No smoking in common areas
In Ontario, it is against the law to smoke in common areas of apartment buildings.
Common areas are shared spaces like:
- parking garages
- laundry rooms
- 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.