Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently issued ministerial mandate letters that outline overall expectations and policy objectives for the nation, which include building codes changes and a net-zero emissions building strategy.
Trudeau’s instructions contain a mandate to develop national model building codes “that align with national climate objectives and provide a standard for climate-resilient buildings.” Trudeau also wants a net-zero emissions building code and model retrofit code developed by the end of 2024.
Currently, Canada relies on a committee of provincial and territorial volunteers to drive building code development. Trudeau’s recent actions reflect “a recognition that accelerating building code adoption, enforcement, and compliance will require federal action to spur market readiness activities in provinces and municipalities,” according to published reports.
Trudeau has also called for a fossil fuel emission cap, a 75% methane emissions reduction this decade, and a net-zero electricity grid by 2035.