St. Thomas | Ontario

Bylaw No. 111-2008, a Bylaw for the use, protection and regulation of Public Parks and Recreation Areas in the City of St. Thomas (Parks and Recreation Area Bylaw) Amended by Bylaw No. 163-2009, being a bylaw to provide for the use, protection and regulation of Public Parks and Recreation Areas in the City of St. Thomas

Smoking prohibited within 30 m of any playground equipment, splash pad, swimming pool, tennis court, skateboard facility or player’s benches. Broad definition of smoking not exclusive to tobacco.

On June 12th 2017, Elgin St. Thomas Public Health made a presentation to city council, recommending that the municipal bylaw be expanded to include more smoke-free outdoor spaces, and that the city take steps to create smoke-free social housing options within its jurisdiction.

According to a media report from June 16th, city staff are preparing a draft bylaw that will go before city council in the fall of 2017.

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Other Weeds and Substances


“Smoking” includes exhaling of tobacco smoke, the carrying of lighted personal use paraphernalia commonly employed to contain lighted tobacco, whether or not the substance is tobacco, including cigars, cigarettes, pipes or any other lighted smoking equipment.

Places Smoking Prohibited

Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools

Buffer Zones

Playgrounds - Buffer Zone 21-30 m

Policy Analysis

This bylaw is leading edge because it includes other weeds and substances by virtue of the phrase “whether or not the substance is tobacco” in the definition of smoking. The bylaw’s preamble cites section 11 of the Municipal Act, 2001. A buffer zone of 30 m around playgrounds is larger than in most communities, but it would be preferable to prohibit smoking in all parks.

Date Passed: July 21, 2008

Date in Force: July 21, 2008

Date Last Amended: November 2, 2009

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: 519-631-1680

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