Ontario improving fire safety in retirement homes

Dipika Damerla, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs

Ontario is helping retirement homes with the cost of installing automatic sprinkler systems, to enhance seniors’ safety and ensure that new Ontario Fire Code requirements are met.

Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs, was at a fire station in downtown Toronto today to mark Fire Prevention Week and to announce the new support.

“The province is committed to ensuring the safety and security of seniors in retirement homes. We also understand that small and rural homes may need help installing vital sprinkler systems. Our cost-share funding program is a fair way to help homes meet fire code requirements and help seniors and their families feel safe and secure,” stated Damerla.

The province is now accepting applications for the new cost-sharing program, which will help small and rural retirement homes retrofit more than 6,000 suites across Ontario. Automatic sprinklers are vital to the safety and security of all retirement home residents, staff and first responders.

Quick facts:

  • Beginning January 1st, 2019, all retirement homes must be equipped with automatic fire sprinkler systems to meet new Ontario Fire Code requirements.
  • Application forms and eligibility criteria are available online.
  • Ontario was the first province to make sprinkler retrofits mandatory in licensed retirement homes to protect our seniors.
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