As of July 1, 2023, pools built before the regulation came into effect in 2010 will no longer be grandfathered.
Indeed, the province counts on average 2 to 3 drownings of children under five years old and 8 hospitalizations per year.
The main cause behind these figures is the access to the pool which is too easy and this is why the government wants to modify the current regulations, a choice supported by public health and many parents.
This regulation for the safety of residential pools will now apply to all pools, regardless of when they were installed.
"As of July 1, 2021, the following rules will apply to new installations:
- Chain link fences with a mesh size greater than 30mm will be required to be slatted;
- No structure or fixed equipment that can be used to climb over the wall of a pool or enclosure shall be installed within one metre of the pool or enclosure;
- Pools with diving boards shall be installed in accordance with BNQ Standard 9461-100 for the prevention of cervical spinal injuries related to diving accidents."
In addition, municipalities may choose to enforce stricter rules.
To learn more about this new regulation, visit the government website: