Smoking in Condo Common Areas Prohibited

August 2015

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act prohibits smoking, including the holding of lit tobacco, in the common areas of a condominium. This includes hallways, elevators, parking areas and activity rooms.

Earlier this year regulations were updated to prohibit smoking on restaurant and bar patios.

Responsibility for enforcement is the condominium corporation which serves as “owner, operator or person in charge” according to the Act. This obligation includes giving notice to those smoking in common areas that smoking is prohibited, posting signs prohibiting smoking throughout the common areas and removing ashtrays.

The regulations specify the colour, size and specifications of no-smoking signs that must be posted. Condo corporations that do not comply can be subject to fines.