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 Statussort descending Date of resolution
Chapleau, Township of unknown -
Faraday, Township of unknown -
Stone Mills, Township of unknown -
Westport, Village of unknown -
Edwardsburgh/Cardinal, Township of unknown -
Collingwood, Town of unknown -
Mississippi Mills, Municipality of unknown -
Chisholm, Township of unknown -
Pelham, Town of unknown -
Thunder Bay, City of unknown -
Brethour, Township of unknown -
Deep River, Town of unknown -
North Grenville, Municipality of unknown -
Espanola, Town of unknown -
Prescott, Town of unknown -
Mattawan, Township of unknown -
Markstay-Warren, Municipality of unknown -
Val Rita-Harty, Township of unknown -
Petawawa, Town of unknown -
Wellesley, Township of unknown -

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