City of Ottawa Smoke-Free Regulations

The City of Ottawa has adopted amendments to its by-laws to provide for more smoke-free spaces. The amendments are part of a strategy that is designed to protect children and non-smokers from second-hand smoke, while reducing smoking rates.

As of April 2, 2012, the following spaces will be smoke free:

  • All outdoor areas on municipal properties including parks, playgrounds, beaches, sports fields, and outdoor areas around City facilities
  • ByWard and Parkdale Market stands
  • Outdoor restaurant, bar, and food premise patios

The new smoke-free regulations apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The City will undertake a phased-in approach for enforcement of the new smoke-free regulations. Beginning April 2, 2012, a warning phase and a public awareness and education campaign will be implemented. The public awareness and education campaign will help ensure all Ottawa residents and tourists are aware of the new regulations. Beginning July 2, 2012, charges will be laid as appropriate.

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Warning phase

During the warning phase (April 2 to July 1, 2012) by-law enforcement officers will patrol parks, beaches, bars, restaurants and other areas covered by the new regulations, and issue courtesy warnings, as appropriate. These warnings will not carry penalties.


Starting July 2, 2012, contraventions of the new regulations may result in the issuance of Provincial Offence Notice tickets that will carry a fine.

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