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

If the AGCO did 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.

(required for opt-outs only)
Municipality Status Date of resolution
Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Township of Opted-in -
Limerick, Township of Opted-in -
Lincoln, Town of Opted-in -
London, City of Opted-in -
Loyalist, Township of Opted-in -
Lucan Biddulph, Township of Opted-in -
Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional, Township of Opted-in -
Machar, Township of Opted-in -
Machin, Township of Opted-in -
Madawaska Valley, Township of Opted-in -
Madoc, Township of Opted-in -
Magnetawan, Municipality of Opted-in -
Malahide, Township of Opted-in -
Manitouwadge, Township of Opted-in -
Mapleton, Township of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
Marathon, Town of Opted-in -
Markham, City of Opted-out Wed, 12/12/2018
Markstay-Warren, Municipality of Opted-out Thu, 01/17/2019
Marmora and Lake, Municipality of Opted-in -
Matachewan, Township of Opted-out Thu, 01/17/2019


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