The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) is pleased that changes are coming to the Ontario Building Code to allow for six-storey wood-frame buildings.
FONOM said the regulatory change should help boost the North’s forestry industry by creating a demand for wood products.
FONOM said the changes also ensure that Ontario builders are presented with other alternative construction options and creates new opportunities for innovation and design while reducing the carbon footprint during the construction process.
“FONOM believes that building code changes would assist smart growth through the development of diversified buildings.”
FONOM emphasized how important it is to provide “supportive feedback” to the province’s regulatory registry during the review process of the proposed code changes.
FONOM also extended congratulations to Thunder Bay Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro on his appoint to provincial cabinet as the new municipal affairs and housing minister.
“Having more representation for the North in cabinet is certainly welcome, and we trust Mr. Mauro will continue speak up for our communities in the north,” said Kapuskasing Mayor Al Spacek in a statement. “He’s had firsthand experience with the realities of northern municipalities, which will serve him well for the days ahead.”