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Fire Marshal’s Communiqué and COVID-19 Legislative Updates

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Fire Marshal’s Communiqué and COVID-19 Legislative Updates

Bulletin #003/20

April 17, 2020

Ontario Regulation 73/20 and Review and Appeal Processes under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997

In response to the COVID-19 emergency declared by the Government of Ontario, an emergency order (O. Reg. 73/20) has been made that suspends the limitation periods of legislation in Ontario for the duration of the emergency. As such, this regulation temporarily changes timelines associated with the review and appeal processes established under Sections 25 and 26 of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 (FPPA) for orders made pursuant to Subsections 21(1) or (2).

For more information, see Fire Marshal’s Communiqué 2020-07.

Building Code and Fire Code Exemptions for Temporary Health and Residential Facilities

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing filed an Emergency Order (O. Reg. 141/20) for temporary health and residential facilities in response to the COVID-19 emergency. As a result of this Emergency Order and to align with its requirements, Ontario Regulation 144/20 made under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, was filed.

Ontario Regulation 141/20 and Ontario Regulation 144/20 permit the temporary flexibility needed to expand Ontario’s capacity to meet the anticipated demand for health and residential facilities due to the COVID-19 emergency.

For more information, see Fire Marshal’s Communiqué 2020-09.