Oxford | Nova Scotia

Bylaw No. 2013-02, the Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces By-Law

Smoking is prohibited in the following places if located on town property or property the town is licensed to maintain:

  • Parks;
  • Playgrounds, including seasonal skating rinks, skate park sports fields, water spray parks or toboggan hill;
  • Outdoor recreational facilities, including sports fields, grandstands, seating areas or bleachers;
  • Grounds of town buildings;
  • Grounds of events open to the public, such as festivals, markets or concerts;
  • Cemeteries;
  • Beaches;
  • Trails or paths;
  • Streets along a parade route while the parade is in progress; and
  • Streets within a school area designated under the Motor Vehicle Act, except within an enclosed motor vehicle.

Products Included

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


“Grounds of a town building” means the outdoor part of any lot containing a building owned or leased by the town, and any sidewalk immediately adjacent to the lot.

“Smoke” or “Smoking” means to inhale, exhale, burn, or have control over a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, hooka pipe, or other lighted smoking implement designed to burn or heat tobacco or any other weed or substance for the purpose of inhaling or tasting of its emissions, but does not include using or having control over nicotine replacement products approved for use by Health Canada.

“Street” means a public or private street, highway, road, lane, sidewalk, thoroughfare, bridge, square and the curbs, gutters, culverts and retaining walls in connection therewith.

Places Smoking Prohibited

Municipal Property
Outdoor Events
Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities

Policy Analysis

This is a very comprehensive and leading edge bylaw because it prohibits smoking in the following locations: all municipal property; beaches; trails; some streets and sidewalks; and outdoor events. It is also leading edge because it includes smoking waterpipes and other weeds and substances.

Date Passed: November 18, 2013

Date in Force: November 18, 2013

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

Please find contact information related to this bylaw, and links to supporting materials.

Contact: townhall@town.oxford.ns.ca or 902-447-2170

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