Smoke-Free Public Places and Workplaces

Smoke-Free Ontario Act & Regulation

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act and Regulation:

  • Make all enclosed public places and workplaces in Ontario smoke-free such as bars and restaurants, places of work and workplace vehicles
  • Makes restaurant and bar patios smoke-free
  • Require restrictions on smoking in hotels, motels and inns, daycares and private daycares, condos, apartments, college and university residences, hospitals, residential care facilities, and in homes where home health care workers do their work

No-smoking signs

Owners of all locations affected by these laws must post signs in their public place or workplace. You can get free signs (10 cm by 10 cm) by:


Tobacco Enforcement Officers inspect public places, workplaces and workplace vehicles and investigate complaints about these places.  A ticket and fine are given to people or places that do not follow the law.

To report smoking in public places or workplaces

If you have questions about the law or you want to report smoking in a public place or workplace:

If you are calling to report smoking, include details about:

  • Name and address of business
  • Time and date you saw smoking 
  • Other things that will be helpful when investigating the complaint

Hamilton’s Smoking By-law

Hamilton’s Smoking Bylaw No. 02-054 (PDF,  199 kB) requires all enclosed public places such as bingo halls, bars, restaurants and workplaces to be smoke-free.  It came into effect in June 2008.