Christie Blatchford: Ontario to finally require care homes to install sprinkler systems

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Ontario is poised to become the first province in Canada to make automatic sprinklers mandatory in all retirement and nursing homes and residences for the disabled.

That encompasses an estimated 4,300 “care facilities,” as they are collectively termed, that don’t have sprinkler systems.

These residences are older, built before the province made sprinklers mandatory in new retirement homes and more recently, mandatory in all new residential construction taller than three storeys.

The coming changes will force older care homes to retroactively install sprinklers, making Ontario the first province to do so.

It’s believed that the home operators will have five years to comply from the date the legislation takes force, Jan. 1 next year.

Premier Kathleen Wynne is expected to drop a few broad hints to this effect in an early-morning address Monday to the Association of Ontario Fire Chiefs conference in the north end of Toronto.

She will be…

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