As of January 1, 2016, all EZT properties are Smoke Free!
Every year, smoking kills more people in Ontario than any other illness or disease and costs the people of Ontario $1.6 billion dollars in health related costs. Accordingly, since 2006, the Ontario government has banned smoking in most enclosed public places, as well as a variety of outdoor public spaces including playgrounds, sports fields, bar/restaurant patios and outdoor festivals. Additionally, the Township passed a by-law in 2012 which prohibited smoking in proximity to the entrances to Township facilities. Given this, very little (if any) area was actually left on many Township properties where smoking would in fact still be permitted.
The Township passed By-law #2015-36 on September 16, 2015. This By-law now prohibits all forms of smoking (as well as all E-smoking or Vaping devices) at all times, on all properties owned or leased by the Township including recreation facilities, parks/playgrounds, sports fields, offices, fire hall properties, public works yards etc. The new By-law took effect on January 1, 2016, with violators subject to a fine.
The Township encourages those using Township properties to be considerate of others by keeping all Township properties smoke-free, and thanks everyone for their cooperation in this matter.