June 2008

New multi-unit buildings to require sprinkler systems

Sprinkler systems will be required in all new Ontario multiple-unit residential buildings higher than three storeys as of April 2010, under changes to the Ontario Building Code that have long been sought by the Ontario Fire Marshal, fire chiefs and others. The changes harmonize the province’s building code with the National Building Code and codes in other jurisdictions. The new requirements apply to new construction, additions and major renovations. "The experience of other jurisdictions across North America is clear: residential sprinklers significantly reduce injuries, deaths and property loss due to fire.

This requirement is a huge step forward in the protection of citizens of this province from fire," said Pat Burke, Fire Marshal of Ontario in a news release

Updated June 19, 2008