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