Ontario Creating More Choice for Wood Frame Construction

Province Allowing Wood Frame Buildings up to Six Storeys

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Ontario is introducing safer, more flexible and affordable design options for the construction of wood frame buildings.

Through changes to the Ontario Building Code, wood frame buildings can now be built up to six storeys high, raising the limit from four storeys.

The changes give builders a safe option that can help make building a home more affordable and support more attractive, pedestrian-oriented buildings that enhance streetscapes while continuing to protect the safety of residents and firefighters.

New safety requirements for wood frame buildings that include building stairwells with non-combustible materials and roofs that are combustion resistant now make Ontario's regulations the most rigorous in Canada.

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