On October 17, 2018, the use of recreational cannabis was made legal in Canada. The City of Westmount adopted a municipal by-law on September 4 (By-Law 1527) that prohibits smoking in Westmount’s public parks and green spaces. This modification to the by-law came into effect on Saturday, September 8, 2018.
The by-law defines smoking as “to burn tobacco or herbs, or to generate a vapour in the case of electronic cigarettes, by inhaling the smoke of the vapour produced through the mouth or nostrils.”
Since 2015, the Government of Quebec has prohibited smoking in a number of public outdoor spaces, particularly sports fields and playgrounds. This newest rule in Westmount, a modification to the municipal by-law on parks, is intended to further protect the public from the effects of second-hand smoke in shared spaces. By-law infractions may result in fines varying between $50 and $1,000 for a first conviction.
Please respect the newly-installed signage in Westmount’s parks. Westmount will continue to work with the SPVM and our Public Security officials to ensure this by-law modification is enforced.