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School Health Reference Guide


The Region of Peel School Health Reference Guide is a supplementary resource to relevant Peel and Dufferin-Peel school board policies. Refer to school board policy first if you have questions or concerns.
Smoke-Free Ontario Act
Smoking on School Property

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act prohibits smoking, and the holding of lit tobacco, on school property 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The prohibition applies to students, school staff, visitors and members of the community alike.

  • Protect Ontarians from involuntary exposure to second-hand smoke
  • Help Ontarians quit smoking
  • Prevent children and youth from starting to smoke

Under the legislation, school administrators are responsible for:

  • Posting No Smokingsigns at all entrances, exits, washrooms, and other appropriate locations.
  • Educating employees, students and visitors of the smoking prohibitions.
  • Taking reasonable steps to ensure that employees, students and members of the public do not smoke on school property.

School administrators may complete and fax a Smoke-Free Ontario Act Witness Report (PDF 33KB)), requesting enforcement action be taken against violators.

The Ministry of Health Promotion has a helpful Fact Sheet entitled Smoke-Free Ontario Act 2005: How the Act Affects: Schools (PDF 56KB).

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. (May 2007). How the Act Affects You > Schools.

Retrieved from http://www.mhp.gov.on.ca/en/smoke-free/factsheets/schools.asp.

Selling/Supplying Tobacco

Under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act it is illegal to sell or supply tobacco to a person less than 19 years of age. Any person aware of a store, or person, selling/supplying tobacco to a person under 19 years of age is encouraged to notify Peel Public Health at (905) 799-7700.


The Region of Peel Public Health department will carry out inspections, and investigate complaints regarding non-compliance, in order to ensure compliance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

Secondary schools in Peel Region are routinely inspected once per year, by a Region of Peel tobacco enforcement officer. Elementary schools can request an inspection.

The tobacco enforcement officer will provide each school with education on the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and will ensure that the school is operating in accordance with the legislation.

Tobacco enforcement officers, carry photo identification from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care identifying them as a Provincial Offences Officer for purposes of enforcing the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

School Resources

Peel Public Health is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.

For more information on environmental health resources and programs call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.
(In Caledon, call 905-584-2216.)


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Revised: Wednesday January 13 2016