Brampton City Council supports suspending enforcement of Adequate Heat By-law
Brampton, ON – At an Emergency Special Council Meeting today, Brampton City Council voted to amend the Adequate Heat By-law 240-92.
The amendment delegates the Commissioner of Corporate Services the authority to direct that section 2 (a) not be enforced for periods as specified by the Commissioner. Council also directed staff to further review and bring forward a revised by-law for consideration by Council by April 2018. Enforcement activities of the By-law are suspended until further notice.
Section 2 (a) of the Adequate Heat By-law 240-92 requires adequate and suitable heat to be provided by a landlord in rental accommodations in the colder months between September 15 and June 1 to a minimum of 20 degrees Celsius. It draws authority from the Municipal Act. Many municipalities have similar by-laws in place.
Under the by-law, there is no requirement of landlords to turn off air conditioning by a certain date.
The safety of Brampton residents is of the utmost importance to the City of Brampton. Current and forecasted outdoor temperatures are to remain unseasonably high in the immediate future. In amending this by-law, the City is demonstrating flexibility to landlords looking to regulate heat in their buildings, particularly during extreme weather.
Residents are reminded that all recreation centres and library branches are available during normal hours of operation as heat relief locations. All heat relief locations have air conditioning, drinking water available at taps and fountains, and relaxed loitering rules to allow residents the opportunity to get cool.
Spray pad operations have been extended beyond the normal Labour Day seasonal closure. Residents are encouraged to refer to the City’s website for drop-in swim schedules.
Visit www.brampton.ca for tips on staying cool in periods of extreme heat.
“In the face of ongoing global climate change we as a City must be nimble when a problem is identified by our residents - it is clear to me this specific by-law is seriously out of date. Keeping residents safe is our first priority as a Council, I urge residential landlords to use common sense in the best interest of their tenants. During this unprecedented heat wave there is no immediate need for heat to be on, and I urge our landlords to provide air conditioning if possible.”
- Mayor Linda Jeffrey
“The safety of Brampton residents is of paramount importance to Council and City of Brampton staff. Such unseasonably high temperatures pose a serious risk to our most vulnerable, particularly seniors and young children. We urge residential landlords to shut off the heat in all buildings and, if available, turn on air conditioning units.”
- Councillor Gael Miles, Chair, Corporate Services
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