Forward Regulatory Plan 2023-2025: Amendments to the Tobacco Access Regulations (Age Verification for Online/Distance Sales)

Title of Regulatory Initiative

Amendments to the Tobacco Access Regulations (Age Verification for Online/Distance Sales)

Enabling Act

Tobacco and Vaping Products Act


Health Canada is proposing amendments to the Tobacco (Access) Regulations to support measures in the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act that protect the health of young persons by restricting access to tobacco and vaping products. The proposed regulations would also prescribe, in greater detail, the actions regulated parties may take to verify age and identity in the context of online sales.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

This initiative is not part of a formal regulatory cooperation work plan.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

It is anticipated the proposed regulations amendments would impact everyone who engages in online sales of tobacco and vaping products as these parties would be required to comply with the requirements set forth.


Health Canada published a consultation document on April 11, 2019, setting out potential regulatory measures to reduce youth access and appeal of vaping products.

A summary of the consultation was published in the What We Heard: Reducing Youth Access and Appeal of Vaping Products: Consultation Summary.

People in Canada will also have the opportunity to provide comments on the regulatory proposal during the Canada Gazette, Part I public comment period, which is expected to take place in spring 2024.

Further information

Related information can be found on the Government of Canada's About Vaping webpage.

Additional information can be requested from the departmental contact.

Departmental contact information

Denis Choinière
Tobacco Products Regulatory Office
Tobacco Control Directorate
Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch
Health Canada

Telephone: 613-859-5669

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory

February 2021

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