Ontario engineer pleads guilty to forged document offence in PEI. A new edition of the BC Building Code (BCBC) is expected to be enacted December 2023. A Nova Scotia company was fined for the use of a professional engineer’s seal. These were the most-read stories in the Daily Media Report in mid-October. 

Ontario engineer pleads guilty to forged document. Hussein Ismail Makke forged a PEI license in order to continue practicing engineering in PEI after his temporary license expired. Makke will be back in court in February for his sentencing. 

BC Building Code Update. The new BCBC will substantially be the 2020 National Building Code of Canada, with a limited number of B.C. amendments. Part 10 of Division B and Part 2 of Division C, both unique to British Columbia, will be brought forward to the 2023 BCBC. The special treatment of encapsulated mass timber construction (EMTC), with the limitation to certain municipalities, will be dropped, and EMTC will be permitted throughout the province. EMTC allows wood construction in buildings of 7 to 12 storeys. 

Nova Scotia company fined $17,500. A Nova Scotia company, Standard Paving Limited, was fined $17,500 for applying a facsimile of a professional engineer's seal to design drawings for a building in Ontario without the knowledge or consent of the professional engineer. PEO reminds the public that the unauthorized use or forgery of a professional engineer's seal on construction or design drawings is a quasi-criminal offence under the Professional Engineers Act. Such conduct may also result in criminal charges under the Criminal Code of Canada.