A Toronto couple were enjoying their meal at a newly opened restaurant
when a city health inspector posted this DineSafe notice on the window.
They decided not to order desert.
Most condo owners don't know that Toronto also has SwimSafe, a similar
health inspection program for all public swimming pools and spas.
Condo pools are
This advertisement for a new condo complex in Singapore uses their far less
crowded and more private swimming pool as a selling feature. Rightfully
so. Yet condo pools and spas need regular maintenance and health
Pool & spa inspection and disclosure system
Public pools and spas (hot tubs) are regulated under the Health
Protection and Promotion Act in the province of Ontario, and are
inspected by Public Health Inspectors as mandated by the Ontario
Recreational Water Protocol.
Inspections for recreational water facilities
All recreational water facilities in the City of Toronto are regularly
inspected between two and four times per year, depending on the
facility's operating period. Facilities that are operated year-round
receive four inspections, while seasonal facilities receive two
The inspection results for all public pools and spas are published on
Toronto's Department of Health's website.
On this page you can find all the water facilities in Toronto. Click on
the building you are interested in and you will see that condo's current
inspection results and its history.
At this condo, all inspections for the last three years
are Green. Great job by our superintendent's and the pool contractor. Our
seniors can enjoy the pool with confidence and you can invite your
grandchildren to enjoy your indoor pool here with no worries.
(Proper disclosure. Got to say that this is my condo.)
This indoor pool had four Conditional Passes in one year. I would not
swim in this pool and I would be grilling my board about these
disgraceful inspection reports at the next AGM.
Here is an indoor spa at another condo that does not fare so well. Twice
Closed and two Conditional Passes in two years. Humm, if you live here,
you may be
better off sticking to your bathtub.
The failure of a facility operator to meet the minimum requirements or
standards set out in legislation is referred to as an infraction.
Toronto Public Health has grouped infractions into three simplified
classifications for reporting under the Pool and Spa Inspections
Disclosure Program: Minor, Serious, and Critical.
These infraction classifications include all of the requirements under
the Public Pools Regulation (565/90, as amended), Public Spas
Regulation (428/05, as amended) and help operators to understand the
seriousness of the infractions.
If the inspector finds no infractions, or only a couple of minor ones, the condo receives green Pass notices.
A Conditional Pass means that there was one serious infraction. The
condo has three days to correct the problem before the inspection
returns to re-inspect the spa or pool. If the infraction is corrected,
the facility is given a Pass.
To reduce the risk of critical infractions and to eliminate associated
health or safety hazards, the inspector may orally order the operator
or owner to take immediate action. An order may include:
• Instructing the facility users to leave the facility.
• Closing the facility for the length of time specified in the order.
• Any other action that will reduce or eliminate any hazard and the
exposure of facility users to that hazard.
Operators are expected to have knowledge and proper training in the
operation of the facility, and so should never allow critical hazards
to develop. Critical hazards may lead to enforcement action, whether or
not the operator takes immediate action to remedy the hazard or remove
users from the facility. In the event an order is issued, either orally
or in writing, and the receiver of that order does not immediately
comply, enforcement action is likely to be undertaken by the inspector.
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