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About CFAA


The Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA) is a member-supported, non-profit association that was established in 1973 to bring together and support the fire alarm industry in Canada. As of today, we have over 400 members and over 3000 registered fire alarm technicians.


The CFAA will be recognized nationally as the definitive resource for fire alarm related information, education, qualifications, expertise, and industry support with active chapters throughout Canada.


To maximize the effectiveness and use of fire alarm systems in the protection of life and property in Canada.


A robust fire alarm industry requires a collaborative fire safety community – including skilled technicians, innovative fire alarm systems and modern regulations, codes and standards that keep up with new technology and a changing society. Our mission and vision drive us to work for the benefit and safety of all Canadians.



  • The CFAA Fire Alarm Technology Program was created over 40 years ago by fire alarm industry experts and leads to the CFAA Fire Alarm Technician registration
  • The CFAA Fire Alarm Technician registration is widely accepted by Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) across Canada and is the only nationally accepted program to qualify individuals to perform work on fire alarm systems
  • The CFAA Fire Alarm Technology Program – our flagship program – leads to registration that qualifies technicians to inspect, test, verify and maintain fire alarm systems across Canada
  • Our Continuing Education Program requires CFAA Registered Fire Alarm Technicians to take additional courses each year in order to keep up-to-date on codes, standards, new technologies, programs and requirements that help them to perform their work
  • Collaboration with colleges and other training partners to develop their own courses and programs based on the CFAA curriculum
  • Education and training programs for property owners/managers, Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) and other fire alarm industry stakeholders
  • Essential and widely-used fire alarm reference manuals developed by CFAA
  • Technical seminars held across Canada for industry professionals and the public



Involvement by CFAA members in:

  • The development and upgrading of the fire alarm and life safety systems standards of the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC)
  • The development and review of the National/Provincial Building, Electrical (Section 32) and Fire Codes
  • The development and modernization of legislation and regulations for fire and life safety



  • Network of CFAA Provincial Chapters
  • A Technical Journal, published quarterly
  • Scholarships awarded by CFAA to top graduates in Fire Technology programs
  • Partnerships and support for other fire and life safety organizations