Smoking and vaping on campus

Updated policy

The University’s primary goal is to ensure that our approach on smoking and vaping cannabis on campus is reasonable and consistent with public health imperatives and the public interest.

University Policy 58 on smoking and vaping on campus was updated on April 3, 2019, reflecting recommendations made by an ad hoc committee to the University administration. 

The committee, chaired by David Graham, provost and vice-president, academic affairs, reviewed the results of a campus-wide consultation last fall about whether uOttawa should become a smoke-free environment, following the legalization of recreational cannabis last October. Committee members also reviewed studies on cannabis use and policies of other Canadian universities.

These updates to Policy 58 reflect new provincial legislation governing smoking and vaping cannabis.


The government's cannabis law is undergoing regular changes. This website will be updated accordingly, so please check for updates to stay informed about changes to uOttawa's cannabis rules.

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