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A. Mandate

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The Building Materials Evaluation Commission (the “Commission”) is an independent regulatory agency whose legislative authority is set out in section 28 of the Building Code Act, 1992.

The Commission has a mandate to evaluate and authorize, subject to conditions, innovative materials, systems or building designs for use in Ontario. In addition, the mandate of the Commission includes: conducting research on and/or examining construction materials, systems and building designs or causing such research to be conducted and examinations to be undertaken, and making recommendations to the Minister of Municipal Affairs (the “Minister”) respecting changes to the Building Code Act, 1992 or the Building Code.

Commitment to Service and Guiding Principles

The inaugural meeting of the Commission was held on February 18, 1976, shortly after the first building code act, came into effect in 1974. Since then, the Commission has endeavoured to provide a timely, expert, and transparent process for authorizing the use of innovative materials, systems and building designs. In doing so, the Commission has earned a reputation of being an effective, useful and quality service provider within the construction industry.

The Commission has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Minister relating to the exercise of its mandate. The Memorandum of Understanding sets out the relationship between the Commission Chair and the Minister and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs with respect to the Commission and the services it provides. The purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding is to establish the responsibilities of these parties and to ensure that accountability is a fundamental principle observed in the management, administration and operations of the Commission.

As an agency of government, the Commission conducts itself according to the management principles of the government of Ontario. The Commission’s proceedings are governed by the Building Code Act, 1992; the Building Materials Evaluation Commission’s Guidelines, Policies and Procedures Handbook; and Treasury Board/Management Board of Cabinet directives. These principles and governance elements include ethical behaviour, accountability, excellence in management, wise use of public funds, and high-quality service to the public, through contributing to the health, safety, accessibility and energy efficiency of buildings in Ontario and by playing a positive role within Ontario’s construction sector.