Provincial and municipal laws provide Ontarians with protection from second-hand smoke in enclosed workplaces and public places, many people, including children and seniors, are exposed second-hand smoke from neighbouring units in condominiums.
Demand for smoke-free homes is on the rise. Approximately 4.5 million people, or almost 40% of Ontarians, reside in multi-unit buildings yet there is a major shortage of smoke-free options. This is especially problematic for those with chronic illnesses and conditions.
Despite the serious and increasing demand for smoke-free multi-unit housing in Ontario, there are only a handful of smoke-free condominiums in this province. However, looking on the bright side, there is greater and greater interest in going smoke-free. In fact, some developments are starting off with smoke-free policies.
Smoke-Free Housing Ontario promotes increasing options for smoke-free living. We are not asking the provincial government to pass a law that would force condominiums to provide smoke-free units.
A no-smoking policy:
- Does not prohibit people who smoke from buying or renting condos
- Does not force owners or renters to quit smoking
- Is not a federal, provincial, or municipal law.
A no-smoking policy can be included in the declaration or can be a rule. To what extent the condominium corporation wants to prohibit smoking is your choice–a ban could apply to private units, balconies or patios or the entire property.
This site will provide you with everything you need, including:
- Information on laws and legal Issues;
- A legal opinion;
- Survey data on market demand;
- Information on exposure to second-hand smoke; and
- A taking action section to get you started, including tools to make your transition easier.
- Common questions
- Why go smoke-free?
Also, check out our section about fire prevention and smoke-free housing.