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Bylaw 2877-16, Being a Bylaw of the City of Camrose Respecting Smoke Free Public Places and Workplaces

Smoking includes the use of e-cigarettes and waterpipes, no matter what the substance is in them. Smoking is prohibited on patios and in indoor public places and workplaces, including private clubs and bus shelters.

It is also prohibited within 10 m of a playground, sports field and any grandstand. Outdoor public events of one day or less must be smoke-free, but there is an exemption for multi-day events.

Products Included


“Smoking” means the carrying or possession of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, or any other lighted or heated smoking equipment used to smoke or vaporize any tobacco or non-tobacco substance

“Outdoor Public Event” means an outdoor event that may require a City of Camrose permit or license, and which the public is invited or permitted to attend

“Patio” means an outdoor area also known as a deck, terrace or rooftop, whether enclosed or not, that is open to the public or to which the public is customarily admitted or invited that is operated as part of a Restaurant or Drinking Establishment, but does not include an outdoor area or structure made available by a Restaurant or Drinking Establishment if:

i. There is no seating of any kind provided in the area or on the structure;
ii. There is no service of any kind provided in the area or on the structure; and
iii. There is no food or drink permitted in the area or on the structure at any time.

“Private Club” means an enclosed place or premises that operates primarily for the benefit and pleasure of the members of a non-profit corporation, service club or branch of the Royal Canadian Legion

“Public Building” means an enclosed or substantially enclosed building or structure to which the public is customarily admitted or invited. Without limiting the generality of the forgoing, public building includes bus shelters

“Sidewalk Café” means an outdoor area, located on a public sidewalk, to which the public is invited or permitted access and which abuts and is operated as part of a Restaurant

“Seasonal Skating Rink” means an outdoor ice surface on which members of the public are permitted to skate, whether on payment of any fee or not, and includes public lakes, ponds, and outdoor rinks with boards or other ice support infrastructure

“Sports Field” means an outdoor area designed and intended for use in a specific sporting event and includes soccer fields, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and similar areas but does not include golf courses

“Work Place” means all or any part of a building, structure or other enclosed area in which employees perform the duties of their employment, whether or not members of the public have access to the building, structure or area as of right or by express or implied invitation, and includes reception area, corridors, lobbies, stairwells, elevators, escalators, eating areas, washrooms, lounges, storage areas, laundry rooms, enclosed parking garages and work vehicles.

Places Smoking Prohibited

E-cigarettes (indoors)
E-cigarettes (outdoors)
Outdoor Events
Patios - Restaurants and Bars
Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities
Transit Shelters/Stops
Waterpipes (indoors)
Waterpipes (outdoors)

Buffer Zones

Playgrounds - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities - Buffer Zone 1-10 m

Policy Analysis

This is a leading edge bylaw because the broad definition of smoking allows Camrose to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes, waterpipes and other weeds and substances, both indoors and outdoors.

It also prohibits smoking within 10 m of playgrounds and sports fields. Although smoking is prohibited at one-day public events, multi-day festivals do not have to be smoke-free, which is a weakness of the bylaw.

Date Passed: September 19, 2016

Date in Force: September 19, 2016

Date Last Amended:

Leading Edge: Yes

Level of Government: Municipal

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

Bylaw Under Development? No

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