Ontario Government Increases Penalties for starting Forest Fires

News from the Ontario government

Posted July 7th, 217 on Niagara At Large

With forest fire season well underway in Ontario, the province has increased the maximum fines for individuals and corporations for starting forest fires.

If found responsible, individuals can now be fined up to $25,000 for starting a forest fire, with fines for corporations that start a forest fire going up to $500,000. These increased maximum fines will help deter human-started fires.

Approximately half of all forest fires are started by people. Forest fires can cause considerable risk to public safety, can cause expensive property damage and have broader impacts on communities and regional industry.

These fines only apply to forest fires inside the Fire Region.

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Forest fire management in Ontario.

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