Feb 22, 2018
By Michael Kramer
The province aims to reduce elevator outages under legislation introduced today – that would make Ontario one of the first jurisdictions in the world – to establish standards for elevator repair times.
The new law, if passed – would improve user access to elevators by, among other things -beefing up enforcement of maintenance requirements.
It would also allow publication of information about elevator performance – to inform consumers before they rent or buy an apartment or condo – along with other proposed measures which include creating standards for new high-rise buildings to ensure they have enough elevators to adequately serve residents.
Ontario’s 20,000 elevators in residential and institutional buildings – including long-term care and retirement homes – were the subject of an in-depth study last year led by retired justice Douglas Cunningham – who made 19 recommendations in his final report released last month.
Cunningham found Ontario has no minimum preventive maintenance standards – and that only one in five elevators in the province are in compliance with safety standards.