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Liquor, Drugs and Smoking Laws

Liquor Laws

The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19. Proof of age is frequently required for admission into any establishment that serves alcoholic beverages. Examples of acceptable identification are a valid driver’s license, a valid passport or an Ontario Photo Card. It is illegal to consume alcoholic beverages in public places (on the street, in a park, on the bus, etc.).  However, people can consume alcoholic beverages at special events, pubs and eateries that are licensed to serve liquor.

Illegal Drugs

Possession of street drugs including but not limited to marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy is illegal in Canada.  For more information about drugs in Canada visit the Canadian Foundations for Drug Policy online.

Non-Smoking Legislation: Smoke-Free Ontario Act

Smoking in workplaces and enclosed public spaces of any kind is not allowed. Smoking in vehicles is also prohibited when children under 16 years of age are present.

In Ontario you must be at least 19 years old to purchase cigarettes or other tobacco products. You may be asked to provide photo identification if purchasing these products.