Orillia is another step closer to banning smoking, toking and vaping on city-owned property.
“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
City council this week gave its support to a new by-law expected to be approved April 1 with the new regulations taking effect May 15.
The ban would include:
- any property where there’s a municipal building, park, or beach;
- any parking lot, trail, walkway, or lane
- on vehicles located on City-owned or leased property
- on boats located or moored on City-owned or leased property
The following exceptions would 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
moored within any City-owned or leased water lot is
- 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)
Following approval of the by-law, the City will hire a part-time Municipal By-law Enforcement Officer to assist with enforcement. The City will also erect new signage and launch a public education campaign to inform residents and visitors of the ban.