Province plans big fines for breaking fire code

The Manitoba government plans to jack up the fines for fire code violations.

A bill introduced to the legislature today would see first time offenders fined up to $125,000 and a second offence could cost twice as much.

It’s a dramatic increase from the old values of $1,000 for a first offence and $10,000 after that.

Penalties for companies are also sharply up, with a first offence jumping from $5,000 to $250,000.  Under the new legislation a second violation could cost up to a half million dollars, a price tag twenty times higher than the previous maximum.

Labour Minister Erna Braun says in a release that the current penalties don’t reflect the risks associated with fires and the higher amounts bring the fines in line with others levied for safety issues.

— Garth Hilderman

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