Enhancing Fire Safety in Occupancies Housing Vulnerable Ontarians: Filing of Ontario Regulation 150/13

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Enhancing Fire Safety in Occupancies Housing Vulnerable Ontarians:

Filing of Ontario Regulation 150/13

Bulletin #004/13

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.

Regulation 150/13 introduces amendments to the Fire Code that will come into force on January 1, 2014. These important amendments represent a significant milestone in Ontario’s fire safety history. It follows from the government’s commitment and consultations to improve fire safety in facilities that house vulnerable residents. Some of the amendments will take effect immediately while others will have a phased implementation ranging from 2 months to 5 years for existing care occupancies and licensed retirement homes, and up to 11 years for certain care and treatment occupancies.

The Fire Code amendments achieve improved fire safety across three broad areas: inspections, training and upgrades to existing buildings, including the installation of automatic sprinkler systems.

Associated changes in respect to 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 (O.Reg. 332/12) and also comes into force on January 1, 2014.

Ontario Regulation 150/13 is available on the Government of Ontario e-Laws website.

Further information about the amendments, including a detailed compliance schedule, will be posted on the Office of the Fire Marshal’s website at www.ontario.ca/firemarshal, in the coming weeks.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Technical Services Section at (416) 325-3100 or by email at FireSafetyStandards@ontario.ca. Questions in connection with the Building Code amendments may be directed to the Building and Development Branch at (416) 585- 6666 or by email at codeinfo@ontario.ca.