The following laws prohibit smoking of tobacco and cannabis, as well as use of electronic cigarettes (containing any substance) in public places, workplaces and vehicles.
Smoke-Free Ontario Act
- All enclosed public places and workplaces in Ontario including bars and restaurants, places of work and workplace vehicles
- Restaurant and bar patios, and within 9 metres of these patios
- Indoor common areas in condos, apartment buildings and university/college residences
- Non-designated guest rooms in hotels, motels and inns
- Schools, on school grounds, and all public areas within 20m of these grounds
- Children’s playgrounds and public areas within 20m of playgrounds
- Child care centres, in places where home child care is provided, or where an early years program is provided
- 9 metres from the entrance or exit of hospitals (public/private), psychiatric facilities, long-term care homes, independent health facilities
- Outdoor grounds of hospitals (public/private) and psychiatric facilities
- Publicly-owned sports fields, nearby spectator areas and public areas within 20m of these areas
- Vehicles or boats that are being driven or at risk of being put into motion
- Reserved seating areas at outdoor sports and entertainment locations
- Grounds of community recreational facilities, and public areas within 20m of those grounds
- Sheltered outdoor areas with a roof and more than two walls which the public or employees frequent, or are invited to (e.g. a bus shelter)
The Smoke-Free Ontario Act requires no-smoking and no-vaping signs be posted in the locations affected by this law.
Tobacco enforcement officers inspect public places, workplaces and work vehicles. They also investigate complaints about these places. A ticket and fine are given to people or places that do not obey the law. Fines start at $250.
Report smoking and vaping in public places or workplaces
If you have questions about the law or you want to report smoking or vaping in a public place or workplace:
- Call the Tobacco Hotline at 905-540-5566
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
You should include the following in your report:
- Your name and phone number
- The date and time of the incident
- Description of what occurred
- Name and address of business where smoking or vaping occurred, if possible
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.
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