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April 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.

Province Province Code Adoption Additional NFPA Standards NFPA 13 Edition Adopted Local Jurisdiction Can Use Latest NPA 13 Edition Minimum Base Or A Min/Max For Endorsement
Alberta 2014 Alberta Bldg. Code (amended 2010 NBC) NFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 20 2013 Yes, W/AHJ approval Minimum
British Columbia NBC 2010 amended 2010 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 & 20 2013 as of 12/14 No Minimum
Manitoba NBC 2015 amended No 2013 Yes, w/AHJ approval Minimum
New Brunswick 2010 NBC NFPA 3D, 13R, 14, 20 2010 Yes, w/AHJ approval Minimum
Newfoundland 2010 NBC & NFPA 101 NFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 20 Latest Yes Minimum
Nova Scotia 2010 NBC NFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 20 2013 Yes, w/AHJ approval Minimum
Ontario 2012 Ontario Building Code (amended 2010 NBCC) NFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 20 2013 Yes, w/AHJ approval Minimum
Prince Edward Island 2010 NBCC & NFPA 1 & 101 (NBCC Province not Authority) NFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 20 2013 Yes, w/AHJ approval Minimum
Quebec 2015 Quebec Construction Code (amended 2010 NBCC) NFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 20 2007 Yes, w/AHJ approval Minimum
Saskatchewan 2010 NBCC with 2013Saskatchewan amended NFPA 13D, 13R, 14, 20 2007 Yes, w/AHJ 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 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.