Legislation Requiring Defibrillators in Public Buildings Now in Effect
April 17, 2014
Posted by: Legislative Review Committee
Originally Posted: April 17, 2014
Prepared by: Legislative Review Committee, HRMAM
As of January 31, 2014, automated external defibrillators (or "AEDs" as they are commonly known) are required in designated public buildings in Manitoba pursuant to The Defibrillator Public Access Act (the "Act"). Manitoba is the first province in Canada to develop legislation requiring AEDs to be available on certain sites.
While some of the premises designated under the Act are quite specific (such as the MTS Centre, the Manitoba Museum and the Winnipeg Convention Centre), there are some premises that may be designated based on the nature of the activities performed there, the number of people using the premises for a particular activity, or the number of hours the activity is performed at the premises (i.e., some fitness clubs and gyms). The legislation also sets out specific details with respect to location of the AED at a premises, signage, and registration with the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
For the full text of the Act, please click here. For further information on the Act and the list of designated public spaces, please click here and here.