Provincial Vape Laws in Canada:
Your Ultimate Guide to Navigating Age Restrictions, Flavour Bans, and Sales Limits 

Table of Contents: 

  1. Introduction
    • Overview of the vaping industry in Canada 
    • Importance of understanding vaping regulations in each Province 
  2. Vaping Regulations in Each Canadian Province/Territory
    • Alberta (AB) 
    • British Columbia (BC) 
    • Manitoba (MB) 
    • New Brunswick (NB) 
    • Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) 
    • Northwest Territories (NWT) 
    • Nova Scotia (NS) 
    • Nunavut (NU) 
    • Ontario (ON) 
    • Prince Edward Island (PEI) 
    • Quebec (QC) 
    • Saskatchewan (SK) 
    • Yukon (YT) 
  3. Key Regulations to Understand
    • Age of majority 
    • Flavour restrictions 
    • Other sales restrictions 
    • Promotional sign requirements 
      • Corner and gas stations (C&G) 
      • Specialty vape store 
  4. Conclusion
    • Importance of staying informed and compliant with regulations 

Introduction: 

The vaping industry is booming across Canada, providing a viable alternative to smoking for many people. But with this popularity comes stricter regulations in many Provinces, making it imperative for businesses and individuals to stay informed to avoid costly legal consequences.

To help you navigate the complex landscape of vaping regulations across Canada, this article dives into the specifics of each Province's restrictions on age, flavours, and sales. While taxation, permits, licenses, reporting, and notification requirements won't be covered, the information provided here will equip you with the knowledge needed to operate legally and safely in the thriving vaping industry. Don't risk hefty penalties or fines - stay ahead of the game and make informed decisions about your business. 

Learn more about compliant vaping products: What You Need to Know About Compliant Vaping Products (pacificsmoke.com) 

Vaping Regulations in Each Canadian Province/Territory:


Alberta (AB): The age of majority in Alberta is 18, and there is no flavour restriction. Vape promotional signs in C&G (Corner and Gas Stores) must be designed in accordance with Provincial regulations, while Specialty store signs be designed in accordance with Federal regulations. 

British Columbia (BC): The age of majority in British Columbia is 19, and only tobacco flavours are permitted for sale in C&G. Specialty stores do not have flavour restrictions. It is prohibited to sell a vaping product that exceeds the following maximum capacity: (a) 30 mL, in the case of a container that holds an e-substance to be used in refilling cartridges; (b) 2 mL, in the case of a cartridge that holds or is packaged with ae-substance. Nicotine-free products are also prohibited. Vape promotional signs in C&G must be designed in accordance with Provincial regulations, while Specialty store signs be designed in accordance with Federal regulations. 

Manitoba (MB): The age of majority in Manitoba is 18, and there are no flavour restrictions. Vape promotional signs in C&G must be designed in accordance with Provincial regulations, while Specialty store signs be designed in accordance with Federal regulations. 

New Brunswick (NB): The age of majority in New Brunswick is 19, and only tobacco flavours are permitted. Vape promotional signs in C&G must be designed in accordance with Provincial regulations, while Specialty store signs be designed in accordance with Federal regulations. 

Newfoundland and Labrador (NL): The age of majority in Newfoundland and Labrador is 19, and there are no flavour restrictions. Vape promotional signs in C&G must be designed in accordance with Provincial regulations, while Specialty store signs be designed in accordance with Federal regulations. 

Northwest Territories (NWT): The age of majority in Northwest Territories is 19, and only tobacco flavours are permitted. Vape promotional signs are prohibited in C&G although they are permitted in Specialty vape stores. Signs in Specialty store must be designed in accordance with Federal regulations. 

Nova Scotia (NS): The age of majority in Nova Scotia is 19, and only tobacco flavours are permitted. Vape promotional signs are prohibited in C&G and Specialty vape stores. 

Nunavut (NU): The age of majority in Nunavut is 19, and only tobacco flavours are permitted. Vape promotional signs are prohibited in C&G although they are permitted in Specialty vape stores. Signs in Specialty store must be designed in accordance with Federal regulations. 

Ontario (ON): The age of majority in Ontario is 19, and only tobacco, mint, and menthol flavours are permitted for sale in C&G. Specialty stores do not have flavour restrictions. Vape promotional signs in C&G must be designed in accordance with Provincial regulations, while Specialty store signs be designed in accordance with Federal regulations. 

Prince Edward Island (PEI): The age of majority in Prince Edward Island is 21, and only tobacco flavours are permitted. Sales of vaping products are restricted to adult Specialty stores. Sales are prohibited in C&G stores. Signs in Specialty store must be designed in accordance with Provincial regulations. 

Quebec (QC): The age of majority in Quebec is 18, and there are no flavour restrictions. The Quebec government recently proposed an amendment to Provincial regulations to permit only flavourless and tobacco flavoured products, and to require a volume of liquid of 2 millilitres or less or, in the case of liquid refill containers, 30 millilitres or less. However, the proposed restrictions within Quebec are in the public consultation phase and may be subject to change. Vape promotional signs in C&G and Specialty stores must be designed in accordance with Provincial regulations. 

Saskatchewan (SK): The age of majority in Saskatchewan is 18, and only tobacco, mint, and menthol flavours are permitted for sale in C&G. Specialty stores do not have flavour restrictions. Vape promotional signs in C&G must be designed in accordance with Provincial regulations, while Specialty store signs be designed in accordance with Federal regulations. 

Yukon (YT): The age of majority in Yukon is 19, and there is no flavour restriction. Vape promotional signs are prohibited in C&G although they are permitted in Specialty vape stores. Signs in Specialty store must be designed in accordance with Federal regulations. 

 

Conclusion:

If you're involved in the vaping industry in Canada, you simply cannot afford to be uninformed or careless about the regulations in each Province and Territory. Staying up to date with the latest vaping laws is crucial, and neglecting to do so can lead to significant penalties and legal headaches. 

To protect your interests and ensure you're operating within the law, it's essential to conduct thorough research and stay informed of any changes in regulations. By doing so, you can operate within the vaping industry legally and responsibly.  

Don't risk the consequences of ignorance - take the time to stay informed and stay ahead of the game. 

*The information provided in this article is from April 2023, and may be subject to change.

 

Disclaimer:

The information provided in this article is for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be considered legal advice, and the authors and Pacific Smoke International Inc. make no representations or warranties of any kind, expressed or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, or availability with respect to the information contained in this article. Any reliance you place on such information is strictly at your own risk. The authors and Pacific Smoke International Inc. will not be liable for any losses and/or damages in connection with the use of this article. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are complying with all Federal, Provincial, and Territorial laws and regulations regarding vaping products. Please consult with a legal professional or regulatory authority for specific guidance.