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
Harris, Township of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
Ingersoll, Town of Opted-out Mon, 12/10/2018
James, Township of Opted-out Thu, 01/10/2019
Jocelyn, Township of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
Killarney, Municipality of Opted-out Wed, 01/09/2019
King, Township of Opted-out Mon, 12/10/2018
Lake of the Woods, Township of Opted-out Tue, 12/04/2018
Lakeshore, Town of Opted-out Tue, 12/11/2018
Lanark Highlands, Township of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
LaSalle, Town of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
Mapleton, Township of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
Markham, City of Opted-out Wed, 12/12/2018
Marmora and Lake, Municipality of Opted-out Tue, 01/15/2019
McDougall, Township of Opted-out Wed, 01/09/2019
McKellar, Township of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
Melancthon, Township of Opted-out Thu, 12/20/2018
Milton, Town of Opted-out Mon, 12/17/2018
Mississauga, City of Opted-out Wed, 12/12/2018
Mono, Town of Opted-out Tue, 01/08/2019
Newmarket, Town of Opted-out Tue, 01/15/2019

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