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The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) posts on its Web site all Fire Marshal’s Communiqué published during the current year and previous three years.
Communiqués listed below that have no link are communiqués that have been superseded by another communiqué or OFM document, communiqués about events that are past and/or communiqués with content that is out of date or no longer valid.
Please note that the telephone number 416-325-3100, mentioned in several of the communiqués listed below, is no longer valid. The current number to contact the OFM is 647-329-1100.
To obtain a copy of a communiqué that is still current and valid but that is not listed below, please send a request by e-mail to AskOFMEM@ontario.ca.
Communiqué Index: 2024
February 13, 2024
The Mental Health Secretariat (MHS) is currently in the development stage of an online geographic inventory of mental health supports for public safety personnel across Ontario.
Please complete this hyperlinked questionnaire by February 27, 2024, and feel free to reach out to the MHS team at MH.Secretariat@ontario.ca if you have any questions. If there are participants that require French language translation or any other format for accessibility, please contact the MHS team and they will be happy to assist.
ENGLISH - Mental Health Secretariat (MHS) Survey Letter
FRENCH - Mental Health Secretariat (MHS) Survey Letter
January 5, 2024
ENGLISH-2024-01 - Sprinkler Installations in Long-Term Care Homes and Homes for Special Care: Compliance Deadline and Options for Achieving Compliance
FRENCH-2024-01 - Sprinkler Installations in Long-Term Care Homes and Homes for Special Care: Compliance Deadline and Options for Achieving Compliance
December 18, 2023
ENGLISH-2023-11 - Enhancing Access to Justice Act, 2023: Administrative Monetary Penalties
FRENCH-2023-11 - Enhancing Access to Justice Act, 2023: Administrative Monetary Penalties
On October 17, 2022, Fire Marshal Communique 2022-08 provided the fire service with information on the firefighter certification legacy application process. The first legacy window opened on January 1, 2023, and closed on March 31, 2023.
Under O. Reg. 343/22, the Fire Marshal may grant a letter of compliance with the certification standard to firefighters for several fire protection services (Items 1-7 or 9-15) listed in Table 1 of the regulation. Letters of compliance are not available for full NFPA standards or levels that are accredited under International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or ProBoard. Letters of compliance only apply to the Ontario Seal program that was developed as part of the regulation.
The second legacy application window opened on July 1, 2023, and closes on September 30, 2023. Those who applied in the first window and were unsuccessful can re-apply in the second window. The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) will be randomly auditing applications received from each fire department. The fire chief will receive a notification email for those selected for audit and will have 10 business days to submit the training documentation to support the request for a Letter of Compliance. All of the details on how the legacy process works are included in the enclosed legacy package that was previously distributed.
During the application window, the application form and any questions can be sent to OFMLegacy@Ontario.ca.
September 6, 2023
ENGLISH-2023-09 - Interpretation of s. 6(3) of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act
FRENCH-2023-09 - Interpretation of s. 6(3) of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act
July 18, 2023
ENGLISH-2023-08 - Notification of Fires and Explosions involving Lithium Batteries | Incident Reporting Form - Lithium Batteries
FRENCH-2023-08 - Notification of Fires and Explosions involving Lithium Batteries | Incident Reporting Form - Lithium Batteries
June 23, 2023
ENGLISH-2023-06 - Amendments to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 (FPPA)
FRENCH-2023-06 - Amendments to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 (FPPA)
May 29, 2023
ENGLISH-2023-05 - Public Consultation on the Next Edition of The Ontario Fire Code
FRENCH-2023-05 - Public Consultation on the Next Edition of The Ontario Fire Code
April 28, 2023
ENGLISH-2023-03 - Municipal Reimbursement Program for Emergency Response into Unincorporated Ontario
FRENCH-2023-03 - Municipal Reimbursement Program for Emergency Response into Unincorporated Ontario