Smoke-free regulations

Let’s clear the air
The City of Ottawa's smoke-free regulations are part of a strategy that is designed to protect children and non-smokers from second-hand smoke, while reducing smoking rates. 
The following spaces are smokefree:

  • Indoor public places and workplaces
  • All areas of municipal properties including parks, playgrounds, beaches, and outdoor areas around City facilities
  • ByWard and Parkdale Market stands
  • Indoor and outdoor restaurant, bar, and food premises including patios
  • All sports fields and spectator areas, including a 20 metre radius
  • Motor vehicles with children under 16 in them

The new smoke-free regulations apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Report a smoking violation to

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

For help to quit smoking

MyQuit offers a variety of quit smoking programs and services. For more information, visit or call 1-877-376-1701.


Contraventions of regulations may result in the issuance of Provincial Offence Notice tickets that will carry a fine.