The Ontario Fire Code is provincial legislation that enables municipalities to provide all Ontarians with the best possible level of protection from fire, in the most efficient manner. The Ontario Fire Code is a regulation under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act and is a companion document to the Ontario Building Code. Properties are built under permit utilizing the Ontario Building Code and the Fire Code is utilized to ensure ongoing maintenance to the fire and life safety requirements.
When the Fire Prevention Division of the St. Catharines Fire Services receives a complaint or a site visit indicates an infraction of the Ontario Fire Code, an inspector completes a report at the site visit to compile details of the infraction. The owner(s) of the property are sent a letter advising the specifics of the infraction, what is required for compliance, and request immediate compliance with the fire code violations. Fire Services has a zero tolerance policy for smoke alarm and related violations at the same property that are prosecuted immediately.
In addition, anyone who is in violation of the Fire Code and does not comply with an inspection report that is issued by the Fire Prevention Division will be subject to legal action.
Failure to comply with inspection reports from the Fire Prevention Division will result in prosecution through Legal Services.
A person who is convicted of an offence is liable to a fine of not more than $50,000 or imprisonment for not more than one year or both for each violation.
If a corporation is convicted of an offence, the maximum penalty that may be imposed upon the Corporation is $100,000 for each violation.