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New Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 Passes in Ontario


Ontario has passed new legislative and regulatory amendments related to tobacco, cannabis and vapour products.

On October 17th, Bill 36, the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018 was passed and received Royal Assent in Ontario. Bill 36 brings in to effect the new Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA 2017) which repeals the existing Smoke-Free Ontario Act and Electronic Cigarettes Act, 2015 (ECA), replacing them with a single legislative framework. The SFOA 2017 includes prohibition on the smoking of cannabis in the same places where smoking tobacco and the use of electronic cigarettes (vaping) is prohibited.


Amendments also create rules for displaying and promoting vapour products that are separate from rules for displaying and promoting tobacco products. The SFOA 2017 has expanded to include smoking prohibitions on bar and restaurant patios, hospital grounds, and within 20 meters of playgrounds and sports fields. The new SFOA 2017 prohibits smoking of tobacco or cannabis and the vaping of any substance:

  • Within 9 meters of the perimeter of bar and restaurant patios
  • On recreation facility property and within a 20-meter perimeter of their grounds
  • On school property and within a 20-meter perimeter of school grounds.

Amendments to Ontario Regulation 268/18 under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 were also finalized, setting the rules for display and promotion of vapour products at places they are sold. The following are some of the new rules:

  • Specialty vape stores can only display and promote vapour products within the retail establishment, and the retail establishment must comply with several conditions (e.g., no minors allowed entry, establishment must be located inside a building, establishment cannot be a throughfare)
  • Retailers that are not specialty vape stores (e.g., convenience stores) cannot display vapour products, and can only promote vapour products, if the promotion complies with federal law
  • Wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers can display and promote vapour products, as long as the display or promotion complies with federal law.
  • Use of electronic cigarettes in a specialty vape store have been exempt for the purposes of sampling a vapour product, if certain conditions are met

Grey Bruce Health Unit Tobacco Enforcement Officers are designated to enforce these regulations within the community.


The Grey Bruce Health Unit is offering free information workshops to help RETAIL employers and employees understand their responsibilities under the new Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017.

The next workshop will take place:

Septemeber 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Registration deadline: September 6, 2019

Location: Grey Bruce Health Unit, 101 17th Street East, Owen Sound


The Grey Bruce Health Unit will continue to provide updates as they become available.

For more information, please contact our Tobacco Enforcement Team:


Telephone: 519-376-9420 or toll free at 1800-263-3456



The legislative changes can be found here:


Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Canada.  It is linked to 37,000 deaths per year in Canada and 16,000 in Ontario.    It is linked to many health conditions including heart disease and lung cancer. 


Here you will find information about;


  Assistance with Quitting

  The Law

  Tobacco-free Sport and Recreation

  Multi-unit Residences


  Specialty Vape Stores

  Sporting Area




See Also: Workplace resources.


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