Toronto Community Housing informs tenants about new cannabis rules

Toronto Community Housing informs tenants about new cannabis rules

October 15, 2018

​TORONTO, October 16, 2018 —Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) has launched an information campaign for tenants to help ensure that fire safety and the comfort of all tenants are the key guiding principles as the new cannabis laws come into effect.

When the new law takes effect, tenants 19 years old or older will be permitted to smoke or otherwise consume cannabis in their home, private balcony or private yard. Tenants cannot smoke cannabis anywhere else on TCHC property, as it remains illegal to consume cannabis outside of a private residence.

TCHC tenants are currently permitted to smoke tobacco in their units. Smoking tobacco continues to be prohibited in all public areas of TCHC buildings, including hallways, common areas, lobbies and parking lots.

Posters will remind tenants to be considerate of their neighbours if they smoke cannabis, and to be especially mindful of fire safety rules when smoking in their units. 


"Toronto Community Housing's response to the new legislation supports our commitment to safe, healthy communities and workplaces, and tenants' right to reasonable enjoyment of their homes. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate smoking everywhere on TCHC property. These changes will be phased in over several years, in consultation with tenants."
—Bruce Malloch, Director, Strategic Communications

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About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing ( is Canada's largest social housing provider. We are owned by the City of Toronto and provide homes for nearly 60,000 low- and moderate-income households in 106 of the city's 144 neighbourhoods. Our 2,100 buildings represent a $10-billion public asset.


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