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WATCH: Ontario considers fast-tracking sprinkler timeline after Quebec fire
The province has already made it mandatory for all retirement homes and nursing care facilities.
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Following the fatal fire at a Quebec retirement home, Ontario says it will look at fast-tracking getting sprinklers in all seniors residences.

While the province has made it mandatory for all retirement homes to have sprinklers, it's being phased in.  As it stands, all retirement homes must install them within four years and publicly owned nursing care facilities have until 2025.

Health Minister Deb Matthews says the province needs to take another look to see if the timelines can be accelerated.

While Matthews stresses facilities which are being built now will have the sprinkler systems in them, it's the older ones that don't and have to install them.

She says older retirement homes are being rebuilt but it takes time.

Matthews says she can't imagine having to deal with what is happening in Quebec, in Ontario.

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Following the fatal fire at a Quebec retirement home, Ontario says it will look at fast-tracking getting sprinklers in all seniors residences.

While the province has made it mandatory for all retirement homes to have sprinklers, it's being phased in.  As it stands, all retirement homes must install them within four years and publicly owned nursing care facilities have until 2025.

Health Minister Deb Matthews says the province needs to take another look to see if the timelines can be accelerated.

While Matthews stresses facilities which are being built now will have the sprinkler systems in them, it's the older ones that don't and have to install them.

She says older retirement homes are being rebuilt but it takes time.

Matthews says she can't imagine having to deal with what is happening in Quebec, in Ontario.

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