Private Recreational Cannabis Retail Stores

Consultation has concluded

The City of Oshawa is seeking community input on whether to have private recreational cannabis retail stores in Oshawa.

Recreational cannabis was legalized on October 17, 2018 by the federal government and it is now legal to purchase and use cannabis for recreational purposes across Canada.

In Ontario, currently the only way to legally purchase recreational cannabis is online through the Ontario Cannabis Store, but beginning in April 2019 it will be available for purchase through private recreational cannabis retail stores.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will be the provincial regulator authorized to license private recreational cannabis retail stores. The Ontario Cannabis Store will be the exclusive wholesaler to these retailers.

The province is providing municipalities a one-time opportunity to opt-out of having private recreational cannabis retail stores within their municipal boundaries by January 22, 2019. A decision to opt-in cannot be reversed, while a decision to opt-out may be reversed in the future.

Have Your Say

Have your say as to whether the City should have private recreational cannabis retail stores in our municipality. Input can be provided via:

  • Online survey here on Connect Oshawa;
  • Paper survey at Service Oshawa (located at City Hall, 50 Centre St. S.) during regular business hours; or,
  • Survey completed in-person at a community engagement pop-up in each of the City’s five wards:
    • Monday, November 19, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Rd. N.)
    • Wednesday, November 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Northview Community Centre (150 Beatrice St. E.)
    • Thursday, November 22, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Civic Recreation Complex (99 Thornton Rd. S.)
    • Monday, November 26, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at South Oshawa Community Centre (1455 Cedar St.)
    • Wednesday, November 28, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Donevan Recreation Complex (171 Harmony Rd. S.)

Feedback received by end of day on Monday, December 3, 2018 will be provided to City Council to better inform Council’s decision to opt-in or opt-out of having private recreational cannabis retail stores within Oshawa’s municipal boundaries by January 22, 2019.

The City of Oshawa is seeking community input on whether to have private recreational cannabis retail stores in Oshawa.

Recreational cannabis was legalized on October 17, 2018 by the federal government and it is now legal to purchase and use cannabis for recreational purposes across Canada.

In Ontario, currently the only way to legally purchase recreational cannabis is online through the Ontario Cannabis Store, but beginning in April 2019 it will be available for purchase through private recreational cannabis retail stores.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will be the provincial regulator authorized to license private recreational cannabis retail stores. The Ontario Cannabis Store will be the exclusive wholesaler to these retailers.

The province is providing municipalities a one-time opportunity to opt-out of having private recreational cannabis retail stores within their municipal boundaries by January 22, 2019. A decision to opt-in cannot be reversed, while a decision to opt-out may be reversed in the future.

Have Your Say

Have your say as to whether the City should have private recreational cannabis retail stores in our municipality. Input can be provided via:

  • Online survey here on Connect Oshawa;
  • Paper survey at Service Oshawa (located at City Hall, 50 Centre St. S.) during regular business hours; or,
  • Survey completed in-person at a community engagement pop-up in each of the City’s five wards:
    • Monday, November 19, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Rd. N.)
    • Wednesday, November 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Northview Community Centre (150 Beatrice St. E.)
    • Thursday, November 22, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Civic Recreation Complex (99 Thornton Rd. S.)
    • Monday, November 26, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at South Oshawa Community Centre (1455 Cedar St.)
    • Wednesday, November 28, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Donevan Recreation Complex (171 Harmony Rd. S.)

Feedback received by end of day on Monday, December 3, 2018 will be provided to City Council to better inform Council’s decision to opt-in or opt-out of having private recreational cannabis retail stores within Oshawa’s municipal boundaries by January 22, 2019.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • How is this survey different from the June 2018 City of Oshawa survey on recreational cannabis retail store locations?

    26 days ago

    The City’s June 2018 survey was based on the previous provincial government’s model of provincially-run recreational cannabis retail operations, which would have involved municipalities in location decisions.

    With the change in government and the passing of Bill 36, the model for cannabis retail operations changed to a private retail model, in which the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will be the provincial regulator to license retail stores. Under this new model, municipalities are no longer involved in location decisions, but have the option of opting-out of hosting private recreational cannabis retail stores (the subject of the City’s current survey).

    For more information on the new model under the current provincial government, visit the Ontario Cannabis legalization webpage. If you have not yet done so, we encourage you to complete our short survey.

  • Do municipalities have the authority under Bill 36 to regulate the location of private recreational cannabis retail stores?

    26 days ago

    No. However, municipalities and the public will have a 15-day comment period to submit comments to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario who will be the provincial regulator authorized to license retail stores.

  • When does the City of Oshawa need to decide to opt-out or not be a host municipality of private recreational cannabis retail stores?

    26 days ago

    The City must opt-out of having private recreational cannabis retail stores in our municipality by January 22, 2019. 

  • Is the decision to opt-in final?

    26 days ago

    Yes. Once the City decides to have private recreational cannabis retail stores, it cannot be reversed.

  • Is the decision to opt-out final?

    26 days ago

    No. The City can decide to opt-in at a future date after assessing the regulations (not yet available), the Alcohol and Gaming Commission licensing process, including how municipal and public input is handled, and any impacts of recreational cannabis retail stores.

  • What will it mean for the City of Oshawa if we decide to opt-out by January 22, 2019 and not have private recreational cannabis retail stores for now or in the future?

    26 days ago

    Opting-out may affect the portion of funds (a minimum of $10,000) a municipality may be eligible to receive from the cannabis excise tax or funding via the Provincial Offences Act fines.

  • Why would the City consider not having private recreational cannabis retail stores?

    26 days ago

    At this time, we do not have a complete understanding of how the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario licensing process for retail stores and store authorizations will work. Municipalities, including the City of Oshawa, have not been provided with information on:

    • what extent cannabis stores will be required to comply with municipal zoning regulations;
    • what extent municipal and public comment will be taken into consideration by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission; and,
    • what role municipalities will have regarding enforcement and the potential cost implications.

    Finally, there is no need to rush a decision to opt-in as an opt-out decision can be reversed.

  • Is there a cap on the number of private recreational cannabis retail stores to be permitted in a municipality?

    26 days ago

    No.

  • When will the first private recreational cannabis retail stores be operational?

    26 days ago

    The province is targeting April 1, 2019. For more information, visit Ontario Cannabis legalization webpage.