Under Municipal Code Chapter 709 – Smoking Bylaw, it is against the law to smoke within nine metres of an entrance or exit of any public building. A “public building” means an enclosed building to which the public and employees generally have access. Entrances and exits of a public building include back doors, fire exits, service doors and employee entrances.
The bylaw applies to any form of lit tobacco (i.e. cigarettes, cigars) or cannabis but does not extend to vaping. The bylaw increases the outdoor areas where smoking is prohibited to protect the public from adverse health effects of second-hand smoke.
Toronto Public Health performs inspections and responds to complaints to enforce the bylaw within the City of Toronto.
The bylaw applies to any entrance or exit of a building (including back doors, fire exits, service doors or employee entrances) that can be accessed by the public or employees, including:
The bylaw does not apply to single-family homes or multi-unit dwellings where there is no common indoor area that can be accessed by the public.
Smoking is prohibited in an area within a nine metre radius surrounding any entrance or exit of a public building except that part of the nine metres which is located on the public highway. The public highway can include the public sidewalk, a public laneway or the road.
A building proprietor includes the owner, operator or person in charge of the building.
Every proprietor of a public building needs to:
Download and print the no smoking signage or call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600 to order signs for your location.
Toronto Public Health educates and supports building proprietors to achieve compliance with the bylaw as the first approach.
Proprietors may be charged for continued non-compliance. Individuals found smoking within restricted areas may also be charged for non-compliance.
An individual who violates the prohibition on smoking within nine metres of an entrance or exit may be charged and, if convicted, may face a maximum fine of $1,000 (for a first offence) or $5,000 (for any further offence).
A proprietor that fails to fulfill their responsibilities under the bylaw may be charged and, if convicted, may face a maximum fine of $1,000 (for a first offence) or $5,000 (for any further offence).
If you see someone smoking in a prohibited area you can: