Capital Regional District Invites Feedback on Proposed Clean Air Bylaw

Jul 11, 2014

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) is seeking public feedback on the proposed Clean Air Bylaw No. 3962 through a public information session with CRD and Island Health staff on Wednesday, July 23 from 9:30 – 11:30 am.

The revised Bylaw increases the scope of the ban on tobacco smoking within the Region. The Bylaw will make all parks, playgrounds, playing fields, public squares and bus stops smoke-free and will extend the smoke-free buffer zone outside of doorways, windows and air intakes from three metres to seven metres. 

“The Capital Regional District Board recognizes that the health of our residents is of utmost importance,” said Kevin Lorette, General Manager of Planning and Protective Services. “The proposed Clean Air Bylaw is consistent with smoking bans in other jurisdictions on Vancouver Island, throughout British Columbia and across Canada.”

The Clean Air Bylaw was implemented on January 1, 1999 and made all indoor public spaces 100% smoke-free. On July 1, 2007, the Bylaw was amended and all businesses were required to make patios 100% smoke-free where food and beverages are served or consumed.

Public Information Session

The session will begin with presentations from CRD and Island Health staff. Following, members of the public who have pre-registered to speak will have an opportunity to share their comments and feedback. The session will conclude with an open mic and staff will remain on-site to answer any additional questions.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 9:30 – 11:30 am
625 Fisgard Street, Victoria, British Columbia (CRD Board Room)

To speak at the meeting, please register in advance via email.

Members of the public are also invited to share feedback online at: www.crd.bc.ca/cleanair by July, 25, 2014 at midnight. Paper copies of the comment form are available at CRD Reception, 625 Fisgard Street until July 25.

For more information on the new Clean Air Bylaw please visit: www.crd.bc.ca/cleanair    

The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Cailey Hopkins
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3225
Cell: 250.516.4976