A by-law banning smoking or vaping tobacco, cannabis and other substances outdoors on property owned or leased by the City of Orillia comes into effect on May 15, according to a news release from the city on April 17.
As per Chapter 954 of the City of Orillia Municipal Code, smoking/vaping outdoors will be prohibited on all municipal properties, city docks and piers, properties leased from the city, and on or within a boat located or moored on city-owned or leased property. It’s also prohibited in city parking lots, city parks, trails and beaches, and on or within vehicles on city-owned or leased properties, including parking lots. Council approved some exemptions to the smoking/vaping by-law, including an exemption for those entitled to possess cannabis for medical purposes that can provide the necessary documentation. Mayor Steve Clarke said the move is part of Orillia Council’s commitment to fostering a healthier, greener community.
“With the legalization of recreational cannabis and the negative effects of smoking and vaping, Council wanted to create public spaces that were smoke and vape free in an effort to provide a welcoming environment that contributes to the overall well-being of our residents and visitors,” Clarke said. “We sought to strike a balance between opting in to the sale of recreational cannabis in Orillia, while also being respectful that people may not want it used in public spaces.”
There are also exemptions for those smoking or vaping on any part of a highway including sidewalks, while on a vessel with sleeping, cooking, and toilet facilities that is moored in a city-owned or leased water lot, and on a campsite in a park if the campsite has been approved by the city in connection with a special event. An additional exemption exists for the current designated smoking area at the city-owned Nordia property and the Stephen Leacock Museum during special events, subject to a smoking permit being issued by the city’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Department.
“The City of Orillia is hiring a part-time Municipal By-law Enforcement Officer to assist with enforcement of the by-law and will be erecting new signage throughout the city to advise people which properties will be smoke and vape free,” said Shawn Crawford, manager of Legislative Services. “These costs are being subsidized through provincial funding provided by the Ministry of Finance associated with the legalization of cannabis.”
To report smoking or vaping in prohibited outdoor areas on city-owned or leased property, contact the city’s by-law office at 705-325-231 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Orillia’s smoking/vaping by-law, visit the city website.