Ontario municipalities have a one-time option to opt-out of having cannabis retail stores in their communities. Municipalities have until January 22, 2019 to inform the AGCO if they wish to opt out. Municipalities that choose to opt out can opt back in at any time—but once they are in, they may no longer opt out.

If the AGCO has not received written notification from a municipality by January 22, 2019, then, by default, private cannabis retail stores will be allowed within that jurisdiction beginning April 1, 2019.

Opt-out notifications must include:

  • the official name of the municipality
  • the date the resolution was passed.

If at any time before January 22, 2019, a municipality decides it will allow cannabis retail stores within its jurisdiction, the municipality is encouraged to formally notify the AGCO as soon as possible.

As municipalities provide this information, we will update the table below.

(required for opt-outs only)
Municipality Status Date of resolution
Adjala-Tosorontio, Township of Opted-out Mon, 12/10/2018
Beckwith, Township of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
Blandford-Blenheim, Township of Opted-out Wed, 12/19/2018
Bluewater, Municipality of Opted-out Mon, 12/17/2018
Brantford, City of Opted-out Tue, 01/15/2019
Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan, Township of Opted-out Wed, 01/09/2019
Casselman, Village of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
Centre Wellington, Township of Opted-out Mon, 12/17/2018
Chapple, Township of Opted-out Tue, 01/15/2019
Clearview, Township of Opted-out Mon, 01/07/2019
Conmee, Township of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
Dorion, Township of Opted-out Tue, 12/18/2018
East Gwillimbury, Town of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
East Hawkesbury, Township of Opted-out Mon, 01/14/2019
East Zorra-Tavistock, Township of Opted-out Wed, 12/19/2018
Emo, Township of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
Erin, Town of Opted-out Wed, 12/05/2018
Frontenac Islands, Township of Opted-out Mon, 12/10/2018
Georgian Bluffs, Township of Opted-out Wed, 12/19/2018
Georgina, Town of Opted-out Wed, 01/16/2019

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