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Bylaw 2054, City of Merritt Parks Regulation Bylaw 2054, 2008 (Consolidated version)

This bylaw includes amendments made by Bylaw 2211, 2016 which were passed 12 July 2016.

No person shall smoke at or in a park.

Products Included

Cannabis, Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Electronic Smoking Devices, Other Weeds and Substances, Waterpipes


“Smoke or Smoking” means to inhale, exhale, burn, or carry a lighted cigarette, cigar pipe, hookah pipe, electronic cigarette, or other smoking equipment, that burns or vaporizes tobacco, marihuana, or any other substance.

“Park” means any real property owned or subject to a right of occupation by the City for the purposes of pleasure, recreation or community uses of the public including public parks, playgrounds, public squares, green spaces, and footpaths; but does not include the traveled portion of a highway.

Places Smoking Prohibited

E-cigarettes (outdoors)
Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Waterpipes (outdoors)

Policy Analysis

This bylaw is considered leading edge by virtue of its broad definition of smoking which includes other weeds and substances, as well as e-cigarettes and waterpipes. Note also that marijuana has been explicitly included, presumably in preparation for its eventual legalization.


Date Passed: August 26, 2008

Date in Force: August 26, 2008

Date Last Amended: July 12, 2016

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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Bylaw 2054

June 28 Council Minutes

July 12 Council Minutes

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