Smoke-Free Spaces and the Law


Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017

Smoke-free laws

Smoke-free laws in Ontario have undergone some big changes. The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017) has been updated to better protect the health of the public, prevent people from starting smoking and support quit attempts.

Changes to the SFOA, 2017 

Workplaces - Lieux de travail clos

Community Recreational Facilities - Les installations de loisirs communautaires

Child Care Centres - Centres de garde d'enfants et services de garde en milieu familial

Government Buildings - Édifices et propriétés du gouvernement 

Hotels, Motels, and Inns - Hôtels, motels et auberges

Multi-Unit Dwellings - Habitations à logements multiples

Playgrounds - les terrains de jeu pour enfants

Enclosed Public Places - les lieux publics fermés

Residential Care Facilities - les établissements de soins en résidence

Restaurants and Bars - les bars et les restaurants (y compris les terrasses)

Schools - les écoles

Sporting Areas - les aires d’activités sportives

Retail Training

A guide for retailers of tobacco or vaping products is available.

Guide for retailers - Guide à l’intention des détaillants

 SFOA, 2017 - Retailer Resources

Flavoured Tobacco Factsheet - Produits du tabac aromatisés

Specialty Vape Store Factsheet - les boutiques spécialisées de vapotage

Specialty Vape Store Guidelines - Lignes directrices pour l’enregistrement en tant que boutique spécialisée de vapotage

Specialty Vape Store Application - Enregistrement de boutique spécialisée de vapotage

Tobacconistles marchands de tabac

Tobacco Retailer Permit Application - Demande de permis de détaillant de tabac

Tobacco and Vapour Products Retailers Factsheetles détaillants de produits du tabac et de vapotage


Tobacco enforcement officers conduct inspections, provide answers to questions, and handle complaints about the SFOA, 2017.
If you have any questions about the SFOA, 2017 or would like to make a complaint, call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-800-563-2808.

Smoke-free bylaws

For support on creating a smoke-free bylaw in your area, please contact the Health Unit.

To search for other bylaws in Canada, you can visit the Non-Smokers' Rights Association website.

Smoke-free housing

Make your home smoke-free by visiting the Smoke-Free Housing Ontario website. Here, you will find information, tools and resources to support you, whether you are a tenant, a landlordcondominium owner, or housing co-op member. Examples of what you will find on the Smoke-Free Housing Ontario website include:

  • Laws and legal issues
  • Success stories
  • Surveys
  • Taking action
  • How-to guide

You may also be interested in the Lung Association's Steps to Make Your Home Smoke-Free.



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Parry Sound

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