February 2013 - Code Compliance

Fire Marshal urging Ontario fire departments to enforce zero tolerance approach….

February 13, 2013

The Fire Marshal of Ontario is urging fire departments throughout the province to adopt a zero tolerance approach when it comes to enforcing the Fire Code, effective immediately.

“Homeowners and landlords are not taking the fire code seriously” said the Fire Marshal of Ontario. “I’ve sent a letter to every Fire Chief in Ontario asking them to enforce a zero-tolerance approach and to prosecute homeowners and landlords who are not in compliance with the Fire Code.”

“It’s the owner’s responsibility to ensure their building is in accordance with the law,” said the fire marshal. “When are people going to get the message?

The Fire Code applies to all occupied buildings, whether owner-occupied or rented. For homeowners, tenants and individual landlords, non-compliance with the Fire Code can result in a fine of up to $50,000 and/or a year in jail.