Smoke-free regulations

Let’s clear the air

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. Ottawa Public Health’s consultations and public opinion research indicate strong support from residents for expanded smoke-free spaces. For help to quit smoking
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The following spaces are now 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.

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Ottawa Public Health can provide training for staff and volunteers and provide educational resources about the new regulations. To enquire further about this service, please contact the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744, or e-mail


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