Landlord/Commercial Operator Resources

This Information is for Building Owners, Property Managers, and other persons controlling properties.

The Ontario Fire Code requires any landlord or commercial property owner to be responsible for carrying out the provisions for fire safety and defines the "owner" as "any person, firm or corporation having control over any portion of the building or property under consideration and includes the persons in the building or property." Consequently, the "owner" may be any one of, or a combination of parties, including building management, maintenance staff and tenant groups.

Smoke Alarms
Effective March 1, 2006, it is the law for all Ontario homes to have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. This requirement applies to single family, semi-detached and town homes, whether owner-occupied or rented. Landlords are required to provide working smoke alarms; tenants are required to maintain those smoke alarms in working condition. These forms may be helpful for Landlords:  

Fire Safety Plans:
A Fire Safety Plan is required and has been developed in accordance with Division B, Section 2.8 of the Ontario Fire Code, Ontario Regulation 213/07. The Fire Safety Plan is designed to provide occupant safety in the event of a fire, to provide effective utilization of fire safety features of the building and to minimize the possibility of fires occurring.

 Fire Safety Plans:

  • Assist the owner of a building with the basic essentials for the safety of all occupants.  
  • Outlines what occupants are to do in the event of a fire, fire safety practices, supervisory staff and related duties, and other related issues.
  • Ensure an orderly evacuation at the time of an emergency and to provide a maximum degree of flexibility to achieve the necessary Fire Safety for the building. 
  • Assist firefighters in the performance of their duties during an emergency by providing floor plans, building information and occupant information.
  • Should be designed to suit the resources of each individual building or complex of buildings and must be acceptable to the Municipality's Chief Fire Official.

The following templates should be used to develop a Fire Safety Plan for properties located within the Municipality of Port Hope.

Fire Safety Plan templates:
Small Assembly - No Fire Alarm System

Medium Assembly - Fire Alarm System

Small Restaurant

General Fire Safety Plan 

For further information on Fire Safety Plans please contact the Administration office at 905-753-2230.



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