Do you have a house with an apartment unit? In Ontario, Reg. 385-94 Bill 20 states that local municipal zoning is now required as to where new second units can be located. Existing units used and occupied on November 16, 1995 (with appropriate proof required) are grandfathered in and legalizes uses where a building permit was issued before May 22, 1996.
All units must meet the Fire Code by July 14, 1996 with two inspections required — one from the Fire Department and the other from Ontario Hydro. Typically, it is the owner of the property who is required to comply with Fire Code. It is the Fire Department’s job to enforce it. Areas of improvement as a result of this may include items such as interconnected smoke alarms, sprinkler systems, shared means of egress, fire separation, etc. Non-compliance with Fire Code can carry hefty fines. It also allows for a mandatory registry system that could also ban occupation of unregistered units.
Contact your Municipal Planning department, Fire Prevention Department / Office or lawyer for further information.