Saskatchewan reminds contractors of CO alarm requirements

The government of Saskatchewan is reminding contractors and residents that under The Construction Codes Act (CC Act) all residential buildings in the province, regardless of age, must have carbon monoxide and smoke alarms, or a combination carbon monoxide-smoke alarm.

The CC Act replaced The Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Act on January 1, 2022, but enforcement did not begin until July 1, 2022.

Between 2018 and 2020 there were an average of 1,200 CO incidents reported annually to SaskEnergy, and between 2015 and 2019 the Saskatchewan Coroners Service recorded 16 deaths from accidental CO poisoning. Between 2016 and 2021, approximately 10 people died each year by fires (excluding wildfires).

To help residents and contractors decide where to place alarms, Building and Technical Standards developed three advisories for residential, multi-unit residential buildings, and for long-term care homes. Click here to read more about the advisories and changes to the regulations.

Government of Saskatchewan