City of Toronto – Update on Cannabis Act

Staff in Municipal Licensing and Standards have reviewed the Federal Government’s recently tabled bill with regard to the Cannabis Act, and are working with other City Divisions to determine possible considerations and impacts to the City.

The framework for legalization of non-medicinal cannabis indicates that the Federal Government will oversee the possession, production, distribution, sale, import and export of cannabis. The Provincial governments will have the responsibility to design the regulation related to the chosen distribution model, amongst other things.

The interdivisional staff working group is continuing to meet to identify and discuss potential municipal impacts resulting from the legalization of cannabis. In addition, City staff remain engaged with Health Canada, the Province, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) to address municipal issues and considerations.

Municipal Licensing and Standards is continuing to collaborate with the Toronto Police Service on sustained investigation and enforcement of the illegal cannabis storefront operations.

The Province of Ontario will be accepting feedback on about how cannabis will be used, sold and regulated in Ontario to protect young people, keep our roads safe and support public health. Input will be received until July 31.

We want to ensure that the interests of Torontonians are taken into account as the Province sets out to determine its model and the relevant regulations.

About the consultation:

We have important decisions to make about how cannabis will be used, sold and regulated in Ontario to protect young people, keep our roads safe and support public health.

We want your input on how we should approach legalizing cannabis in Ontario.
We are looking for feedback in five key areas:

  1. setting a minimum age for having, using and buying cannabis
  2. deciding where people can use cannabis
  3. keeping our roads safe
  4. regulating cannabis sales
  5. planning public education

How to participate:
There are two ways to give us your feedback:

1. Complete our online survey by July 31, 2017. You can complete the entire survey or just the sections you’re interested in
2. Read the consultation paper and send us your feedback by:
a. email at
b. mail at:

Ontario Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat
Ministry of the Attorney General
720 Bay Street, 11th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2S9