Fire Sprinkler Requirements for Retirement Homes Coming Into Effect Soon

Time is ticking…

The Ontario Fire Code requires that all retirement homes upgrade to automatic fire sprinklers by Jan. 1, 2019.

Currently, approximately 20 per cent of Ontario retirement homes – 150 out of 730 licensed homes – do not have full automatic sprinkler systems. With this new regulation implementation deadline fast approaching, the provincial government is offering to help!

The Ontario government has pledged $20 million in funding to help alleviate this financially-burdensome new requirement for smaller and rural retirement homes.  A small retirement home is defined as having 49 or less suites.  A rural retirement home is considered to be located in a municipality with less than 100,000 residents.

Don’t delay. The deadline to take advantage of this program are fast approaching:


Application for this funding must be submitted by June 1, 2018.

Retrofit work must be complete by Dec. 31, 2018.

For more information, please read the Program Guidelines for the Fire Sprinkler Retrofit Program For Licensed Small or Rural Retirement Homes; if you’re in need of a free sprinkler system installation quotation, call EPI Fire Protection Inc. at (416) 746-2225.

P.S. If you’re in the retirement home industry and plan on attending Together We Care 2018, Canada’s largest gathering of long-term care and retirement home professionals, make sure to drop by the EPI Fire Protection Inc. booth (#740)  and say hello! We will be offering more information on this important government initiative.

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