractual obligations to his clients. To obtain a licence from the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), the contractor must hold a licence security. This is required by the Regulation respecting the professional qualification of contractors and owner-builders.  

The Consumer Protection Act, which is governed by the Office de la protection du consommateur (OPC – Consumer Protection Office), also requires that an itinerant merchant obtain an itinerant merchant’s security.  

Objectives of the draft regulation

This regulation seeks mainly to:

  • improve the process for processing claims against the security, in order to ensure its efficiency.
  • ensure the exchange of certain information between the RBQ and the OPC.
  • ensure consistent application of the regulation by the RBQ and the OPC, particularly as it relates to the prescribed timeframe for processing claims.

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Draft regulations amending Chapter V of the Construction Code (chapter B-1.1, r. 2) and Chapter II of the Safety Code, Electricity

On September 27, 2017, draft regulations amending Chapter V of the Construction Code (chapter B-1.1, r. 2) and Chapter II of the Safety Code (chapter B-1.1, r. 3), Electricity, were published in the Gazette officielle du Québec, in order to obtain the public’s comments.

The period for submitting comments has been closed since November 10, 2017. However, this regulation is not yet in effect.

Objectives of the draft regulations

These draft regulations seek mainly to:

  • adopt the 23rd edition of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1, CSA C22.1-15 (CEC-2015) in order to update Chapter V, Electricity, of the Construction Code.
  • amend this new edition to meet Québec needs and priorities and retain some of the amendments that had been made to the 2009 edition currently in effect.
  • integrate measures called for in the 2015-2020 Transportation Electrification Action Plan adopted by the government, by requiring the installation of a basic infrastructure for eventually powering 240-volt charging stations for electric vehicles when building single-family housing with parking area or car port.
  • integrate, in the regulation, some of the recommendations of the Comité consultatif provincial sur l’électricité (provincial advisory committee on electricity) in order to enhance the level of safety of certain installations.
  • ensure that the requirements of the Safety Code’s Chapter II, Electricity, are consistent with other chapters of the code as well as the Construction Code.
  • introduce, directly into the Construction Code, exemptions to the Regulation respecting the application of the Building Act as they relate to electrical installations.

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