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.
Requirements for Retirement Homes*,
Care Occupancies, and Care and Treatment Occupancies in Ontario Regulation 150/13
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Division B – Section 2.8 Fire Safety Planning
Fire safety plan required for all facilities
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 18.104.22.168.(1).
The Chief Fire Official must be notified within a time period approved by the Chief Fire Official of every drill carried out under Sentence 22.214.171.124.(6).
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 – 126.96.36.199.
Div. B – 188.8.131.52.
* Regulated by the Retirement Homes Act, 2010