AMENDMENTS TO THE FIRE PROTECTION AND PREVENTION ACT, 1997
May 30, 2019
On April 11, 2019, amendments to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 (FPPA) were introduced into the legislature under Schedule 29 of Bill 100, Protecting What Matters Most Act (Budget Measures), 2019. These amendments were passed on May 29, 2019 and will come into force on June 28, 2019.
The amendments to the FPPA are intended to strengthen and enable more effective and efficient enforcement of fire safety across Ontario. The amendments:
- Add a new provision that extends the limitation period for initiating prosecutions of FPPA-related offences, providing fire departments with one year from when they first have knowledge of a potential offence.
- Expand cost recovery provisions to enable fire departments to recover costs for expenses incurred in closing buildings under section 21.(2)(b) of the FPPA when approved by the Fire Marshal for the immediate protection of persons and property.
- Increase maximum fines for most offences under the FPPA and establish higher maximum fines for subsequent offences, to provide stronger deterrence and to better align fines with the severity of fire-related offences.
The FPPA is available at the following link: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/97f04.
Enquiries regarding the FPPA amendments may be directed to the Field and Advisory Services Section of the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management. Staff members may be reached by telephone at 1-844-638-9560 (toll free) or by e‑mail at OFMEM-FAS-AA@ontario.ca.