British Columbia Building 2018 is now free of charge for use. From the Crown Publication website please see this

Online versions of the B.C. Building Codes are now available free of charge, and nearly 5,000 people who purchased the code on or after Sept. 5, 2018, will soon get a refund.

“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.

B.C. is now refunding the full purchase amount to anyone who bought an online subscription of the codes and offering a substantial refund for those who purchased a printed copy. Going forward, the Province will offer free digital versions of the codes and printed copies will be available at a reduced rate. This move marks another step forward as the B.C. government works to make life more affordable for everyone who lives and works in the province.

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For access to free online codes, visit the B.C. publications site: www.bcpublications.ca