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  • February 01, 2018

A New Government Action Plan for Elevators

MPP Han Dong's private member's bill becomes government action plan

It's finally here!

After working for months, MPP Dong's private members bill - Bill 109, The Reliable Elevators Act, has become part of a government action plan to maintain its strong safety record and increase elevator accessibility.

The new action plan was announced on January 25.

In addition to establishing a standard for elevator repair timelines, Ontario 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.

The government commissioned an independent study to examine the issue of elevator availability and propose solutions, which was conducted by the Honourable J. Douglas Cunningham. The action plan addresses all of the 19 recommendations proposed in the final report.

Thank you to everyone who worked on this project and helped keep elevators top-of-mind. In a vertical community like Trinity-Spadina, elevator maintenance is critical to public safety and a better way of life.

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