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
Thorold, City of Opted-in -
Stone Mills, Township of Opted-in -
Kenora, City of Opted-in -
Saugeen Shores, Town of Opted-in -
Gordon/Barrie Island, Municipality of Opted-in -
Malahide, Township of Opted-in -
Pickering, City of Opted-in -
Horton, Township of Opted-in -
Joly, Township of Opted-in -
Alfred and Plantagenet, Township of Opted-in -
Cavan Monaghan, Township of Opted-in -
Sarnia, City of Opted-in -
Perth East, Township of Opted-in -
Cornwall, City of Opted-in -
Lambton Shores, Municipality of Opted-in -
North Dumfries, Township of Opted-in -
Greater Napanee, Town of Opted-in -
North Algona Wilberforce, Township of Opted-in -
Greater Madawaska, Township of Opted-in -
Guelph, City of Opted-in -


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