Issue: Drowning in swimming pools

Drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related death to Canadian children. Nearly half of all drownings and near-drowning incidents for children 14 years of age and under occur in swimming pools.

Problem: Current legislative status

Pools without proper fencing are a particular hazard for children under five years of age. In most places in Canada, safer pool fencing is not yet required.

Researchers estimate that safer pool fencing could prevent seven out of 10 drowning incidents in home swimming pools for children under five years of age.

Solution: Safer pool fencing

Safer pool fencing consists of a minimum 1.2-metre (four-foot) high, four-sided pool fence with a self-closing and self-latching gate that regulates all access points.

Municipalities have the ability to enact safer pool fencing bylaws for homes with pools. Provincial and territorial jurisdictions can support municipal efforts by establishing province-wide safer pool fencing laws.

Government can help create safer environments within their communities by proper enforcement measures and by providing education about safer pool fencing.