This page has been developed to provide information on the issue of recreational and medical cannabis use, retail cannabis stores and its relevance to the Town of Halton Hills. Residents interested in learning more about the legalization of cannabis are encouraged to review additional sources.
The Town is currently undertaking a land use study on cannabis production to determine the appropriate location for cultivation and other production-related activities. Upon completion of the study the intent is to amend the Town’s Official Plan and Zoning By-law to identify the appropriate locations and accompanying land use policies for cannabis production. A Public Meeting before Council is currently being planned and the study is anticipated to be completed in July of 2019. Currently an Interim Control By-law is in place in the Rural Area and Premier Gateway of Halton Hills, prohibiting cannabis production until the study is complete and local policy is introduced. For more information on the progress of the study please visit Let's Talk Halton Hills.
Health Canada licences the production of cannabis across Canada, resulting in approved licensed producers (LPs). To obtain a license to operate a production facility, a person must make an application to Health Canada in accordance with federal legislation.
Health Canada, as part of the application, requires that written notice is provided to a senior official of the local government, fire authority and police force. The Town of Halton Hills has established a coordinated process to review these notifications as licensees must comply with all applicable By-laws including zoning and fire regulations.
NOTE: Upon receipt of notifications, the Town of Halton Hills will notify the Fire Department, but separate written notice must be provided by the applicant to Halton Regional Police Services.
Per Health Canada regulations, the following items must be included in your notification:
Date on which you expect to submit the application
Class and subclass of licence that will be sought, the activity that you expect to conduct under the licence and an indication that the activity will be conducted in relation to cannabis; and
Address of the site where the person proposes to conduct the activities and, if applicable, of each building within the site.
Submit the notification in one of the following ways:
On January 21, 2019, Town Council voted to allow retail cannabis storefronts in Halton Hills.
Results of the public consultation (including online and in-person engagement) regarding retail cannabis storefronts can be found here. Input from the consultation regarding cannabis growing, processing and zoning will be used to inform an upcoming report from the Planning Department.
Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, provides for legal access to cannabis and addresses the control and regulation of cannabis production, distribution and sales.
The Cannabis Act and supporting regulations received Royal Assent in June. The Cannabis Act and the regulations came into force on October 17, 2018. In Ontario, the Act provides for the legalized use of cannabis with specific provisions including:
A maximum of four plants per residence (not person) may be grown.
Retail stores and opting out:
All municipalities in Ontario will be given the option to opt out of allowing retail stores to be established within their boundaries. The deadline for this is January 22, 2019 and it will be a Council decision involving some level of public engagement.
Retail Store Regulation:
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has been named as the province’s official registrar to oversee the licencing and regulation of retail stores. Additional information is available on the AGCO website.
Town staff brought forward two reports regarding a ‘made in Halton Hills’ strategy, addressing the cultivation (i.e. growing) and processing of cannabis at a commercial level, during the September 10 meeting of Town Council. These reports outlined the results of the background research along with recommended next steps for Council’s consideration.