Safer recreational waters: Ontario’s Public Pool Regulation improved to ensure public health and safety

The process to modernize the regulation began in 2015. Various stakeholders such as industry and public health groups and inter-ministerial/governmental agencies were consulted. As a result of the consultation process, more than 100 recommendations were identified. The process was completed in December 2017, and the new pool regulation incorporated many recommendations from technical, scientific, and policy groups.

The modernized Public Pool Regulation 565 is fundamentally different from its predecessor. Previously, separate pool and spa regulations laid out requirements for the respective facility types. However, the new regulation merges the requirements of the previous two regulations. It extends minimum public safety and facility operational requirements (e.g. supervision, disinfection, safety equipment, and signage) to wading pools and splash pads that were previously non-regulated, recognizing these facilities also pose health and safety risks similar to public pools and spas.

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By: Pool and Spa Marketing

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