New Rules for Pools

Legal News

Starting July 1st, 2021, all private pools are now subject to new rules. You may be wondering what the new rules are and if your pool is legal. We cover the important changes.

All pools now covered

All grandfathered pools must now comply. The rules now apply to all pools no matter when they were installed. This means that if your pool was built before November 1st, 2010, you have until July 1st, 2023, to comply.

Fences are still required

All pools must be fenced in. Your fence must

  • be at least 1.2 meters tall,
  • keep out any round object less than 10cm across, and
  • be hard to climb.

However, you do not need to install a fence around your outdoor pool if it’s walls are at least 1.2 meters tall. In this case, you must fence any point of access, like your patio.

Chain link fence

If you have a chain link fence, the gap in the mesh cannot be larger than 3cm.

However, the mesh can have bigger gaps if you use slats. The slats must keep out any round object 3cm across. For example, it should keep out golf balls.

Nothing within 1 metre

Do you have any structures or fixed equipment that a child could use to climb and access your pool? Make sure you keep these at least 1 metre away from your pool or fence.

If you have a diving board

You pool must follow the BNQ 9461-100 norm if you have a diving board. This norm sets out rules for things like the dimensions of your pool (like its depth) and your diving board.

To see if your pool meets Quebec’s safety standards, you can visit the website of the Life Saving Society of Quebec.