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Halton Region Smoking and Vaping in Public Places By-Law No. 40-20

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By-Law No. 40-20 prohibits smoking tobacco or cannabis, or using an electronic cigarette at public parks, within nine metres of any entrance or exit of municipally owned or leased building and within nine metres of any entrance or exit of child care centres. By-Law No. 40-20 comes into effect on March 15 and replaces By-Law No. 24-09 which prohibits the smoking of tobacco within nine metres from any entrance or exit of municipally owned or leased buildings.

Overview of By-Law No. 40-20

As of March 15, 2021, By-Law No. 40-20 (PDF file) prohibits smoking and vaping in public places within the Regional Municipality of Halton. This means smoking (tobacco or cannabis) and the use of electronic cigarettes will be prohibited:

  • in public parks
  • within nine metres from any entrance or exit of municipally owned or leased buildings
  • within nine metres from any entrance or exit of child care centres

Municipally owned or leased buildings include, but are not limited to:

  • municipal offices
  • community centres
  • libraries
  • indoor swimming pools
  • arenas
  • museums
  • art galleries
  • public washrooms
  • recreational centres
  • police stations
  • fire halls
  • ambulance stations

Frequently Asked Questions

Halton Regional By-Law No. 40-20 comes into force on March 15, 2021. By-Law No. 40-20 (PDF file) replaces By-Law No. 24-09, which was passed in 2009 to prohibit the smoking of tobacco within nine metres from any entrance or exit of municipally owned or leased buildings. By-Law No. 40-20, prohibits smoking and vaping in public parks, within nine metres from any entrance or exit of municipally owned or leased buildings and within nine metres of child care centres.

Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) from Halton Region Public Health will respond to issues of non-compliance with Regional By-Law No. 40-20. PHIs use a progressive enforcement approach when addressing non-compliance; this may include education, warnings, tickets and summons.
To make a complaint about smoking or vaping in public places, email accesshalton@halton.ca or contact Halton Region Public Health by calling 311.
Public Health Inspectors also enforce the Smoke-free Ontario Act, 2017. For more information on the Smoke-free Ontario Act, 2017, please visit Halton Region’s Smoke-Free Ontario Act webpage.
 

To learn more you can download By-Law No. 40-20 (PDF file) . If you have any questions, please call 311.

Child care centres that require signs can order them by e-mailing accesshalton@halton.ca or by calling 311.
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