Statement from Toronto Community Housing on the 1315 Neilson Road fire

Statement from Toronto Community Housing on the 1315 Neilson Road fire

July 13, 2017

TORONTO, July 13, 2017—Interim President and CEO Kevin Marshman issued this statement today.

Let me express, once again, Toronto Community Housing’s heartfelt sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives and to those who were injured in the 1315 Neilson Rd. fire on February 5, 2016. 

Today, Toronto Community Housing pleaded guilty to one charge, a regulatory offence for not completely implementing the approved fire safety plan at 1315 Neilson Rd.

Toronto Community Housing immediately addressed the deficiencies noted in the charge.  The fire safety plan for 1315 Neilson Rd. is now fully implemented to the satisfaction of Toronto Fire Services.

Neither the specific charge that was pled to, nor the agreed statement of facts read in court today, alleged that the deficiencies in the implementation of the fire safety plan caused or contributed to the fire, or any loss of life, injuries or damage to the building sustained as part of that fire. 

Fire safety has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority for Toronto Community Housing, and we are committed to working together with Toronto Fire Services to continuously improve fire safety in all our buildings. 

Toronto Community Housing is committed to assisting the Toronto Police Service and the Ontario Fire Marshal in their efforts to identify the individual or individuals responsible for starting the 1315 Neilson Rd. fire in any way we can. 

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Toronto Community Housing (torontohousing.ca) is Canada's largest social housing landlord. Wholly owned by the City of Toronto, we provide homes for nearly 60,000 low- and moderate-income households in neighbourhoods across the city. 

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