The Housing Service of the OFNTSC is pleased to announce three training dates for Ontario First Nations housing staff.  The regional sessions will cover the building envelope, health and safety, buildings structural requirements and the house. For a full description of the training, please see the training abstracts below. For those interested in registering please fill out the attached form at the bottom of this page.

Part 9: The House Building Envelope 2012

October  24-28, 2016

Facilitator: Jack Tosta

Location: Hampton Inn, 2280 Regent St., Sudbury, 705-523-5200

Prerequesite: None

Course Description: This is a five-day (37 hour) basic course dealing with the construction of houses as single detached dwellings under Part 9 of Division B of the 2012 Ontario Building Code.

The course provides participants with an introduction to the 2012 Ontario Building Code. The course will focus on the perimeter  building envelope including below-grade components, insulation requirements, air barrier, vapour barrier and exterior finishes.

This course concludes with an examination covering the material.


Part 9: The House Health and Safety 2012

November 14-18, 2016

Facilitator: Jack Tosta

Location: Rama Arena Community Room (MASK Arena), Chippewas of Rama First Nation

Prerequesite: Part 9 Building Envelope (Mandatory)

Course Description: This revised 37 hour course has been designed to enable the Code practitioners to interpret and implement the principles of the 2012 Ontario Building Code during both the examination of plans and in the inspection of the health and safety components of the House. During this course you will gain the knowledge and understanding of how various Code requirements applicable to detached house, semi-detached house, townhouse or row house, are interpreted and applied in ensuring Code compliance.

The areas covered in the instructor based course include the following: Plans Examination and Permit Issuance; Design of Area and Spaces; Windows, Doors and Skylights; Stairs, Guards, and Landings; Insulation; Fire Safety and Protection; Chimney, Fireplaces and Solid Fuel Appliances; Party Walls and Sound Control; Final Interior Occupancy Inspection; and Final Exterior Inspection.

This course also makes reference to other topics which are covered by additional courses and involves a written exam at the conclusion of the week.


Part 9: Buildings Structural Requirements

March 21-24, 2017

Facilitator: Jack Tosta

Location: Rama Arena Community Room (MASK Arena), Chippewas of Rama First Nation

Pre-requesite: Any Part 9: The House course

Course Description: This OBOA four day (30 hour) advanced course dealing with the structural provisions of Part 9 of Division B of the 2012 Ontario Building Code. The course material describes the provisions, their applications and limitations but does not deal specifically with the design of structural elements. This course will detail how to use Part 9 to size structural components and what to look for during inspections.

Topics to be covered include: General Structural Requirements, Loads on Buildings, Soils, Foundations, Floor Systems, Wall Systems, Conventional Roof Framing, Roof Trusses and Masonry & ICF


House – 2012   January 23-27, 2017

Facilitator: TBD

Location: OFNTSC Office -Thunder Bay

Pre-requesite: None

Course Description: This OBOA course has been designed to enhance the knowledge of existing Code Practitioners and those practitioners who wish to improve their competence in the practice of interpretation and implementation of the principles of the 2012 Ontario Building Code (OBC) with respect to Houses (Vol. 1 Division B Part 9).

It is intended to help the participant understand the requirements of the OBC that apply to all Houses as defined in the OBC as

A detached house, semi-detached house, townhouse or row house:

1) containing not more than two dwelling units in each house

2) three or fewer storeys in building height

3) having a building area not exceeding 600 m2

4) used for major occupancies classified as Group C-residential occupancies.

This course is designed to make use of your previous understanding of the Ontario Building Code, training, education and on the job experience. While this course will emphasize the Ministry of Municipal Affairs exam syllabi for Houses, participants must have a basic understanding of the OBC and requirements contained therein in order to be successful when taking exams.

This course will assist in learning how to find and apply applicable OBC requirements. Through the exercises contained herein, it will focus on creating understanding so that the participant may correctly interpret and apply the regulations.

This course should also assist participants in identifying those areas of the OBC where additional instruction and study may be required in order to be successful in challenging the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Examinations.

The areas covered in the instructor-led course are:

• Basics of Structural Design Requirements,

• Stairs, ramps, handrails and guards

• Fire Protection

• Sound Control

• Excavation

• Damp proofing, waterproofing and Soil Gas control

• Drainage

• Footings and foundations

• Attic and Roof Spaces

• ICF Walls

• Wood Frame Construction

• Heat transfer, air leakage and condensation control

Other House topics will be covered during assigned self-led instruction and practice each evening and will be reviewed in depth the following morning during the instructor-led session.

Questions on this training should be sent to Grace Martineau, Housing Advisor, 807 623 9595 ext. 125 or by email at


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