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
The Archipelago, Township of Opted-in -
Georgian Bay, Township of Opted-in -
Manitouwadge, Township of Opted-in -
Black River-Matheson, Township of Opted-in -
Howick, Township of Opted-in -
South Stormont, Township of Opted-in -
Essex, Town of Opted-in -
Wollaston, Township of Opted-in -
King, Township of Opted-out Mon, 12/10/2018
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Town of Opted-out Mon, 12/17/2018
West Lincoln, Township of Opted-out Mon, 12/17/2018
Wainfleet, Township of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
Chapleau, Township of Opted-out Mon, 01/14/2019
Matachewan, Township of Opted-out Thu, 01/17/2019
Centre Wellington, Township of Opted-out Mon, 12/17/2018
East Gwillimbury, Town of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
Jocelyn, Township of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
McKellar, Township of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
Markstay-Warren, Municipality of Opted-out Thu, 01/17/2019
Lake of the Woods, Township of Opted-out Tue, 12/04/2018


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