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  • March 14, 2018

Elevating Improvements to Elevators

Elevator Availability Act

Did you know that there are about 20,000 elevators in approximately 10,000 residential and institutional buildings in Ontario, including long-term care and retirement homes? Approximately 655,000 elevator trips are taken each day on these elevators.

The province is also proposing changes to help reduce elevator outages and improve access to elevators through enhanced enforcement of maintenance requirements, publishing information about elevator performance to help consumers make better decisions before they rent or buy and creating new standards for new high-rises to ensure they have enough elevators to adequately serve residents. If the bill is passed, Ontario would consult with the public and businesses in the development of these standards.

The Action Plan on Elevator Availability, will make Ontario the first jurisdiction in the world to implement elevator repair timelines. Ontario’s elevator availability action plan includes the following proposed actions:

  • Enhancing access to elevators for first responders.
  • Enhancing enforcement by Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) of elevator safety regulation to ensure elevators are adequately and proactively maintained.
  • Creating future standards for elevator repair timelines, including proposing any necessary legislative amendments, to be informed by the data collected by TSSA.
  • Creating new standards for conducting traffic analyses and the minimum number of elevators in new residential and institutional high-rise (over six storeys) buildings through changes to the Ontario Building Code.

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