WINNIPEG – City Hall is following through on a plan to do more inspections on rooming houses.
A new report says licensed rooming houses with shared bathrooms and kitchens will now be inspected every year by the fire department.
Director of fire prevention Janet Bier says the inspections will be done by 12 trained inspectors, not firefighters.
“They don’t have the training and the capacity to inspect this type of occupancy because there’s a lot of time involved,” says Bier. “There’s fire code issues that they have not been trained to deal with so it requires our expertise as fire inspectors.”
The report is also proposing a new system on 311 to report suspected “unlicensed” rooming houses.
The city’s community services committee will discuss the recommendations next week.