Starting January 1, 2015, smoking is no longer allowed at publicly-owned outdoor sporting areas, spectator areas, sporting areas and public areas within 20 metres of any point of the edge of the sporting or spectator areas.
This applies to spaces:
The act requires owners and operators of these sporting areas to ensure that smoking laws are respected. They are required to:
Local public health units will carry out inspections and respond to complaints regarding smoking on and around sporting areas.
Anyone caught smoking on or around these sporting area may be charged with an offence, and if convicted could face a maximum fine of $1,000 (for a first offence) or $5,000 (for any further offence).
The owner or operator of a sporting area who fails to fulfill their responsibilities under the law may be charged with an offence, and if convicted, could face a maximum fine:
This fact sheet is intended as a quick reference only and should not be considered to be legal advice. For more information, please contact your local public health unit.
You can also obtain information by calling toll-free:
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
For specific information on smoking laws in and around sporting areas, contact your local Public Health Unit.
For more information on the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website: Ontario.ca/smokefree