News Release headerNew Provincial Legislation around Cannabis, Tobacco and Vape Use

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Perth County  ̶  Recreational cannabis is now legal in Canada, and with this comes new rules and regulations. In Ontario, the new Smoke-free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017) regulates the sale, supply, display, promotion, and use of tobacco and vapour products (e.g., e-cigarettes), as well as the smoking of cannabis (medical and recreational). “Simply put, under the new SFOA, 2017, where smoking tobacco is prohibited, smoking cannabis and the vaping of any substance, are also prohibited,” says Joel Skelding, Tobacco Enforcement Officer with the Perth District Health Unit.


The SFOA, 2017 smoking prohibitions now include the smoking of cannabis as well as the vaping of any substance. Prohibitions include enclosed workplaces and public areas, restaurant patios, hospital grounds, and within 20 metres of playgrounds and sport fields. In addition, the following areas are now also included in the SFOA, 2017:

  • Within 9 metres of the perimeter of bar and restaurant patios.
  • On recreation facility property and within a 20 metre perimeter of their grounds.
  • Public areas within 20 metres of the perimeter of school grounds.

The Perth District Health Unit will be supporting partners as the community adjusts to the new smoking and vaping regulations. The Health Unit will provide signage, educational materials, and policy development support to community stakeholders, including municipal partners, schools, and workplaces. Tobacco Enforcement Officers at the Health Unit are designated to enforce the SFOA, 2017, and will continue to work with partners to ensure compliance.


The Health Unit reminds residents that driving impaired, whether under the influence of alcohol, cannabis, or other drugs still remains illegal. Cannabis impacts motor skills, alertness, decision making skills, and reaction time, making it dangerous to drive. Always plan a safe ride, and never drive high.


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To report complaints of violations of the SFOA, 2017:

  • Call 519-271-7600 extension 730