Cramahe | Ontario

Bylaw No. 2014-06, Being a Bylaw to prohibit smoking and the use of all tobacco products within Municipal Playgrounds or nine (9) meters of any entrance ways surrounding Municipal Buildings.

Smoking and use of any tobacco product are prohibited on children’s playgrounds and within 9 m of entrances of buildings to which the public has access that are owned by Cramahe Township, including recreational facilities. The bylaw does not specifically address sports and recrational fields. Smoking and the use of tobacco products are also prohibited on the entire Municipal Office Building property except in a specific designated smoking area. However, tobacco use is still allowed on other municipal properties except within 9 m of the doorways.

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Other Tobacco Products


“Smoke or Smoking” includes the carrying or holding of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other lighted smoking equipment. “Tobacco Products” includes cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, creamy snuff, dipping tobacco and dissolvable tobacco. “Entrance Way” means any door through which access is gained to a municipal building whether for regular use or emergency use purposes only. “Municipal Building” means any building or structure owned, leased, controlled or used by the Township, including but not limited to libraries, community centres and recreational facilities. “Municipal Playground” means any play equipment and safety surfaces associated with play equipment owned, leased, controlled or used by the Township. “Public Place” means any building, structures, vessel, vehicle or conveyance, or part thereof, whether covered by a roof or not, to which the public access as of right or by invitation, expressed or implied, whether or not a fee is charged for entry and includes recreation property but does not include an outdoor patio or a street, road or highway.

Places Smoking Prohibited

Doorways, air intakes, operable windows
Municipal Property
Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities

Buffer Zones

Doorways, Air Intakes and Operable Windows - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Playgrounds - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities - Buffer Zone 1-10 m

Policy Analysis

The bylaw is considered leading edge because it bans the use of all tobacco products, not just those that are smoked. However, a weakness of the bylaw is that it prohibits smoking only on playgrounds and within 9 m of recreational facilities, but not at sports and recreation facilities or in parks. This may lead to confusion among members of the public and could hamper enforcement. The bylaw also allows for a designated smoking area on one of its municipal building properties, which is not recommended.

Date Passed: March 4, 2014

Date in Force: March 4, 2014

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: 905-355-2821

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