Ministry of the
Solicitor General

Compliance Schedule

Care Occupancies, Care and Treatment Occupancies, and Retirement Homes (PDF version available on request at AskOFM)

This text is provided for convenience purposes only.  For complete and accurate reference, please refer to Ontario Regulation 150/13.

Compliance Schedule

Requirements for Retirement Homes*,

Care Occupancies, and Care and Treatment Occupancies in Ontario Regulation 150/13

Fire Code Reference


Compliance Date

Jan 1, 2014

Mar 1, 2014

Jan 1, 2015

Jan 1, 2016

Jan 1, 2017

Jan 1, 2019

Jan 1, 2025

Division B – Section 2.8 Fire Safety Planning

Fire safety plan required for all facilities,(8)

Training of supervisory staff under a fire safety plan must be recorded and retained.

Sufficient supervisory staff required to carry out the duties as outlined in fire safety plan.

A fire drill must be carried out once a year, for a scenario approved by the Chief Fire Official representing the lowest staff level complement in order to confirm compliance with Sentence

The Chief Fire Official must be notified within a time period approved by the Chief Fire Official of every drill carried out under Sentence

Division B – Section 9.4 Health Care Retrofit

Sprinkler system required in buildings that contain either a home for special care with more than ten (10) residents or a long-term care home if the occupancy of the home is a care occupancy or a care and treatment occupancy.

Division B – Section 9.7 Buildings with a Care Occupancy or Retirement Home Retrofit

Requirements in this Article are in addition to the technical requirements of Sections 9.5 and 9.6 which apply to retirement homes and care facilities.

Self-closing devices are required on doors to suites and sleeping rooms not in suites. (See Exceptions below.)

Emergency lighting: Must have in all exit stairways, public corridors and principal access to exits in buildings over three (3) storeys high or buildings that provide sleeping accommodation for more than ten (10) persons.

Fire alarm monitoring is required, except when interconnected smoke alarm system is provided.

Notification to fire department, where sprinkler system required by Section 9.7 is activated except where fire alarm system or interconnected smoke alarm system has provision to notify fire department

Smoke alarm required in each suite or sleeping room not within a suite that is not equipped with a smoke detector.

Voice communication systems are required in buildings that contain a care occupancy or a retirement home on a floor that is 18 metres above grade – various options permitted.

Sprinkler system meeting NFPA 13 requirements in all buildings, unless otherwise specified. (See Exceptions below.)

Division C – Section 1.2 Qualifications

Every person required to implement a fire safety plan must have completed an acceptable training program/course acceptable to the Fire Marshal.

Every Chief Fire Official responsible for approving a fire safety plan must have completed an acceptable training program/course acceptable to the Fire Marshal.

Exceptions – Design Options

Div. B –

  1. Self-closing devices are not required if public corridor is divided into at least two (2) zones by fire separations and
  • Each zone can accommodate, in addition to its own occupants, the occupants of the adjacent zone based upon allowing 1.6 m2 per person.
  • The travel distance from any point in one zone to another zone does not exceed 15 m and contains smoke-tight doors with self-closing devices.
  1. Self-closing devices are not required for buildings not greater than three (3) storeys high that provide sleeping accommodations for not more than ten (10) persons.

Div. B –

  1. NFPA 13D – Buildings not greater than three (3) storeys high providing sleeping accommodations for no more than ten (10) persons.  Minimum water quantity requirements apply.
  2. NFPA 13R – Buildings not greater than six (6) storeys high
  3. Existing sprinkler systems meeting specified discharge density.
  4. No sprinkler system required where building is provided with interconnected smoke alarms, is no more than three (3) storeys high and provides sleeping accommodation for no more than four (4) persons.

* Regulated by the Retirement Homes Act, 2010