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Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario

Inspector Generalist

Posted on: November 17th, 2016

Job Description

If your building construction inspection, review and approval experience is backed by relevant training such as architectural technology, building science or civil engineering technology, consider joining the Toronto Building Division in one of these permanent, full-time positions.

As an Inspector Generalist,reporting to the Manager, Inspections, you will conduct site inspections of small buildings, houses and properties to ensure compliance with the approved plans, the Ontario Building Code and referenced standards and related legislation.

As an Inspector Generalist Infill, Dedicated Housing Construction, your role will initially focus on infill housing construction, open permits and inspections related to these projects. Over time, as an Inspector Generalist, you will carry out further enforcement activities related to building permits and inspections.


Your primary responsibilities as an Inspector Generalist will be varied, but you’ll be expected to:

  • Inspect construction and demolition for compliance with the approved plans, the Ontario Building Code, referenced standards, applicable law and good construction practices, within the building, plumbing, and HVAC disciplines, within the timeframes specified in the legislation, as well as monitor progress of work
  • Organize workload, schedule inspections and document inspection results, including the collection and attachment of photographs, documents and reports in the Division’s computerized records management and tracking system
  • Provide instruction to contractors, architects, engineers and the public on the regulations and required construction practices, and investigate complaints
  • Review plans and specifications from all disciplines to ensure overall compliance with the Ontario Building Code, as required
  • Verify existing site conditions on permit drawings and/or information on municipal addresses, Committee of Adjustment and Ontario Municipal Board decisions
  • Inspect and co-ordinate with other divisions and outside agencies to determine compliance with planning agreements
  • Investigate complaints regarding contraventions of statutes, regulations and by-laws (e.g. noise, civil disputes)
  • Advise Ministry of Labour of unsafe working conditions or sites, and participate in investigations
  • Inspect fire damaged or unsafe buildings to determine the extent of damage and need for repairs/replacement
  • Inspect structural collapses and collaborate with other agencies involved
  • Inspect and prepare evidence for presentation before the courts, and represent the City of Toronto in civil litigation
  • Appear and give evidence in court and before the Building Code Commission and Ontario Municipal Board on the Ontario Building Code Act, the Ontario Building Code and other applicable laws
  • Respond to enquiries from the public concerning requirements of the Ontario Building Code and applicable laws affecting new construction
  • Issue Orders and Notices of Violation (Ticket Offence Notices) in response to deficiencies
  • Attend meetings with the public and members of Council, and liaise with other divisions, provincial bodies, agencies and organizations regarding regulations and compliance
  • Inspect for partial occupancy clearances
  • Inspect to determine Ontario Building Code and applicable law compliance for liquor licence applications
  • Prepare detailed and accurate reports, and review consultants’ field reports for accuracy and completeness
  • Verify that materials and methods of construction meet approved standards and construction practices
  • Inspect on-site materials and conditions to ensure compliance with the Ontario Building Code
  • Monitor outstanding orders, initiate pre-court hearings and recommend that legal action be taken
  • Issue Orders to Comply when infractions of regulations are found and give evidence in court when legal action is required to obtain compliance
  • Liaise with City Councillors, other divisions, community groups, agencies, other levels of government and other bodies
  • Approve alternative design and equipment substitutions that vary from approved plans
  • Make recommendations to improve divisional policies, procedures and practices
  • Represent the Division at various committees and meetings
  • Train and mentor staff


Your application for the role of Inspector Generalist must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Post-secondary degree or diploma in a discipline pertinent to the job function such as architectural technology, building science or civil engineering technology, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Considerable experience in the inspection, review and approval of construction as related to buildings.
  3. Holding, or being in the process of obtaining, all courses necessary in the following categories per the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing: General Legal, Small Buildings, Plumbing – All Buildings, Building Services and Building Structural.
  4. A valid Ontario Class “G” Driver’s Licence and access to a properly insured vehicle.

You must also have:

  • Thorough knowledge of the Ontario Building Code, Ontario Building Code Act, including HVAC and Plumbing systems, and other applicable legislation.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations relevant to building construction.
  • Ability to read and interpret plans, specifications, codes and by-laws.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to submit evidence in court.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public.
  • Skill in the use of computer technologies.
  • Good problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.

Number of Positions Open and Work Location Information:

  • Six (6) vacancies located at North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street
  • One (1) vacancy located at Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive
  • Two (2) vacancies located at Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall

Four (4) vacancies located at 95 The Esplanade

Wage Range: $41.52 – $45.51 per hour


How to Apply:

For more information on these and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at To apply online, submit your resume, quoting File #2255129 X, by November 25, 2016.

Please note that all applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes. Applicants may receive written correspondence regarding this job posting directly to the email address provided on their resume or to the one used to set up their Candidate Profile if applying on TalentFlow. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly.

The City of Toronto is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workforce that is representative of the citizens we serve. We will provide equitable treatment and accommodation to ensure barrier-free employment.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the City of Toronto’s Accommodation Policy, a request for accommodation will be accepted as part of the City’s hiring process.

To avoid any delays in the recruitment process, if you require accommodation to apply or if selected to participate in an assessment process, you must provide your accommodation needs in advance. You may also be required to submit adequate medical/other documentation to Human Resources to support your request for accommodation.


Work for the City you love

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities, we are a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture, and are proud to be the Host City for the 2017 Invictus Games. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service as an Inspector Generalist within our Toronto Building Division.


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