CSA Group distributes National Model Codes of Canada

Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) is pleased to announce that it is now a distributor of the National Model Codes, user guides, and commentaries published by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).

The National Building Code (NBC), the National Fire Code (NFC), the National Plumbing Code (NPC), and the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB), known collectively as the National Model Codes, reference numerous CSA Group standards.

The work of more than 1.2 million construction specialists is governed by National Model Codes. Helping to protect all Canadians, national codes play a significant role in public safety and construction consistency across Canada. Code users can access and purchase these essential documents, and the standards referenced within them, from the CSA Store.

“For over 100 years, CSA Group has produced standards behind the design, safety, sustainability and efficiency of buildings and infrastructure. Many CSA standards are referenced in legislation and national codes helping to safeguard human life and contribute to the progressive improvement of the construction industry.” – Mary Cianchetti, President, CSA Standards

The National Model Codes documents are published and distributed by the NRC – Canada’s largest federal research and development organization – on behalf of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes which develops the technical content.

The NBC, the NFC, the NPC, and the NECB are available free of charge in electronic format through the CSA Store or the NRC Virtual Store. This also includes the Alberta editions of the fire and building codes. Paper copies of the codes and guides are available at a reduced cost. CSA Subscription Collections are also available with codes and referenced documents from CSA Group in one place for easy and convenient access.

The cover of 5 handbooks published by Codes Canada

The following publications are available in English on the CSA Store:


Codes Canada

  • National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (editions – 2017, 2015, 2011)
  • National Building Code of Canada (editions – 2015, 2010)
  • National Fire Code of Canada (editions – 2015, 2010)
  • National Plumbing Code of Canada (editions – 2015, 2010)

Alberta Codes

  • National Building Code – 2019 Alberta Edition
  • National Fire Code – 2019 Alberta Edition
  • Alberta Building Code 2014
  • Alberta Fire Code 2014

User Guides and Commentaries

  • User’s Guide – National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (editions – 2017, 2015, 2011)
  • Structural Commentaries (User’s Guide – NBC 2015: Part 4 of Division B)
  • Illustrated User’s Guide – NBC 2015: Part 9 of Division B, Housing and Small Buildings
  • Illustrated User’s Guide – NBC 2010 Part 9 Housing and Small Buildings
  • User’s Guide – NBC 2010, Structural Commentaries (Part 4 of Division B)

CSA’s National Codes Subscription Collections

CSA’s national code collections provide easy access to the National Model Codes and the CSA standards that are referenced in each code.  With one convenient annual payment, your access to current CSA standards, and previous editions, is easier than ever. It’s the most economical way to access the CSA referenced standards.

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January 27, 2021