Retirement Homes – OBC Changes

October 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Fire Safety News

** Please Note: This Technical Session has been moved to a new location due to being ‘SOLD OUT’ at the CFSA office location. **


Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Location: Underwriters Laboratories of Canada – 7 Underwriters Road, Toronto, ON M1E 3A9
Please note change of venue
Time: 8:30 a.m. registration and seminar from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Meals: Continental breakfast will be provided
Certificate: A certificate of attendance will be issued by CFSA at the end of the seminar
Fees: $45.00 (including HST) for CFSA members; early-bird and group pricing available
$55.00 (including HST) for non-members

Seminar Objective:

The objective of this seminar will be to review the changes to the Ontario Building Code relating to retirement homes.

Seminar Outline:

On May 17, 2017, the Ontario government filed O.Reg. 139-17 to amend the 2012 Ontario Building Code. The amendments include new design requirements relative to retirement homes, requirements for newly defined “houses”, and requirements to support climate change initiatives.

This presentation is specific to the recent retirement home changes which have come into effect as of July 1, 2017. The presentation reviews the reasoning behind the recent fire and life safety changes to the Ontario Building Code related to retirement homes as well as the impacts and implementation of these new requirements, and provides an overview of critical changes to retirement home design requirements.

Who will benefit?

This seminar will benefit engineers, designers, consultants and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (building and fire departments).

Instructors Biography:

Matteo Gilfillan, LET, B.A.S., C.E.T., CFPS is President of Matteo Gilfillan & Associates. Matteo has over 15 year of experience in fire and life safety consulting working on a variety of projects and occupancies providing building and fire code consulting on building designs and concepts, preparing Alternative Solution proposals and conducting building inspections/audits.

Matteo is the Past President of the Canadian Fire Safety Association (CFSA), is an active member in the SFPE, southern Ontario Chapter and the International Code Council (ICC). He is involved with various fire and life safety committees, including the Technical Advisory Committee that reviewed the recently enacted Code changes regarding retirement homes.

How To Register
To register, you can simply download our printable Registration Form (PDF), and mail or fax your completed Registration to the address indicated on the form.

This seminar may qualify for continuing education credits/learning hours when recertifying for designations (i.e. C.E.T., CFPS, CFEI, CFAA, etc.). This seminar will account for 2 hours.


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Job Posting: Manager I – Building Engineer (Mechanical)

July 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Current Job Postings, Fire Safety News

Service Area

Development & Compliance

File #

M-54-17E (B)

Posting Open Date


Posting Closed Date


Job Code


Position Title

Manager I – Building Engineer (Mechanical)

Position Type

Permanent – Full Time

Employee Group


Summary of Duties

Reporting to the designated Manager within Development & Compliance Services, the Manager I, Building Engineer, reviews mechanical and structural drawings, plans, specifications and design data for all buildings and structures to ensure compliance with the Ontario Building Code Act, 1992, the Ontario Building Code, related Municipal by-laws, other applicable by-laws, and conducts structural and mechanical inspections on site. The Manager I, Building Engineer assists the Manager II responsible for structural building engineering or mechanical building engineering as required.

Work Performed

  • Liaise with the Legal and Corporate Services and/or Risk Management Divisions of the Corporation with respect to files that relate to statements of claim against the Building Division. Assist the Corporation’s solicitors with the coordination and retrieval of confidential information, liaising with other Service Areas as required.
  • Conduct the review of information and documentation submitted by manufacturers and/or suppliers related to the suitability of proprietary building products or alternative solutions with respect to conformance to the Ontario Building Code.
  • Responsible for research, assessment of processes and structure, and coordination of strategically significant divisional initiatives and improvement processes.
  • Review Alternative Solutions as submitted under the related sections of the Ontario Building Code.
  • Exercise powers and perform duties within the standards set by the Code of Conduct prescribed in Section 7.1 of the Building Code Act, 1992.
  • Review structural plans, drawings and specifications; assist Development & Compliance Services staff with matters related to the discipline of structural engineering according to the Ontario Building Code and other related municipal by-laws, such as the Sign By-law. Ensure the designer makes necessary revisions and ensure the execution of related site inspections, as required.
  • Instruct and guide building inspectors in the field during construction as necessary.
  • Distribute work to assigned staff, and supervise work completion.
  • Provide advice, training and guidance to staff on structural and mechanical plan reviews and issues that may arise on construction sites.
  • Inspect and review structures/buildings and consult with staff in other divisions or Services Areas (i.e. Heritage Planner, Property Standards inspectors) in determining unsafe conditions and providing visual structural/mechanical evaluation reports. Review reports prepared by outside engineers and architects with respect to remedial work required to make structures/buildings safe.
  • Review mechanical plans, drawings, and specifications to ensure compliance with the applicable Acts, regulations, and by-laws. Ensure the designer makes necessary revisions. Responsible for site inspections per the Ontario Building Code and on-site testing to ensure compliance with applicable standards.
  • Communicate reasons for various regulations, verbally or in writing, to architects, engineers, designers, constructors, and the public, as required.
  • Perform duties under the Building Code Act, 1992 and the Ontario Building Code in connection with issuing orders under the Building Code Act, 1992, reviewing plans and inspecting for unsafe construction or buildings. Work with engineers and restoration companies authorized by the Corporation of the City of London to address unsafe building conditions in the event that individuals and companies served with orders do not comply as directed.
  • Liaise with industry representatives to coordinate the implementation of presentations and attendance to public events promoting the Building Division.
  • Answer enquiries from the public, council members, and staff from other Service Areas and Divisions concerning the Ontario Building Code.
  • Attend hearings when required.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Current designation as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. (Individuals with imminent registration as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario may be considered.)

Four to five years of related experience is required.

Provincial Qualifications:

Successful completion of all applicable Ministry of Municipal Affairs examinations.

Successful completion of Ministry of Municipal Affairs examination on “General Legal Process”.

Current maintenance of qualifications as determined by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

Specialized Training and Licenses

  • Strong technical knowledge of Ontario Building Code and the ability to interpret various types of drawings, specifications, engineering reports and legal documents.
  • Advanced knowledge of the AMANDA program is an asset.
  • Advanced knowledge of NFPA96, NFPA13/13R/13D/20-10/14-10 is an asset.
  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Possession of a valid Class “G” Driver’s Licence.

Compensation Range

$58,615 to $81,570 (M4)

Other Information

This posting is for 2 permanent full-time positions.

Important Instructions


Please note successful candidates will be asked to provide a Police Information Check (PIC), dated within the last six months. This documentation would not be required until further in the recruitment process (following the interview stage if selected).

The Corporation of the City of London strives to foster a workplace in which all individuals maximize their potential, regardless of their differences. We are committed to attracting, engaging, developing and celebrating exceptional people in public service who are representative of our community.

The City of London is also committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Accommodation may be provided in all parts of the hiring process.

To apply: Please visit our City of London Website . Any other form of applications will not be accepted.

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