New smoking, toking, vaping rules take effect today in Orillia

Not allowed on city-owned properties

Orillia’s new by-law banning smoking/vaping tobacco, cannabis and other substances outdoors on property owned or leased by the City of Orillia is now in effect.

The new regulations were passed by city council in April.

“Council thoroughly debated the idea of banning smoking and vaping on properties owned or leased by the City and ultimately determined that we want to create a greener, healthier community and this is one way in which we can support that initiative. I believe that by making our City parks, trails and properties smoke- and vape-free we are providing a welcoming environment that contributes to the overall well-being of our citizens and visitors.”

– Mayor Steve Clarke

The ban includes:

  • any property where there’s a municipal building, park, or beach;
  • any parking lot, trail, walkway, or lane
  • docks
  • on vehicles located on City-owned or leased property
  • on boats located or moored on City-owned or leased property

The following exceptions apply:

  • Smoking/vaping on any portion of a highway (this includes sidewalks) as municipalities do not have any jurisdiction to regulate this area
  • Smoking/vaping while situated on a vessel containing sleeping, cooking, and toilet facilities that is moored within any City-owned or leased water lot
  • Smoking/vaping on a campsite within a park, provided the campsite has been approved by the City in conjunction with a special event
  • possession of cannabis for medical purposes (with necessary documentation)