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Smoke-Free Laws Database
Provincial & Territorial Legislation

Legislation has drastically reduced exposure to second hand smoke in Canada. Thanks to the work of advocates and policy makers, almost all enclosed public places and workplaces are now smoke-free.

Due to increased awareness about the dangers of toxic second hand smoke, the public is now demanding and receiving increased protection in outdoor areas such as sportsfields, and playgrounds. To document the increased protections at the provincial and territorial level, we developed tables summarizing legislation.

The tables are up-to-date as of March 2016. As new legislation is passed, we will do updates.

Comparative summary table of smoke-free workplace, public place and private vehicles legislation in Canada.

Full Summaries  of provincial and territorial legislation in Canada.

Summaries by territory and province:


British Columbia


New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia



Prince Edward Island




Note, for information about municipal bylaws, please see our searchable datebase

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act: Workplace Compliance with the Law
Scan of Bylaws, Ordinances and Legislation with Provisions that Exceed the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (Spring 2012 update)
Appearing Soon in a Place Near You: Health Impacts of Comprehensive Smoke-Free Legislation
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