The Ministry of Health requires each Board of Health in Ontario to follow a standardized process that assesses the conditions of all regulated recreational water facilities including swimming pools, spas (hot tubs), wading pools and splash pads that are open to the public.
Regulation 565, Public Pools under Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act regulates recreational water facilities and sets out the minimum health and safety standards. Toronto Public Health inspects all public recreational water facilities in Toronto.
The Recreational Water Protocol 2019 sets out the inspection frequency as once every 90 days while open.
Additional inspections may be required for the following reasons:
Every public pool and hot tub in Toronto must prominently display the most recent SwimSafe Disclosure notice at all times, as issued without alteration, at or near the main entrance and before the entrance to the pool/hot tub enclosure.
Toronto Public Health also posts inspection reports on the SwimSafe web page.
Toronto Public Health has grouped infractions into three simplified notices for reporting under the SwimSafe disclosure system: Pass, Conditional Pass or Closed.
This system meets all legislative requirements. Resource materials are available to help owners and operators comply with regulatory requirements and pass an inspection.
The following table provides examples of infraction types and the associated inspection report:
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To eliminate potential health or safety hazards, a Public Health Inspector may issue a verbal or written Order to the owner or operator to take immediate action. Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act; an Order may include:
Operators are expected to have knowledge and proper training in the operation of the facility, and should never allow a health or safety hazard to develop.
Crucial infractions may lead to enforcement action. In the event an order is issued, either verbally or in writing, and the receiver of that order does not immediately comply, enforcement action is likely to be undertaken by the Public Health Inspector.