Welcome to Ontario's first website designed to encourage and assist condominium corporations adopt no-smoking policies. While provincial and municipal laws provide Ontarians with extensive protection from second-hand smoke in enclosed workplaces and public places, many people are still being exposed to unwanted second-hand smoke in residential multi-unit dwellings, including condominiums.
Demand for smoke-free homes is on the rise. Approximately 4.5 million people, or almost 40% of Ontarians, reside in multi-unit buildings yet there is a major shortage of smoke-free options. This is especially problematic for those with chronic illnesses and conditions.
Despite the serious and increasing demand for smoke-free multi-unit housing in Ontario, there are only a few "official" smoke-free condominiums in this province that we are aware of. This is frustrating, given the rise in popularity of "green" buildings and concern for indoor air quality. However, looking on the bright side, the fact that there are a few smoke-free buildings is fantastic; just a few years ago there were none!
Smoke-Free Housing is about increasing options for smoke-free living. We are not asking the provincial government to pass a law that would force condominiums to provide smoke-free units--as a condo owner and/or board member, you have the choice to take action that goes above and beyond the provisions of Ontario's smoke-free legislation.
To be clear, a no-smoking policy:
A no-smoking policy can be included in the declaration, or can be a rule or bylaw. To what extent the condominium corporation wants to prohibit smoking is entirely discretionary--a ban could apply to private units, balconies or patios or the entire property.
Check out a video report on smoke-free condos, prepared by Condo Business magazine in August 2011.
This site will provide you with everything you need, including:
The information and materials contained on this website are for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice or as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a lawyer.