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Province to hike fire-safety fines

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The province introduced legislative changes today that would increase maximum fines under the Fire Prevention and Emergency Response Act.

Labour and Immigration Minister Erna Braun said the fines would be leveled for offences such as failure to comply with the Manitoba Fire Code.

"We believe the current penalties do not reflect the serious life-safety risks that are created when responsibilities with respect to fire safety are not met," Braun said in a release. "Current penalties under this legislation are much lower than those in other safety laws in Manitoba such as the Workplace Safety and Health Act."

The new penalties would help ensure that orders are complied with in a more timely manner, Braun said.

The proposed amendments would increase maximum fines to $125,000 from $1,000 for a first offence and $250,000 from $10,000 for a second offence. The proposed maximum fines for a corporation would be $250,000 for a first offence and $500,000 for a second offence.

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