Smoke-Free Ontario Act

 




 It is illegal to smoke inside any building, structure or vehicle that an employee uses during their work.  All covered areas must be smoke-free at all times.  This includes work vehicles, loading docks, trailers, garages, construction sites and covered entrances.

Employers may choose to accommodate employees who smoke by providing a smoking shelter outdoors.  A smoking shelter, if covered by a roof, can have no more than two walls.

Workplaces can make their own internal policy banning smoking from entrances or exits, or designating a specific outdoor area for smoking to protect the health of employees, customers and visitors.  If a business implements this type of internal policy, they are responsible for its enforcement.  

The full Smoke-Free Ontario Act can be found here.

EMPLOYEE FINES

Smoking in an enclosed workplace or work vehicle 


$250 

EMPLOYER FINES

Allowing smoking in workplace or work vehicle = $300

Having an ashtray in an enclosed workplace = $300

Failing to post No Smoking signs in workplace = $200

Failing to ensure employees comply = $300 

 


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