For general information, please see A Landlord & Property Manager’s Guide to Smoke-Free Housing

Adopting a no-smoking policy is legal in Ontario

As the landlord or property manager of private or non-profit housing, you may designate your building as non-smoking, including individual units, balconies and the entire property.

Existing tenants must be ‘grandfathered’

This means that only new tenancy agreements can include a no-smoking clause, and existing tenants must be grandfathered (exempted) during the length of their tenancy, or they consent in writing to the new policy. Over time, your building will gradually be converted to 100% smoke-free status as the smoking tenants vacate the premises.

New buildings – Are you planning to develop a new building or complex? The easiest way to go 100% smoke-free is to start smoke-free. More…

Existing buildings – Are you considering adopting a no-smoking policy for part or all of an existing building? More...

Non-profit housing – Are you considering a no-smoking policy for part or all of your non-profit housing? Wondering about how to handle waiting lists? More…

Enforcement of your no-smoking policy – More…

Download our brochure: How to Implement a No-Smoking Policy for a Multi-Unit Dwelling.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since smoke cannot be contained, it is highly recommended that you apply your no-smoking policy to an entire building.  Designating certain sections or floors will not resolve the problem of smoke infiltration.  

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