Assistant Building Inspector – Summer 2021

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto.  Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life – all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job summary

Guided by the goals and objectives of the City’s Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, service, inclusion, wellness and learning, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Vision for an inclusive, connected and prosperous city.


  • Assist Building Inspector II’s with inspections of low rise residential housing and associated ancillary buildings such as wood decks, sheds, and with re-inspections of houses, semi detached and townhouses.
  • Perform municipal by-law licence inspections such as inspections of Swimming Pool Fences.
  • Prepare and issue reports and letters in relation to on-site inspections.
  • Review property files and advise homeowners and builder of property record status.
  • Enforce requirements related to the City’s Termite Control Program related to above noted structures.
  • Establish and maintain good positive relationships with the public, professionals and City staff.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Completion of 2nd year of a 3 year community college diploma program in Architectural Technology or Construction Technology.
  • Some experience in building construction and/or municipal Building Department and/ or by-law enforcement experience.
  • Must be qualified with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in the following categories:
  • General Legal
  • House
  • Must possess a valid “G’ driver’s licence with a good driving record (a current driver’s abstract may be required at time of offer)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to interpret Codes, By-laws and working (construction) drawings, with an excellent understanding of the Building Code Act, Ontario Building Code (specifically division B, part 9), and municipal by-laws.
  • Strong level of judgement and ability to resolve problems related to inspections.
  • Must possess intermediate computer skills with Microsoft Outlook, Word and relevant software.
  • Experience with building permit related software (preferably AMANDA) would be an asset.
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must possess strong team skills, customer service and conflict resolution skills
  • Knowledge of the Provincial Offences Act and the Occupational Health & Safety Act
  • Must be able to perform the physical requirements of the job which includes walking, sitting and standing for extended periods of time; climbing, crawling and stooping will also be required on a regular basis
  • A satisfactory Police Record Check would be required at time of offer.


  • The successful candidate will be required to provide a current driver’s abstract prior to their start date to confirm they have a valid driver’s licence held in good standing and that it has not been suspended or revoked under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) or Criminal Code of Canada in the last 5 years. The City of Guelph will take into consideration the number of demerit points and/or nature of the infractions to determine if it meets our requirements.
  • A satisfactory police record/vulnerable sector check will be required at time of offer

Hours of work

35 hours per week Monday to Friday starting beginning of May to end of August


$17.22 to 19.07 per hour depending on education level and work experience

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Sunday, January 31, 2021. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.

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The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.

Personal information collected through the recruitment process will be used solely to determine eligibility for employment. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.