Ontario is taking the essential steps to becoming a world leader with standards for elevator repair times with new proposed law.
The planned legislation would see the province reduce outages and improving access to elevators while maintaining Ontario’s strong safety record.
At a press conference in Toronto on Thursday morning, Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, was joined by MPP Han Dong to announce the new legislation.
In a statement, it was confirmed that the government has developed an action plan that would make Ontario the first jurisdiction in the world to establish standards for elevator repair timelines.
In addition to elevator repair timeline standards, the province will also:
- Enable collection of necessary data to inform the development of the standard.
- Enhance enforcement of maintenance requirements, including through new administrative monetary penalties.
- Amend Ontario’s Fire Code to notify fire departments when designated firefighter elevators are out of service to improve planning and response during emergencies.
- Publish information about elevator performance to help people in the province make better informed decisions before they rent or buy a home in a multi-storey building.
- Help elevator owners negotiate better maintenance contracts through an education and outreach campaign.
- Create new standards for new-build high-rise buildings to ensure they have enough elevators to serve residents.
Today it was also announced that the Ontario government had commissioned an independent study to examine the issue of elevator availability and to come up with recommendations.
The study was conducted by the Honourable J. Douglas Cunningham, and the new action plan addresses all of the 19 recommendations proposed in the final report.