New Year, New Laws in Ontaio

After all the commotion of the holidays, you may have not noticed a few new laws/changes in Ontario that have come into effect as of January 1, 2015. I have taken a look at a few of these changes and summarized them below.

Building Code:

Ontario’s building code has been amended to address the needs of the deaf and hearing impaired. All smoke detectors and fire alarms in multi-unit residential buildings must contain a visual element (ie. flashing light) to warn those who are unable to hear the alarms.

Another addition to the building code improves accessibility in multi-unit residential buildings. The building must include power door operators in shared spaces, including washrooms and common rooms.


According to the latest amendment to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, smoking is now banned on restaurant and bar patios, whether the patio is covered or not. It is also banned in public parks and sports fields. The fine for violating is up to $250.

Drivers Fees:

Personalized licence plate fees will be $310, up from $251.65, but fees for plates with graphics will remain the same at $336.40.

General licence plates and certification have increased from $15 to $20.

There are some additional laws and changes that may not affect the average reader on this page, but they can be found here:

As always, if you have any questions about these new laws and how they can effect the real estate market in Waterloo Region, don’t hesitate to send me an email or give me a call.

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Erik Erwin

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75 King Street South, Unit 50

Waterloo, ON  N2J 1P2 | Canada

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