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ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN
Conditions with Impacts on the Business Plan

Changes in Demand

The increased complexity of applications received by the Commission and the move to green technologies, many of which may be considered innovative, will influence the need for appropriately skilled Commission members and the degree of administrative support required by the Commission. Skilled members and adequate staffing are required to maintain service levels.

When the 2012 edition of the Building Code came into force on January 1, 2014, the Commission began reviewing its existing authorizations against the new Building Code requirements to determine whether the Code has established requirements for materials, systems or building designs that were previously specified by individual authorizations.

A similar exercise will need to be undertaken when a new edition of the Building Code comes into force, these reviews may have an impact on the workload of the Commission.

In addition, the Commission instituted a five year expiry date on its authorizations. If current authorizations holders wish to continue to hold an authorization they would need to apply to the Commission every five years. This may have an impact on the workload of the Commission.

The increase in application fees may affect the number of applications received which would also have an impact on the workload of the Commission.

New Commission Members

The Commission will need to work at maintaining its membership both in terms of sufficient numbers of members and sufficient expertise to reflect the full spectrum of technical disciplines (e.g. plumbing, mechanical systems, on-site sewage systems, etc.) In addition, as noted above, the Commission will need to aim for gender diversity among its members in order to meet the government 40% target by 2019.

In previous Business Plans the Commission has indicated that it would be appropriate for new members to be appointed to the Commission before the existing membership had been decreased. This would allow existing members to mentor the newer appointees. Ideally an overlap of at least nine months would allow for knowledge transfer from existing members to newly appointed members and permit mentoring of new members.

While this did not occur for this round of appointments, the Commission strongly urges that this be taken into consideration for any future appointments.

Financial Pressures

As part-time appointees, Commission members receive remuneration in the form of a per diem as established by Treasury Board/Management Board of Cabinet. This per diem ranges from $398 for members to $491 for the Vice-Chair and $627 for the Chair. Commission members are also reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses associated with attending Commission meetings in Toronto and elsewhere in the province. Costs and expenses associated with Commission activities, including operating costs and member per diems, form part of the overall budget for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

Changes to the Commission’s application rate and/or complexity of issues directly impact the Ministry’s budget in support of Commission activities.