Safety Standards

In Canada, most provincial/territorial jurisdictions have regulations or guidelines for public aquatic facilities. These regulations or guidelines vary in the aquatic safety issues they address, and in their specifics. These regulations or guidelines may also be silent on topics deemed relevant by the Lifesaving Society.

Owners and operators of public swimming pools must fulfill the requirements detailed in regulations. Local health inspectors perform inspections of public pools, and should be used as resources in answering questions and assisting owners and operators in meeting the regulations. The Standards presented on this website are designed to provide guidance to public pool owners and operators on matters not addressed in regulation or guidelines in their own jurisdictions, and assist aquatic staff in operating safe facilities.

Lifesaving Society standards are based on extensive research of existing standards, guidelines and best practices at home and abroad. Lifesaving Society standards represent the reasonable minimum; pool operators are encouraged to go beyond them.