Information for Public Pool & Spa Operators
Facility owners and operators are important partners in ensuring public health and safety at public pools, spas, wading pools and splash pads. Recreational Water Protocol 2019 (PDF) sets out the inspection frequencies as once every 90 days while open.
Regulation 565, Public Pools (PDF) under Ontario's Health Protection and Promotion Act regulates such recreational water facilities which sets out the minimum health and safety standards. Toronto Public Health inspects all recreational water faciilties.
The Recreational Water Protocol 2019 (PDF) sets out the inspection frequencies as once every 90 days while open.
To assist owners and operators in meeting these requirements, Toronto Public Health has developed:
- Public Pool, Public Spa and Class C Facilities Operator's Manual 2019 (PDF)
- How to Pass an Inspection
Pool and spa owners and operators are required to provide inspection results to the public. To do this, Toronto Public Health created the SwimSafe disclosure system which requires the owners and operators of public pools and spas to post colour coded Pass, Conditional Pass and Closed inspection notices at the entrances to the pool/spa. Toronto Public Health also posts inspection outcomes in its SwimSafe disclosure web page.
Opening Notification Form
At least 14 days before opening or reopening a pool, spa, wading pool and splash pad, owners and operators are required to notify Toronto Public Health in writing of their intention to open:
- a newly constructed facility
- a renovated and/or altered facility
- any facility closed for more than 4 weeks