Canada: The whole story on vaping laws that effect travel.

Electronic Cigarette and Vapor use across Canada!

*****Before we get started I would like to give a huge call out to the US Dept of State for the list of countries, including the links. Made this job a ton easier! If you choose to follow the link for Canada to the State Department provided page you may be asked to submit a survey. This is in no way connected with A Clean Cigarette. It is a research-based survey. Participation is optional.*****

Important Notes:

  • Regulations in Canada are a Province by Provence situation.
  • We will NOT be going over laws regarding manufacture and sale or distribution of electronic cigarettes. This is a guide for travelers and with that in mind, I will be writing this based on the assumption that you will ONLY be traveling with personal use quantities. If you are considering bringing large amounts of any product through any customs, do additional research before you attempt it.
  • Things Change check back before you travel. Just because the regulations in a country say one thing in 2018 does not mean they will say the same thing in 2020.
  • I am Dawn, the A Clean Cigarette blogger. I am NOT an expert in law or geography. This information is as accurate as I can get, but it is not intended to be legal advice in ANY way.

The map of Canada

Canada’s Federal Regulations 

As a traveler in Canada, there are no specific FEDERAL regulations that would prevent you from possessing personal use amounts. However, when going over the Canadian Border some travelers have complained about confiscation by customs agents. I can find nowhere that indicates this is a justifiable confiscation. That being said, if a customs agent in ANY country says to throw your nicotine products away. You might want to listen regardless of who is right or who is wrong. Unless of course, you are looking for a lawyer bill and a fight. Even if you eventually win, did you really?

National Language: English and French Equally

Fun facts about Canada:

  • Canada has more lakes then the rest of the worlds lakes combined.
  • Canada is the second largest country in the world. Russia is the first.
  • Because of its size, Canada spans six separate time zones.

Primary electronic cigarette/vapor products association:


Canada Broken Down By Provence

Alberta:

No Province-wide Legislation, however, there are many community bylaws in place. These bylaws regulate things such as no use on school grounds or near playgrounds and no smoking or vaping with children under 16 in a car. Some communities in this province treat vaping much like smoking burning tobacco and regulate as such.

For a complete list visit the Candian Electronic Cigarette Trade Association’s page regarding Alberta bylaws HERE.

Brittish Colombia:

Province-wide Legislation, The Tobacco, and Vapour Products Control Act, enacted Sept. 1, 2016. This act regulates electronic cigarettes and vapor products much like tobacco. Including but not limited to smoking bans in enclosed spaces and only using products in designated areas.

In addition to the Province-wide legislation, some communities in Brittish Colombia have passed bylaws.For a complete list visit the Candian Electronic Cigarette Trade Association’s page regarding Brittish Colombia bylaws HERE.

Manitoba:

Province Wide Legislation: The Non-Smokers Health Protection and Vapour Products Act, first read on Nov. 5, 2015. Enacted and signed into proclamation on Aug. 30, 2017. Effective Oct. 1st, 2017. Complete bill found HERE.

This act regulates electronic cigarettes and vapor products much like tobacco.

  • No sales to minors.
  • No minors allowed inside e-cigarette or vape stores.
  • Stores may not advertise outside in any fashion.
  • Used banned where smoking is banned.
  • Banned in cars with kids under 16.
  • A Ban on, near or in Schools including in cars at the school.

New Brunswick:

Province Wide Legislation:  The Tobacco and electronic cigarette sales act took effect on July, 1st 2015 which was one of two amended act from previous tobacco control policies. Things that may affect you as a traveler:

  • No under 19 sales and products must remain out of sight.
  • No minors allowed inside e-cigarette or vape stores.
  • Stores may not advertise outside in any fashion.
  • Used banned where smoking is banned.
  • Banned in cars with kids under 16.
  • A Ban on, near or in Schools including in cars at the school.

Newfoundland and Labrador: 

Province Wide Legislation: The Smoke-Free Environment Act, Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act, enacted June 7, 2016. Things that could impact you on your travel:

  • Banned public spaces and anywhere smoking tobacco is banned
  • Banned in vehicles with kids under 16.
  • Possession of e-cigarettes, e-liquids or vapes banned for minors.
  • No minors allowed inside e-cigarette or vape stores unless accompanied by an adult.

Northwest Territories: 

There are no laws regarding electronic cigarette or vapor product usage. None at all. Just be polite.

Nova Scotia:

Province Wide Legislation: These guys brought Canada one of its first pieces of electronic cigarette and vapor regulations. To pull it off they actually amended two existing laws The Smoke-free Places Act and The Tobacco Access Act. Both amended drafts were enacted May 31, 2015. Things that may affect your travel:

  • No under 19 sales and products must remain out of sight.
  • No minors allowed inside e-cigarette or vape stores.
  • Stores may not advertise outside in any fashion.
  • Used banned where smoking is banned.
  • Banned in cars with kids under 16.
  • A Ban on, near or in Schools including in cars at the school.
  • Sales prohibited in pharmacies.

Nunavut:

There are no laws regarding electronic cigarette or vapor product usage. None at all. Just be polite.

Ontario:

Province Wide Legislation: Wow, while they have an exhisting set of regulations enacted, however as of January 2018 legislation is being finalized that will change things. This legislation is a complicated mix of what the heck and genius.

Best advice, read up on the complete list of rules by clicking HERE to be connected with the ECTA’s page all about it.

The Prince Edward Islands:

Province Wide Legislation: The Tobacco and Electronic Smoking Device Sales and Access Act which was enacted Oct. 1, 2015 and The Amendments to the Smoke-Free Places Act, which was enacted Sept. 1, 2015.

  • No under 19 sales and products must remain out of sight.
  • No minors allowed inside e-cigarette or vape stores.
  • Stores may not advertise outside in any fashion.
  • Used banned where smoking is banned.
  • Banned in cars with kids under 16.
  • A Ban on, near or in Schools including in cars at the school.
  • Sales prohibited in pharmacies.

Quebec:

Home of the strictest e-cigarette regulations in North America, Quebec enacted Bill 44 in November of 2015. We see all the typical regs that affect travel but after taking a look at Bill 44 for myself I am glad we don’t have store locations in this area of the world.

  • No under 19 sales and products must remain out of sight.
  • No minors allowed inside e-cigarette or vape stores.
  • Stores may not advertise outside in any fashion.
  • Used banned where smoking is banned.
  • Banned in cars with kids under 16.
  • A Ban on, near or in Schools including in cars at the school.
  • Sales prohibited in pharmacies.
  • Banned within 40 feet of any public door
  • Banned on line sales and marketing

Saskatchewan:

City by City by-laws: Most areas pretty much regulate electronic cigarettes and vapor products like tobacco products. That being said you may want to call ahead to any city in this area you are planning to visit. At very least don’t vape where you wouldn’t smoke unless you know the bylaws of the city you are in.

Yukon:

There are no laws regarding electronic cigarette or vapor product usage. None at all. Just be polite.