Swimming Pool Safety Regulations

Backyard pools can provide many hours of summer fun, but they can also be dangerous. Owning a backyard pool or hot tub comes with the responsibility of ensuring its safe use. In Hampstead, as in many other jurisdictions, there are many obligations when it comes to swimming pool safety. Pool safety is everyone's responsibility, because drowning is the second leading cause of preventable death for children under 10 years old, according to the Canadian Lifesaving Society.

Whether or not you have children at home, pool safety is still your concern, for the sake of your family, your guests, and your neighbours.

In Hampstead, pool safety is governed by By-law 1001-2  , as well as the Quebec Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act. In brief, pool owners must abide by the following regulations:

  • Pools must be enclosed by a safety barrier on all sides, and must NOT be directly accessible from your home or from any other open area on your property. This safety barrier must be at least 1.2 m (4 feet) high and prevent the passage of a spherical object 10 cm in diameter.
  • Any property on which a pool is installed must have a perimeter fence at least 1.85 m (6 feet) high that prevents access from outside the property.
  • Any gate providing access to the pool area must use a self-latching, self-closing device on the inside of the enclosure. The latch must be at least 1.3 m (4.3 feet) above the ground. This latch must be locked with a key or a padlock when the pool is not under the direct supervision of an adult entrusted by the owner of the pool to undertake such supervision.
  • The filtration system or other similar pool equipment must be installed at least 1 m (3.3 feet) from the pool enclosure, so that children cannot use it as a step to get over the fence.

Quebec holds the highest rate of residential pool drownings in the country.  To prevent a family member or friend being part of these dreadful statistics, please take concrete steps right now to ensure safety in and around your pool.

For more swimming pool safety tips:
Town of Hampstead: By-law 1001-2 (Zoning By-law, Chapter 6, concerning swimming pools)
Government of Quebec: Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act , RSQ, c S-3.1.02
Health Canada: Swimming pool safety
Canadian Red Cross: Health and Safety Tips: Backyard Pools

For further information please contact Public Security at 514 369-8250.