Tired of smokers at Guelph Central Station or at any Guelph Transit bus stop?

Here is your chance to offer input on having enforceable rules for no smoking at transit stops and places like Guelph Central Station.

The City is looking for your input on proposed smoking regulations through an online survey running from September 30 to October 13. Transit Riders can take the survey at  https://www.haveyoursay.guelph.ca/smoking-bylaw

Council gave staff the green light in December 2018 to engage with residents about smoking restrictions that go beyond those in the City’s existing Smoking Bylaw which was created to mirror the Smoke Free Ontario Act. This includes tobacco, cannabis and vaping products.

The City is exploring whether smoking should be restricted within:

  • three metres of any entrance or exit of a public building
  • City parks, trails and leash free areas
  • three metres of transit stops
  • the grounds of all municipal properties, including City Hall
  • outdoor festivals, special events or parades

The proposed regulations are a result of months-long engagement with the City’s working group, which included City staff from Guelph Transit, Bylaw, and Courts, along with representatives from Guelph Wellington Dufferin Public Health, Upper Grand District School Board, Guelph Police Service, the University of Guelph and the Community Health Centre (CHC).

“The working group helped form some of the basic concepts  related to smoking and alcohol; now it’s up to the community to provide their feedback,” says David Wiedrick, manager of Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing with the City of Guelph. “We will use the community’s feedback to provide recommendations to Council in early 2020.”

Make sure to get your input in about smoking at bus stops by doing the survey by October 13th at https://www.haveyoursay.guelph.ca/smoking-bylaw

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