Apr 2019

Legislative Review for Canada

In their November/December 2018 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. A dash (-) indicates no response.

ProvinceProvince Code AdoptionAdditional NFPA StandardsNFPA 13 Edition AdoptedLocal Jurisdiction Can Use Latest NPA 13 EditionMinimum Base Or A Min/Max For Endorsement
Alberta2014 Alberta Bldg. Code (amended 2010 NBC)NFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 202013Yes, W/AHJ approvalMinimum
British ColumbiaNBC 2010 amended2010 NBC adopted in ’12 but updated in ’17 to req. NFPA 13R (’13 ed.). Also updated ’14 to req. ’10 versions of NFPA 13D, 14 & 202013 as of 12/14NoMinimum
ManitobaNBC 2015 amendedNo2013Yes, w/AHJ approvalMinimum
New Brunswick2010 NBCNFPA 3D, 13R, 14, 202010Yes, w/AHJ approvalMinimum
Newfoundland2010 NBC & NFPA 101NFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 20LatestYesMinimum
Nova Scotia2010 NBCNFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 202013Yes, w/AHJ approvalMinimum
Ontario2012 Ontario Building Code (amended 2010 NBCC)NFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 202013Yes, w/AHJ approvalMinimum
Prince Edward Island2010 NBCC & NFPA 1 & 101 (NBCC Province not Authority)NFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 202013Yes, w/AHJ approvalMinimum
Quebec2015 Quebec Construction Code (amended 2010 NBCC)NFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 202007Yes, w/AHJ approvalMinimum
Saskatchewan2010 NBCC with 2013Saskatchewan amendedNFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 202007Yes, w/AHJ approvalMinimum

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 I

NICET

LEVEL II

NICET

LEVEL III

Other

(CSA, Local)

YES/NO

Alberta

N

Only in active seismic areas

British Columbia

N

N

N

N

Yes

Manitoba

N

N

N

Y (apprenticeship cert. for sprinklers)

Only in active seismic areas

New Brunswick

N

Only in active seismic areas

Newfoundland

N

Only in active seismic areas

Nova Scotia

Y (requires a Red Seal sprinkler fitter)

Yes if required by code

Ontario

N

Only in active seismic areas

Prince Edward Island

N

Only in active seismic areas

Quebec

N

Only in active seismic areas

Saskatchewan

N

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.