Smoking and vaping is not permitted in the indoor common areas of college and university residences. This includes elevators, stairwells, hallways, parking garages, laundry facilities, lobbies, exercise areas and party or entertainment rooms.
Additional restrictions on smoking and vaping may exist in school policies.
It is prohibited to sell tobacco or vapour products on all college and university campuses. This applies to:
It covers buildings that are owned or areas that are leased by colleges, universities or student unions that are used to provide educational programs or recreational or residential services, to students.
The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017) requires that proprietors of colleges and universities make sure that smoking and vaping laws are followed. A proprietor includes the owner, operator or person in charge of the place.
Every proprietor must:
Any individual convicted of an offence for selling tobacco or vapour products on a college or university campus could be subject to a maximum fine ranging from $2,000 to $50,000, depending on the individual’s number of prior convictions.
Any corporation convicted of an offence for selling tobacco or vapour products on campus could be subject to a maximum fine, ranging from $5,000 to $75,000, depending on the corporation’s number of prior convictions.
An individual who violates the prohibition on smoking and vaping in a smoke-free or vape-free area 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 of a university or college residence that fails to fulfill their responsibility under the law may be charged and if convicted, may face a maximum fine:
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