Feb 22, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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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.

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