ONTARIO REGULATION 33/19: AMENDMENTS TO THE FIRE CODE
March 15, 2019
The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) is pleased to announce the filing of Ontario Regulation 33/19 on March 14, 2019. Ontario Regulation 33/19, a regulation made under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, amends the 2007 Fire Code (Ontario Regulation 213/07) by making housekeeping changes (to update or clarify requirements) and by adding requirements for the following:
- hazardous extraction operations, and
- out-of-service firefighters’ elevators.
Hazardous Extraction Operations
New requirements apply to floor areas or portions of floor areas containing hazardous extraction operations; within farm buildings, the requirements only apply to floor areas or portions of floor areas containing hazardous extraction operations involving cannabis. For purposes of the new requirements, “hazardous extraction” means a process to remove or separate a substance from a solution or mixture that involves the use of flammable liquids, combustible liquids or flammable gases as solvents in the process. Amendments include new requirements for the following:
- door release hardware for exits and access to exits,
- egress aisles,
- fire safety planning,
- ventilation, and
- prohibited locations.
Requirements for prohibited locations became effective on March 14, 2019. All other requirements come into force on July 1, 2019.
Out-of-service Firefighters’ Elevators
Amendments to the Fire Code establish requirements for owners to notify supervisory staff when a firefighters’ elevator is not operational. When the firefighters’ elevator is not operational for more than 24 hours, the owner must also notify the fire department and building occupants by means of an established procedure.
These new requirements come into force on July 1, 2019.
The new Fire Code requirements reflect expert advice received from technical advisory committees led by the OFMEM and comprised of representatives from key stakeholder groups. The OFMEM gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the technical advisory committees in reviewing these proposed changes.
Proposed new Fire Code requirements were posted for public consultation on the Ontario Regulatory Registry. The OFMEM extends its appreciation to all stakeholders who provided feedback during the public consultation period.
Enquiries regarding the new regulation may be directed to the Technical Services Section of the OFMEM. Staff members can be reached by telephone at (647) 329-1100 or by e‑mail at FireSafetyStandards@ontario.ca.