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Manitoba to install seniors’ home sprinklers

March 17, 2015, Winnipeg - Manitoba is promising to install sprinklers in all care homes over the next decade.

The upgrades were recommended in a report from the fire commissioner that was prompted by a fatal fire at a Quebec seniors home last year.

The sprinklers are expected to cost $125 million, but the government has only budgeted $70 million so far.

Labour Minister Erna Braun says the province will find the money in the budget.

One-third of 200 care facilities in Manitoba don't have sprinklers.

Just over 80 per cent of residential and child-care facilities in the province don't have sprinklers either.

March 17, 2015
By The Canadian Press

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