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 Statussort descending Date of resolution
Norfolk County Opted-in -
Sundridge, Village of Opted-in -
Aurora, Town of Opted-in -
Centre Hastings, Municipality of Opted-in -
Essex, Town of Opted-in -
Goderich, Town of Opted-in -
Elliot Lake, City of Opted-in -
Nipigon, Township of Opted-in -
East Hawkesbury, Township of Opted-out Mon, 01/14/2019
Ingersoll, Town of Opted-out Mon, 12/10/2018
Harris, Township of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
Northern Bruce Peninsula, Municipality of Opted-out Mon, 12/03/2018
Southwold, Township of Opted-out Mon, 01/14/2019
East Zorra-Tavistock, Township of Opted-out Wed, 12/19/2018
Whitby, Town of Opted-out Mon, 01/21/2019
Tyendinaga, Township of Opted-out Fri, 01/11/2019
Lanark Highlands, Township of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
Caledon, Town of Opted-out Tue, 01/22/2019
Markham, City of Opted-out Wed, 12/12/2018
Lake of the Woods, Township of Opted-out Tue, 12/04/2018


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