Smoking policy

Smoking policy

Through its commitment to providing tenants and employees with a safe and healthy environment in which to live and work, Toronto Community Housing is committed to creating a smoke-free environment. Our ultimate goal, as desired by the majority of tenants, is to eliminate smoking everywhere on our property. The changes will be phased in over several years, in consultation with tenants.

Creating a smoke-free environment

Currently, TCHC tenants are permitted by law to smoke tobacco or cannabis inside their unit as well as in any outdoor space beyond nine metres of a building entrance or exit. In future, any household signing a new lease, either as a new tenant or as a transfer, will be required to agree not to smoke in their units or anywhere on TCHC property as a condition of their lease. 


No smoking in common areas

In Ontario, it is against the law to smoke tobacco or cannabis in common areas.

Common areas are shared spaces like:
  • elevators​
  • stairwells
  • hallways
  • parking garages
  • ​ laundry rooms
  • lobbies
  • gyms
  • garbage or recycling rooms
  • party or entertainment rooms
If you or someone in your household smokes in a common area, you could face a fine of up to $5,000 from the City of Toronto.

No smoking near entrances or exists

It is against the law in Toronto to smoke within nine metres (about 30 steps, or the length of a small bus) of any entrance or exit of a public building. This includes all Toronto Community Housing apartment buildings and offices.​

Smoking in your home

If you are smoking in your unit, keep the unit doors closed so smoke doesn't travel down the hallway. If you smoke on your balcony, check with your neighbours to make sure they are not affected by second-hand smoke.​

Never throw cigarette butts off the balcony. You can be fined for doing so.