Enjoying our local bodies of water, public pools and public spas helps keep us active and enjoy the benefits of being outside. Our Public Health Inspectors inspect our local beaches, public pools, spas, splash pads and wading pools to make sure that they are safe for our local citizens to use. Occasionally the conditions of a recreational water facility are not safe when this happens the Health Unit posts a notice at our beaches, on our website, or a closed sign at entrances to pools, spas until such time as the conditions improve.
Public beaches include any public bathing area owned/operated and designated by a municipality as a swimming area. Beaches are inspected weekly during the summer months from around the end of June through Labour Day. During the inspection the water is sampled to make sure the bacteria levels are not too high to swim in. Weekly beach inspection information can be found within our Weekly Beach Results section.
Pools and Spas
Pools and Spas are inspected once every three months while they are operating. Public Pools and Public Spas are regulated in Ontario Public Pool and Public Spa regulations. During the inspection our Public Health Inspectors are looking for safety equipment, proper signage, water chemistry and water clarity. The results of our inspections can be found by visiting INSIGHT our inspection disclosure webpage.
Wading Pools and Splash Pads
These recreational water facilities are currently not-regulated by legislation; however they are expected to be operated with safe clean water and be free of safety hazards that may cause injury. Public Health Inspectors inspect these facilities while they are operating to make sure that they are safe for the public to use. The results of inspections can be found by visiting INSIGHT our inspection disclosure webpage.