For those who thought B.C. Building 2018 was a publication they can’t afford, the B.C. government is giving FREE online access to B.C. Building Code 2018  at as of August 2019.  For those who paid for the online access this year, they will be getting a refund.

According to Press Release

“Today’s announcement is a win-win,” said Navdeep Singh Bains, federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “Not only are we returning money to the hard-working students and firms of B.C.’s construction sector and making national building codes free from now on, we are also celebrating the Province’s role in setting the stage for better harmonization under one national standard.”

As of April 1, 2019, electronic versions of the National Building Code of Canada were made available at no cost. The change eliminated the royalties B.C. pays to the federal government for the national codes. The refunds for B.C.’s codes are the result of an agreement between the Government of Canada and the Province to pass these savings on to British Columbians.

“Our government is working hard to make sure programs and services are affordable and accessible for all British Columbians,” said Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services, at an event at BCIT. “Today, we’re giving $2.5 million back to British Columbians and making it easier for students, contractors, businesses and local governments to access these important codes for their studies and work – work that helps grow local economies and create good-paying jobs.”


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