Smoke-Free Niagara

Outdoor Bar and Restaurant Patios are Smoke-free

Starting Jan. 1, 2015, it is illegal to smoke on all restaurant and bar patios (covered and uncovered) under the Smoke-free Ontario Act.

A restaurant or bar patio is defined as an area:

  • The public can access to eat food or drink beverages, for a fee or at no cost
  • Where food or drinks are served, sold or offered by employees
  • That is not a private home

To learn more, read the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care factsheet.

Additional changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act include:

  • No smoking on playgrounds and public sports fields
  • No selling tobacco on university and college campuses

Parks and Playgrounds are Smoke-free

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In Niagara, smoking on all municipal and regional properties is restricted under Regional By-law 112-2013.

This includes:

  • Parks
  • Playgrounds
  • Sports or playing fields
  • Splash pads and outdoor pools
  • Arenas
  • Festival and events located on municipal and regional property
  • Properties such as city hall, libraries and recreation centres

Smoking is allowed on sidewalks, parking lots, roads, rights-of-ways, beaches and walking trails.


Tobacco Control Officers will conduct inspections and enforce the smoking legislation.

To report a complaint, call the Tobacco Hotline at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7393. You may also submit a complaint online.

Quitting Resources

There are lots of resources available to help you quit smoking. For printed material that includes tips for quitting and self-help materials that can help you become smoke-free, visit

More help with quitting smoking is also available by contacting the Tobacco Hotline.

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