Where outdoor smoking is prohibited

At all times:

  • Playgrounds
  • School properties, including public and private elementary, middle, and secondary schools
  • Health care facility properties, including:
    • Designated hospitals
    • Personal care homes (residents of personal care homes are permitted to smoke in clearly marked, designated smoking area)
    • Access Centres
    • Breast Health Centre
    • Winnipeg Birth Centre
    • Klinic
    • Mount Carmel Clinic
    • Pan Am Clinic
  • All outdoor patios at restaurants and bars that occupy a defined space and require an occupancy permit

30 metres from:

  • Athletic fields and outdoor ice rinks (during an organized youth event), including all City of Winnipeg or Community Centre owned or operated:
    • Soccer pitches
    • Baseball or softball diamonds
    • Football fields
    • Outdoor hockey rinks
  • City of Winnipeg or Community Centre owned or operated:
    • Swimming pools
    • Wading pools
    • Spray pads
    • Spray parks

8 metres from outdoor entrance:

  • Health care facilities
  • City of Winnipeg workplaces
  • Winnipeg Regional Health Authority workplaces

Banned smoking devices & products

The ban includes smoking devices and products that allow the user to inhale tobaccocannabis, or any other substances that generate second-hand smoke when being used. These include:

  • Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Pipes
  • e-cigarettes
  • Water pipes
  • Hookahs
  • Similar products/devices

Exemptions are made for ceremonies led by Indigenous persons.

Report outdoor smoking

If you see individuals smoking in an outdoor location where smoking is prohibited, you can inform the property manager or contact 311 to report the incident.


The City’s primary goal is voluntary compliance with the bylaw through public education; however, sometimes enforcement is necessary.

Fines for contravening the outdoor smoking ban are as follows:

Smoking within 30m of athletic field or hockey rink during youth event$200
Smoking on playground$200
Smoking within 30m of swimming pool, wading pool, spray pad or spray park owned or operated by City of Winnipeg$200
Smoking on school premises$200
Smoking on health care facility premises$200
Smoking within 8m of outdoor entrance to health care facility$200
Smoking within 8m of outdoor entrance to City of Winnipeg workplace$200
Smoking within 8m of outdoor entrance to WRHA workplace$200
Smoking on outdoor patio$200
Owner or operator failing to ensure that no one smokes on outdoor patio$400
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