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 ascending Date of resolution
Latchford, Town of Opted-in -
Dawn-Euphemia, Township of Opted-in -
Cobalt, Town of Opted-in -
Black River-Matheson, Township of Opted-in -
Guelph/Eramosa, Township of Opted-in -
Northeastern Manitoulin and The Islands, Town of Opted-in -
Whitewater Region, Township of Opted-in -
Drummond/North Elmsley, Township of Opted-in -
French River, Municipality of Opted-in -
Limerick, Township of Opted-in -
Kawartha Lakes, City of Opted-in -
Madawaska Valley, Township of Opted-in -
Oliver Paipoonge, Municipality of Opted-in -
Burlington, City of Opted-in -
Essex, Town of Opted-in -
Madoc, Township of Opted-in -
Red Lake, Municipality of Opted-in -
Hamilton, Township of Opted-in -
Central Frontenac, Township of Opted-in -
St. Thomas, City of Opted-in -


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