The City of Ottawa has updated its Pool Enclosure By-law (No. 2013-39) which is now in effect. All pools capable of holding 60 cm (24 inches) or more of water to have a fence that is at least 1.5 metres (5 feet) high with a self-closing and self-latching gate that is locked at all times, except when the pool area is in use. This includes aboveground, in-ground and inflatable pools, hot tubs and fishponds.

Some homeowners use the back of the house as part of the fence. The best option is a four-sided fence because it encloses the pool area completely and prevents young children from getting unsupervised access to the pool. It is important to remember that a small child can drown in as little as ten seconds and in just a few inches of water. Supervision and fencing are the keys to reducing drowning and near drowning.


Every pool ( inground, above-ground and inflatable ) that is at least 2 feet (0.6 metres ) deep should have a four sided fence around it.

For more information please see the following links:

Life Saving Society 

City of Ottawa (permit and new by-law)

City of Ottawa (water safety)