Hamilton | Ontario

By-law No. 11-080, To Prohibit Smoking within City Parks and Recreation Properties

Smoking prohibited in parks, including playgrounds, recreation centre property, arena and stadium property, sports or playing fields, skateboard parks, beaches, outdoor pools and leash-free dog parks.

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Waterpipes


“Smoking tobacco” includes the holding of tobacco while the product is alight or emitting smoke, and the verb “smoke” shall include a similar meaning. “Tobacco” includes pipe tobacco, water-pipe tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos or any similar product made with or containing tobacco.

Places Smoking Prohibited

Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities
Waterpipes (outdoors)

Policy Analysis

This is leading edge because it bans smoking on beaches and trails. This was the first municipality in Ontario to specifically mention waterpipes in its bylaw, although the bylaw does not extend to the smoking of other weeds or substances.


The Medical Officer of Health is responsible for administration and enforcement of the By-law, and may appoint delegates or assign duties to City staff under this By-law. Hamilton spent the first year of the bylaw educating people about it and issuing warnings. As of spring 2013, started issuing tickets, where required.

Date Passed: March 9, 2011

Date in Force: May 31, 2012

Date Last Amended:

Leading Edge: Yes

Level of Government: Municipal

Smoke-free Ontario Act Status: Exceeds Smoke-free Ontario Act

Bylaw Under Development? No

Supporting Information

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Contact: askCITY@hamilton.ca OR 905-546-2489

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