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Recovery Task Force - Rebuild Pillar Progress Update

The rapid reconstruction of our community to address and repair wildfire damages.

The information below provides an overview of rebuild progress in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Demolition Progress

Demolition inspections completed
Total to date: 2,579

Approved Rebuild Development Permits (Primary Structures)

Total to date: 1057

Approved Rebuild Building Permits (Primary Structures)

Total to date: 1183

NOTE: You are required to have a valid development permit before you can apply for a building permit to construct a building or structure.Visit our permitting section to find out how you can ensure you have all the permits you need.

Development permits are issued to permit the proposed project on a property. A building permit is issued to permit the construction. As a result, there could be multiple dwellings constructed on a site causing multiple building permits issued against one development permit.

Source: Development/Geographic Information Systems. Last update: November 3, 2017 (updated bi-weekly).

Rebuild Progress (Inspections Scheduled for Rebuilt Dwelling Units)

Approved Rebuild Development Permits

Source: RMWB Planning & Development/Geographic Information Systems. Last update: November 3, 2017 (updated bi-weekly).

Building Permit Final Inspection (Destroyed Dwellings)

Building Permit Final Inspection

Source: RMWB Planning & Development/Geographic Information Systems. Last update: November 3, 2017 (updated bi-weekly).

Destroyed Property Classification

Destroyed Property Classification

Dwelling units: Dwelling units refers to the smallest "legal" entity in which a family lives or a business operates. For example, inside a condominium building, each condo unit is counted as a dwelling unit. For a duplex, there would be two dwelling units. A single family dwelling is considered a single dwelling unit. A mobile home is considered a single dwelling unit.

Building and structures: A large building, such as a condominium, can contain multiple units. For example, the 115 condo dwelling units destroyed in Abasand were contained in two buildings. Structures include buildings and operational structures on commercial, industrial and public service lands. These include, for example, restaurants, hotels, and recreation centres like the Denny’s, the Super 8 and the various buildings in Yogi Park.

Source: RMWB Geographic Information Systems. Final update: June 1, 2016.

Destroyed Buildings and Structure Types

Destroyed Buildings and Structure Types

Source: RMWB Geographic Information Systems. Final update: June 1, 2016.

Approved Stages of Completion for a Dwelling through the Inspection Process

The information shown below provides an indication of the work that has taken place. The percentage in brackets indicates how much of the total dwelling that is complete at each stage of inspection.

Foundation (15% complete)

  • Work has begun and the foundation is ready for backfill.

Framing (40% complete)

  • The structure has been built.
  • Sub-trade rough-in installations will be completed (electrical, plumbing, gas and appliance venting) and inspected.
  • A framing inspection will be completed to verify structural components and the structure was built as per the approved plans.

Insulation/Vapour barrier/HVAC (50%)

  • All deficiencies that were identified from the previous inspections must be corrected
  • Exterior cladding will be complete and the insulation and vapour barrier will be complete.
  • The house is no ready for drywall. Once the drywall is complete the home is considered 65 per cent complete.

Final (96% to 100% complete)

  • The final building inspection will be completed once all the life safety features of the home have been installed and all the sub trade inspection have been completed and are code compliant.
  • When the final inspection is complete and accepted by the Building Safety Codes Officer, the home will be safe to occupy.
  • There may be minor seasonal items to complete, however this will not hold up occupancy. It will be the builders responsibility to complete these outstanding items.

If any seasonal items are not completed within a set time frame, the safety codes branch will intervene to ensure the builder completes the work. If the builder chooses not to co-operate, permit privileges may be suspended.

Number of OH&S Inspections Completed

Inspection: An assessment of a worksite and/or associated documentation for compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulations and Code.

OHS Inspections Completed

Source: Occupational Health and Safety. Last update: October 1, 2017 (updated monthly).

Number of OH&S Re-inspections

Destroyed Buildings and Structure Types

Source: Occupational Health and Safety. Last update: October 1, 2017 (updated monthly).

Number of OH&S Stop Work Orders Issued

Stop Work Order: An order issued to a regulated party to immediately protect workers from a situation where the continuance of work poses a significant risk to life, limb or health. The order may stop all of the work occurring at the site, or only part.

Destroyed Buildings and Structure Types

Source: Occupational Health and Safety. Last update: October 1, 2017 (updated monthly).

Number of OH&S Notice to Produce Issued

Notice to Produce: A requirement for a regulated party to produce a document or documents relating to the health and safety of workers that an officer has reason to believe exists or is in the process of being created.

Destroyed Buildings and Structure Types

Source: Occupational Health and Safety. Last update: October 1, 2017 (updated monthly).

Number of OH&S Compliance Orders Issued

Compliance Order: When an officer observes non-compliance at a worksite, the officer directs the regulated party to address the non-compliance by way of an order.

Destroyed Buildings and Structure Types

Source: Occupational Health and Safety. Last update: October 1, 2017 (updated monthly).

Number of OH&S Stop Use Orders Issued

Stop Use Order: An order issued to a regulated party to immediately stop the use of a piece of equipment being used, or that may be sued by a worker that, in the opinion of the officer, does not comply with the Act, Regulations or Code and/or is not in safe working condition.

Stop Use Orders

Source: Occupational Health and Safety. Last update: October 1, 2017 (updated monthly).

Number of OH&S Reportable Incidents Received

Reportable Incidents:

  • an injury or accident that results in death
  • an injury or accident that results in a worker being admitted to a hospital for more than two days
  • an unplanned or uncontrolled explosion, fire or flood that causes a serious injury or that has the potential of causing a serious injury
  • the collapse or upset of a crane, derrick or hoist
  • the collapse or failure of any component of a building or structure necessary for the structural integrity of the building or structure

0 Reportable Incidents have been recorded to date.

Source: Occupational Health and Safety. Last update: August 1, 2017 (updated monthly).

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