Important Changes to Ontario Regulation 565: Public Pools

As of July 1st, 2018, the amended Ontario Regulation 565: Public Pools (O. Reg. 565) came into effect under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. This amended regulation combines the legal requirements for public pools, spas, wading pools and splash/spray pads into one regulation. The goal of the regulation is to promote safe operation of recreational water facilities and reduce the risk of illness and injury.

For more information visit our New Regulations page.

Owner and Operator Responsibilities

Public pool, spa, wading pool, and splash/spray pad owners and operators have a legal responsibility to maintain recreational water facilities in accordance with regulation requirements. Failure to comply with these requirements puts the health and safety of bathers at risk of getting a recreational water illness such as cryptosporidium or injuries like cuts, sprains or even drowning.

Role of the Perth District Health Unit

Public Health Inspectors carry out routine inspections of all public pools, spas, wading pools and splash/spray pads in Perth County to ensure compliance with the provinces mandatory regulations.

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