Starting Jan. 1, 2015, it is illegal to smoke on all restaurant and bar patios (covered and uncovered) under the Smoke-free Ontario Act.
A restaurant or bar patio is defined as an area:
To learn more, read the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care factsheet.
Additional changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act include:
In Niagara, smoking on all municipal and regional properties is restricted under Regional By-law 112-2013.
Smoking is allowed on sidewalks, parking lots, roads, rights-of-ways, beaches and walking trails.
Tobacco Control Officers will conduct inspections and enforce the smoking legislation.
To report a complaint, call the Tobacco Hotline at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7393. You may also submit a complaint online.
There are lots of resources available to help you quit smoking. For printed material that includes tips for quitting and self-help materials that can help you become smoke-free, visit smokershelpline.ca.
More help with quitting smoking is also available by contacting the Tobacco Hotline.