Do basement bedroom windows require an egress window ?

Did you know that, contrary to popular belief, a basement bedroom in Ontario DOES NOT require an egress window IN THE ACTUAL BEDROOM!

Mayne Home Inspection’s Ontario Building Code Requirements for Residential Egress Windows information states . . .

“This may come as a relief to some people trying to plan out their basement apartment or additional basement bedroom but, contrary to popular belief, a bedroom in a basement in Ontario DOES NOT REQUIRE AN EGRESS WINDOW IN THE ACTUAL BEDROOM. As long as there is an egress window or door to the exterior SOMEWHERE in the basement, you have met the bedroom egress requirement.”

The report also notes …

“… there are still light and ventilation requirements that must be met. In any Ontario home, the natural ventilation provided by a window opening must be equal or greater to 3 sqft (Can also be created mechanically). Also, the total glass surface providing natural light must be equal to or greater than 5% of the room’s floor surface in homes less than 5 years and 2.5% in homes greater than 5 years.”

To read the full report click here.