9.4 ● Health Care Facilities

If a building is regulated under the Homes for Special Care Act and has sleeping accommodations for more than ten persons, the building is considered a health care facility.   Under the new Ontario Fire Code O. Reg. 150/13 the building must be sprinklered or retrofitted with a automatic sprinkler system by January 1, 2025.

Long-term care homes regulated under the Long-Term Homes Care Act, 2007, private hospitals regulated under the Private Hospitals Act, or public hospitals regulated under the Public Hospital Act are also classified as health care facilities.

It is the owner’s responsibility of all care occupancy or care and treatment occupancies that are not sprinklered to install an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with NFPA 13, “Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems” before January 1, 2025.  Sprinkler systems that were installed prior to January 1, 2014 that provide adequate protection may be approved by the authority having jurisdiction.

Buildings that are not greater than 6 storeys in building height, may install a sprinkler system that meets the requirements of  NFPA 13R, “Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Residential Occupancies up to and Including Four Stories in Height”.

All automatic sprinkler systems must be equipped with a local electric water flow alarm.

The retrofit requirements are described in an easy-to-read format, please refer to O. Reg. 150/13 as amended or, consult with your local fire department for their interpretation of the Regulation before performing any retrofit.