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Chapter 953, Smoking Regulation, Public Places and Workplaces (Latest amending bylaw was By-law 2015-8, 9 February 2015.)

Smoking is prohibited within 20 m of each of: a playground area, sport activity area (including but not limited to ball diamonds, soccer fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, etc.), and a beach area or within 10 m of a municipally owned or managed building. Smoking is also prohibited on any portion of the Orillia City Centre property on Saturdays between 5:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., with the exception of the designated smoking area as shown on Schedule ‘A’. As of June 10, 2013, waterpipes were prohibited in all public places listed in the bylaw – both indoors and outdoors – and in workplaces. Employers are responsible for ensuring that waterpipes are not used in workplaces. Chapter 953 does not apply to private clubs, as defined in the Chapter. On 8 February 2016, the Orillia Downtown Management Board asked City Council for more smoke-free spaces downtown as they felt it would improve business. Council referred this to committee for investigation.

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Other Weeds and Substances, Waterpipes


“Smoke” or “smoking” includes the carrying of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other lighted smoking equipment or product.

“Waterpipe” means any lighted or heated smoking equipment used to smoke tobacco or non-tobacco substances or any combination thereof in a form that may be smoked or inhaled.

“Beach area” means the sand area of beaches located in conjunction with a municipally designed public swim area.

“Non-smoking policy” means a written policy that prohibits smoking in the workplace in accordance with this chapter.

“Private club” means the whole or part of an indoor area to which the general public is not invited or permitted access. (See Chapter 953 for further clarification.)



Places Smoking Prohibited

Doorways, air intakes, operable windows
Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities
Waterpipes (indoors)
Waterpipes (outdoors)

Buffer Zones

Beaches - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
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

This is considered leading edge because it prohibits the smoking of tobacco and other weeds and substances, including in waterpipes. These substances are prohibited in all public places and workplaces. Smoking is prohibited on and within 20 m of beaches, another leading edge element. However, the bylaw also allows for designated smoking areas and prohibits smoking on a named property during specific hours. There is also an exemption for private clubs. None of these three policies is recommended.

Date Passed: December 17, 2001

Date in Force: December 17, 2001

Date Last Amended: February 9, 2015

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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