Registry of Facilities Housing Vulnerable Ontarians

Communiqué du commissaire des incendies

Registry of Facilities Housing Vulnerable Ontarians

Communiqué 2014-09

April 11, 2014

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) is pleased to announce the official launch of the online application “Registry of Vulnerable Occupancies”, intended for filing records regarding facilities housing vulnerable Ontarians. The OFMEM thanks fire departments that participated in a pilot test of the application and provided valuable feedback.

For the purposes of the registry, the term “vulnerable occupancy” refers to any care occupancy, care and treatment occupancy, and retirement home regulated by the Retirement Homes Act, 2010. Requirements relating to information filing to the registry stem from Ontario Regulation 364/13, Ontario Regulation 365/13 and Fire Marshal Directive 2014-001. These documents specify when fire departments are required to file information to the registry and what information must be provided. Entries made to the registry will enable fire departments to track inspections and mandatory annual fire drills conducted in care occupancies, care and treatment occupancies and retirement homes regulated by the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 in their respective communities.

Each fire department can access the registry at www.ofm.ca by using the unique login name and password that was sent to their fire chief in February 2014. This login name and password gives access to entries made by the fire department, but not to entries made by other fire departments. The application enables fire departments to add, edit, search and download records pertaining to buildings in their municipality/community and includes report options. A user’s guide is available on the site to assist with navigating through the application. Other options for filing information electronically and a few minor enhancements are currently under development.

Enquiries regarding the registry or the information to be filed 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. Questions about the functionality of the application and password resets may be sent by e-mail to the OFMEM at OFMstatistics@ontario.ca.