Outdoor fires produce smoke that contains a number of toxic substances. Open fires are prohibited within our Municipalities. Fire is not without safety hazards. Although bonfires may seem safe, the smoke they produce contains more than 100 different toxic substances, including:
volatile organic compounds
polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
and other irritants
Some of these substances are known carcinogens. Others, such as fine particles with a diameter less than that of a hair, can deeply penetrate the lungs and have major repercussions on people's health.
Smoke can also cause immediate discomfort, such as irritation of the eyes and respiratory tract, bronchial congestion and headaches. As well, smoke can aggravate the symptoms of many illnesses, affecting the health of persons with cardiovascular problems in addition to being a nuisance for neighbours.
Therefore, in light of the risks bonfires present, they must be controlled.
Outdoor fires are prohibited by several by-laws (bonfires, burning branches or green waste, burning garbage, burning construction debris, garden fires, etc.) However, special authorization may be given for temporary activities involving fire outdoors. For such activities, you must apply for a permit.
Please note that domestic use of a certified appliance such as a barbecue, outdoor fireplace with chimney, patio heater or similar appliances do not require a permit.