Ontario Regulation 364/13, Mandatory Inspection - Fire Drill in Vulnerable Occupancies

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Ontario Regulation 364/13, Mandatory Inspection - Fire Drill in Vulnerable Occupancies

Communiqué 2014-02

January 15, 2014

Ontario Regulation 364/13 was filed on December 20, 2013 and came into force on January 1, 2014. Ontario Regulation 364/13, supported by Fire Marshal Directive 2014-01 and Fire Marshal Directive 2014-02, completes the implementation of the outstanding recommendations of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) tasked with identifying fire safety improvements in facilities housing seniors, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable Ontarians.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Inspections and Registry Working Group in the development of the strategies to implement the outstanding TAC recommendations. The OFMEM further extends its appreciation to stakeholders who provided feedback on the summary of the proposal during the public consultation period.

Ontario Regulation 364/13 was made under the authority of section 78 of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997. It sets out specific obligations for municipal fire chiefs and other prescribed persons responsible to ensure the following:

  • an inspector observes the fire drill;
  • an inspector conducts a fire safety inspection; and
  • required information is filed with the Fire Marshal

when the Chief Fire Official is notified by the owner of a care occupancy, care and treatment occupancy or retirement home that a fire drill will be carried out under Sentence 2.8.3.2.(2.1) of Division B of the Fire Code.

Fire Marshal Directive 2014-01 directs the process by which information is filed in the registry of care occupancies, care and treatment occupancies, and retirement homes, which is administered by the OFMEM.

Fire Marshal Directive 2014-02 directs the following:

  • the process by which a fire drill scenario is to be developed and observed; and
  • the process for assessing Fire Code compliance through application of a checklist.

An overview of the fire drill scenario and mandatory inspection is available on the OFMEM Web site.

Enquiries regarding the above should be directed to the local OFMEM fire protection adviser, or to staff members of the Technical Services Section of the OFMEM, who can be reached by e-mail at FireSafetyStandards@ontario.ca or by telephone at (416) 325-3100.