Enhancing Fire Safety in Occupancies Housing Vulnerable Ontarians, Ontario Regulation 150/13

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Enhancing Fire Safety in Occupancies Housing Vulnerable Ontarians, Ontario Regulation 150/13 

Communiqué 2013-05

May 10, 2013

The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) is pleased to announce the filing of Ontario Regulation 150/13 on May 9, 2013. Ontario Regulation 150/13 amends the 2007 Fire Code (Ontario Regulation 213/07).

These important amendments represent a significant milestone in Ontario’s fire safety history and follow from the government’s commitment and consultations to improve fire safety in facilities that house Ontario’s most vulnerable residents. Based on the expert recommendations of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), led by the OFM, these improvements will be achieved through a multi-pronged strategy of mandatory inspections, training and existing building upgrades, including the installation of automatic sprinkler systems.

Some elements of the regulation will come into force on January 1, 2014 and others will have a phased implementation ranging from 2 months to 5 years from the in-force date for care occupancies and retirement homes regulated under the Retirement Homes Act, 2010, and up to 11 years for certain care and treatment occupancies.

Ontario Regulation 150/13 can be found on the Government of Ontario e-Laws Web site. Further information about the amendments, including a detailed compliance schedule, will be posted on the OFM’s Web site at www.ontario.ca/firemarshal, in the coming weeks.

As identified in the public consultation, certain components of the TAC’s recommendations related to mandatory fire department participation in annual fire drills and the establishment of a municipal registry of facilities housing vulnerable occupants will be implemented in consultation with stakeholder working groups.

The TAC’s recommendations respecting harmonized definitions and enhanced fire safety in newly constructed retirement homes regulated under the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 have also been implemented, through Ontario Regulation 151/13, which amends the 2012 Building Code (Ontario Regulation 332/12) and also comes into effect on January 1, 2014.

Enquiries regarding Ontario Regulation 150/13 should be directed to the Technical Services Section of the OFM. Staff members can be reached by telephone at (416) 325-3100 or by e-mail at FireSafetyStandards@ontario.ca. In regard to questions about the Building Code amendments, please contact the Building and Development Branch of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing by telephone at (416) 585-6666 or by e-mail at codeinfo@ontario.ca.