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New year, new fire code comes into effect in Ontario

Starting Tuesday, January 1, all vulnerable residences must have automatic sprinklers installed.
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The new year brings a new fire safety law for the province.

Starting January 1, all vulnerable occupancies - which include group homes where residents need care for physical disabilities, long-term care homes, and homes for seniors who require assistance with daily living- must have automatic sprinklers installed.

The law was first introduced in 2014, making Ontario the first province to require automatic sprinklers in all care facilities.

This provided facilities 5 years to install the systems, with the deadline date set for January 1, 2019.

The province provided $20 million in funding for care homes to hire trained staff and to make sure electrical systems were up to code standards.




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