Advocates for a smoke-free British Columbia
June 20, 2018

Residential Tenancy decision in Saskatchewan, upheld by Saskatchewan Court, recognizes tenants' right to be protected from second-hand smoke.

As a result of this decision, on June 20, 2018, the Saskatchewan Government, through its agency Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, announced that all social housing in the province will be 100% smoke-free as of August 1, 2018.

The court judgement includes a great summary of case law in Canada, including BC, concerning how second-hand smoke can constitute a breach of a tenant's right to quiet enjoyment.

Click here for March 17, 2017 decision of the Saskatchewan Office of Residential Tenancies. Three public housing tenants were financially compensated for loss of quiet enjoyment and being deprived of the entire benefit of their premises.

Click here for the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench Feb. 28, 2018 judgment dismissing an appeal by the landlord. This is a big win for resident health.

Media Contacts
  • Jack Boomer
    Director, Clean Air Coalition of BC
    T 250 721 4268
    C 250 589 4268
    jackboomer@shaw.ca

    Katrina van Bylandt
    Director, Health Communications
    BC Lung Association
    T 604 731 5864
    vanbylandt@bc.lung.ca

    Jennifer Randall Nelson
    Manager, Communications
    T 778 372 8024
    jennifer.randallnelson
    @heartandstroke.ca