The Manitoba government is making progress on a $280-million initiative to enhance fire and life safety at personal care homes, hospitals and health-care facilities in the province.

As part of the fire and life-safety project led by Shared Health, all hospitals, personal care homes and health centres in Manitoba will have full or partial sprinkler systems installed over the next six to eight years with work prioritized to facilities that benefit most from upgrades. While the pandemic has impacted the timing of some upgrades, progress continues to be made on the initiative with full or partial sprinkler systems now installed in 74 per cent of all health-care and personal care home facilities.

Projects currently underway include:

  • sprinkler installations at facilities in Whitemouth and Gladstone;

  • fire separations in the Minnedosa Health Centre and Ste. Rose General Hospital; and

  • alarm repairs and upgrades at facilities in Reston, Erickson, Souris, Elkhorn, Deloraine and Virden.