Fire Marshal Review Process
Fire Marshal Review Process
In response to the Novel Coronavirus (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, the normal 15-day and 30-day limitation periods for making a request to the Fire Marshal under Sections 25(1) and 25(3) of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 are temporarily suspended while the emergency order is in effect. For the duration of the emergency, the Fire Marshal may accept requests that are made beyond the normal 15-day or 30-day limitation period.
For more information, see Fire Marshal’s Communiqué 2020-07.
A request to the Fire Marshal for a Review of an Order is the first stage of appeal for persons who consider themselves to be aggrieved by an Order. Requesting a Fire Marshal Review will result in a stay or suspension of the Order pending a decision of the Fire Marshal; however, the Fire Marshal may, upon request by an inspector, order that the Order take effect immediately where such action is deemed necessary in the interest of public safety. The Fire Marshal review process is outlined below:
To initiate a request for a Fire Marshal Review:
Complete an application form online by clicking the link below.
You will be required to attach a copy of the Order and all relevant appendices. Acceptable file formats for attachments are .jpg, .png, .gif, .doc, .xls, .pdf, .docx, .xlsx, .tiff, .raw, .jpeg. Your computer must have Chrome (version 64 or higher), Internet Explorer (version 11 or higher), or Firefox (version 58 or higher).
You are encouraged to submit your request for a Fire Marshal Review online. However, if you are unable to do so, you may complete fillable PDF version of the application form Application for Fire Marshal Review of an Order. Attach a copy of the Order and all relevant appendices to the completed application form. Submit the documents to the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management using one of the following options:
- E-mail: OFMEMReviews@ontario.ca
- Fax: 416-628-3739
- Mail: Technical Services – Fire Marshal Reviews
Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
25 Morton Shulman Avenue, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M3M 0B1
Incomplete submissions will result in processing delays.
Following receipt of the completed application form and copy of the Order, the request for Fire Marshal Review will be assessed for eligibility and an acknowledgement letter will be sent to both the person making the request and to the fire department.
Both the fire department and the person making the request will be given a four-week period to submit any relevant information that they wish included as part of the review.
At the end of the four-week period, the file will be assigned to a Delegate appointed by the Fire Marshal for review. The review does not involve a scheduled hearing; however, either party may receive a call from the Delegate if during the review process clarification is required for information submitted.
The Delegate has authority to uphold, amend or rescind the Order or make a new Order. Once a decision is made by the Delegate, it will be issued in writing to both the person that requested the review and to the fire department.
Should either party consider themselves to be aggrieved by the decision of the Delegate, an appeal to the Fire Safety Commission may be initiated. Instructions for initiating such an appeal will be included with the decision.