Canadian Smoking and Alcohol Laws

Conference Notice: Canadian Alcohol and Smoking Laws

Canada has very different and much stricter laws regarding alcohol that all conference attendees must be aware of to avoid expulsion from the host hotel, and/or arrest. All conference registrants must comply with all alcohol and smoking policies at the hotel, which are different and much stricter than those in the US hotels of past FAI conferences.

Failure to follow these rules will lead to expulsion from the hotel, and can lead to arrest. Arrest and conviction will restrict ability to work in foreign countries including crossing the Canada/US border.

Alcohol policy

  • Any alcohol on the first three levels of the hotel must be purchased through the hotel.
  • Alcohol is restricted to the area in which it is purchased. You can not take a glass of wine from the lobby bar to your room or any other area within the hotel. [EXCEPTION: when the bars on the 2nd and 3rd floors are open, you may move freely between those two floors only]
  • There is NO tolerance for alcohol in hallways or areas outside a hotel room on the private showcase floors.
  • Externally purchased alcohol is restricted to within hotel rooms ONLY. NO exceptions.
  • Hotel security and police are strict with the law, and will not give second chances.


  • 1st-time warning (the hotel will make an effort to provide warnings but this should not be relied upon, if there are multiple warnings given the hotel will take action to protect its liquor license and will expel said person from the hotel.)
  • 2nd-time will result in expulsion from the hotel.
    Any non-cooperation will result in the police being called.

Smoking policy

  • The hotel is a non-smoking hotel and smoking is prohibited in all areas.
  • It is illegal to smoke tobacco or marijuana in public spaces. If you wish to smoke, you may do so 27-feet from main entrances. Review the law here.
  • Be advised: It is illegal to purchase cannabis on the street, it is only legal to purchase from vendors sanctioned by the Canadian government.


  • There are no warnings issued. 1st-time offense results in a $500 fine.
  • 2nd-time will result in expulsion from the hotel.