After a horrible incident, window air conditioners in a Toronto housing corporation will now be banned. The Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) made the announcement this week and has already started the removal process. The Toronto window air conditioner ban comes after a 2-year-old was struck by a falling air conditioner resulting in fatal injuries.

According to a press release issued by the TCHC, tenants will no longer be permitted to install window air conditioners. The only exception would be if they are contained within a balcony.

On November 11, after an air conditioner fell from the eighth floor of this building complex and resulted in the death of a 2-year-old, the TCHC is taking no chances on potential future injuries.

"Sadly, we have seen how the risk of a window air conditioner becoming dislodged can have tragic consequences," says President and CEO of TCHC, Kevin Marshman.

"We are taking steps to protect the safety of tenants, staff and visitors to our buildings and are asking for the cooperation of tenants as we implement these measures," he continued.

According to CBC News, a study was recognized by the TCHC back in 2007, showing that some of the window air conditioners in the buildings were old, unclean, and very poor on energy.

A slow replacement program began shortly after to remove the AC units.

The study actually noted that there was a safety issue as the units could potentially fall out of the windows.

The study recommended that tenants no longer install their own units but rather, rent or buy them from the TCHC. This way, they could ensure they were properly mounted, according to CBC News.

The work to remove the current window air conditioners in multi-storey buildings started on November 28 and will continue into December.

According to CBC News, about 6,000 AC units will be removed from TCHC buildings by the end of December with an estimated cost of $4 to $5 million.

TCHC will then begin removing air conditioners from their townhouses shortly after, according to the press release.

These window models will be replaced with new floor-models at no extra charge before this summer 2020. 

The TCHC plans to complete the removal before December 25, 2019. 


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