Saving Lives While Creating Summer Employment Opportunities for Youth

The Ministry of Health has lowered the minimum age requirement for life guards from 15 to 16 years old.

This move comes as a way of addressing labour shortages to ensure municipalities across the province can keep their pools open and safe this summer.

Life guards must past a series of tests and training courses to ensure they are are physically and mentally prepared to keep Ontarians.

The National Lifeguard training and certification, delivered by the Lifesaving Society, is the professional standard for lifeguarding in Canada. It certifies lifeguards across the country and is recognized by the province of Ontario for lifeguarding public swimming pools.