Hawkins Gignac Act (Carbon Monoxide Safety), 2013

Communiqué du commissaire des incendies

Hawkins Gignac Act (Carbon Monoxide Safety), 2013

Communiqué 2013-17

December 16, 2013

Bill 77, An Act to proclaim Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and to amend the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 to provide safety requirements related to the presence of unsafe levels of carbon monoxide on premises, received Royal Assent on December 12, 2013. The Act, which has the short name Hawkins Gignac Act (Carbon Monoxide Safety), 2013, provides for the regulation of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms through amendments to the Fire Code and proclaims the week beginning November 1 as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.

The Act itself does not set out CO alarm installation requirements. It does, however, give the Minister the authority to make regulations in regard to the risk created by the presence of unsafe levels of carbon monoxide. The Act came into force on the day it received Royal Assent. Some sections (2, 4 and 5) will come into force on a later date, likely to coincide with the date when amendments to the Fire Code are filed.

Furthermore, section 5 of the Act states that the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, will be amended to the effect that provincial regulations will supersede all municipal by-laws relating to the risk created by the presence of unsafe levels of carbon monoxide.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) will establish a CO Technical Advisory Committee (CO TAC) in January 2014 to review and recommend appropriate amendments to the Ontario Fire Code for uniform provincial requirements for the installation and maintenance of CO alarms in existing dwellings, consistent with requirements for new construction under the Ontario Building Code.

The CO TAC will include technical experts and representation from other government ministries and a wide range of stakeholder associations to bring to the table the viewpoint of residents, landlords, tenants, the fire service, municipalities, safety agencies, etc. The CO TAC recommendations will form the basis for a broader public consultation on proposed changes to the Fire Code in the spring of 2014.

Enquiries about the Hawkins Gignac Act (Carbon Monoxide Safety), 2013, or the CO TAC should be directed to the Technical Services Section of the OFMEM; staff members can be reached by e-mail at FireSafetyStandards@ontario.ca, or by telephone at (416) 325-3100 or 1-800-565-1842.