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“Worth Every Nickel”: Greater Sudbury Hosts Annual Ontario Building Officials Conference

Released Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012

The City of Greater Sudbury and the Northern Lights Chapter of the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA) will host close to 500 building officials from across the province, during the 56th Annual Meeting and Training Session for the OBOA, from September 10 to 12. This year's conference theme, 'Worth Every Nickel”, reinforces the importance of regular training and education to maintain the highest degree of professionalism in the field of building code enforcement and building safety.

'Building officials play a crucial role in every municipality,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk.

'Greater Sudbury is in the midst of a remarkable development boom right now and local building officials are on the front lines. We are indebted to these dedicated men and women for the incredible work they do.”

Founded in 1956, the OBOA is a self-governing, not-for-profit professional association for Ontario's building officials. Its services include: training related to the Ontario Building Code, professional certification, an annual conference, a building official internship program and representation on government and industry committees.

The two dozen local chapters of the OBOA meet regularly for technical training, professional development and networking. The Greater Sudbury meeting at the Holiday Inn will offer close to 30 technical sessions and over 50 trade show exhibitors, featuring the latest products and provincial Building Code best practice policy, as well as future Code directions.

Conference organizers in Greater Sudbury have partnered with Cambrian College to promote the OBOA building official internship program. Delegates have been invited to sponsor a one day conference registration fee for students who are already attending or planning to attend a program related to building trades.

'We hope the educational opportunities available at this conference will encourage more young people to enter the field of building and building code regulatory enforcement,” said Guido Mazza, Director of Greater Sudbury's Building Services and Chief Building Official.

'A building official requires both technical knowledge and the ability to effectively serve the public. It's a challenging profession but ultimately satisfying, knowing that enforcement of the Building Code can play a key role in the fire, life safety and structural adequacy of buildings used by our citizens.”

In addition to educational seminars, conference delegates will participate in activities to fundraise for the Northern Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
For more information about the Ontario Building Officials Association, visit


Media contacts:
Ron Kolbe, CAO,
Ontario Building Officials Association, 905-264-1662

Shannon Dowling, Corporate Communications
City of Greater Sudbury, 705-674-4455, ext. 2539
Twitter: @greatersudbury

What is a Building Official?
A Building Official is a person appointed by a municipality or other principle authority to enforce the Building Code Act, 1992, and the Ontario Building Code. They often carry different titles such as Chief Building Official, supervisor, manager, inspector and plans examiner, but all are members of the same profession.

A Building Official carries out the following activities:
• Provide technical and legislative information to designers, contractors, municipal elected officials and the public.
• Examine and inspect construction within a municipality to ensure compliance with the design plans, the Building Code and other applicable regulations.
• Apply, interpret and enforce Building Code requirements.
• Employ technical and personal skills to gain voluntary compliance to the Code.
• Employ legislative actions such as issuing orders and initiating court proceedings to gain compliance if not given voluntarily.
• Co-operate with other officials to act within the interest of the public.

In Ontario, the minimum standard for new construction, additions and alterations to existing buildings is set out in the Building Code. City of Greater Sudbury's Building Services enforces the Building Code by examining building plans and specifications, issuing permits and performing inspections through the various stages of construction.