October 15, 2018

Peel schools and worksites are smoke-free environments

On Oct. 17, 2018, cannabis will be made legal by the federal government. The Peel District School Board remains committed to maintaining school and work environments that are totally free of smoke. The vaping, smoking, holding or use of lighted tobacco, cannabis, herbal material (or any other combustible material) and electronic smoking devices are prohibited at all Peel schools and worksites.

Current rules for Ontario schools

A positive school climate and a safe learning and teaching environment are essential for student success. Everyone has a role to play in promoting a positive school climate. All existing rules against recreational cannabis use will remain in effect and include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Possession of cannabis (except for medical purposes, if authorized by a health care practitioner such as a physician or a nurse practitioner) will not be permitted while in schools or at school-related activities, even after legalization of recreational cannabis.
  • Suspension may be considered for a student under the influence or in possession of cannabis. Suspension will be required, and expulsion may be considered, if a student gives cannabis to a minor.

Smoking or vaping cannabis is NOT permitted at schools and places where children gather

You would not be able to smoke or vape cannabis:

  • at school, on school grounds, and all public areas within 20m of these grounds
  • on children's playgrounds and public areas within 20m of playgrounds
  • in child care centres, or where an early years program is provided
  • in places where home child care is provided – even if children aren't present
  • in sheltered outdoor areas with a roof and more than two walls which the public or employees frequent, or are invited to (e.g. a bus shelter)

View the full details of cannabis legalization on the Government of Ontario's website at https://www.ontario.ca/page/cannabis-legalization

The Peel board is working with community partners to promote healthy decision making and ensure student safety. We want families and students to be informed about cannabis legalization. Click on the links to below to access a variety of resources:

School Mental Health Assist & The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Cannabis: What Parents/Guardians and Caregivers Need to Know

Government of Canada

Cannabis Information for Young People

Drug Free Kids Canada

Talk to Your Kids About Cannabis

Ontario Ministry of Transportation

Cannabis Information for Young and Novice Drivers

Peel Regional Police

Cannabis and the Law

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