New clean air bylaw takes effect soon in Greater Victoria

West Shore subject to new restrictions on smoking in public

The Capital Regional District’s Clean Air Bylaw comes into effect on April 1.

The bylaw, which will increase the scope of the ban on tobacco smoking within Greater Victoria, brings under the bylaw all parks, playgrounds, public squares and bus stops.

It also extends the smoke-free buffer zone outside of business doorways, windows and air intakes to seven metres from the current three metres.

The CRD will be providing signs to be posted at parks and at transit shelters within the coming months.

The CRD plans to enforce the bylaw with education and awareness up to April 1, followed by ensuring sufficient signage is in place, voluntary compliance and self-enforcement. Island Health enforcement officers will provide a physical presence and monitoring.