Ontario Public Pool Regulations Update Webinar - June 21

other than that I'd like to welcome

Diane English first I had are you on the

call I'm here

perfect welcome Diane and over to you

thanks very much Jennifer and I see a

couple of people are having issues with

the audio and Jennifer can address that

by just helping you through the chat box

so again everyone thanks so much for

joining I know we are very very close to

implementation of the new pool

regulations and you've probably all been

working hard to come up to speed with

them so we're going to give you a a

high-level overview today of some of the

most important changes we'll talk about

the history how we got here and how

quickly we got here some of the vital

information you need and as well as some

recommendations and obviously have time

for questions so let's talk a bit about

what some next steps might be so here's

sort of our path to how we got to today

early in 2016 the Ministry of Health and

long-term care announced that they would

be modernizing the health promotion

Protection Act and regulations

underneath those that relate to food

handling as well as pools and other

aspects of Public Health they began with

a stakeholder consultation a couple of

meetings and then they issued very

shortly after that a public discussion

paper which was very high-level and Pro

Life Saving Society and red cross all

made responses to those then in November

2017 they did their first official

regulatory posting so but a year later

they and that concerned at a very high

level some general principles about

updating the pools regs 565 spas and

also camps as well as other regulations

that post enclosed very very quickly and

they did not give us a we had asked for

a longer period to comment but they in

fact made it a very very short window

and we'd asked for 60 days but we didn't

we didn't receive that though then in

January 2018 just a few months ago they

put a second posting up and this was to


the stakeholders call to have splash

spray pads receiving basins and wading

pools be incorporated into the pool

regulation and we know that those are

very now very popular and prevalent

facilities in your communities so that

was a very again very short posting to

to allow them to incorporate that kind

of a pool into the regulations then

shortly after that they they posted the

draft regulate regulations and noted

that on July 1st just a week or so away

full implementation will come into force

for the regulations so that's five six

five four twenty-eight which used to be

spas is now revoked will be revoked and

the spas rolled into five six five and

five sixty eight also the camp's is

revoked and replaced by 503 seventeen

just to note I've given links to the to

the relevant regulations at the end if

you look at them now it's actually

really instructive because they have

grayed out the parts in five six five

that are new that will come into force

so it's good to see side by side those

changes so if you haven't had a chance

to look at that I know it's a it's a

great sort of additional learning tool

as we move through this phase to

implementation so you might ask we've

got a new government will anything

change well our premier and designate

will be sworn in just prior to this and

Spell be no changes to the regulations

by July 1st they simply don't don't have

the time were the authority to do so and

generally regulatory changes come in

twice per year they are they are done in

January and July so basically these

regulations were were put through

Cabinet Office in January for

implementation in July so again the

opportunity would come forward for them

for any changes to be made about a year

from now but the new government does

provide us an opportunity to advocate

for changes we will be you know one

season one summer season in

- implementing the new regulations and

so we may have some feedback for

government and we're continuing to work

with work as a collective a

collaborative the three organizations in

order to understand what the impact is

there will be an entirely new set of

political staffers a new minister

obviously a new premier the bureaucrats

we know there will be some changes in

the office just because of plans

retirements but there may be new staff

there as well so opportunities to brief

a new government on what our issues are

and seeking perhaps better clarity

around some of the around some of the

issues that we may be facing so we'll be

continuing to work as a collaborative as

I said and also seeking input from

stakeholders as we prepare to meet with

government to brief them on these

changes so that's kind of the background

and so now I hand it over to Michael

Shane from Life Saving Society who's

going to take us through the bulk of the

technical detail today or do you Mike

thanks Diane and morning everybody

start off with really a look at the big

picture here and I think most of you

realize that the regulation that was

released amended the existing regulation

we all know well as 565 for public

swimming pools but as most of you know

now that this now encompasses public

pools spas wash pads and spray pads

wading pools and receiving basins and of

course receiving basins are those bodies

of water at the bottom of water slides

so our old regulation has become a super

regulation and pulled in the old spa

regulation and some new pieces as well

there have been additional changes to

regulate regulation 503 which used to be

regulation 568 for recreational camps

we'll talk about those briefly

this presentation and at the moment the

35 public health units across Ontario

are receiving training updating and have

been mandated of course to implement

this new regulation effective July the

1st they're facing many challenges in in

doing this of course and I what I

believe will happen is that they'll try

to work very closely with owner

operators across the province of Ontario

to bring this new regulation into

placement the first piece we're going to

talk about is regulation 565 it's a

rather large piece of legislation now

and there's been I would say about 30

percent of the regulation has changed a

lot of it has been editorial in nature

but it as you can see from this great

photo it now includes of course spray

pads in the regulation we're going to

approach this review by sections as you

know regulation is lit up in - and in

this case I think about 27 or 28

different sections in 568 565 pardon me

and that section one of course always

starts off in regulation with

definitions where we define terms and

you'll find in the new regulation some

terms that have been added some of these

have been pulled from existing

regulation the spa regulation and some

have been pulled in from other sources

which we'll talk about in a moment some

are brand new because there are

references to this new terminology in

the regulation and of course some have

been updated Day Nursery as an example

is now referred to as childcare center

recirculation term has been removed and

in its place simply circulation and yes

there is a allowance in the regulation

now for French signage to be in place in

our pools here in Ontario the biggest

change in section 2 which is typically

the classification of pools

looking at the list of attendees that

are here today most of you I think are

class-a operators so public pool

operators the Class A hasn't changed

that Class B hasn't changed yes there

has been some updating and streamlining

of terminology to bring it more in line

with what the Ontario Building Code

terminology is and what the different

pieces of legislation have been that

have been brought to this one piece of

regulation but the big change here is we

have a new class of public pools in

Ontario called Class C and class C's of

course now our public wading pool spray

pads receiving basins for facilities and

these have been included in this

regulation of course for Class C

operators and many of you operate wading

pools as an example or spray pads you'll

have to review certainly the changes

that have been made in here but I think

many of you will become in the review

somewhat familiar with this terminology

and requirements of the Class C because

a lot have been pulled from what we all

knew well as the non regulated

facilities issued by the Ministry of

Health and of course those of you using

the Life Saving Society wading pool

guidelines should be somewhat familiar

with the requirements now in this new

piece of legislation I think the big

changes in this area certainly are and I

won't say that they're big but the

changes are some requirements for first

aid kits supervision remains as

attendance wading pools and there is a

requirement for some signage posting for

spray pads and that has to do with the

requirement for parental supervision

there is as well a requirement or a

provision in the regulation for dual

class operation now for most of you this

won't mean much because we all run our

pools as Class A pools but for those of

you operating Class B pools and the side

let's say in the summer to extend an

invitation to the general public to

participate or join your facility or ten

swimming lessons you can switch

classifications from B to a provided

there is sufficient notification to the

ministry you need all the safety

requirements and supervision

requirements of a Class A facility and

you have to turn over your water more

often as a pools are required to turn

water over more quickly than B's the

other important piece I think here for

Class B operators switching to a is that

when you switch back to B the importance

here I think is the education of the

public coming to the pool they may have

been in attendance while lifeguards were

on the deck at one point in time and now

you've switched back to a B and there

are no lifeguards there should be a

provision and strategy in place to

ensure these folks are educated with

regards to the supervision being

provided the section 5 deals with

notification not a lot of change here

although the number 14 appears before of

course we all had to notify the ministry

regional health units when we were

opening or reopening our pools

particularly in the summer the provision

now is that this notification must be

made 14 days prior to you reopening this

gives the ministry sufficient time to

schedule an inspection of the facility

and ensure it is meeting standards the

the other change here in section 5 is

be posting inspections many of you are

familiar with going to restaurants in

the GTA and seeing posted on the wall or

the window a result of inspection you

will now be required as a pool or

operators to post inspection results

somewhere in your facility and for

guidance the Ministry suggested

somewhere where the public can see it so

not likely in the staff office but in an

area where the public can see that the

pool has been inspected and the results

of the inspection many health units

across Ontario will also post these

results online so the public will be

able to go online much as they can with

many restaurants across Ontario and

check if the facility has been inspected

and what the results were a nice change

in section 7 training is now required

for pool operators we had hoped they'd

go further but they were training is now

in regulations we'd hope they'd go a

little further and say certification but

we're quite happy to get at least

training in and so anyone operating a

pool that is traditionally responsible

for the management of safe water should

have some training and knowledge we have

recommended that that the these

individuals actually hold a

certification for you as owner operators

that's easier to manage and ensure

you've met a standard if you can put a

card somewhere or a proof of

certifications I'm wearing provide that

to the public health inspector

and so we've recommended certainly a CP

o or the lasing Society pool operator

certification courses that's proof of

certification the other area of change

is here under Section 7 and it's the

management of safe water here we have

for the first time some upper limits

defined for some of our typical

water tests so those of you in Finland

the detests remember 80 milligrams now

we're at or parts per million it's now

80 to 120 pH remains the same at seven

two to seven eight we have had some

changes here in bromine and chlorine

residuals we're upper limits upend

suggesting or required here in

regulation and they limits and ranges

change based on the type of facility and

your operating and you can see right

there what those are the other big

question I get in presentations of this

nature is is in the area of automated

controllers there are automated sensing

devices you know there is a stipulation

and the regulation that where you have

automated controllers you're still

required to do the 30-minute test prior

to opening to ensure the water safe and

the controllers actually reading what

you're manually testing but if you are

running those automated controllers you

are after 30 minutes only required to

record results every four hours and that

I think is an important distinction the

word record you're not required to

manually test every four hours simply

record the result of what the controller

is displaying if you don't have

controllers and of course you'll have to

do as most of us have been doing record

and take manual tests every two hours

there is provision now in the regulation

for automated sensing devices or

controllers in our facilities and most

facilities are operating with these

systems in place so that should

hopefully save us some time

I've been certainly some discussion with

regards to the recording of results and

where these results can be recorded

electronically and printed that likely

will satisfy the requirements of the

regulation make up water

been reduced we're getting better with

our filtration and management of safe

water and we've dropped the employment

now from 20 to 15 liters per person a

lot of these numbers that people ask

where did they come from

a lot of research was done by the

ministry the model aquatic health code

was used extensively and in that a lot

of research was done in the US but in

the Center for Disease Control and so a

lot of the data from the model aquatic

health code was used in establishing

some of these limits going on into

section 7 for you and for those of you

operating outdoor pools there's a

certainly provision here for cyanuric

stabilization to continue and the

modification has been made in the

regulation with regards to the types of

water tests taken we saw from the

previous slide that alkalinity is going

to be taken more frequently pH chlorine

that's free and total and bromine water

clarity and temperature so some of these

are new in their frequency I think most

of us have all taken these tests before

but certainly the frequency of the tests

perhaps are are new to some of us the

far as daily checks are concerned and

records the daily checks will continue

in telephone checks and Baelor loads

make up water and emergencies and

breakdowns and most of you are doing

that already and monthly checks and

records must be maintained for a ground

fault circuit interrupters the emergency

stop button where you have one in place

and of course there is a requirement for

these records to be kept on-site that's

often another question I get these

records must be available to the

inspector when they walk in the door so

if they ask for last summer's water test

records they have to be

provided on site and so provision for

that must be made now electronic is fine

if you can access them immediately but

an inspector may want to compare results

and want access to that quickly I think

from here Gayle is speaking hello thank

you for joining everyone I'm going to

continue on to the end here and we will

entertain some questions at the end so

I'm going to be talking about the

certification pieces in the regulations

and we start with lifeguard

certifications lifeguard and assistant

lifeguard now being 16 years of age and

the holder of a lifeguard or assistant

certification from the Life Saving

Society or Canadian Red Cross at this

time so Ministry of Health will also be

posting the lifeguard standard so life

saving society and ourselves Red Cross

both worked on the competencies around

this standards so once the standard has

been finalised it will be posted on the

Ministry of Health site the other

provision that is going to be allowed is

granting equivalencies or adding other

lifeguard certifications to the

regulations there will be a process in

place to do this and basically it will

be an application process the

applications will go to Ministry of

Health they will be reviewed by a

consulting agency has not been named or

the exact process has not been

established just yet and and then the

Ministry of Health will will review all

of the the results standard first aid of

course or higher so for the lifeguard or

assistant lifeguard

assistant lifeguard we are still in

negotiations with regarding whether it

will be a standard first aid or an

emergency first aid but the lifeguard of

course will be a standard first aid

which is similar to what it is now and

then certificates of course you must

have them available for your public

health inspectors they can be a hard

copy or if they can be an electronic

copy of this certification so the next

slide is all around the instructor

certifications and the instructor

certifications have changed slightly and

that is it does remain at 16 years of

age and it has been replaced with an

aquatic instructor or coach the

instructors and I think this is the

biggest change the aquatic instructor

must hold an assistant lifeguard or

lifeguard certification and if they do

not but then a certified lifeguard must

be on duty during that instructional

period so I think that's the most

dramatic change to that one and the

other piece that's in here is

clarification around the coaches and

coaches on deck

need to be NCCP certified be the piece

that has been removed which was a little

concerned to to some people was the

naming of all of the particular aquatic

instructive certifications so we're

still seeking some clarification on this

one from Ministry of Health we believe

that the existing or sorry the old

regulation named for instance the Life

Saving Society instructor award Canadian

Red Cross YMCA the instructor Ontario

teacher's certificate so we believe that

those are named but we will be getting

some more clarification on that one

oh I should be able to move my slide oh


so one thing that has been added and I

don't think this is new to anyone as of

the coroner's report in 2010 most of the

facilities in Ontario have adopted the

emission standards

so the admission standards children 10

and over are admitted children 10 and

under will require supervision so

children 6 to 9 who pass a swim test can

be unaccompanied if they fail the swim

test then they need to be accompanied

and directly supervised and the ratio is

stated there as four to one children

under 6 definitely need direct

supervision and a 2 to 1 ratio signage

so a little more clarification around

signage there is an allowance for photos

or ideograms to be prepared for the

signs as opposed to just written poor

rural signs so that that's a good thing

with now such cultural diversity in in

all of our facilities emergency

telephone sign requires the name and

address and also needs to be labeled as

the emergency telephone and they've also

added 2 point 5 meter as the shallow or

deep water designations into the

regulation safety equipment yes we no

longer need 20 safety pins so the first

aid supplies have been streamlined and

are a little less prescriptive so this

will allow you to customize first aid

kit based on you know what's your

incidents patterns in your pool maybe

you need you know 5000 band-aids as

to the 20 safety tons and operators

should review thoroughly to ensure

compliance and should establish their

own minimum content so that's nothing

new I mean people stop there first aid

kits on a regular basis now these first

aid kits referred to here are around the

public consumption first aid kit as

opposed to the employee or employer so

as we know in in Ontario we follow WSIB

for first aid regulations and WSIB does

state specific first aid requirements

for a first aid kit for the for the

employer in regards to an employee so

Provincial Offences Act and and this is

probably a big big change I believe

public health inspectors will have the

ability to issue tickets under the

Provincial Offences Act with fine

amounts that will will vary depending on

the severity of the infraction and I'm

going to skip straight to the next slide

because this provides an example so so

that you can understand what they're

talking about here so public health

inspector comes into your facility

observes the water in a class a pool is

cloudy to the extent the black disc at

the deep end is not clearly visible and

and it goes on to how many people are

using using the pool because this is

significant safety risks of bathers

public health inspector immediately

orders the offeror close the facility

they will record an issue a ticket and

and then set a fine and I have not

actually seen the definitions of the


maybe Michael can clarify that

in the question period and then of

course the operator may plead guilty pay

the fine plead guilty with an

explanation and seek to reduce mine

plead innocent and request a trial

recreational camp so this has now been

renamed to 503 17 and it now includes

requirements for operator training the

safety plan telephones waterfront safety

swim test and most of the requirements

for the camp's did come from five six

five so they have made the language more

consistent waterfront safety does

include does include some very specific

parameters around the areas designated

for either either instruction or public

swims they also have a swim test

outlined in their the new change for

certification in the recreational camps

is around the waterfront supervision and

they now must be a lifeguard

which means 16 years of age with a

lifeguard certification again named from

five six five this is a this is a huge

change from the previous regulation

which was bronze medallion and there we

go Jennifer did you want to host our

questions oh yeah hello yeah hi Michael

doing a great job of typing away there

and Diana's law

and answering some of the question one

of the questions Gale that Stacey asked

earlier on let me just scroll through

and find that one again are they

changing I think this one's for you yeah

are they changing the age of when people

can take the Red Cross instructors

course since they cannot teach so they

are 16 so the standard in the regulation

clearly states that a lifeguard to be

employed and stand on deck needs to be

16 as well as the instructor a training

which again we're still working on

standards with Ministry of Health so we

are actually recommending that the

training age be prior to 16 so that of

course with staff shortages the the

candidates on courses are prepared to be

hired right at 16 years of age so we

will have to keep people posted on that

fantastic I hope that answered things

for you Stacy so we've got some more

questions coming through but Mike and I

honor you both as needed as well just to

be able to answer some of these over the

phone open the camp regulation which is

503 17 I'm just flipping to this quickly

I believe still has the oil chart in it

for reference to a charge and yeah we

still see in here a waterfront area to

rec camp so ensure the supervision is

provided as follows two lifeguards are

required from 1 to 25 campers three

lifeguards are required from 26 to a

hundred and it's more than 100 one

additional lifeguard shall be provided

for each additional 25 campers


great but and Stacy is wondering because

there are currently 15 years for WSI if

that continues could it be incorporated

to the training program explaining that

part of the regulations and that they

cannot be employed in 1516 years yes

that's a very good point and that would

only be in Ontario but speaking for

Canadian Red Cross we could certainly

let our water safety instructor trainers

that are training the WSI know and they

are aware that they are training before

16 and they have to wait until they are

16 to be employed that's a very good

suggestion awesome that's great

so please note that there's a lot of

content right now that's coming through

the chat in addition to the recording of

the webinar today to will export the

chat system of those longer responses

that both my Michael and Diane shared we

can we can do that and share that with

the group afterwards as well so

Christina both as asking for though to

have automatic sensing devices are using

muriatic acid to control your pH is that

of acid in a separate location from your

chlorine bad so I think this is like a

group question and we've got we've got

multiple people answering thanks Ryan

and Stacy can you clarify in the new

camp regulations only do they only apply

to overnight camp and not day camp

good question Stacy yeah there's a

definition in the very beginning I was

flipping back to it as well

to find the definition of recreational

camp means a camp for recreational

activities on a site where in which

sleeping and eating

facilities are provided for temporary

oxen see with or without charge for five

or more persons they're the age of

eighteen so that's the current

definition that would apply yeah and

that is a little up to interpretation

because I know some some municipalities

may run as part of a day camp an

overnight camp so I think you know it

might be the case in those

municipalities that that have those

kinds of facilities or are maybe

partnering this conservation authority

so it's always you know you're always

going to be erring on the side of it you

know the the more the more stringent

regulation and and and going above and

beyond but in terms of that that

training the training pieces I mean and

if it's your municipal camp and you use

it as part of your day camp you're

already going to be meeting the standard

because obviously it's running us an

overnight camp at some point but yet no

it's not your your your summer day camp

per se it would only be when overnights

happen even though it might it you might

go to a place where overnights happened

during a date I'm asking in reg 503

seven there's a note that the medical

officer of health needs to be notified

of any operation of a day camp is that

correct yes there is a requirement in

the regulation for this notification and

it's using the same 14-day requirement

in Subsection 2 of the requirement and

the regulation interesting and just

earlier in the chart we we did put in

the the URL link to the

Theriault sites where the current

regulation documents can be found also

just as a note life-saving society

Canadian Red Cross and pros of course

dedicated to continue to support the

sector with all of these changes that

are coming forth shortly and so in order

to do that we've we've planned to to do

some additional webinars in the near


so look forward to some more

opportunities to have discussions later

on in the summer once the regulations

have taken into effect for a little

while and then and then early in the

fall of this year as well so there are

there's any other questions feel free to

enter them in the chat pod and we'll see

if we can get to them otherwise are

there any last notes from our presenters

I would ask it's it's Diana Pro and you

know one of the things that we want to

hear from is is how how it's going with

the health inspectors what what what are

your challenges one of the things that

we did ask for was to partner with them

on training and awareness with the

Ministry of Health on training and

awareness to ensure that the new

regulations were well understood within

the aquatic context that the health

inspectors were aware of maybe some of

the challenges and and how they can

support you know support better quality

and better safety so you know if there

are challenges that you're facing email

us and let us know what what those are

and again that's part of our strategy to

work collaboratively with the Ministry

of Health to ensure that the spirit of

the regulations to improve safety and to

improve the quality of people's

experiences in water in Ontario is is

maintained so


well I'll also sort of jump in here at

the end and certainly all the questions

that we heard from owner-operators when

we've we've discussed with the Ministry

of Health and reviewed on our own in

reviewing through the regulation have

and this is a selfish selfish plug by

the way have gone into the production of

our new guide public pool regulations

which came into our office yesterday so

we've already pre-sold a thousand of

these and we're printing another couple

of thousand to provide to the province

all with the intent of answering a lot

of the questions that we're getting here

online please send in your questions

because as we get more of these we'll

consider those and work further to

produce and revise and update our our

literature thank you thank you Michael

in Jaya and Gail it was really an

informative session I think these are

really important to reach out to the

sector and to members and make sure that

there's opportunities there there are

just a couple last questions

Lesley I'm just coming in with it's

clear that equipment can be shared

between a pool and spa within the same

area is the same clarification provided

for two pools that's a good question

often we get questions where pools

within the same area NAT horn editorial

where you might have a 25 metre pool or

leisure pool waiting pool and a spa you

know there are separate requirements for

each there is provision in the

regulation for avoidance of duplication

so I would have to say that given that

that's written right into the regulation

for that provision to be made yes there

is going to be some allowance by your

public health inspector for you not to

have three spinal

and six buoyant throwing aids if you

have a number of utilities within the

same structure right and and I see one

last from Christina is there any

legislation or regulation indication of

the distance needed between vats of acid

and chlorine when using automatic

sensing devices maybe we need to circle

back maybe about that yeah I'm sorry I

don't really understand that question

with regards to the distance oh I see

the distance between no there is no

provision and regulation with regards to

the distance required there has to be

separation and safety to ensure these

two are a safe distance and do not

there's provisions so that they will not

mix but there is no provision in the

regulation with regards to a distance

perfect and Sherry's asking can you

please review the requirements for a

first aid kit and a supervision a splash

pad I'll talk about the supervision of

splash pads there is not it's not


because there's no water runs to wait

there is a provision for a sign to be

posted that parents watch your children

or something for that effect Gail do you

want to talk about the first aid kit the

first aid so the first aid kit sorry

what is the what's the actual question

there so can you please review the

requirements the requirements for the

first aid kit

at Splash Plaza oh sorry unknown Michael

maybe you can respond to that one I'm

not familiar with that yeah I'm looking

through this yes oh my regulation yeah

yeah it didn't it's in its share its in

section 20 where they deal with every

owner operator of a public pool or spa

so again it is it is not stipulated I

don't think but if you review section 20

and it's nicely highlighted for you yeah

there is a section 26 3 in the wading

pool regulation that does refer to it

and the reference is provide a first aid

kit a device for emergency

communications etc but there is no

specification as to its content so I'm

guessing and then again that's per week

yeah and then for wading pool not not

splash pad correct Michael correct yeah

so yes and then there are supervision

specifications in that section as well

and they and it's you know I did a kind

of look around to see what other what

municipalities are doing and generally

municipalities are exceeding what's

already in the regulation so given that

there is no requirement for spray pads

you wouldn't be required to provide a

first-aid kit or supervision at spray

pad great okay so if there aren't any

other questions I think we'll wrap it up

a little bit early thank you so much for

your time Michael gale and Diane it's

really appreciated I know that you have

put a lot of time and effort and work

into this leading up to to the changes

and then

throughout the process and you'll

continue to support the sector and we

would greatly appreciate all of the work

that you you've done and you continue to

do I'd like to also mention that we do

have the Aquatics conference and trade

show coming up this fall and there will

be sessions during that conference that

will be touching on certain areas of the

regulation changes so look forward to

that program coming out early in the

summer and and also further information

on more webinars for you to take part in

so thank you everybody for joining us


we hope that you enjoyed the

presentation we will be sharing all the

information as mentioned the slides the

recording and the chat pod and we'll

feel free to as Diane and Michael and

Gail mentioned feel free to contact them

with any of your questions directly

their emails are there on the screen

thank you everybody and enjoy the rest

of your week