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The Smoke–Free Ontario Act is new provincial tobacco control legislation which became effective on May 31, 2006. Although the Region of Peel's Smoke-Free by-law was in effect until May 31, 2006, the Smoke-Free Ontario Act is provincial legislation and it over-rides the Region of Peel Smoke-Free by-law.

What Changed on May 31, 2006?

  • All enclosed public places and enclosed workplaces in Ontario became 100% smoke-free (no Designated Smoking Rooms, DSRs)
  • DSR’s in Peel bars, restaurants, billiard halls, bingo halls and night clubs were eliminated four years earlier than allowed by the Region of Peel’s Smoke-free By-law
  • Smoking is now prohibited within licensed private-home day cares (*) - whether or not children are present. (* As defined within the Day Nurseries Act)
  • New retail display restrictions and tobacco retailer obligations will restrict access to cigarettes and tobacco products for children and youth

How does this Benefit Me?

  • DSR's do not offer complete protection from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke (SHS) (Ontario Tobacco Research Unit. Protection from Second-hand Smoke in Ontario: A Review of Evidence Regarding Best Practices [PDF]. Toronto, ON: May 2001.)
  • The Smoke–Free Ontario Act will uniformly protect the health of all Ontarians from exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS) by eliminating DSRs across the province
  • Children and youth will be discouraged from starting to smoke through new restrictions to decrease their access to tobacco products

To Report Violations of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act

  • If you notice a store selling cigarettes and tobacco products to minors or someone smoking where they are not allowed to or and would like to make a complaint, please contact the Region of Peel at 905-799-7700 (or toll-free from Caledon at 905-584-2216)
  • Anonymous complaints are always welcome

Fact Sheets

You can also visit the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion website for more information.


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