Municipalities may implement additional outdoor restrictions to provide positive role modeling for children and youth, support those who are attempting to quit, and to further protect from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke exposure outdoors.
- You cannot smoke or vape on children’s playgrounds or public areas within 20 meters of children’s playgrounds.
Bars and Restaurant Patios
- You cannot smoke or vape in a bar, restaurant or other place of entertainment such as a bowling alley, theatre, casino, racetrack, concert hall or adult entertainment establishment.
- You cannot smoke or vape in any part of a bar or restaurant outdoor patio.
- You cannot smoke or vape in the reserved seating area of a sports arena or entertainment venue.
- You cannot promote tobacco or vapour products (in general or specific brands) in a place of entertainment.
What is considered a “patio”
An outdoor area that meets all the following criteria is considered a patio under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.
- The public has access to it, or employees use the area.
- Food or drink is served or sold or offered for consumption in the area or the area is operated in conjunction with an area where food or drink is served, sold or offered.
- The area is not a private home.
A sporting area must be smoke and vape-free if it meets all of the following criteria.
- It is an outdoor public area
- It is owned by the city, province or a post-secondary institution (e.g. the grounds of a community recreational facility)
- It is used for sporting activities (excluding golf)
- If the area meets all criteria, then smoking and vaping is prohibited
You also cannot smoke or vape in publicly owned sporting areas, their fan/viewing areas, and public areas within 20 meters of these places.
- “Publicly owned” means that the sporting area is owned by a municipality, the province or a post-secondary education institution. Golf courses are excluded from this restriction.
Additional Outdoor Smoking and Vaping Restrictions
- The City of London's Smoking Near Recreation Amenities in City Parks and Entrances Bylaw prohibits smoking within 9 meters of municipally owned building entrances (e.g. libraries, arenas and municipal offices) and any recreational amenity in a City Park (including picnic areas, washrooms, gazebos, outdoor shelters and food and beverage concessions).
- The Township of Lucan Biddulph's Smoke-Free Municipal Spaces Bylaw (PDF) prohibits smoking in any municipal building, parking lot, public place, vehicle used for transporting the public, recreational sports field, trail, path or on any land owned or rented / leased by the township whether “no smoking” signs are posted.
- The Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc's Bylaw to Regulate and Prohibit Smoking Near Municipally-Owned Buildings prohibits smoking within 20 meters of any municipally owned buildings such as libraries, arenas, community centres and municipal offices.
- The Municipality of Adelaide Metcalfe Bylaw to Regulate and Prohibit Smoking and Vaporizing in Public Places and Enclosed Workplaces in the Township of Adelaide Metcalfe.
Want to know more about Bylaws specific to your location?
Visit the Ontario Tobacco, Vaping, and Cannabis By-Law Summary – 2023.