A false alarm is a signal indicating the triggering of an alarm system linked to a central station that has caused the unnecessary movement of firefighters or police officers.  

The fines that your city may impose on you can go up very quickly (for example in Montreal: $ 2,700 per event for all false fire alarms after the 3rd such false alarm accumulated over a 12-month period). 

In Montreal, you could however obtain a reimbursement of up to 90% of the fine imposed by a false alarm: 

According to article 5 of the regulation, the owner who, following the receipt of one or more invoices, incurs the costs of installing a new fire alarm system or repairing the fire alarm system – causing the false alarm, may request reimbursement of part of the costs incurred using the form provided for this purpose, after having fully paid all fire alarm invoices. The owner has 90 days from the date of issue of the last invoice received to file a refund request. The reimbursement request includes proof of payment of the costs incurred for the installation or repair of the fire alarm system.

To encourage you to make the required corrections, the City of Montreal has implemented a process allowing you to recover a portion of the fine if you make repairs to your protection system to correct the cause of the false alarm. . Here is the form to complete , which contains all the procedures to follow and the place to forward your request.

Here is a short summary of the fines provided for in the municipal by-law of Montreal:

It is important to note that each city has its own regulations and that they do not all work the same way. Here are the links to 2 other cities:

Also, you can read our other text to know how to prevent false alarms , to help you avoid possible penalties and the administrative headache of making a claim for a refund.

Robert Barrette




The new additions since the last publication of this article April 20, 2020 have been put in bold so you can easily spot the added documents.

In this time of uncertainty and anxiety, it is important to trust reliable sources of information. Here are a few listed for you.

Government of Quebec

National Institute of Public Health of Quebec

Quebec Association of Co-Ownership Managers (AQGC)
These documents were written by professional managers and lawyers and are specifically adapted for co-ownership

Boma Québec 
Although the document is designed for commercial buildings (especially offices), we can draw inspiration from it for larger condominium buildings.

Group of jurists – All about the coronavirus in co-ownership
Written by Attorneys Yves Papineau, Christine Gagnon and Yves Joli-Coeur, these briefings combine answers to several questions specific to co-ownership


Complete inventory of health product suppliers
(updated on May 13)

Association of Quebec managers and co-owners (RGCQ)
Congratulations to Céline Corriveau ( Célico Group ) and Hélène Vallerand ( Laucandrique ) who are members of the AQGC and who participated in webinar 2 and 4.

Webinar 1: distancing measures
Webinar 2: Finance
Webinar 3: Technical requirements of the condominium
Webinar 4: Coronavirus and decisions of the condominium


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