Smoke-Free Housing

Local Smoke-Free Housing Success

Offering smoke-free housing at our newest building helps to preserve a pleasant atmosphere for our staff, tenants, and their guests for years to come. The overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received from our tenants reassures us that it was the right choice at the right time. — Bob Dhillan, Housing Case Manager, Canadian Mental Health Association Elgin.

After reviewing our current occupants, it was determined that moving to a smoke-free property was the right thing to do.  New tenants are very pleased that the properties are smoke-free and the maintenance costs have drastically been reduced. Smoke-free is the way businesses are moving today, so it only proved positive that we move that way as well. — Jon McCurry, Administrator, Eastwood Housing

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Policies

There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke has been linked to cancers, respiratory problems, heart disease and strokes.
Apartment BuildingChildren and families living in multi-unit housing can be exposed involuntarily to drifting second-hand smoke. It is important for both tenants to talk to their landlord about second-hand smoke and for landlords to enact smoke-free housing policy. A no smoking building protects you and your family from second-hand smoke. There are resources available for both tenants and landlords on the Smoke-free Housing Ontario website.

Smoking is the leading cause of fatal home fires. The Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office reports that lit smoking materials are the number one ignition source in fatal fires in residential dwellings and account for 72% of structure loss fires.

Your landlord or condo board is permitted by law to introduce a no smoking policy for your building. The Smoke-free Ontario Act (SFOA) only specifies public areas in apartment and condo buildings to be smoke-free such as hallways, laundry rooms, stairwells, and other commonly used space. However, landlords can implement a policy to make units’ smoke-free.

In 2015, the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit released the following information about second-hand smoke exposure:

  • In 2014, 29% of Ontario adults living in multi-unit dwellings were exposed to second-hand smoke drifting between units at least once in the past month.
  • 9 out of 10 adults in Ontario believed that smoking should not be allowed inside multi-unit dwellings. The level of support has increased significantly since 2005 (89% vs. 73%).