Ontario cracks down on smoking (Legal view)

Strict province-wide legislation targets workplaces
By Laura Cassiani
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/10/2007

At the end of last month, Ontario became a less friendly place for smokers. On May 31, the Smoke-Free Ontario Act banned smoking in all “enclosed workplaces,” which includes most Ontario workplaces and vehicles used by employees during the course of their employment.

The act defines an “enclosed workplace” as a building or structure that is covered by a roof that employees work in or frequent during the course of their employment. This includes areas where employees hang out during their breaks. While the act does not speak directly to this issue, presumably the prohibition on smoking in work vehicles does not extend to employee-owned vehicles used during the course of their employment.

Subject to a few exceptions, the act will also prohibit smoking in all “enclosed public places” and places such as patios that are covered by a roof and in bars and restaurants generally.