Ontario aims to reduce elevator outages under legislation introduced Thursday that would make the province one of the first jurisdictions in the world to establish standards for elevator repair times.
The new law, if passed, would improve user access to elevators by, among other things, beefing up enforcement of maintenance requirements.
It would also allow publication of information about elevator performance to inform consumers before they rent or buy an apartment or condo.
The legislation, introduced by Consumer Services Minister Tracy MacCharles, is part of a broader bill that also aims to enhance consumer control over credit information.
"Access to reliable elevators is a necessity and, in some instances, a lifeline," MacCharles said in a statement. "Our proposed new rules for consumer reporting agencies and elevators would, if passed, help give Ontario consumers more information about things that we rely on in our daily lives."
Other proposed measures include creating standards for new high-rise buildings to ensure they have enough elevators to adequately serve residents. If the bill is passed, Ontario would consult with the public and businesses in development of these standards, the government said.