Smoke-Free Ontario Legislation

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017) is provincial tobacco control legislation that protects people from second-hand smoke, prohibits smoking/vaping in certain public places, and regulates the sale and promotion of tobacco, e-cigarettes, and cannabis.

The SFOA, 2017 prohibits the smoking of tobacco, cannabis and the use of electronic cigarettes in the following places:

  • Enclosed public places
  • Enclosed workplaces
  • Within schools or on the outdoor grounds of schools
  • On children's playgrounds and outdoor grounds of community recreational facilities
  • On public areas within 20 metres of the school grounds, children playgrounds and outdoor grounds of community recreational centres
  • On restaurant/bar patios
  • On hospitals and psychiatric facilities
  • Public areas within 9 metres of the restaurant/bar patios and any entrance or exit to a hospital, psychiatric facility, long-term care home or independent health facility
  • Enclosed common areas (e.g. elevators, stairwells, parking garages, laundry room, lobbies, etc.) of multi-unit residences (e.g. post-secondary residences, apartment and condominium buildings)
  • Reserved seating areas of outdoor sports areas or entertainment venues
  • Sporting areas and adjacent spectator areas, and public areas within 20 metres of these places (golf courses are excluded from this restriction)
  • On the premises of a child care centre or any place that provides an early years program or service
  • In an outdoor shelter that has more than two walls and a roof (e.g. a bus shelter)

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Revised: Wednesday March 06 2019

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