Engineering A Fire Safe World
About Us

The Southern Ontario Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) is based in Toronto but has members from the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. All members of SFPE International as well as anyone involved in the fire protection industry are welcome to attend Chapter activities and events.

Our Chapter hosts Lunch and Learn Meetings where a speaker makes a 1 hour presentation on a topic of interest to the fire protection community. Our lunch meetings are typically at the Toronto Board of Trade Downtown location.

The Southern Ontario Chapter is very involved in promoting fire protection engineering and the specific ideals of SFPE International, whose goal is "Advancing the Science and Practice of Fire Protection Engineering Internationally". SFPE International and our Chapter support the growing field of fire protection engineering.

Mission Statement

The Southern Ontario Chapter's purpose is to advance the art and science of fire protection engineering and its allied fields, for the reduction of life and property losses from fire, to maintain high ethical standards on engineering among its members and to foster fire protection education.

The chapter strives to facilitate sharing of sound engineering experiences and knowledge between its members, the fire protection community and the public with an active program of education, participation in public policy, charitable work and scholarship activities


The Southern Ontario Chapter was established on November 14, 1965 and hosts nine luncheon meetings with guest speakers for it members.

The Southern Ontario Chapter has a well established tradition of technical development through luncheons meetings, participation in public policy, support for education in the field of Fire Protection Engineering, and donations to worthy causes and organizations related to our field. The Chapter continues "Advancing the Science and Practice of Fire Protection Engineering".

The Event Program year typically runs from September to May - with the May meeting doubling as the Annual Business Meeting.

Participation In Public Policy

PEO adopted the Fire Protection Engineer specialist designation after seven years of intensive lobbying.

The Chapter was granted standing to the Inquiry into Fire Safety in High-rise Buildings in 1982 and gave a verbal presentation to the Commission.

The Chapter participated in public policy into the Ontario Fire Code to develop:

  • Draft regulations to incorporate Part 4 - Flammable & Combustible Liquids 
  • Planned revisions to Part 3 - Indoor & Outdoor Storage 
  • Revisions to Part 5 - Hazardous Processes & Operations due to the Plastimet fire 

The Chapter also participates in the development of UL of Canada's many Fire Alarm Standards.

Charitable Work

Fundraising/donations have provided over $52,700 to industry related charities. The major fundraising activities have been through our Annual Charity Golf Tournament.

The Chapter has also provided funds to the following groups:

  • The Children's Wish Foundation
  • Toronto Sick Children's Burn Unit
  • Seneca College, Fire Protection Laboratories
  • Seneca College Fire Protection Student Bursary (self-perpetuating)
  • The SFPE Education and Scientific Foundation
  • The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Toronto


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