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REGULATORY RANT: Ministry’s last-minute charge – Ontario electric vehicle update for new homes
December 21st, 2017 6:38 am     A+ | a-

Paul De Berardis / RESCON

Season’s greetings!

Ahead of the winter holiday, I’d like to give you a quick update on electrical vehicle (EV) charging requirements slated to take effect in the Ontario Building Code on Jan. 1, 2018.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs made the announcement of transition provisions on Dec. 19, less than two weeks ahead of the Code change, to support the “smooth implementation” of EV charging requirements.

Click here to see the ministry’s Q&A document on EV requirements for new low-rise homes.

According to the ministry release, “The transition provisions apply to projects that have already been planned, approved and may have electrical servicing in the ground, but have not yet received a building permit. In these cases, investments have already been made in systems that were not designed to handle the increased energy loads that the new Building Code provisions generate.”

This is good news as the ministry has acknowledged the implementation challenges which their new regulations posed for new housing projects given the lengthy timelines associated with residential developments.

Back to the ministry release …

“The transition regulation (Ontario Regulation 563/17) provides an extended transition period for implementing electric vehicle charging requirements in the Building Code for projects that can demonstrate prior electrical infrastructure approvals.”

The ministry plans to share more information on the implementation of the EV requirements in the coming weeks.

Thanks for reading, stay charged and all the best in 2018!


Paul De Berardis is RESCON’s director of building science and innovation. Email him at


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