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FireSmart Neighbourhoods: Ontario

We are happy to be part of the FireSmart Neighbourhood Recognition Program in 2012. As neighbourhoods receive recognition awards we will be posting them here.

Want to speak with your Provincial Liaison about becoming a FireSmart neighbourhood? Your Provincial Liaison is Jaime Seeley.

Congratulations to the following Ontario neighbourhoods for becoming FireSmart Recognized Neighbourhoods:

  • Dunlop Lake- 2016
  • Quirke and Popeye Lake- 2016

Congratulations to the following Ontario local government recipients of the FireSmart Community Protection Achievement Award:

  • Become the first local government to achieve this award in Ontario!

FireSmart Provincial Representative for Ontario

Position: Fire Advisor
Organization: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry
Email: jaime.seeley@ontario.ca
Phone: 807-937-7341

Jaime brings years of experience in wildland urban interface firefighting and actively contributes to assisting communities with the development of their FireSmart plans. He’s also a structural firefighter and takes great pride in building strong partnerships. He is excited to help promote the FireSmart program within Ontario.

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Neighbourhoods, subdivisions, and small towns in areas of Canada prone to wildfire can earn FireSmart Neighbourhood recognition status by meeting the following criteria:

  • Enlisting a wildland/urban interface specialist to complete an assessment and create a plan that identifies locally agreed-upon solutions that the neighbourhood can implement.
  • Sponsoring a local FireSmart Board which maintains the FireSmart Neighbourhood Plan and tracks its progress or status.
  • Conducting FireSmart Events each year that are dedicated to a local FireSmart project.
  • Investing a minimum of $2.00 annually per capita in local FireSmart Neighbourhood efforts. This is surprisingly easy to do since volunteer time is credited at $24.17 per hour (2017 amount).
  • Submitting an annual report to FireSmart Canada documenting continuing compliance with the program.
  • If your neighbourhood has a head start on FireSmart already and can document your efforts, this can also be recognized.

Becoming FireSmart takes time and coordination with your neighbours and others, but getting started is actually quite straightforward. Following these steps, your neighbourhood will be on its way toward becoming FireSmart.

  1. Contact FireSmart – A neighbourhood representative (you or another interested member of your neighbourhood) phones FireSmart Canada at 780-718-5355 or completes an on-line request for contact by the Local FireSmart Representative on the FireSmart Canada website – www.firesmartcanada.ca
  2. Site Visit – Your Local FireSmart Representative, a specialist in wildland/urban interface (WUI) fire, will visit your area and assess wildfire hazards.
  3. Neighbourhood Representation – At the same time, your Neighbourhood Champion (again, this could be you) recruits others from your neighbourhood to create a FireSmart Board which will include other homeowners and fire professionals and possibly land managers, planners and members of other interest groups.
  4. Assessment & Evaluation – The Local FireSmart Representative completes the wildfire hazard assessment and evaluation of the neighbourhood's wildfire readiness and schedules a meeting with your local FireSmart Board to present the assessment for review and acceptance by the Board.
  5. Moving Forward/Creating A Plan – Your local FireSmart Board develops a FireSmart Neighbourhood Plan (a set of solutions to its WUI fire issues based on the Local FireSmart Representative’s report). All members of the FireSmart Board must concur with the final plan which is presented to and approved by the provincial/territorial FireSmart Liaison. The Local FireSmart Representative may work with your neighbourhood to seek project implementation funds if needed.
  6. Implement Solutions – Solutions from your FireSmart Neighbourhood Plan are implemented following a schedule designed by your FireSmart Board, who will be responsible for maintaining the program into the future.
  7. Apply for Recognition – FireSmart Neighbourhood recognition status is achieved after your neighbourhood submits its application form along with a completed FireSmart Neighbourhood Plan and FireSmart Event documentation to your Local FireSmart Representative. Use the on-line form available on the FireSmart Canada website – www.firesmartcanada.ca
  8. Renewing Your Recognition Status – Annual renewal of your recognition is completed by submitting documentation of your neighbourhood's continued participation to the provincial/territorial FireSmart Liaison. Use the on-line form available on the FireSmart Canada website – www.firesmartcanada.ca

Check the FireSmart Neighbourhood Recognition Program area of this website to learn how to talk to your neighbours about FireSmart, and explore what it means to become a recognized FireSmart Neighbourhood. The FireSmart Neighbourhood Recognition Program provides a simple template that neighbourhoods can use to take action to protect homes from brush, grass and forest fires.

For more information on the FireSmart Canada Neighbourhood Recognition Program – click  here Information Available includes:

Individual forms from – A User Reference Guide to the FireSmart Canada Neighbourhood Recognition Program are available: