Understanding the CRD Clean Air Bylaw

Understanding the CRD Clean Air Bylaw

The Clean Air Bylaw No. 3962 makes all parks, playgrounds, playing fields, public squares and bus stops in the Capital Regional District smoke-free. It also extends smoke-free buffer zones outside of business doorways, windows and air intakes to seven metres.

Clean Air Benefits

  • second hand smoke (SHS) contains more than 4000 toxic substances, over 40 of which cause cancer
  • some substances are in stronger concentrations in SHS than if directly inhaled
  • as many as 800 Canadian deaths per year are attributed to SHS
  • tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in Canada
  • there is no safe level of second hand smoke. Harmful particles can be carried up to seven metres in outdoor settings
  • smoking restrictions decrease negative role modeling for children and assist smokers in quitting

Bylaw Enforcement  

Encouraging compliance with the bylaw includes:

  • targeted education and awareness
  • sufficient and proper signage
  • voluntary compliance and self-enforcement
  • rotation of physical presence and monitoring by Island Health Enforcement Officers
  • ticketing in specific situations by Island Health and Capital Regional District enforcement officers

Bylaw Background

The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board approved an amendment to Clean Air Bylaw No. 3962 at its May 9, 2018 meeting.

The amendment allows the bylaw to prohibit the burning or vaping of any substances, including cannabis, in any public space as identified in the existing bylaw, which includes: playing fields, playgrounds, and public squares. The bylaw will be deposited with the Minister of Health.

Island Health Tobacco Control Program

To consult with a Tobacco Enforcement Officer or if you have a concern about compliance, please contact the Island Health Tobacco Control Program or email CleanAirBylaw@viha.ca.


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