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Quebec postpones four-sided fencing rule for residential pools

The Government of Quebec has postponed a provincewide regulation requiring all residential pools to have a four-sided fence. Photo © Bigstockphoto.com.

The Government of Quebec has postponed a provincewide regulation requiring all residential pools to have a four-sided fence.

According to a CBC report, the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Regulation, adopted last summer, would make pools installed before November 2010 subject to these fencing requirements. Owners initially had until July 1, 2023, to comply with the rule. They now have until Sept. 30, 2025.

When announcing the decision last May, the news report states the province expanded the rules in response to recommendations by several coroners over the years, aimed at reducing drowning.

However, supply and labour shortages have led the government to postpone the deadline.

The rule implies inground pools must be completely enclosed by a fence, while above-ground pools only need a barrier on a deck preventing access. Depending on the pool, a safety door or ladder will suffice.

Laurent Daviault, vice-president of Clôtures Daviault, a Quebec-based fence company, told CBC it would have been impossible to meet next year’s deadline due to the lack of raw materials and workers to meet the demand.

Some groups are critical of the government’s decision to postpone, including the Lifesaving Society’s Quebec branch, who have been lobbying for stricter home pool regulations for years.

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