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March 2015: Legislative Review for Canada

In their November 2014 issue, Sprinkler Age magazine featured its Annual Legislative Review for the United States and Canada. This summary of legislation and codes offers an overview of regulations affecting the fire sprinkler industry in individual Canadian provinces. The information was obtained from a survey mailed to the fire marshals in all 10 provinces. Listed below are the responses and findings for Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. A dash (-) indicates no response.

PROVINCE

PROVINCE CODE ADOPTION

ADD'L NFPA STANDARDS

NFPA 13 ED. ADOPTED

LOCAL JURISDICTION CAN USE LATEST NPA 13 Ed.

MINIMUM BASE OR A MIN/MAX FOR ENDORSEMENT

Alberta

2006 Alberta Building Code (amended 2005 NBCC)

NFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 20

2002

Yes, with AHU approval

Minimum

British Columbia

2012 BC Building Code (amended 2005, NBCC), NFCC

-

1999

Yes

Min/Max

Ontario

2012 Ontario Building Code (amended 2005 NBCC)

NFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 20

2007

Yes, with AHU approval

Minimum

Quebec

2008 Quebec Construction Code (amended 2005 NBCC)

NFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 20

1999

Yes, with AHU approval

Minimum

Saskatchewan

2010 NBCC with 2013 Saskatchewan amended

NFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 20

1999 

Yes, with AHU approval

Minimum

 

NBCC – National Building Code of Canada

CANADA INSPECTION, TESTING & MAINTENANCE AND SEISMIC PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS

 

 

Required for those who perform inspection, testing and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems

Seismic protection required on fire sprinkler systems

PROVINCE

NICET LEVEL II

NICET LEVEL III

NO REQ.

YES/NO

Alberta

N

N

No req.

Only in active seismic areas

British Columbia

N

N

-

Yes

Ontario

N

N

No req.

Only in active seismic areas

Quebec

N

N

Province req.

Only in active seismic areas

Saskatchewan

N

N

No req.

Only in active seismic areas

Risk Logic, Inc. can be of assistance regarding fire protection Codes and Regulations. We can ensure that the above codes, as well as NFPA and FM Global standards, are being followed to avoid a major property loss.