Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997

The Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 (FPPA) was proclaimed into law on October 29, 1997. The new Act enables municipalities to provide all Ontarians with the best possible level of protection from fire, in the most efficient manner. The Ontario Fire Code is a regulation under the FPPA.

The legislation and regulations can be purchased from Publications Ontario. Copies may also be examined in the Fire Sciences Library and on this website. Click on The Fire Code logo below to go to the consolidated regulation on the e-laws web site. 

The Ontario Fire Code
O. Reg. 388/97
As Amended by O.Reg 398/98, 428/98, 302/99, 475/00 and 315/01. This
Code replaces the Fire Code, R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 454 which was revoked effective November 21, 1997.

This Fire Code represents the first major release since 1987 and contains numerous editorial and technical amendments. The Commentary on changes to the Ontario Fire Code is also contained on this website. Commentaries on other areas of the Ontario Fire Code (Parts 3, 4, 5 and Section 9.8) can be found on the Guidelines and Technical Papers page.

A list of articles that have been revised or added to the 1997 Fire Code (O. Reg. 388/97), has been prepared and includes those articles that are either new or where the wording has been revised.  New wording may be examined by visiting

The FPPA and Fire Code Opinions and Applications are available to assist users in applying the new Act and to acquire a better understanding of the requirements set out in the Fire Code.