Building Official Declared as Essential Service

On Thursday March 26, 2020, The Honourable Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, by using extraordinary powers under a state of provincial emergency to keep British Columbians safe, maintain essential goods and services, and support the Province’s ongoing response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) declared the “building code enforcement, inspection of buildings, building sites and building systems by building officials and registered professionals (architects and engineers)” as non-health essential service providers. Please see full press release at .

The building code enforcement work have always been important part of our built environment. Your work is an important part of the economic success of this Province and this Country. Your work ensure that the our buildings meet the minimum standard established by the Provincial Government. This is a tremendous recognition of your service to our Province.

The coming weeks and months will be testing times for all of us. We all need to play our part while keeping safe to ensure the economy of our Province and Country is kept strong. Please ensure to follow the safe work procedures established by your employer and/or guidelines established by WorkSafeBC while providing this essential work for your local communities.

The BOABC staff is always here to serve you. Should you need any assistance, please feel free to contact us.

Member Forum Discussions: COVID 19 updates

For those of you that aren’t aware of the member forum, it is a great place to ask questions and get responses from Building Officials across the Province.

A discussion thread has been started related to protocols being put in place for Building Inspection services. Share your thoughts and ideas with other officials across the Province.

The access to the member forum is a different access than your member profile. If you don’t have access to the member forum please email Catherine at and she will get you set up.

65th Annual Spring Conference and COVID-19

Please find below the letter outlining COVID -19 effects on the BOABC’s and the mitigating measures. You will find details about;

How we’re responding to COVID-19

We are here for you.

2020 Spring Training Sessions and AGM


We will keep you informed.

Please click here to view the letter: COVID -19 Response

Shareable Resources: BC Energy Step Code – East Kootenay Case Studies

Subject: Shareable resources: BC Energy Step Code East Kootenay Case-Studies

Do you wish you had an accessible, relatable introduction to the topic of building energy efficiency and its coming new regulations? I’m pleased to share with you video resources for your building clients, sub-contractors, Mayor and Councils, Boards and the general public.

Why is home energy efficiency important and how can it be achieved in every new build? These new East Kootenay “Building A Legacy” productions answer these questions by interviewing municipal staff, builders and energy advisors and showing high-efficiency home case-studies, lessons learned by local builders, and providing commentary on the role and training of energy advisors (Link: )

Directly applicable to a rural, cold-climate context, the case studies introduce audiences to BC Energy Step Code and how communities and builders are embracing, and seeing benefit from, its implementation.

If you would like to know more about the “Building A Legacy” initiative—what we’ve been up to and what’s upcoming, please contact Gaëtane Carignan, Community Energy Manager, Community Energy Association.


Gaëtane Carignan, MSc
Community Energy Manager

Connecting Communities, Energy & Sustainability

Tel: (250) 469-6783 ext 712

Connect with CEA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn

BC Energy Step Code Events:

Member Profile, Member Forum and Elearning Accesses

Important Note to Our Membership:

The member profile, member forum and elearning are 3 separate accesses.

The email and password you received when you became a member gives you access to your member profile.

A separate access is required for the member forum. If you currently don’t have access to the member forum please contact Catherine at and she will add you to the member forum. Please put “add <your name> to the member forum” in the subject line of the email.

A separate access is required for elearning. If you would like access to the online learning, please email

Please contact Catherine or Rawya if you have any questions.