TORONTO — The First Nations National Building Officers Association (FNNBOA) is adding its voice to support the One Ontario initiative, which aims to improve the development approvals and building permit process.
The announcement was made June 17 by AECO Innovation Lab and the One Ontario coalition. The FNNBOA represents people in First Nations communities who provide construction and renovation technical services. Joining the coalition will allow the association to adopt the One Ontario solution to approve housing construction or leverage One Ontario principles in developing their own strategy, said Arash Shahi, CEO of AECO, in a statement.
One Ontario is a collaborative research and development initiative established by AECO Innovation Lab that engages all levels of government, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) companies, software providers and academics, states a release.
The goal is to create data exchange standards that would streamline the development application approval process.
The standards would be the first step towards a fully integrated system that enables data exchange between applicants, municipalities and provincial applicable law agencies.
Over 30 companies have joined the coalition.
“First Nations communities in Ontario do not have building permit systems,” explained Keith Maracle, president of the FNNBOA. “Each community adheres to their own approach to approve new construction. The One Ontario initiative is exciting as it would give First Nations communities in the province an opportunity to have a process similar to municipalities. Ultimately, this will improve our housing conditions and establish a building permit system that everyone will understand. We strongly support the initiative.”