The Province of Ontario has announced a framework to permit retail cannabis stores beginning in April 1, 2019. This is in addition to online sales of cannabis through the Ontario Cannabis Store website as of October 17, 2018. Municipalities have until January 22, 2019 to decide whether to allow cannabis retail stores to operate within their borders.


Members of the public can express their views on whether cannabis retail stores should be allowed in Ottawa through an online survey (link is external), which will be available until Nov 7. Paper copies of the survey are also available at Client Service Centre.

The results of this consultation will guide Ottawa’s City Council in its consideration of whether to allow cannabis retail stores to operate in Ottawa.

Smoke free by-laws

It is anticipated that public engagement opportunities on smoking and vaping regulations will occur in early 2019.