Ontario Supporting Waterloo Region’s Fire Services During COVID-19

Published on April 15, 2021

Funding to enhance fire safety training and inspections


April 15. 2021


WATERLOO REGION —– Today Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris announced that the Ontario Government is investing $163,000 to help Fire Services in Waterloo Region address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will enhance fire safety training and support safety inspection programs to ensure compliance with the Ontario Fire Code.

"The men and women of our local fire departments have dedicated their lives to protecting our communities and I am proud to be a part of government that supports the work they do,” said Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris. “This new investment will enhance their safety while they are on the front lines by providing the technology and equipment needed to support training and inspections during these unprecedented times."


Local Allocations are as follows:


Cambridge City Fire Department


City of Kitchener Fire Department


North Dumfries Township Fire Department


Waterloo Fire Rescue


Wilmot Township Fire Department


Woolwich Township Fire Department


Township of Wellesley Fire Department



"COVID-19 has presented many challenges for fire operations," said Kitchener Fire Chief, Bob Gilmore. "This funding will help provide virtual training and technology to support safety inspection programs that keep Kitchener residents and our fire service members safe.”


“The Woolwich Fire Department is appreciative of this funding opportunity from the Provincial Government, which will help address the impacts to municipal fire services due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This investment will be put to good use by enhancing our online training presence and upgrading our technical rescue expertise which will ensure the safety of our fire personnel and our communities,” said Woolwich Deputy Fire Chief, Dennis Aldous.


The funding is part of a $5 million provincial investment to help municipal fire services respond to the local impacts of COVID-19 which created risks and unprecedented challenges for fire departments to conduct training and fire safety inspections. This one-time funding will enhance in-person and online educational instruction needs by increasing access to additional training.

It will also support updates to specialized critical equipment, such as high-speed internet, to enhance virtual training and enable remote options to support fire safety and compliance with Ontario's Fire Code while minimizing exposure to the virus.

"Our government has listened to fire services across the province and recognizes the impact COVID-19 has had on their operations," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. "This funding will enhance opportunities for training and support fire safety inspections needed to keep our communities safe. We are grateful to these brave, dedicated individuals for their commitment to protecting Ontarians as the fight against COVID-19 continues."