Ontario has made changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act to further protect children and youth from the dangers of smoking.

As of January 1, 2015 it is illegal to smoke in publicly owned parks containing:

  • children's playgrounds 
  • sporting areas (including spectator areas) where the primary purpose is for:
    • soccer
    • football
    • basketball
    • tennis
    • baseball, softball, cricket
    • skating
    • beach volleyball
    • running
    • swimming
    • skateboarding
    • splash pads
  • all bar and restaurant outdoor patios (covered or uncovered)

Sports Fields and Park Rentals

Any individual, business, or organization that enters into a contractual agreement with the City of Pickering to rent an outdoor space must comply with their obligations under the Smoke Free Act as part of the permit process. 


The City of Pickering posts "No Smoking" signs in all publicly owned areas where smoking is prohibited. 


Region of Durham Tobacco Enforcement Officers carry out inspections and respond to complaints in order to enforce the Smoke Free Ontario Act. The Region of Durham also enforces a By-law to Regulate Smoking in Public Places and in the Workplace. For more information, see their Smoke-Free By-Law.


Individuals who fail to comply with the Smoke Free Ontario Act may be charged and, on conviction, subject to fines ranging from $1,000.00 to $5,000.00.

Reporting Offences

Please report individuals or businesses to the Durham Region Health Department Environmental Help Line 905.723.3818 or 1.888.777.9613. 

Visit durham.ca/tobacco for more information.