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Region OECD high income
Income Category High income
Population 35,851,774
GNI Per Capita (US$) 47,500
City covered Toronto

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DB 2017 Rank

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100

DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 22 20 down
2
78.57 78.79 down
0.22
Starting a Business 2 2
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98.23 98.23
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Dealing with Construction Permits 57 53 down
4
73.66 73.70 down
0.04
Getting Electricity 108 105 down
3
63.76 63.76
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Registering Property 43 43
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75.40 75.40
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Getting Credit 7 7
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85.00 85.00
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Protecting Minority Investors 7 6 down
1
76.67 76.67
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Paying Taxes 17 15 down
2
88.86 88.86
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Trading across Borders 46 46
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88.36 88.36
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Enforcing Contracts 112 95 down
17
54.35 56.54 down
2.19
Resolving Insolvency 15 15
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81.43 81.36 up
0.07

DB 2017 Rank:

57

DB 2016 Rank:

53

Change in Rank:

down4

DB 2017 DTF (% points):

73.66

DB 2016 DTF (% points):

73.70

Change in DTF (% points):

down0.04

STANDARDIZED WAREHOUSE
Estimated value of warehouse CAD 2,745,031
City Toronto
Indicator Canada OECD high income
Procedures (number) info_outline 12 12.1
Time (days) info_outline 249 152.1
Cost (% of warehouse value) info_outline 1.3 1.6
Building quality control index (0-15) info_outline 14 11.3
  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
    1

    Undergo preliminary project review with the Municipal Authority

    Agency: Toronto Municipal Authority

    The Preliminary Project Review is a review of a proposal to determine its compliance with the city’s zoning bylaw.

    30 days CAD 535
    * 2

    Apply and obtain a zoning certificate

    Agency: Chief Building Controller

    Under Chapter 363-3.1 of the Building Code, a zoning certificate is mandatory prior to requesting a building permit. The zoning certificate costs 25% of the total prescribed building permit fee. Once the application has been received and payment is made, the application will be circulated to city divisions and external agencies for detailed technical review and comments.

    Within 30 days of payment of the application fee, a written notice will be provided to the applicant in regards to the completeness or incompleteness of the application and the applicant will be assigned a STAR stream and application file number.

    30 days CAD 3,635
    3

    Obtain site plan approval from the Municipal Authority

    Agency: Toronto Municipal Authority

    A pre-consultation with City Staff (Planning Department) is advised. This step will help save time later on in the process. Several documents are needed in this application, including Site Plans, Floor Plans, Elevations, and SWM Plan

    Site Plan Control is legislated under Section 41 the Ontario Planning Act and allows the City to review and control important aspects of a proposed project -- for example, the site of buildings, landscaping, pedestrian access, parking, exterior design and appearance, storm water management and waste disposal.

    The municipality forwards the site plan to the fire department for approval. On some occasions, a City councilor will get involved in the review of the site plan and community consultation may be requested by the Planner. The process can take anywhere from 3 month to 9 months depending on the complexity of the site plan, political interests, and on how often the applicant needs to revise the plan to meet the City's desired revisions. Once approved, the City often has conditions that need to be met before building permit can be obtained.

    180 days CAD 9,002
    4

    Obtain building permit

    Agency: Toronto Municipal Authority

    The building permit is issued by the City of Toronto. BuildCo must post the building permit on the construction site. In certain cases, the process of reviewing the building permit application can be started by the City before the site plan is approved. The City can issue a temporary building permit at that time. However, the final building permit cannot be issued before the site approval is granted. The building permit and the site plan approval are granted by different municipal departments. The site plan approval entails verifying planning compliance with the city bylaws (for instance, if enough parking spaces are included in the plans). In contrast, the building permit application review analyzes technical issues.

    The Ontario Building Code requires that on top of including all design plans and plot information, one must include a form ensuring energy efficiency, completed by the architect, mechanical designer, and electrical designer.

    This price includes the cost of the application intake, review, and inspection activities.

    15 days CAD 14,541
    5

    Request and receive foundation work inspection

    Agency: Toronto Municipal Authority

    Building inspectors review projects during key stages of construction to ensure that work complies with the building code and approved plans. Inspectors may visit several times, depending on the project; they must be able to see the part of the work under inspection. Inspectors require a minimum of 48 hours notice to book an inspection.

    1 day no charge
    6

    Request and receive frame inspection

    Agency: Toronto Municipal Authority

    To conduct a frame inspection, building inspectors review projects during key stages of construction. This is required to ensure that the work complies with the building code and approved plans. Inspectors may visit several times, depending on the project; they must be able to see the part of the work under inspection. Inspectors require a minimum of 48 hours notice to book an inspection.

    1 day no charge
    7

    Request and receive drainage inspection

    Agency: Toronto Municipal Authority

    Building inspectors review projects during key stages of construction. This is required to ensure that work complies with the building code and approved plans. Inspectors may visit several times, depending on the project; they must be able to see the part of the work under inspection. Inspectors require a minimum of 48 hours notice to book an inspection. Inspection is done upon completion, before back filling and ready for testing.

    1 day no charge
    8

    Request and receive sanitary inspection

    Agency: Toronto Municipal Authority

    Building inspectors review projects during key stages of construction. This is required to ensure that work complies with the building code and approved plans. Inspectors may visit several times, depending on the project; they must be able to see the part of the work under inspection. Inspectors require a minimum of 48 hours notice to book an inspection. Inspection is done upon completion, before back filling and ready for testing.

    1 day no charge
    9

    Request and receive plumbing inspection

    Agency: Toronto Municipal Authority

    Building inspectors review projects during key stages of construction. This is required to ensure that work complies with the building code and approved plans. Inspectors may visit several times, depending on the project; they must be able to see the part of the work under inspection. Inspectors require a minimum of 48 hours notice to book an inspection. Inspection is done upon completion, before back filling and ready for testing.

    1 day no charge
    10

    Obtain water and sewer service connections

    Agency: Toronto Water: Water Renewal Division

    This procedure can only be completed after the site plan approval has been granted. The City has implemented a process in 2008 by which the connection work is carried out by any one of 8 listed contractors. Once the application has been submitted, the City sends out a Request for Quotations (RFQ) from the contractors. The desired contractor is chosen based on the list of quotes and a deposit is collected.

    14 days CAD 7,500
    11

    Request and receive fire department inspection

    Agency: Fire Department, Toronto Municipal Authority

    The fire department inspector conducts this inspection.

    3 days no charge
    12

    Receive final inspection and occupancy permit

    Agency: Toronto Municipal Authority

    The building inspector conducts the final inspection.

    1 day no charge

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 14.0
    Quality of building regulations index (0-2) 2.0
    How accessible are building laws and regulations in your economy? (0-1) Available online; Free of charge. 1.0
    Which requirements for obtaining a building permit are clearly specified in the building regulations or on any accessible website, brochure or pamphlet? (0-1) List of required documents; Fees to be paid; Required preapprovals. 1.0
    Quality control before construction index (0-1) 1.0
    Which third-party entities are required by law to verify that the building plans are in compliance with existing building regulations? (0-1) Licensed architect; Licensed engineer. 1.0
    Quality control during construction index (0-3) 2.0
    What types of inspections (if any) are required by law to be carried out during construction? (0-2) Inspections at various phases. 1.0
    Do legally mandated inspections occur in practice during construction? (0-1) Mandatory inspections are always done in practice. 1.0
    Quality control after construction index (0-3) 3.0
    Is there a final inspection required by law to verify that the building was built in accordance with the approved plans and regulations? (0-2) Yes, final inspection is done by government agency. 2.0
    Do legally mandated final inspections occur in practice? (0-1) Final inspection always occurs in practice. 1.0
    Liability and insurance regimes index (0-2) 2.0
    Which parties (if any) are held liable by law for structural flaws or problems in the building once it is in use (Latent Defect Liability or Decennial Liability)? (0-1)  Architect or engineer; Construction company; Owner or investor. 1.0
    Which parties (if any) are required by law to obtain an insurance policy to cover possible structural flaws or problems in the building once it is in use (Latent Defect Liability Insurance or Decennial Insurance)? (0-1) Architect or engineer; Construction company; Owner or investor; Insurance is commonly taken in practice. 1.0
    Professional certifications index (0-4) 4.0
    What are the qualification requirements for the professional responsible for verifying that the architectural plans or drawings are in compliance with existing building regulations? (0-2) Minimum number of years of experience; University degree in architecture or engineering; Being a registered architect or engineer; Passing a certification exam. 2.0
    What are the qualification requirements for the professional who supervises the construction on the ground? (0-2) Minimum number of years of experience; University degree in engineering, construction or construction management; Being a registered architect or engineer; Passing a certification exam. 2.0